VII. Danubia Talents International Music Competition LIVE 2022 Budapest - Jury

Elio Orio

Elio Orio

He’s Director at “Pollini” Padova's State Conservatoire. He started to study music at Asti’s local music school, where he was violin teacher for nearly 20 years. He went on studying with Camillo Grasso (first violin at Rome’s Opera Theatre), Corrado Romano (teacher of Uto Ughi) and Franco Gulli (concert performer and teacher at Bloomington University- USA). Before getting his degree in violin he started to work for some of the most important National Orchestras (RAI national television, “Carlo Felice” Theatre in Genova, Opera Theatre in Rome, Regio Opera Theatre in Torino and some others…).

Then, he devoted himself to the study of chamber music and founded the  Athenaeum Piano Quartet that made him win several prizes in different competitions. He also performed concerts for important associations and attended Siena’s Chigiana Academy (tnanks to a grant) where he got a merit degree. He played in a quartet with Bruno Canino and Pier Narciso Masi, two of the most important Italian pianists. Besides, he often performed solo concerts and he was first violin in many Italian orchestras. He founded Asti’s Chamber Ensemble and promoted Asti’s Symphony Orchestra, whose first concert, conducted by Orio himself,  took place at the “Alfieri”  Theatre in Asti.

After taking a public examination he became a  conservatoire teacher.

He has been giving summer proficiency courses since 1999 and Masterclasses in Malaga and Oviedo, (Spain), Cyprus, Banska Bystrica (Slovak), Porto and Braganca (Portugal), Istanbul (Turkey), Timisoara (Romania), Thessaloniki (Greece), Francisco Beltrao (Brazil), China (Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuhan, and others), Kazakistan (Astana and Almati).

He played in Italy, Swisserland, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Slovak, Chek Republic, Brazil, China, Kazakistan, Cyprus, Syria.

Invited by State Conservatory in St. Petersburg for an educational meeting.

In addition, he got a degree in viola.

He was often invited as a member of the Tekfen Filarmonyc Orchestra in Istanbul, formed by the best musicians of more than 20 different countries.

From november 2009 to 2015 he was director of the “Buzzolla” Conservatory of Music in Adria.

Julianna Kiss

Kiss Julianna zongoraművész

Julianna Kiss was born in Miskolc (Hungary), she started her music 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. And received her Postgraduate degree from the Mdw Universita¨t fu¨r Musik und Darstellende Ku¨nste Wien and is holding a concert diploma in piano from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pe´cs in Hungary. From 2012 to 2015 Julianna studied Mentor teacher program and Kova´cs-method at the Budapest ELTE-PPK University and received further impulses from professors  of  piano,  such  as  Sa´ndor  Falvai,  Gyo¨ngyi  Keveha´zi,  La´szlo´  Gyimesi,  Attila Ne´methy,  Tama´s  Va´sa´ry,  De´nes  Varjon,  Csaba  Kira´ly, Thomas Kreuzberger , Eun Ju Lee.

She studied the heritage of Liszt and Barto´k and Russian piano school method from them. She studied the fortepiano music on the Masterclass of legendary Prof . Malcom Bilson, Chamber music at the Music University of Padua. Julianna is the winner of several National and International Music Competitions, for example: 10th. 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  works  in  Budapest  as  a  sought-after  piano  teacher  and  is  also  employed as a piano mentor and piano teacher consultant. She  is  an  enthusiastic  representative  and  advertiser  of  Kova´cs-method,  which  takes  an important part of 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 for her prominent work in music teaching and talent management. From 2014 she is a member of „Nemzeti Pedago´gus Kar” (National Teacher Faculty). She became the consultant for music teachers in 2015 and head of the Keyboard Department in the A´da´m Jeno? music school since 2012.

Her  piano  students  have  already  won  close  than  250  prizes  at  national  and  international competitions.

Julianna is the founder and artistic director of the Danubia Talents International Music Festival and Competitions and holds 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 Va´c 2016. 
7th. International Competition “Youth Academy Awards” Rome 2017. 
II. Danubia Talents International Music Competition Va´c 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 Va´c 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. 
Danubia Talents International Online Music Competition 2020, Franz Liszt Center International Piano Competition 2021,
Orbetello Piano Competition Orbetello 2021.

As  a  concert  pianist  she  tours  all  over  Europe,  playing  concerts  in  Italy,  Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. Julianna 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 where he performed live for the TV broadcasting Virtuosos Talent Show). She organized the first Casio Festival in Hungary & Roma & Vienna and gave a concert.

She has organized concerts and exhibitions for young talents and supports young talents in many different ways.

Julianna  participated  with  four  Hungarian  young  students  in  an  ERASMUS  program  in  ITALY (2018. Music, a bridge among cultures).

She  collaborates  with  AIMART  (Accademia  Internazionale  di  Musica  e  Arte  Rome)  and Accademia d’Ungheria Rome, Shanghai Conservatory of music among others.

Eckhardt Gábor

Eckhardt Gábor

Tanulmányok

1963-1971    Kodály Zoltán Ének-Zenei Általános Iskola, Budapest (tanár: Szirányi Jánosné)
1971-1975    Bartók Béla Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola (tanár: Hambalkó Edit)
1975-1980    Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskola, második évfolyam (tanárok: Falvai Sándor, Kurtág György)
1980-1982    Csajkovszkij Konzervatórium, Moszkva (tanár: Dmitrij Baskirov)

Végzettségek

1982    Művész-tanári diploma (Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskola)
1998    Kulturális menedzser diploma (ELTE Bölcsészettudományi Kar)
2001    Szoftver-üzemeltető bizonyítvány (OKJ)
2002    Habilitáció (DLA)

Kurzusok:

1973    Amadeus Webersinke (Weimar)
1977    Rudolf Kerer (Weimar)
1978    Vásáry Tamás (Budapest)
1979    Dmitrij Baskirov (Budapest)
1986    Malcolm Bilson - fortepiano (Fertőd)

Versenyeredmény:

1980    Dohnányi Ernő Zongoraverseny, Budapest – I. díj

Díjak, kitűntetések:

1985-    Artisjus-díj (8 alkalom)
1996    Liszt-díj
2012    Artisjus Életmű-díj

2022    Az Év Legjobb Tanára

Intenzív előadóművészeti tevékenységet folytat itthon és külföldön egyaránt. Elkötelezettje a kortárs zenének is.

Hangversenyezik többek között Albániában, Ausztriában, Belgiumban, Csehországban, az Egyesült Királyságban, Észtországban, Finnországban, Franciaországban, Görögországban, Hollandiában, Horvátországban, Németországban, Olaszországban, Oroszországban, Portugáliában, Spanyol-országban, Svájcban, Szlovákiában, továbbá Egyiptomban, az Egyesült Államokban, Japánban, Kínában és Vietnamban.

Repertoárja a szóló zongoraművek és a kamarazene irodalmán át a zenekari zongora-szólamokig terjed ki. Elkötelezettje a kortárs zenének.

1985-2010 Intermoduláció Kamaraegyüttes (alapító tag) - Tihanyi László (karmester)

1997-2012 Trio d'Echo - Horn András (klarinét), Déri György (cselló)

2003-2009 Budapesti Fesztiválzenekar (I. zongora szólam) - Fischer Iván (karmester)

Alex Szilasi

Alex Szilasi

Alex Szilasi was born in Parma, Italy in 1968, of strong Hungarian musical roots. His grandfather, Imre Csenki (d. 1998), was a composer, conductor and music teacher well known for his revival and celebration of Hungarian folk music. When his parents decided to return to Hungary in 1977, nineyear old Alex spoke only Italian, but his piano playing skills suffered no language barriers: that same year, he won the national competition in rnusic school and gave his first recital in Budapest. It marked the beginning of a lifelong love affair with classical music and the unique voice of the piano.

Alex Szilasi's work has become synonymous with the music of Chopin in Hungary. With 2010 marking the bicentenary of the birth of Chopin, he was busy with international performances honouring the great Polish composer and pianist. He began his studies in Budapest at the Béla Bartók Academy of Music in Budapest, followed by the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, also in Budapest, taught by masters including Ferenc Rados, Sándor Falvai and Peter Solymos. After receiving his diploma in 1993, he toured the world, giving concerts in Austria, in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Poland, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, the United States and Canada. From 1998 to 2001, he took the chair of piano faculty at Taegu University in South Korea.

In 2001, he became the director of the collection "Esther" and the complete library of Chopin, presented by Editions Fuzeau (France).

The Chopin connection runs deep, with Alex deeply imbedded in the music at every level, from the compositions themselves and the recording of Chopin's work, to playing on the same kind of piano Chopin was known to prefer.

Alex Szilasi's commitment to the authenticity of Chopin comes through strongest when he is performing on an authentic Pleyel piano built in 1849, the year of Chopin's death. The Pleyel, configured differently than conventional keyboards of today, was Chopin's favourite model to play on, one he described as "the last word in perfection."
Built by his friend Camille Pleyel in Paris, Chopin believed the Pleyel piano was most ideally suited to his music. "When I feel in good form and strong enough to find my own individual sound, then I need a Pleyel piano," he said. Franz Liszt wrote that Chopin "particularly cherished" Pleyel pianos "for their silvery and slightly veiled sonority and their lightness of touch" and antique keyboard collectors of today assert that notes played on the Pleyel produce a unique sound, dying away quickly, resulting in a completely different texture to the music than the long, sustaining notes of today's pianos.
In 2005, Alex Szilasi performed a concert at the newly inaugurated Palace of Arts in Budapest in 2005 and presented two 19th century Pleyel pianos as a gift to the magnificent concert hall. The concert was advertised simply as: Chopin - Pleyel - Szilasi, crediting the pianomaker and piano equally with the composer and player, the heart of Szilasi's musical philosophy. Following his success at the Palace of Arts, he was invited to perform a season of concerts in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, dedicated to romanticism.

The next year, a series of four seasons made its debut: the complete works of Chopin performed by Alex Szilasi over four years, playing every piece Chopin ever wrote in honour of the approaching bicentennial anniversary of the composer's birth. In addition to these musical evenings, concerts were performed throughout Hungary in various cities, universities and museums.

From these 2006-2010 performances, four CD compilations have been released by the Hungaroton Classic label, all under the umbrella title "The Complete Bicentennial Edition of the Works of Chopin". The first is subtitled Valses (Waltzes), the second, a two-disc compilation, Mazurkas, the third contains all Polonaises, and the fourth presenting the art of Chopin's songs. Authentic Pleyel pianos are used for every recording.

In 2010 Alex Szilasi celebrated the opening concerts of the bicentenial year of Chopin's birth in Poland (Bydgoszcz 19/02/2010) and Hungary (Budapest 01/03/2010) performing on both concerts orchestral piano works of Chopin, on Pleyel P-280 Concert Grand piano, directly disposed by Pianos Pleyel factory (Paris - France). The concert was broadcasted by the MR3 Bartok national radio channel and the "DUNA TV", the national satellite TV channel.

Szilasi's credits and awards are numerous, but among them are: Soloist for Radio Hungary (1991); winning Italy's GIA competitions and the and Kawai Prize in 1994 and 1995 respectively; Hungary's Kölcsey Cultural Prize in 2005. He was also named Best Classical Musician of the Year in 2007 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Classical Musician of the Year in 2008 by Hungary's Gramofon Classical and Jazz Magazine. In 2010, he received the Chopin Passport given by the Chopin 2010 Celebrations Office. In 2011 he has been decorated by the Minister of Culture in Poland M. Bogdan Zdrojewski with the Order for Polish Culture (Zasłuzony dla Kultury Polskiej). In 2012 he became owner of the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit.

In 2012, he was invited to recording Chopin’s nocturnes for the red label “Real Chopin” series of the Polish Fryderyk Chopin Institute - Warsaw, (appeared in august 2012) playing on his own pianino Pleyel dated from 1847, a single instrument similar to the famous pianino Pleyel 13555 signed by Chopin, exhibited in the National Chopin Museum in Warsaw.

In 2015 he was invited to the Budapest Spring Festival, performing a concert in the prestigious Vigado Concert Hall on different Pleyel pianos, from the era of Chopin to the present time. He was the first pianist who played in Hungary on the newest ultramodern Pleyel piano designed by Peugeot Design Lab in Paris.
Since 2015, Alex Szilasi is the guest of different festivals and concert halls in the People Republic of China.
He owned yearlong radio program every week called "Chopiniana" on Radio Classic Hungary in 2009, and organize regularly romantic salons in different locations (museums, institutions, private locations).

Alex Szilasi owns a single collection of ancient pianos, among them two Pleyel pianos from Chopins time (1843, 1847) and two Erard pianos (1847, 1866).

He is co-owner of Zeneszalon Concert and Piano Ltd. in Budapest, wich is organizing concert events, and lend and sell pianos of the romantic period. (www.zeneszalon.hu)

Sándor Papp

Papp Sándor

Sándor Papp (1965) began his musical studies in Debrecen with András Tüske, then he was admitted to the Zoltán Kodály Secondary School of Music, where his teachers were István Adrovicz and István Papp.

He continued his higher education at the Bratislava Academy of Music, where he graduated as an art teacher as a student of Jozef Zsapka.

In 1990, he reached the finals of the Paris Guitar Competition.

He has attended several courses in addition to such excellent masters as Roberto Aussel, David Russel, Alirio Diaz, Gianfranco Volpato, Wolfgang Lendle.

He regularly gives concerts and courses at home and abroad (France, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Denmark, England, Croatia, Spain, Australia, Mexico).

Guitar competitions in Hungary are related to his activities (Chilean competition of Chilean composer L. Letelier with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra, work of Australian composer R. Charlton entitled “Mosaic” for guitar, percussion and string orchestra, with the string orchestra of the Béla Bartók Institute of Music of the University of Miskolc, and he played guitar competitions with the symphony orchestras of Debrecen, Miskolc, Szolnok and Szabolcs.

So far, he has released four CDs (1997, 2002, 2004, 2008). Artistic director of the Gyöngyös International Guitar Festival.

Founder of the Debrecen Guitar Quartet. He is a member of the Nobilart Arts Association.

He received his doctorate in performing in 2007 from the Bratislava Academy of Music. Subject: Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) Spanish guitar composer, educator as a performer, educator, technical innovations and his influence on his contemporaries.

Since 1991 he has been teaching at the Béla Bartók Grammar School of Music and Dance in Miskolc, and from 1994 as a guitar teacher at the Béla Bartók Institute of Music at the University of Miskolc, and from 2019 as director of the Institute.

Edit Hruby

Hruby Edit

Egyetemi diplomáját a Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem Debreceni Konzervatóriumában szerezte. Tanulmányai utolsó évében Firenzében nyert énekversenyt, majd a New York Sate University és a Greater Buffalo Opera Company ösztöndíjasa lett Amerikában.

Amerikából hazatérve egy éven át a Magyar Rádió énekese, majd a Budapesti Operabarátok Ösztöndíját nyerte el. A Magyar Állami Operaházban Puccini Bohéméletének Musetta-jaként debütált, majd olyan darabokban énekelt, mint Bizet: Carmen, Britten: Peter Grimes, Verdi: Rigoletto, Vajda: Leonce és Léna, Kacsóh: János vitéz, stb. Ezzel párhuzamosan a Debreceni Csokonai Színházban Mozart: Varázsfuvolában Pamina, Cimarosa: Titkos házasságában Carolina. Tíz éven át a Pesti Vigadóban, majd a Belvárosi Színházban működő Interoperett  primadonnája.

Együtt dolgozott többek között Lukács Ervinnel, Medveczky Ádámmal, Kovács Jánossal, Pál Tamással, Oberfrank Péterrel, Köteles Gézával, Török Gézával, Kocsár Balázzsal, Kesselyák Gergellyel, Tokody Ilonával, Wiedemann Bernadettel, Kiss B. Attilával, Kertessi Ingriddel, Temesi Máriával, Fekete Attilával, csak hogy néhány nevet említsünk. Mesterei Pászthy Júlia és Laki Krisztina voltak.

Meghívott vendégművészként fellépett Európa szinte minden országában, Ausztriában, Olaszországban, Svájcban, Belgiumban, Franciaországban, Németországban, Hollandiában, Romániában, illetve az Amerikai Egyesült Államokban.

Énekesi pályafutása mellett mindvégig a tanításnak is ugyanolyan fontos szerepet tulajdonított. Majd’ 10 évig Újpesten a magánének-tanszak vezetője. Az Erkel Opera-stúdió alapítója, művészeti vezetője, mely 2018-ban bekerült Magyar Alapfokú Művészetpedagógia Értéktárába.

Nagy sikerrel tart énekes mesterkurzusokat is.

2015 óta a Debreceni Egyetem Zeneművészeti Karának ének tanszékén tanít, mesteroktató, tanszékvezető-helyettes.

György Gyivicsan

Gyivicsan György

György Gyivicsan graduated at University of Szeged - Faculty of Music in 2001 and earned university degree. During his studies he attended and remunerated several times at national competitions. After this he got admitted to the college of Freiburg as one of the pupils of the world famous musician, Mr. Branimir Slokar. During his studies at Freiburg he has won a scholarship to Berlin Radio Symphonic Orchestra and has been a major member of the orchestra for two years.

He was one of the founders of Genesis Brass that was established together with colleagues who are taking major roles in Berlin’s notable orchestras. They have recorded numerous CDs and have given concerts and live TV shows as well. After successful graduation at Freiburg he moved to Switzerland to continue his studies at Bern University of the Arts - Music Faculty.

One of the highlights of Mr. Gyivicsan’s career was the winning of the international competition in Porcia (Italy) in December 2003

After the invitation from Branimir Slokar in 2004 he became a perpetual member of Slokar Quartet. Ever since they made numerous CD-recordings and gave concerts all over the world.

He finished his studies at Bern University in 2005 and earned a soloist diploma. Afterwards he started teaching at University of Szeged - Faculty of Music as a trombone professor.

He has been regularly invited to give concerts and to host courses in countries like Portugal, Italy, Austria, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, Slovenia and the US. In September, 2010 he was a visiting professor in New York. He also hosted a master class in Argentina at Trombonanza in 2013 where he got invited for 2015 as well. He played a solo concert at the International Trombone Festival in Iowa in 2018.

He founded the Szeged Trombone Ensemble together with his former students and performed lots of concerts. Their fourth CD ‘OVERTONALITY’ was released on 2019.

He earned a DLA at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Doctoral School in 2013. Mr. Gyivicsan was a member of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra between 2013-2015.

Since 1. feb. 2019 Mr. Gyivicsan become the trombone professor of the Liszt Academy in Budapest.

Phu Koanantakool

Phu Koanantakool

Phu Koanantakool was born in 1985. He was a speed metal drummer before he began to study piano at 17 with Ajarn Komkam Chaleypoj.

He was admitted to Silpakorn University in 2003 and studied under Jun Komatsu and Jamorn Supapol respectively. Phu passed the entrance examination at the prestigious Mozarteum in 2005 and studied under Prof. Gereon Kleiner.

Despite the relative brevity of his formal studies, his devotion to the instrument has become one of the most sought-after pianists in both Thailand and abroad.

He has taken master classes receiving the valuable influence of many great artists, such as K. Popowa- Zydroń, R. Levin, A. Schiff, K.H. Kämmerling, A.Jasinski, H. Leygraf, D. Bashkirov, G. Steinschaden, G. Romero, O. Łazarska, S. Kutrzeba, S. Dorenski, M. Szczepanski, R. Plagge, M. Mollova and J.F. Antonioli. He has also taken private classes with many artists, such as D. Parakhina, V.Krainev, P. Zereu, S. Koch, M. Ivanova, B. Lerner, Eri Nakagawa, W. Schmitt-Leonardy, C. Keller and S. Bhanomyong. He was also one of the last pupils of the late Thailand National Artist Piyabhand Sanitwongse na Ayutthaya.

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from HEMU Haute Ecole de Musique (University of Music Lausanne) and studied with J.F. Antonioli and R. Castro. He also received chamber music lessons from Vincent Coq. He went on to study his Master’s degree at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under the tutelage of P. Paleczny and chamber music under the guidance of K. Jankowska.

Phu has performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Russia and made his native debut in Bangkok back in 2010, performing the whole 24 Chopin’s études and is still the only Thai pianist who has achieved this feat. He’s also the first Thai pianist who performed the complete set of Liszt’s 12 Études d'exécution transcendante.

Kazue Kuwana

Kazue Kuwana

Oboist, cultural art organizer

Alisa Katroshi

Alisa Katroshi

Alisa Katroshi is an internationally renowned soprano with unique ‘brown voice’ starring in title roles of classics such as Tosca and Aida throughout Europe.

Leading Roles

Alisa has starred as Mimi in La Boheme, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly as well as Aida in Aida and Floria Tosca in Tosca. Further key roles have been performed by Alisa in ‘La forza del destino’ as well as ‘Un ballo in maschera’.

Defining Directors

Alisa has cooperated with directors of the calibre of Andrea Battistoni, Hermann Breuer, Daniela Candiotto, Wolfgang Seeliger, Helge Dorsch, Hans Friedrich Harle as well as Alfredo Sorichetti and performed with a number of leading orchestras such as: l’Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, the Orchestra of the Albanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Frankfurter Symphoniker Orchestra, the Rhein-Main Philharmoniker, the Orchestra of the National Theatre of Constanta as well as Radio & Television Orchestra of Tirana.

Famous Stages

Alisa has performed in recent years on stages such as Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Nuovo di Verona, Teatro Camploy di Verona, Auditorium Della Gran Guardia di Verona, Teatro Verdi di Padova, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, UP Ujpesti Theatre Budapest as well as at secondary stages in Rome, Milan, Imperia, Alassio, Palermo, Taormina, Frankfurt, Mainz, Darmstadt, Budapest, Presevo and Skopje. Alisa is always welcome to her original home stage of the National Opera of Tirana.

Impactful Teachers

Alisa has been studying with Daniela Dessi (key impact on technique), Mirella Freni (key impact on interpretation of music), Marcello Lippi (key impact on artistic interpretation and dramatic personalities) as well as Alida Ferrarini, Fiorenza Cedolins and Maria Noto. She is currently studying with Sylvia Sass.

International Excellence

Alisa is the winner of multiple prestigious singing competitions from ‘Villa in Canto’ to ‘Martinelli Pertile’, from ‘O.M.E.G.A’ to ‘Cavalier Davide Vignolo’, from ‘Antonio Salieri’ to ‘Anita Qerquetti’ and more. Alisa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana (2005) and Summa Cum Laude from Conservatorio di Verona (2009).Alisa spends significant time in Hungary, Albania as well as Italy.

Anna Rutkowska-Schock - piano accompanist

Anna Rutkowska-Schock

Anna Rutkowska-Schock was born in Wrocław, Poland. She started her piano education under Prof. Helena Furmanowicz. As a student, she was a laureate of many national competitions; in 1992 she was the finalist of a 4-stage European Chopin Competition in Darmstad.

In 1996, she was the Laureate of The Stage of the Young at the Piano Festival in Słupsk, Poland. In 1997, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Boise State University (Idaho, USA) by Dr. Madeleine Forte. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Piano Performance with Magna Cum Laude distinction. She completed her master’s degree under Prof. Grzegorz Kurzyński at the K. Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.

In 2003, Anna received the Best Collaborative Pianist award at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Sicily and, as a result, performed many times at Carnegie Hall in New York, other American venues (Yamaha Hall, New York University, Radford University and University of Arkansas) and in England.  She has been invited as the official pianist for international music competitions in Rome (2004), Peru (Trujillo, 2005), Slovakia (Trnava, 2006-2010), Sicily (Ragusa IBLA, 2004-2015) and several vocal competitions in Poland. Presently Anna is the official pianist for the Australian Flute Festival. During its last edition, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019, Anna played a recital of Ian Clarke's compositions with the composer and illustrated on the piano all the works submitted for a composition competition for pieces for flute and piano. She is also an official pianist for the annual National Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition in Częstochowa, Poland.

So far the pianist has received more than 50 awards for Best Piano Collaborator from different music competitions in Poland and abroad. She has been a jury member of several editions of the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition in Sicily and of the International Piano Competition in Surabaya (Indonesia) in 2011.

In 2006, as a result of successful auditions at Juilliard School, she received a full scholarship to take part in the 2-month Summer Academy of Music, organized by Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, California. During this course she mastered her collaborative piano skills under Anne Epperson and Jonathan Feldman. In 2007 she was the artistic director of the Festival of American Music in Wrocław.

In 2016 Anna joined an Australian chamber music group named The Hourglass Ensemble with which she has taken part in many concerts in Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. The ensemble mostly promotes music by contemporary Australian composers and performs the most prominent compositions of well-known chamber music repertoire. Each project is crowned with a performance at Sydney Opera House. So far Anna has performed in the following Australian venues: Cathedral of St. Stephen in Brisbane, Wesley Music Centre in Canberra, the Polish Consulate in Sydney, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Independent Theatre in Sydney and the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has also performed live on-air with an interview on the radio station Fine Music 102.5 in Sydney. 

In 2022 Anna Rutkowska-Schock performed at a 2-week International Collaborative Piano Festival in Puerto Rico (San Germán), organized by Puerto Rico Center for Collaborative Piano.  At the end, Anna accepted an invitation to join its committee which is now working on organizing the next edition of the festival in 2023.

So far the pianist has performed on five continents, with people from about 40 different countries. Apart from performing, Anna also dedicates her time to research. She gave lectures during international piano conferences in the USA (New York, 2005), Indonesia (Surabaya, 2011) and Puerto Rico (San Germán, 2022).

Anna Rutkowska-Schock is employed as a professor at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (with a post-doctoral degree) and teaches at the Ryszard Bukowski Secondary Music School in Wrocław. To date, she has published five CDs, four with French music (solo and chamber) and one with contemporary Polish music. In 2017 she received an award by the Polish Minister of Art and Culture called Meritorious for the Polish Culture.