She performed in Europe, America and Japan. For Phoenix Classics she recorded Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring about which the reviewers praised its innovation. The recordings with her Trio di Pavia of Arensky’s Trios were awarded an honourable mention in the US. Chair of piano at the Bolzano Music Conservatoire, many of her students have excelled in piano competitions, such as the Busoni, Chopin in Warsaw, Darmstadt and Van Cliburn competition.
IV. Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition LIVE 2022 Rome - Jury
Giorgia Alessandra Brustia
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 Seoul Arts Center, 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, South Korea, 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).
The last year he receives the Rotary International’s Prize “Agape 2020” for the Arts. 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. 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”. He is the pianist of the “S.Cecilia Piano Quintet”.
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.
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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.
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/.
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.
Dr. Chaerin Kim A multi-instrumentalist, being one of the very few in the world who you can see performing as a soloist with two instruments on the same stage with an orchestra, internationally acclaimed harpist, pianist, composer, and professor Dr. Chaerin Kim is the winner of several international competitions.
She was the winner of the Special Prize of Best Performance of Russian Music at the International Harp Competition in Russia, winner of the Future Classic Women Award from the London Radio Station, the CFA Award and Department Honor Award from Boston University, the Garrett Award, Foundation Award, and Julia Leney Harp Prize in London, the Soloist Competition Winner at Ewha University, Kaywon School for the Arts, and Boston University, the Bronze Medalist for Solo Piano at the Walgan Music Competition, and winner of the Grand Prize from the Korean Student’s Newspaper.
She has been featured as a soloist on both instruments: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Debussy Danses for Harp, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with UMB Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Boston Chamber Orchestra, the Ginastera Harp Concerto with BU Symphony Orchestra, Ginastera Harp Concerto with Seongnam Philharmonic, a Guest Soloist of the International Music Festival broadcast live in Korea, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Debussy’s Danses with Yonsei Sinfonietta, and the Pierne Harp Concerto with EU Orchestra. Her harp performance has been used for the British movie Kaleidoscope (Main actor Toby Jones), which was the winner of Best Performance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her album, A Dedicated Poem, was released on DistroKid in 2020. The album was also aired on the WCPE Classical Radio Station, along with several tracks from her album, Mellifluous.
Dr. Kim’s musical studies began when she was six years old. She majored in piano at the Yewon Music Middle School, while also beginning studies in cello and voice. After Yewon, she went on to attend Kaywon High School of Arts, where she continued to major in piano. In her last year, at the age of eighteen, she also started lessons on harp, and six months later won the Soloist Audition for Harp. She received her B.A. with Highest Honors from Ewha University in Seoul – then, while pursuing her master’s degree at Ewha, she was offered a scholarship for a PGD at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with “distinction.” She got her M.M. from Yale University on a scholarship, graduating summa cum laude. She was invited to the Artist’s Diploma program at Yale and Graduate Diploma Program at New England Conservatory – however, she decided to pursue her doctorate at Boston University, where she was offered a full scholarship. She was the “quickest recipient of a Doctorate” in BU Music School’s history, completing it in three and a half years.
Dr. Kim was formerly a professor at Eastern Nazarene College, where she taught harp, piano, music theory and music history classes, and was also the former Head of the Harp Department at Adagio Music Academy and South Shore Conservatory. Currently, she is an artistic director of UIMC, an artist with the TTF Entertainment company in China, and a professor of both instruments; harp and piano at University of Massachusetts Boston, Schloss Akademie in Germany, and harp through the Office of Arts at Harvard University.
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.
Oboist, cultural art organizer
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).
National first-class performer, former head of timpani of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Minister of percussion music.
Over the years, Zhou Xiong has participated in many major performance activities at home and abroad, including: China Art Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, New York Central Park concert, China France Culture Year Concert, Tokyo crazy music festival, etc., and cooperated with many famous musicians, including Ricardo Muti, Zubin meta, Kurt Mazur, Zheng Mingxun Charles dituwa, Yo Yo Ma, mesky, Zuckerman, pandelesky, Zhu Jianer, Tan Dun, Chen Qigang, etc. Zhou Xiong has accumulated rich performance experience and a large number of band performance works due to his long-term band performance career.
As a national first-class performer, Zhou Xiong also actively engaged in music education. As the main planner, he participated in the most internationally influential percussion Art Festival in China - IPEA International Percussion Festival and International Percussion competition. Zhou Xiong is currently teaching in Shanghai Conservatory of music. He is a professor and graduate supervisor of the Department of modern instrumental music and percussion. He is also the vice president of the percussion society of China Musicians Association and the deputy director of the percussion Professional Committee of Shanghai Musicians Association. In 2015, Zhou Xiong served as the executive director and executive director of IPEA International Percussion Education Association.
Trombone performer, educator, director of China Wind Musicians Association, associate professor of trombone of Shanghai Conservatory of music, director of wind music discipline of Affiliated Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory of music, President of Shanghai bass brass Research Association, visiting trombone professor of Jilin art college. He graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of music in 1989 and studied in Munich Conservatory of music in 1998 (senior visiting scholar). International brand Michael rath and Giddings.
Associate professor of the Department of orchestra, master's supervisor and director of the teaching and Research Department of Guanle, Zhejiang Conservatory of music. Member of the 9th School of Zhejiang Province. He is a member of the China flute professional committee, chairman of the flute Professional Committee of Zhejiang Musicians Association and vice president of Zhejiang guanyue society.
The performance has won the special award of international competition of Chinese works, the solo ensemble of Zhejiang music and Dance Festival, and held more than one "He Jing solo concert". The students were awarded more than 40 awards for domestic and international flute solo and ensemble events, and more than ten years of construction of Flute Orchestra. Twelve special concert of Flute Orchestra was held in Hangzhou Concert Hall of Jiaxing theatre of Red Star Theatre. The orchestra has won awards such as the college students' Art Festival. He is the art director of Zhejiang Province youth Flute Orchestra.
There are seven textbooks of Shanghai Music Publishing House, two video courses published by Zhejiang University Press and two teaching materials for Flute examination. Presided over seven projects such as provincial hall and published more than ten professional academic papers.