II. Danubia Talents Liszt 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
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Edda Silvestri

Edda Silvestri

Training

Edda Silvestri completed her studies at Naples Conservatory, graduating in transverse flute (1973) at 18 with M° Ferdinando Staiano. She took this further with Jean Claude Masi and Conrad Klemm. Contemporarily she studied Composition with M° Bruno Mazzotta and Percussion with M° Antonio Bonomo.

In 1973 she won First Prize at Concorso Nazionale Musicisti in Rome. She has been a flute maestro since 1974, teaching at Campobasso and Frosinone Conservatories. Since 1990 she has held tenure at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music.

Activities as Director

In the Rome Conservatory she held position of Vice Director from October 2005. She was Vice Commissioner of the Conservatory from 28 September 2006 to 9 October 2007, acting as director, pursuant to art. 6 of D.P.R. 132, 2003. She was then elected Director for the Triennial 2007/2010, and when this expired, she was reconfirmed for a further mandate until 2013.

In the two mandates available, Edda Silvestri focused on her primary objective of returning to the Santa Cecilia Conservatory its role, centrality and functions so it would again be the greatest musical educational institution in Italy. This aim was reached and how. The results obtained are important and varied: reclaiming teaching; relocating the Conservatory into the national and international productive panorama; redefining qualified relations with other Institutions in the sector; reclaiming the premises and instrumental park the Conservaory enjoys.

She saw to a systematic intervention plan, which led to the sonorisation of the Academy Hall and the construction of a research laboratory for studying sound spacing (€130,000 invested in the capital account). A multi-year purchase plan was completed, with investments equal to €230,000 to renew the instrumental park.

Interventions to statically consolidate the premises and reclaim the Academic Hall with investments of € 500,000.

Thanks to M° Edda Silvestri, who on her on volition firmly made further spaces necessary, second premises for the Conservatory, through continued work soliciting political and military Institutions, lasting three years (2010/2013), the Ministry of Defence gave Santa Cecilia Conservatory the State Property of the Santa Andrea delle Fratte Complex, ex convent, ex Royal Crew barracks, ex High Command Fifth Department premises. This means 1400 sq m, turned into halls and rehearsal rooms, just 700 metres away from the historic headquarters on via dei Greci.

Conventions and agreements

M° Silvestri has struck many conventions and agreements with national and international Organs and Institutions, firstly for the Santa Cecilia Conservatory: Tokyo – Conservatory of Tokyo (Japan); Peking Central Conservatory and Guangdong Conservatory Association (China); Kazakhistan Conservatory; Seowon University (Korea); Conservatory of Milan; then for Pianeta Arte: Xin Hua College of Sun Yat-Sen University (China); Lu Opera Group of Dongying City People’s Republic of China; Temple University; Korea Lifemusic Association (Korea); Universidad EAFIT (Colombia); Chengdu Shangkun (International) Art School international Center (China); Beijing Zhong Yikun Tecnology Training.

Since 2018, Pianeta Arte has been in the China Conservatory of Music project.

Further, on 28 September M° Silvestri was awarded the title of Honorary Director of the Art, Design and Media Faculty and the Music Faculty of Xin Hua College Of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Edda Silvestri has also enjoyed intensive concert activities.

She has been guest artist for internationally important Organs, Festivals and events. Since the ‘90s she has furthered her study of contemporary music and devoted herself to her solo repertory of different types of flute: flute in C, flute in G, bass flute.

Kevin Jun Zhao pianist

Dr. Kevin Jun Zhao

Pianist Dr. Kevin Jun Zhao is both an active performer and a music event organizer. He is a guest professor at the China Zhengzhou Education College and his previous work experience includes being the former Head of Asian Culture Exchange Department at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, and being the project manager for foreign students at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Dr. Kevin Jun Zhao is the executive director of Dragon Culture Exchange NGO - a non-profit organization for arranging cultural events between Europe and Asia - having already organized numerous concerts in Estonia, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Poland, China, etc. He has a Piano Performance BA degree and a Global Business Management MA certificate from China, he has obtained two MA degrees (piano and accompaniment) from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as a PhD in chamber music/accompaniment, during which he also studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Dr. Kevin Jun Zhao is the founder of the Guilin Piano Festival in China, a board member of the European Academic Artists Association, a member of the European Piano Teachers Association of Ireland, a member of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association, a member of the European Association for Music in Schools, a member of the China Sichuan Musicians Union Board, the coordinator for “Sichuan China Culture Exchange Program”, the artistic director of the China-Europe Music Center in Shanghai, one of the artistic directors of the Chinese New Year Gala Festival in Sichuan. Dr. Kevin Jun Zhao is the founder and artistic director of the ODIN International Music Festival which was established in August 2016. He regularly participates in the juries of several piano competitions in Europe and Asia. As of 2018, he has been appointed a guest professor of China Shaunliu Arts Music College.

Roberto Galletto pianist

Roberto Galletto

Heir to the chamber music tradition of Eugenio Bagnoli (renowned pianist disciple of  A.Casella with multifaceted activities in duo with N.Milstein, H.Szeryng, Y.Menuhin, Z.Francescatti, J.Starker and many others) to which he owes his training, he graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "B. Marcello" in Venice. Follows the courses of Franco Gulli, Marco Zuccarini and of the New York University-Department of Music, also studying conducting. Performs at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and so on.

The artistic work includes hundreds of concerts in Italy, Europe, Russia, Malaysia and Africa. He collaborates with musicians such as the violinist Felix Ayo and Georg Monch, the tenor Luigi Alva, the soprano Katia Ricciarelli, the mezzosoprano Sara Mingardo, the violinist Giuliano Fontanella, the first flute of RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin Dante Millozzi and others. He gets great success with concerts of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, etc. together symphony complex of fame such as the Orchestra of Radio and Television in Ljubljana.

The repertoire is vast: it includes songs from the eighteenth century to the present day and complete cycles of various authors  which all the Mozart sonatas for piano and violin, the work for piano duet by Mozart and Brahms, the Sonatas by Hummel with flute, etc.

He is invited to play in honor to the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the mezzosoprano Giulietta Simionato and others bigs artists; he performs live for domestic and foreign TV broadcasting. Makes recordings for the labels Decca, Newton Compton, Rivo Alto, Idyllium, Inedita CD e Metis Film. He Is often jury president or member in national and international piano and chamber music competition, regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Italy and abroad (Paderewski Academy of Poznan - Poland, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Mannheim - Germany, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn - Estonia, State Conservatoire in Kazan - Russia, etc).

His students are often rewarded in various Italian and international competitions. By years is artistic director of several concert seasons and music performance competitions: actually he is member of the National Artistic Direction of A.Gi.Mus. and the President of A.Gi.Mus Fano Marche-Rotary Club Fano. He is Professor of Chamber Music at the Statal Conservatory of Music "S. Cecilia" in Rome and institutional member of the “European Chamber Music Teachers Association”.

www.robertogalletto.it

Drahomira Biligova pianist

Drahomira Biligova pianist

Graduated in piano studies with full marks under the guidance of Pavla Pokojna at the Conservatory of Bratislava, her hometown.

Specialised in piano studies in Belgium with Jacques Genty, winning the Premier Prix at the Conservatory of Mons, at Bonn with Stefan Askenase and in Rome with Fausto Zadra, Carlo Zecchi, Tito Aprea and Guido Agosti.

Specialisation courses at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Carlo Zecchi and Enrico Mainardi, and at the Centro Internazionale di Studi Musicali with Nikita Magaloff. Winner of the First Prize at the Brussels “F. Chopin” Contest in 1969, since then she has held numerous concerts for major concert organisations, both as soloist and with chamber orchestra, in Czechoslovakia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Turkey and Italy.

She has taken part in international festivals, including the XXI Festival dei Due Mondi at Spoleto. For Italian television, she recorded a commemorative concert for the 50th anniversary of the death of Leos Janacek. She has recorded for RCA, as well as participating in the sound tracks of Nino Rota, Luis Bacalov, Armando Trovaioli and Carlo Crivelli. In December 2003 she took part in the Manifestazione Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea “Corpi del Suono”, performing “Plus Minus” by Stockhausen. She holds specialisation courses regularly in Italy and abroad, and has sat on the jury of numerous Italian and international contests. She holds the principal chair for pianoforte at the Conservatory “A. Casella” at L’Aquila, Italy.