Competition Judges

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Maestro Philip Mann, USA

Affiliation: Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Guest Conductor at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall and London's Barbican Center; Founder of Arkansas's first collaborative arts festival - Acansa; Conductor for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Voronezh Philharmonic, and other in Europe, USA, and Asia

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Jonie Qiuning Huang, China

Affiliation: Piano and Chamber Music Studies Faculty at Shanghai Conservatory of Music; member of Shanghai High Education Junior Faculty Funding Project sponsored by the Shanghai Education Committee and the Yin Cai Bei Chu project sponsored by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; as a solo pianist and chamber musician, Ms. Huang appeared on the stages of Vienna, Salzburg, Boston, Los Angels, Beijing, Shanghai, collaborated with great musicians including Nobuco Imai, Feng Ning, Martti Roussi and others, and performed with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Dr. Mikhail Johnson, USA/Jamaica

Affiliation: Composer and Pianist; Owner of a publishing label "Johno Muzik Publications", Jamaica

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Casey Granofsky, Canada

Affiliation: Artist of the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony; Founder of the Niagara Flute School, ON, Canada

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Min Yi, China

Affiliation: Jazz Bass Faculty at the pop music department of Nanjing Institute of Arts; collaborated with well known jazz musicians such as Jean-Daniel Hege, Henri Texier, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Nicola Folmer, Stephen Werner, Joelle Leandre; member of Strasbourg Jazz Festival.

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Dr. Laura Lennis, Colombia

Affiliation: Concert Pianist and Pedagogue; Fulbright Scholar, Medellín, Colombia

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Ziying Zhao, USA

Affiliation: Guqin Concert Performer; Chinese Music Culture Ambassador at the Asian Pacific Association; Chair of the Public Relations at Texas A&M University Scholar Association; Recipient of multiple awards in teaching and performance on Guqin instrument, TX, USA

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Matvey Lapin, USA

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Instruments Department of Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA, USA

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Nicole Agostino, Canada

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Piano Faculty at the University of Toronto; Founder of Nicole Agostino Piano Studio in Toronto, Canada; Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher; adjudicator of multiple international music competitions

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Anthony Thompson, Canada

Affiliation: Concert Clarinetist and Pedagogue; Artist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Concert Orchestra; founding member of the Blythwood Winds woodwind quintet, Toronto, Canada

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Joseph T. Paz, USA

Affiliation: Percussions and Jazz Performer, Pedagogue, Lubbock, TX, USA

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Kristan Toczko, Canada

Affiliation: Concert Harpist and Pedagogue; Founding Member of Harp Duo: Duo Novus; Social Media Creator: @harpistkt, ON, Canada

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Professor Marie Bérard, Canada

Affiliation: Music Faculty at the University of Toronto and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; Violin Faculty of the Glenn Gould School as well as the Taylor Academy, Toronto, Canada

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Professor Giuseppe Devastato, Spain

Affiliation: Professor of Piano, Composition, and Chamber Music at Madrid Academy of Musical Arts, Spain, and Accademia Musicale Europea in Naples, Italy; Official Krause Piano Artist and President of World Piano Teachers Association, Spain

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Lisa Liske, USA

Affiliation: Concert Cellist, member of Philadelphia-based trio New River Ensemble as well as North Carolina Baroque Orchestra; Cello Faculty at Roanoke College; Founder of Community Cello Works, The Cello Camerata, and Cello Springs Festival. Appears as a guest artist at conferences, festivals, and music institutes throughout the U.S. and abroad; Her forthcoming books include her beginner cello method, The Ants Book; How To Fly Your Cello, a comprehensive collection of cello and musicianship activities to help build fluid musicianship; and a manual for meaningful musicianship, A Practical Pedagogy of Expression, North Carolina, USA

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Anastasiya Bazhenova, Norway

Affiliation: Concert Pianist and Organist, Larvik, Norway

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Professor Neysun Rouhani, United Kingdom

Affiliation: Head of Education at Miele Canto, a music education and performance company, London, United Kingdom; Concert Pianist, performed with a number of orchestras such as Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Graz Chamber Orchestra and at the Oxford Piano Festival, UK

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Professor Dr. Meiling Jin, USA

Affiliation: Founder of Taichi and Piano Study; Visiting Professor at Guangxi Arts Institute, Nanning, China; Former Piano faculty at Lubbock Christian University, TX, USA

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Professor Anastasia Timoshenko, Russia

Affiliation: Professor of Violin Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia; Artist of State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia", Moscow, Russia

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Maestro Yuri Yevchuk, Canada

Affiliation: Former Soloist (Bass) at the Mariinsky Theatre; recepient of multiple Grand Prix and First Place awards worldwide; toured to France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Estonia and China; Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes Cherevik (Sorochintsy Fair), Bomelius (The Maid of Pskov), Cardinal Lorenzo Montanelli (The Gadfly in concert), Bass (Orango), Frol Baev (Into the Storm in concert), Maestro Spinelloccio (Gianni Schicchi), Cockneys, Professor Higgins’ Butler (My Fair Lady), Second Philistine (Samson et Dalila). Other repertoire includes Varlaam, Pimen (Boris Godunov), Old Gypsy (Aleko), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Chub (Christmas Eve), the Viking Merchant (Sadko) and King René (Iolanta).

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Professor Sergei Skorobogatov, Russia

Affiliation: Head of Woodwind and Brass Department at Voronezh Musical College; Professor of Trombone at Voronezh State Academy of Arts; Artist of Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Voronezh, Russia

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Professor Dr. Gregory Brookes, USA

Affiliation: Chair of the Voice Department and Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University, TX, USA; Dr. Brookes is a leading vocalist in North America as well as a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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Dr. Rachel Mazzucco, USA

Affiliation: Harp Studies and Music Theory Faculty at Texas Tech University School of Music; President of the West Texas Harp Society, Lubbock, TX, USA

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Professor Tatyana Timoshenko, Russia

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Department of Voronezh College of Music for gifted children; Head of the Voronezh Group of violinists and cellists, Voronezh, Russia

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Professor Maria Rybina, Russia

Affiliation: Professor of Piano and Organ Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia

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Alexandra Zaryankina, Russia

Affiliation: Soloist of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Theater of Classical Operetta, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Professor Maria Agibalova, Russia

Affiliation: Professor of Chamber Ensemble and Collaborative Piano at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia; Winner of international competitions

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Tamara Yusman, Israel

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Soloist of Ashkelon Chamber Orchestra; Piano Faculty at Modus Music School, Ashkelon, Israel

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Mikhail Knyazev, Russia

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Artist of Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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Renata Shumskaya, USA

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Founder of Piano Studio in Newcastle; Committee Chair of the EMTA Scholarship Competition; Member of National and Washington State Music Teachers Association, Newcastle, WA, USA

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Dr. Elena Nezhdanova, USA

Affiliation: Piano Faculty at Opus Ithaca School of Music; Concert Artist and Pianist at Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo, Ithaca, USA

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Valentina Ignatova, Russia

Affiliation: Artist of the Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre, Violin devision; Artist of Voronezh Symphony Youth Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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Svetlana Dyudina, Russia

Affiliation: Soloist of Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre; Winner of "Bravo" title from the Russian Theatre Union organization, Voronezh, Russia