4. Danubia Talents International Music Competition - jury

Julianna Kiss pianist

Kiss Julianna zongoraművész

Julianna Kiss was born in Miskolc (Hungary), she started her musician studies at the age of 5. She has received her first teacher Degree from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Miskolc in Hungary. She has a concert diploma in piano from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pecs in Hungary. From 2012 to 2015 she studied Mentor teacher program and Kovács-method at the Budapest ELTE-PPK University. She received further impulses from professors  of  piano,  such  as  Sándor  Falvai,  Gyöngyi  Keveházi,  László  Gyimesi,  Attila Némethy,  Tamás  Vásáry,  Dénes  Varjon,  Csaba  Király.  Who  are  famous  teachers  of  the Hungarian piano school.

She studied heritage of Liszt and Bartók and Russian piano school method from them. She studied the fortepiano music on the Masterclass of legendary Prof . Malcom Bilson. She studied chamber music at the Music University of Padua. She won on several National and International Music Competition for example: She won X. International Music Competition “Musica Insieme” 5th Concorso Internazionale “ Don Vincenzo Vitti “.

Her repertoire is vast: it includes piano solo and several chamber music pieces. She is a piano accompanist for several choirs. 

She  works  in  Budapest  as  a  sought-after  piano  teacher  and  is  also  employed  by  the Hungary as a piano mentor and piano consultant. She  is  an  enthusiastic  representative  and  advertiser  of  Kovács-method,  which  takes  an important part in her work.

In  2013,  EMMI  (Ministry  of  Human  Resources,  department  of  Hungarian Government)  adjudicated  her  the  „Bonis  Bona  –  For  the  Talents  of  the  Nation”  award, because of her prominent work in music teaching and talent management. From 2014 she is a member of „Nemzeti Pedagógus Kar” (National Teacher Faculty). She became consultant for music teachers in 2015. Head of the Keyboard Department in her school since 2012. 

Her  piano  students  have  already  won  close  than  200  prizes  at  national  and  international competitions.

Julianna is the founder and artistic director of the Danubia Talents International Music Festival and Competitions.

She hold several masterclasses in Hungary and abroad. She  is  also  jury  president  or  member  at  various  national  and  international  competitions  in Catania,  Rome,  Ischia,  Orbetello – Italy,  Xabia – Spain,  Wien – Austria,  and  Budapest - Hungary.

I. Danubia Talents International Music Competition Vác 2016. 
7th. International Competition “Youth Academy Awards” Rome 2017. 
II. Danubia Talents International Music Competition Vác 2017. 
8th. International Competition “Youth Academy Awards” Rome 2018. 
VI. Concorso Internacional de Piano “Vila de Xabia” Spain 2018. 
I. Wiener Danubia Talents International Music Competition Wien 2018. 
III. Danubia Talents International Music Competition Vác 2018. 
I. Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition Rome 2018. 
5th. Concorso Musicale Nazionale “Nellina Cappellani Costa” Catania 2019. 
7th. International Piano Competition “ISCHIA” Ischia 2019. 
IV. Danubia Talents International Music Competition Budapest 2019. 
II. Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition Rome 2019. 
II. Wiener Danubia Talents International Music Competition Wien 2020. 
Orbetello Piano Competition Orbetello 2020. 

As  a  concert  pianist  she  tours  all  over  Europe,  playing  concerts  in  Italy,  Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. She has given many charity concert in Hungary and abroad. Her artistic work includes hundreds of concerts. She has invited to play with Daniel Lugosi clarinetist he performed live for TV broad casting. (VirtuososTalent Show) Daniel Lugosi won on the Virtuosos Talent Show. She organized the first Casio Festival in Hungary and gave a concert.(Liszt, Bartók, Piazzolla piano pieces) 

She has organize concerts and exhibitions for young talents and supports young talents in many ways form. 
She  participated  with  four  Hungarian  young  students  in  an  ERASMUS  program  in  ITALY (2018. Music, a bridge among cultures). 
She  collaborate  with  AIMART  (Accademia  Internazionale  di  Musica  e  Arte  Rome)  and Accademia d’Ungheria Rome. 
Publications:  dr.  Kovács  Géza  Memory  book:  Kovács-method  in  professional  piano education.
Source: http://www.hetek.hu/interju/201402/zenelni_csak_szivvel_lehet
Contacts: kissjuli.info@gmail.com,  zongorilla7@gmail.com

Gabriele Tomasello pianist

Gabriele Tomasello

Gabriele Tomasello, born in Catania, Italy, in 1979, began his musical studies early at the school of Professors Luca De Cesari and Corrado Ratto. in 2000 He graduated in piano performance at the “V. Bellini” Conservatory in Catania with the highest Honors. He subsequently studied for several years under the guidance of Professor Vincenzo Balzani. In 2007 he graduated again with the highest honors after presenting a thesis on the musical language of Olivier Messiaen. He obtained also a third degree in 2010 with a thesis on Dmtri Kabalevsky’s piano compositions for children. He has received more than 30 awards in national competitions for young pianists (Messina, Brindisi, Pisa, Livorno, Villafranca, Turin, Vietri sul Mare etc.) and a series of high-ranking placements in the international piano competitions of Pinerolo, Salsomaggiore, “A. Napolitano” prize, “Seiler” international piano competition, etc. He also performed in solo and chamber music recitals, and with orchestras in Italy and Europe.

He has already recorded six solo piano CDs and  more than 300 audio recordings and videos are available on Youtube channel www.youtube.com/gabrieletomasello/  (channel with about ten millions views).

In academic year 2010-2011 he taught Piano as second instrument at the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, then he taught piano at Caltanissetta Music Institute and at “Fausto Torrefranca” Conservatory in Vibo Valentia (Calabria). From 2015 he is teaching Piano at the Conservatory of Music “Francesco Cilea” in Reggio Calabria.

Pier Paolo Maccarrone cellist

Pier Paolo Maccarrone

Pier Paolo Maccarrone was born in Catania in 1978. He began studying the cello at the age of 10 with the professor Alfio Borzi. Then he continued his musical studies at the Vincenzo Bellini Music Institute of Catania with the professor Giuseppe Rizzari, Paolo Ognissanti and for many years with Benedetto Munzone. He alzo studied orchestral conducting with famous italian conductor Daniele Belardinelli.

In 2010 he obtained in Turin the qualification for cello teaching with the Suzuki method at the Suzuki Italian Institute with professor Antonio Mosca. He has been studying the performance practice of ancient instruments at the Conservatory of Music "Alessandro Scarlatti" in Palermo where he graduates the Bachelor's Degree in baroque cello and basso continuo with prof. Andrea Fossa and then he also graduates in Viola da gamba with prof. Cristiano Contadin. He obtained the Diplome in the Annual Course of Musical Interpretation and the Premium Diploma in the Orchestral Conducting Course at the "Escuela de Dirección de Orchestra y Banda" in Huelva (Spain) approved for ABRSM (Associated Board of  The Royal College of Music) with prof. Navarro Lara.

He attended cello and chamber music masterclasses with famous concertist: Anton Niculescu, Valeriano Taddeo, Alain Meunier, Sandro Laffranchini, Erich Oscar Hutter, Riccardo Bovino and Willen Ranck, Michael Flaksman,  Marianne Chen, Luc Toten, Augustin Lefevbre, Vadim Pavlov, Enrico Bronzi, Rocco Filippini. He is winner in several national and international music competitions. He has performed in numerous concerts as a soloist and in orchestra in many italian and foreign cities such as: Palermo, Siracusa, Naples, Perugia, Turin, Lucca, Florence, Rome, Graz, Nancy, Huelva. He performing also with famous soloist ssuch as:Gianpiero Sobrino, LucioDegani, Sebastiano Zorza, Claudio Marini, Enzo Ligresti, Demetrio Comuzzi, Pavel Berman, Stefano Pagliani, Claudio Marini, Jensang Lee, Bertrand Giraud, Anton Niculescu, Louis Lanzarini, Katia Ricciarelli, Marcello Giordani, Daniela Schillaci, Simone Piazzola, Lucia Aliberti, Cosetta Gigli, Massimiliano Drapello, Sergey Girscenko, Dmitry Sinkosky. He has collaborate dwith famous conductors Riccardo Muti, Carlo Rizzari, Tomaz Bugaj, Michael Brousseau, Stefano Ranzani, DaisukeSoga, Carlo Moreno Volpini, Walther Themel, Gert Meditz, Gesualdo Bufalini, Claudia Patane, Orlando Pulin, Massimo Incarbone, Antonio Florio, Francisco NavarroLara, Juan Rodriguez, Gerardo Estrada, Missak Baghboudarian, Montserrat De La Cruz.

He haspublished books for publishing houses: Simple of Macerata, Book Sprint of Salerno and other book available in Amazon. He is co-author with the famous conductor Navarro Lara of two best-sellers books in Amazon. He has recorded CDs and DVDs for the PDR record of Catania and Ragusa's Shine Records. In 2004 he obtained also a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Catania. He has been associated with the S.I.E.M (Italian Society of Musical Education) since 2008 and to the Suzuki Italian Institute. His students have already distinguished in national music contest and in auditions for  prestigious youth orchestras such as the Junior Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. From 2010 is President of the Cultural and Musical Association "A.M.A.C." of Gravina di Catania that is actively involved in the diffusion of classical music in Italy, organizing musical instrumental courses (with particular attention to teaching in early age). The association organize some musical events, concerts, "Nellina Cappellani Costa" Music Competition and the Santa Cecilia Music Festival at the Theater Rex according with the Etna Santa Cecilia Music Academy of Giarre (Catania). The association actively collaborates with the Haffner Orchestra of Catania and has collaborated with Sicilian Polyphonic Choir, AFEM (Euro Festival Mediterranean Association) and University of Catania.

He has been the Cello teacher at Conservatory "Fausto Torrefranca" of Vibo Valentia, in Music High School in Enna, in Conservatory in Cesena. Currently he's teaching cello at the Secondary School of Music "De Cruyllas" of Catania (Italy).

Mina Mendelson violinist

Mina Mendelson violinist

Serbian violinist, Mina Mendelson graduated from the Music Academy in Belgrade, where she subsequently completed both her Master’s Degree and PhD, the latter with the highest mark and constituting the first ‘Doctor of Performing Art –Violin’ awarded in Serbia. Throughout this time she studied under Prof. Fern Raskovic, a student of the great David Oistrakh, and participated in masterclasses with Sreten Krstic, leader of Munich Symphony orchestra, Prof. Mateja Marinkovic, Professor of the Royal Academy of Music, as well as Sabine Grollmus and Stefan Barratdue.

During her studies, Dr. Mendelson won various top prizes in national and regional competitions as well as international prizes. She has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the Balkan region including Kolarac - Belgrade, Sinagoga - Novi Sad and Glazbeni zavod - Zagreb as well as a soloist with several important orchestras including Belgrade Strings 'Dusan Skovran', Nis Symphony Orchestra and St George Strings.

Known for her elegant and sophisticated performances, Dr. Mendelson is an active and successful chamber musician. As a student and member of St George quartet she participated in a masterclass with Prof. David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music. Her outstanding performances led to a scholarship from the Norwegian government to study at the University of Kristiansand.

As a soloist, chamber musician and in leading positions of St George Strings, Belgrade Strings 'Dusan Skovran' and Jewish Chamber Orchestra she has appeared in many festivals, including BEMUS, NOMUS, NIMUS, Ohrid Summer Festival and European Days of Jewish Culture, as well as music festivals in Sofia, Bodrum, Sapanca and Kalemegdan. In addition, she has performed in France, England, Bulgaria, Holland, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Turkey and China as well as all across her native Serbia where she made many recordings for the leading Serbian radio and television stations.

In parallel with her busy performing career, Dr. Mendelson is also in demand as a teacher. She is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts in Nis, Serbia.

Prof. Rintaro Akamatsu pianist

Rintaro Akamatsu

Born in 1978, he started learning the piano and the violin from the age of 2, and the cello from the age of 6. He started becoming active from a very young age. When he was 5, he made his TV debut in the progressions of Mr. Minoru Ozone and Mr. Yasushi Akutagawa. At 10, he performed Mozart’s concerto with his original cadenza. Since winning the 1990 All-Japan Student Music Competition, he has gone on and won several major competitions in the country. In 1993, he received a commendation from the Sendai City Board of Education for educational achievement. In 1996, he joined the ?rst Hamamatsu International Piano Academy. After winning third place at the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition (the judges included Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire), he was hailed as “intelligent and talented” by Dr. Joachim Kaiser. Later, he would go on to win more than 10 awards at international competitions.

After graduating from Kobe University, all the judges unanimously awarded him the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste for both piano and chamber music at L’ Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (all the judges awarded him full marks for chamber music). He studied the piano with Reiko Kumagai, Mikhail Voskresensky, France Clidat, Jean Micault, György Nádor and Zoltán Kocsis, chamber music with Nina Patchett and Christian Ivaldi, and musicology with Akeo Okada.

He has performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra and the Danube Symphony Orchestra etc. Many of the tracks can be found on YouTube. “Due Domenico”, “Angel del Piazzolla”, “And the Bell Tolls” and “Hommage a Invention”, which were released under King International, have been acclaimed in several magazines. In addition to major concert halls within Japan, he has performed in USA, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan and Columbia. From 2016, he has served as a judge for “Danubia Talents”, “Osaka”, “Xabia”, “Liszt”, “Orbetello”(Junior) and “Monegrarte” International Music Competition. He has mentored over 1,000 musicians, and has produced many winners at major domestic and overseas competitions (PTNA Grand Prix, Silver Award, Gold Award, Tokyo Music Competition Champion and many international competitions). Other than being a judge and a Masterclass lecturer, he has also written essays which were published in newspapers and magazines.

Currently: Professor of Budapest International Piano Masterclass, visiting professor at Senzoku Gakuen Music College, a specially-appointed associate professor at Osaka College of Music, and visiting professor at Utsunomiya Junior College.


Federica Monti pianist

Federica Monti

Federica Monti began studying piano at the age of 8 and held her first concert the following year.

Right from the start her remarkable talent was awarded throughout Italy.

In 1990 he wins: 1st Prize at the National Competition for Young Concertists "Citta di Aversa".

In 1992 she wins: 1st overall prize at the "Citta di San Polo" National Piano Competition (Parma);

1st Prize at the National Competition "F. Chopin "of Castellammare di Stabia; 2nd Prize at the National Piano Competition "A.M.A. Calabria "of Catanzaro; 3rd Prize at the International Piano Competition of Cava de 'Tirreni.

In 1993: overcomes the selection for the National final of the "Mozart Prize" International Competition for "Young Musical Talents", an event filmed by Italian Channel TV “Canale 5”.

In 1994: a) wins the 1st Prize at the National Competition "CIDAC" - Young people and music - at the Auditorium of the "Pacinotti Institute" of Scafati;

b) passes a national selection called by the "Heinrich Neuhaus" Music Association to record a record for the "MusikStrasse" Record Company and perform at the Teatro Ghione in Rome.

She then became an internal student of the "S. Pietro A Majella "of Naples under the guidance of Maestro Massimo Bertucci.

In 2004 she won the "Paolella" Award for the best diploma in the year of the Conservatory of Naples.

Federica Monti and Fabio Bianco’s partnership began in 2007, with the conferment with honours of the 2nd Level Academic Diploma in “Musical Disciplines” at the “S. Pietro a Majella” Music Conservatory in Naples. Both musicians come from considerable experience both as soloists and as chamber musicians, yet they have discovered in a brief space of time that they are able to unite their musical talents in a highly natural manner. They immediately gained positive approbation at exhibitions, festivals and music seasons, and at national and international concerts. Under the guidance right from the beginning of Valeria Lambiase, instructor in Chamber Music at the Music Conservatory of Naples, they were admitted in 2007 to the class of M° Pier Narciso Masi at the Academy of Music at Florence.

From 2007 to 2012 they were winners of multiple National and International Competitions :

Second Prize (1 not awarded) at the “ Citta di Camerino ” Young Musicians’ Competition;

Absolute First Prize at the “Citta di Bacoli” 13 Competition, piano four hands category;

In March 2008, they won the 2 Prize (1st not awarded) at the 15 edition of the “ Giulio Rospigliosi” Competition , piano four hands category;

In April 2009, they won 2 prize at the 10 edition of the “ Riviera Etrusca” ( Piombino) Competition, piano four hands category;

In October 2009, they won the 2 Prize (1 and 3 not awarded) at the 19 International Piano Competition “Roma 2009”, piano four hands category ;

In October 2011 , they won the First Prize at the 21 International Piano Competition “Roma 2011”, two piano category.

Their performances have always been distinguished for their refinement of interpretation, their fervor and freshness, and a brilliance and vigour brought to the language of chamber music which derives not just from musical experience, but also from a profound and intimate union.

In June 2009, they received the Biennial DIPLOMA (2007/2009) in Academy Mastery for Musicians with M° Pier Narciso Masi at the Academy of Music of Florence and in the same month they were admitted at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Munich where they are studying with the renowned Tal - Groethuysen piano duo.

The Duo Monti & Bianco is regularly invited to perform at Musical Season and Festival throughout Italy and Europe : Napoli , Roma ; Ravello ; Reggio Emilia ; Procida ; Ischia; Massa Marittima; Belluno ; Firenze; Piove di Sacco ; Pistoia; Sorrento; Gragnano ; Trieste ; Barletta; Nuoro; Gaeta; Ercolano; Fondi; Lamezia Terme ; Formia ; Mantova ; Munich of Bavaria ; Grafelfing ( Munchen) ; Lugano ( Swiss ) ; Marina di Pietrasanta ; Mantova ; Torre del Greco; Crystal Hall Rogaska Slatina ( Slovenia) ;

In a brief period of time they extended their repertoire, which ranges from Bach to contemporary music and it includes the most important compositions for piano 4 hands and for 2 pianos . Since the beginning, however, the Duo has given particular importance to the discovery of important and fascinating works from the piano 4 hands repertory which have been unjustly forgotten , such as works by Carl Reinecke , Joseph Rheinberger , Hermann Goetz , Max Reger . They have always been applauded by both the public and critics alike as musicians with a great communication skills and with an elegant and intimate union. Throughout the years, the Duo has been appreciated for their brilliant technique , passion and intimacy , and for the remarkable quality of their sound .

Recently , the Duo debuted in Munich of Bavaria in the Großen Konzertsaal of the Musikhochschule receiving critics and public successful , with programs for two pianos and piano 4 hands .

In February 2011 the Duo was invited to play in the prestigious “ Klavier Festival” in Monaco of Bavaria with the rare performance of the Reinecke’ s Sonata op. 35 for piano 4 Hands .

In May 2011 the Duo debuted in the “ Scarlatti Hall” at the Conservatory of Naples “ S. Pietro a Majella” with the Concert op. 153 by C. Czerny for piano 4 hands and Orchestra.

In July 2011 the Duo received the “ Meisterklassediplom” at the Hochschule für Musik und Teather of Munich in the class of the Duo Tal – Groethuysen .

In October 2011 Federica Monti and Fabio Bianco won the First Prize at the 21 International Piano Competition “Roma 2011”, Two Piano category.

In May 2012 the Duo won the Second Prize at the “Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition”- New York , Piano 4 Hands category .

In July 2012 the Duo was invited to play at the Klavier Marathon Rogaska ( Slovenia) in the famous Krystal Hall where Liszt played in 1846

In September 2014 the Duo Monti & Bianco debuted in the 62 Edition of the prestigious Ravello Festival 2014 with a program dedicated to Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner .

In April 2017 the Duo debuted in China with a long tour of concerts playing in gorgeus theaters and concert halls in the cities of Shanghai , Changsha , Yueyang, Nanjing , Dongguan etc..

Since from 2008 Federica teaches Piano in Musical Accademy “Note sul Mare” in Ischia island and she is the Artistic Director of the “Ischia” International Piano Competition.

Website : www.duomontibianco.com

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/NotesulMare

András Csáki guitarist

Csáki András

András Csáki was born in Budapest 1981, and began to play the guitar at the age of 11. He graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music with honor in 2007, where his professor was József Eötvös. In 2012/2013 he pursued graduate studies in the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant. He received his Doctorate degree in 2014 at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Since 1995 András has been a regular participant of international master classes all over the world, including master classes held by Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, Costas Cotsiolis, David Russell, Angel and Pepe Romero.

Until the year of 2011 he received 24 prizes, among others he was awarded with the first prize in the 51st Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 2008, and in the 42nd "Michele Pittaluga" Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy 2009, Julian Arcas Guitar Competition, Spain 2011. Besides solo recitals, he is also devoted to chamber music. He has had several opportunities to play guitar concertos with symphonic orchestras in Hungary and abroad.

He has frequently been asked to give master classes in various countries, such as China, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Romania, Russia, USA and his native Hungary. At the moment he is appointed professor at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.