Yoheved Kaplinsky, USA (Chair of Jury Board)
James Anagnoson, Canada
Fabio Bidini, Italy
John Giordano, USA
Jan Jiracek, Germany
Kum Sing Lee, Canada
John O'Conor, Republic of Ireland

yoheved kaplinksy

KaplinskyYoheved Kaplinsky is the Susan W. Rose Chair of Juilliard's Piano Department and since 2007, Director of Juilliard’s Pre-College Division as well.

Dr. Kaplinsky has appeared throughout the United States as a recitalist, in chamber music concerts and with orchestras, including performances in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Noted for her insight and understanding of piano technique, Dr. Kaplinsky has been in great demand for lectures and master classes in the U.S., Israel and the Far East.

She has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the Manhattan School of Music, and has been a member of the Juilliard piano faculty since 1993. She also teaches regularly at various summer festivals, including the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tel-Hai International Master Classes in Israel, the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists, the Cliburn Institute and Pianofest in Long Island, New York.

Dr. Kaplinsky frequently adjudicates in international competitions, including the Cleveland, Rubinstein, Dublin, Cliburn and the Tchaikovsky competitions. In 2003, she received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award.

Dr. Kaplinsky began her musical career as a prize winner in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. A native of Israel, she studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy before entering The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Irwin Freundlich. She holds master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from Juilliard, and is the recipient as well of many awards for scholastic and pianistic achievements. She continued her studies with Dorothy Taubman in New York.

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James Anagnoson

AnagnosonJames Anagnoson, Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is one of Canada's best-known pianists and pedagogues. He has been on the piano faculty of The GGS since its formation in 1987, and has also taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. 

Mr. Anagnoson’s students have won prizes in International Competitions such as the Maria Canals, the International Franz Liszt, the Gina Bachauer, and the Dublin International competitions, and repeatedly are prizewinners in Canada’s National Competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition and the Toronto Symphony Competition. He has given master classes in various parts of Europe, North America, and Asia, and he has been a juror for competitions such as the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Canadian Chopin Competition, the Prix d'Europe, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra National Competition. 

In 1976, James Anagnoson began performing with Canadian pianist Leslie Kinton, and since that time the duo Anagnoson & Kinton have gone on to give "outstanding concerts...with formidable precision and panache" - to quote the New York Times - across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, receiving unanimous acclaim from both audiences and critics. 

Anagnoson & Kinton's nine recordings are heard regularly on America's National Public Radio and various European Radio networks, and continue to be a mainstay of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's arts programming.  Reviews of their recordings include “…this is a singular performance of great lucidity and power, flawlessly integrated” from Fanfare Magazine and “…performances by both soloists and orchestra are virtuoso and exciting…” from the American Record Review. 

In addition to their more than 1000 concert appearances around the world, which have included concerto appearances with Canada's leading orchestras, the duo has performed for the BBC, Czech National Radio, Hong Kong Radio, Hilversum Radio in Holland, and Radio Suisse Romande.  Recent concert highlights include two concerts in Glazunov Hall in St Petersburg, Russia, a performance in Prague at Martinu Hall as part of a festival celebrating the music of Martinu, a recital at the Shanghai International Festival as part of a two week concert tour of China, and a collaboration with Maestro Mario Bernardi in  Mozart’s Two Piano Concerto. 

Anagnoson and Kinton have commissioned, premiered and recorded many original works for two pianos, piano four hands, and two pianos and orchestra. Most recently they commissioned and gave the Canadian Premiere of Ray Luedeke’s Into the Labyrinth, a work for two pianos and narrator, in collaboration with the internationally renowned actor Colin Fox. Their interest in the works of Stravinsky led to their performing the North American premiere of Stravinsky’s two piano version of his Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, a work they later recorded on a CD that includes their performances of the Francis Poulenc and Roger Matton two piano concertos.  They have also performed Stravinsky’s four hand version of Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring numerous times, both in concert and onstage in collaboration with innovative choreographers of dance companies such as Ballet BC.   James Anagnoson has been heard nationally on the CBC radio as a guest host on The Arts Tonight, and as a piano commentator for both the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the CBC Young Performer's Competition. 

Mr. Anagnoson received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School, and his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, which he attended on scholarship.  His most influential mentor was the American pianist Eugene List, and he was also strongly influenced by his post graduate work with Claude Frank and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. 

Mr. Anagnoson and his wife Julia Young live in Toronto with their 14-year-old son, Alexander. 

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BidiniFabio Bidini is recognized as one of the foremost young pianist to have emerged from Italy since the days of Michelangeli. 

After winning top prizes in the most famous international piano competitions his sensational success at the Busoni and at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition opened him the door to a constantly growing international career. 

His outstanding piano playing that combines technical wizardry with poetic lyricism and his fascinating culture of the attack of the keyboard brought him to have a glowing London debut in the Barbican Center with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in the presence of Sir Georg Solti, Barbara Hendricks and James Galway in 1992. Shortly after, he had his highly acclaimed North American debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Joel Levi. Since then Fabio Bidini is a frequent guest of the best orchestras worldwide and was repeatedly invited to perform at prestigious festivals. Fabio Bidini´s discography comprises thirteen CDs of leading recording companies like BMG, Classichord, Musikstrasse, EPR, True Sounds, among others. 

In 2005 Fabio Bidini accepted a professorship in the piano department of the “Universität der Künste – Berlin”. In 2009 he got appointed one of the few highest chairs for piano in Germany at the world-renown "Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler" in Berlin and teaches as a professor at this prestigious university since then.

He is an official Steinway Artist.

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John Giordano

GiordanoPrior to joining the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra as Music Director in 2004, Maestro John Giordano served as Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 28 seasons. During that time, he propelled the orchestra to a fully professional and artistically outstanding ensemble. He also founded the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, which appeared in Carnegie Hall and toured Spain, Mexico, and the People’s Republic of China. A number of acclaimed recordings with both ensembles have been produced under his direction. He has appeared as guest conductor in Europe, Mexico, South America, England, China, Philippines, Taiwan and throughout the United States. Giordano has conducted world premieres of works by Gian Carlo Menotti, Benjamin Lees, Samuel Adler, Ezra Laderman, and Joaquin Rodrigo. In addition, he has recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Chamber Orchestra, and the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgium.

Maestro Giordano’s background encompasses composing, arranging, and teaching as well as conducting. His published compositions include award-winning film scores for the documentaries Milepost 407, and A Great Hall Rises, celebrating the dedication of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. In 1989, the George Gershwin estate gave him special authorization to arrange Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue and sections of Porgy and Bess for chamber orchestra. He also conducted his adaptation of jazz composer-performer Ornette Coleman’s Skies of America with major European orchestras in festivals and concert halls throughout Europe.
Dedicated to music education, he is a founder of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for Young Artists and has been on the faculties of Texas Christian University, the University of North Texas, and Tarleton State University. In addition, he is Music Director Emeritus of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth and has served as Jury Chairman of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1973.

Maestro Giordano holds BM and MM degrees from Texas Christian University. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he earned the Premier Prix with Distinction and the Diplome Superieur. He has post-graduate study at the University of Southern California and has completed studies for the Ph. D. in Music from the University of North Texas. In 1980, Texas Wesleyan University bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

In 1996, Maestro Giordano was recognized by the trustees of Texas Christian University by naming the piano wing of the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Performing Arts Center in his honor. In 2000, the University awarded him the title of Distinguished Fellow in Music.

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JiracekBorn into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

He won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover (Germany), performing a piano concerto by Mozart. Mr. Jiracek has since performed extensively throughout Europe, including recitals at the Herkulessaal Munich, Philharmonie Berlin, Steinway Hall London, Salle Cortot Paris, Palau de la musica Barcelona, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Musikhalle Hamburg and the Gewandhaus Leipzig, as well as orchestral appearances with the Berlin and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia of England.

A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), Jan Jiracek von Arnim was of the winners of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA). Following his success at the Cliburn Competition, he was invited to join the roster of Community Concerts, resulting in more than 80 performances throughout the United States. Recent engagements included recitals at the Tilles Center at Long Island University, the University of Vermont Lane Series, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. He also performed with the Washington Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Riverside Symphony at the Lincoln Center in New York and with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall. Jan Jiracek von Arnim has been featured on several European radio and television stations, including ZDF, SFB Berlin, Deutschlandradio, Radio Hilversum, Radio Stockholm, and Radio France, and on NDR as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra.

A graduate of the UdK Berlin, he studied with Hans Leygraf and has performed in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel and Bruno Leonardo Gelber, among others. Jan Jiracek von Arnim gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia and Europe. He was appointed professor for piano at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in 2001, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of that school. Mr. Jiracek von Arnim is frequently invited as a Juror at international piano competitions, e.g. the "London International Piano Competition" and the "Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for young musicians".

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Kum Sing Lee

LeeLee Kum Sing studied with Gerhard Puchelt in Berlin, with Julius Katchen and Magda Tagliaferro in Paris and also with Hans Richter-Haaser and Orazio Frugoni. He started his solo performing career in the 1950’s in Asia and made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 1963 and his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1969. For over three decades, he received international acclaim as a soloist and in chamber music in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. He has appeared with symphony orchestras in Canada and throughout Asia. He has collaborated in concerts with leading artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Alfredo Campoli, Dong-Suk Kang, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Rivka Golani, Kim Borg, Joan Hammond, and Betty Allen and has recorded for the BBC, Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations, and other Asian and European radio and television broadcasts.

Since 1971, Professor Lee has been Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music and from 1972-2006, he was a professor of piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Since 1985, he has been Visiting Professor to a number of music conservatories in China. For over 40 years, Professor Lee has also been conducting master classes and has been on faculty at international summer schools and festivals in Holland, Poland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Canada and USA.

Professor Lee has sat on the jury of prestigious international piano competitions, including Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), the XIII International Chopin (Warsaw), Rachmaninoff (Moscow), 3rd International China (Beijing), Concours Musical (Montreal), Esther Honens (Calgary), Gina Bachauer (Salt Lake City), Paderewski (Poland), the Dublin International and the Casagrande (Italy) Piano Competitions.

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John O'Conor

O'Conor“A pianist of unbounding sensitivity” (Gramophone) ; “ He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura” (Chicago Tribune) ; “Impeccable technique and musicality … it would be hard to imagine better performances” (Sunday Times – London) ; “This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp“ (Washington Post); “Exquisite playing” (New York Times).

The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and being tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff his unanimous 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.

His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas led CD Review to say that he “by now should be recognised as the world’s premier Beethoven interpreter” and his recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs have also been greeted with acclaim.

A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory, will also be joining the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in September 2014, is Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan and also continues to teach at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

For his services to music he has been decorated “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government, awarded the “Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft und Kunst” by the Austrian Government and the “Order of the Rising Sun” by the Japanese Government and has received many other awards.

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