IX. Danubia Talents International Music Competition 2024 - LIVE-PRESENCE - Jury

Julianna Kiss

Julianna Kiss

Julianna Kiss was born in 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 Pécs in Hungary. From 2012 to 2015 she studied Mentor teacher program and Kovács-method at the Budapest ELTE-PPK University. She has received her Postgraduate Degree (Piano, Art Song, Chamber Music Repertoire) in Universitát für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Her Professors: Thomas Kreuzberger, Eun Ju Lee, Yuko Batik. 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. 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.
Hungarian Silver Cross of Merit state award in 2023. The Hungarian Order of Merit is the fourth highest State Order of Hungary. The degrees of the Order of Merit are awarded to persons who carry out exemplary activities in the field of culture, science, art, as well as in their own field of expertise - in order to promote the interests of Hungary and increase universal human interests. The awards are granted by the President of the Republic.
Her piano students have already won close than 500 prizes at national and international

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, Spain, Austria, Hungary.

As a concert pianist she tours all over Europe. 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 Roma Vienna gave a concert. 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).

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

Prof. Rintaro Akamatsu

Prof. Rintaro Akamatsu

Rintaro Akamatsu began studying the piano and the violin at the age of 2, and the cello at the age of 6. He showed remarkable talent from a very young age. At the age of 5, he made his TV debut, showcasing his skills. By the age of 10, he performed Mozart's concerto with his original cadenza. Since winning the All Japan Student Music Competition in 1990, he has achieved success in several major competitions in Japan.

His first international recognition came in 2000 when he won third prize at the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition, which featured esteemed judges such as Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. Dr. Joachim Kaiser praised him as "really intelligent and talented" during this achievement.

After graduating from Kobe University, he received unanimous acclaim from the judges who awarded him the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste for both piano and chamber music at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He excelled in chamber music, receiving full marks from all the judges. He has studied under renowned musicians such as Mikhail Voskresensky in Tokyo, France Clidat and Jean Micault in Paris, György Nádor and Kocsis Zoltán in Budapest, and Nina Patchett and Christian Ivaldi for chamber music.

He has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Metropolitan Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra, Danube Symphony Orchestra, and Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In addition to performing in major concert halls in Japan, he has showcased his talent in the USA, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan, and Colombia. His recordings, including "Due Domenico," "Angel del Piazzolla," "And the Bell Tolls," "Hommage a Invention," "Lascia ch'io Pianga," and "Für Clara," released under King International, have received critical acclaim from various magazines.

Moreover, he serves as a jury member for numerous international piano competitions, such as the "Danubia Talents," "Osaka," "Xabia," "Liszt," "Orbetello," "Monegrarte," and "Scandinavian" International Music Competitions. He has been invited to teach master classes in Japan, Asia, and Europe, and has had the privilege of mentoring over 1,000 musicians throughout his career. His guidance and expertise have contributed to the success of many talented individuals, who have emerged as winners in significant domestic and international competitions.

He has also authored numerous works and contributed serials to newspapers and magazines, providing insights into his experiences, knowledge, and perspectives on music. These written contributions showcase his multifaceted presence in the arts.

Currently, Rintaro Akamatsu is Professor of Osaka College of Music, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Utsunomiya Junior College, Budapest International Piano Masterclass. The President of the Japan Liszt Piano Academy. An ambassador for Casio.

For more information, please visit http://rintaro-akamatsu.com/.

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.

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.

2022 óta a Szinház - es Filmművészeti Egyetem oktatója.

Ilaria Loatelli

Ilaria Loatelli

Launched as an enfant prodige, Ilaria Loatelli, pianist, she has been the guest artist of the Golden Key Festival at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York on 2016.
Graduated cum laude at Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, she gained the “Via Vittoria Award” from Sir Antonio Pappano as the best graduated of the year 2013.

She is Artist-in-Residence of "Consonanze Armoniche" concert season in Villa Vecelli Cavriani in Verona, where she performs a festival with some of the most renowned musicians yearly. She recently have had the pleasure to play with amazing artists like Ervis Gega, Valeria Zorina, Marco Fornaciari, Wolfgang Schröder, Reggie Clews (violin), Ramon Jaffe (cello), MPO String Quartet and the Ensemble Ars Mundi. 

She is the Artistic Director of "Scuole in Musica" National Music Competition in Verona, the biggest European competition for young musicisians with more than 5.000 applicants yearly, and of "Laszlo Spezzaferri" International Music Competition in Verona. 

She has performed throughout Europe, China, North America and Australia for more than 400 concerts at renowned festivals like the 69th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Primavera Pianistica in Antwerp, Da Bach a Bartok in Imola, MITO Settembre Musica in Turin, Steinway Society in Verona, Festival de Musica de Coimbra, Seimanes Musicales in Crans Montana, Yamaha Festival in Milan, Festival delle Nazioni in Rome, Nei suoni dei luoghi International Music Festival, Amici di Campo Lo Feno at Elba Isle and in prestigious concert halls as Berlin's Konzerhaus, Kitzingen's Seiler Konzertsaal, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Romanian Academy and Teatro di Marcello in Rome, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Goldoni in Florence, Teatro Vittoria in Turin, Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Teatro Manzoni and Auditorium in Milan, Conservatory and Teatro Académico Gil Vicente in Coimbra, National Conservatory, Museo do Combatente, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos and Palacio Foz in Lisbon, Museu Nacional Soares do Reis in Oporto, Hong Tai Hall in Xiamen, York Theatre and Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney, Lywenyll Hall in Canberra, Chevalier College in Bowral (Australia), Ateneu in Bacau. 

At the age of 20 she was invited by the outstanding pianist Michel Dalberto to take part in the Crans Montana Summer Festival (Switzerland), where she played solo recitals and two piano recitals with him. She also took part in the Chopin Marathon in Milan with the legend Ivo Pogorelich, recorded by Mediaset Italian TV Channel.

During the develop of her career, she also won many prizes in competitions, like the 2014 Sony Classical Talent Scout in Milan and in 2013 she was awarded with the Second Prize at the 4th Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in Bowral (Australia). Se has also distinguished in several other international piano competitions like the 6th International Piano Competition "G. Pecar" in Gorizia (1st prize and special award for the best Mozart performance), 11th International Piano Competition "L. Gante" in Pordenone (2nd prize), the 5th Rhodos International piano competitiom, the 1st Alkan - Zimmerman piano competition in Athens, and she was selected to take part in Sydney International piano competition (2012 edition), in China International Piano Competition in Xiamen (2013) and Geza Anda International Piano Competition (2015).
During her career she recorded for Radio Classica, Radio Nacional Do Portugal, ABC Radio Australia, and for Mediaset, Euroclassical, TV Bacau and many other Italian TVchannels. Her first solo cd “Caleidoscope” was released in Portugal in 2014 for Flamme Records.

She debuted with orchestra at the age of nine and she has performed several times with Orquestra do Norte, Orchestra della Fondazione Arena di Verona, Filarmonica "Mihail Jora" of Bacau, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera di Alessandria, Orchestra Filarmonica  Italiana, Orchestra del Friuli Venezia Giulia.

?She began her piano studies at the age of six at the Conservatory "F. E. Dall'Abaco" in Verona with Prof. Laura Palmieri. During her childhood she won thirty first prizes in competitions for gifted children and debuted as soloist with orchestra at the age of nine. From 1999 to 2010 she continued at the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" of Imola with Prof. Franco Scala and Prof. Boris Petrushansky and she took her Master degree with full marks, full honors and a special mention at Verona Conservatory.

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.

Kazue Kuwana

Kazue Kuwana

Oboist, cultural art organizer