Tori Stødle, professor of piano at the Music Conservatory, Faculty of Art, Tromsø University and Artistic Director of Top of the World International Piano Competition. Tori has given masterclasses and concerts in USA, Russia and several other European countries. In New York she has given lecture-recitals at The Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music. She has world premiered Norwegian works dedicated to her and produced several CDs. Tori Stødle has received numerous grants and prizes. She studied with Robert Riefling Oslo, Jùrgen Uhde Stuttgart and the legendary Adele Marcus in New York. After her New York - debut in 1990 at Carnegie Hall, James R. Ostreich in New York Times wrote "She is a suberbly refined miniaturist, able to create little worlds of colour and poetry with exquisite shading of dynamics and shaping of phrases". She is an appointed Steinway artist and is by the World Piano Teachers Association bestowed the Title of Honorary President for Norway. His Majesty the King of Norway has appointed her to Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her contributions to the Norwegian cultural scene. She is Artistic Director of Top of the World International Piano Competition which received in 2011 WPTA Diploma of Excellence permanently accredited.
Italian pianist Igor Roma was born in Baden, in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, where he started studying the piano at the age of eleven. In 1984, he moved to Italy and started attending piano classes at the Conservatoire in Vicenza with Carlo Mazzoli until 1991, when he received his diploma with honors. At the end of the Eighties, Roma won various Italian piano competitions and was admitted to the prestigious International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, where he studied with Franco Scala, Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Alexander Lonquich.
Since 1994, he won different prizes at the International Piano Competitions in Dublin, Hamamatsu and in Tel Aviv. The great success came in 1996, when he won first prize at the "Franz Liszt" International Piano Competition in Utrecht. He was also rewarded with the press prize and the jury even decided not to assign the second prize but to assign a shared third prize to the other two finalists.
In 1997, he brilliantly finished his studies at the Piano Academy in Imola receiving his diploma with the title of "Master".
Igor Roma's concerts take place mainly in The Netherlands, but he has also played in Italy, many European Countries, United States of America, South Africa and China. He has collaborated with outstanding conductors and countless international orchestras.
Roma often performs in chamber music settings with various musicians and chamber music groups. He has recorded for "Challenge Records" and is often invited to sit on the juries of national and international music competitions. Igor Roma teaches at the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola. He is also a regular guest at the "Peter the Great Festival" of Groningen and a guest teacher at the "Imola Piano Academy" of Eindhoven
German pianist Andreas Frölich studied with Stefan Askenase,
Vitaly Margulis and Pavel Gililov.
He is prizewinner of several international piano competitions, as in Senigallia , Finale Ligure, Milano or Vienna.
He concertizes in the most famous venues in Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien and many others as well as in the most important music fertivals, such as Rheingau Musikfestival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Salzburg, Emilia Romagna Festival, and many other Festivals worldwide.
As a soloist Andreas Frölich appeared with many famous orchestras of Salzburg, Vienna, Stuttgart, München, Bonn, Prague, Monterrey/Mexico, Johannesburg, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Luxembourg, Wroclaw, Stettin, Bretagne, Malaga, Kyimi / Finland, Peru.......
Andreas Frölich is pianist of the Mendelssohn Trio Berlin and he often performed with Ensemble Wien.
He recorded for many national (in Germany) and international radio stations and released more than 35 CD´s (a number of them award winning) for different labels like, OEHMS CLASSICS, CPO, EMI, BMG, Divox, Signum, Fono.
Andreas Frölich is artistic director and co/chairman of the international piano competition Aachen, artistic director of the "MozArte " international music Festival and artistic leader of the "Orpheo concert series " for young prizewinners in Kerkrade/NL.
In October 2014 Andreas Frölich became artistic director of the International
ClaviCologne /Aachen piano Festival and competition.
He is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln /Standort Aachen and guest professor at the international Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg. In the last years his students won more than 50 prizes (first and second) at international piano
He is often inivited as a jury member in many international piano competitions (Madrid, Beethoven competition Bonn, Valencia, Ferrol, Granada , Brüssel, Campillos, Larnaca/Cyprus, Skrjabin Grossetto.....
Grzegorz Kurzyñski is a graduate of the University of Music in Wroclaw (Poland), under the
tutelage of Professor Wlodzimierz Obidowicz. He has also earned degrees from the Royal
Conservatory of Music in Brussels where he studied under Professor Jean Claude Vanden-
Eynden, and the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he studied under
Professor Joseph Kalichstein and Professor Abbey Simon. He was awarded fellowships by the
Belgium Ministry of Culture as well as The Barbara Piasecka-Johnson Foundation in the
United States, and also received a scholarship from the outstanding American pianist Malcolm
Frager. He has done concert tours in Poland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Switzerland, Russia, the Ukraine, Luxemburg, the United States, the Czech Republic, Australia
and Italy. He has been recorded many times on radio, television and for CDs. He has been and
continues to be a juror for many national and international piano competitions.
He has been teaching piano since 1972 at the University of Music in Wroclaw and the
University of Music in Poznan (Poland). Presently, he is the head of the piano section and rector
of the University of Music in Wroclaw.
Born in Ukraine, pianist, composer, orchestra director, Professor. Graduated from the
Conservatory of St. Petersburg in 1977, with Doctorate in Composition in 1983. He is a
winner of different International competitions as pianist and as composer.
He was Master Director at the Sverdlovsk Musical Comedy Theatre and Artistic Director of
the BACH Chamber Orchestra. Participated in many international festivals, among them
the International UNESCO Festival in Leningrad, as director and soloist, the International
Mozart Festival, and others. He recorded a series of concerts for the Central USSR Radio,
as conductor of the Leningrad State Orchestra, and made several recordings for the
"Melodia" Company. He received "The best Latino American video clip" award and "The best
Latino American union video award" at the Uruguay International Cinematography Festival
for a film with his original music. Zatin has performed at the "Black and White Piano
Festival" in Mexico, at the International Music Festival of San Miguel de Allende, and at
the Austrian Master Classes in Zell an der Pram.
In 1990, in Italy, he won the Medal of Honor given by the UNICEF for his activities as
director and pianist. Zatin has recorded CD-s with the BACH Chamber orchestra, with the
Moscow Festival Symphony Orchestra for "Azzura Musica" in Italy, with the flute player
Shigeyuki Takano in Tokyo, Japan, where he permanently plays concerts.
Students of A. Zatin have won several national and international competitions. Since
2001, every two years, "The Anatoly Zatin International Piano Competition for Young
Pianists" takes place in the Ukraine. Anatoly Zatin is currently Director of the Music
Department at the Colima University in Mexico.
Born in Moscow in 1951, Michail Markov began studying piano at the age of 7. Three years
later, he performed his first solo concert in his hometown with an orchestra in the Concert
Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he later continued his musical
education with Professor Victor Merzjanov. In 1975 M. Markov graduated with honours at
the Conservatory. Including an honourable mention for concert and chamber piano, accom-
paniment, as well as for professorship.
In the following years, Michail Markov successfully performed in the Eastern countries of
the former Soviet block. In the years just before leaving Russia, he was a deputy director
and piano teacher at the famous Moscow Gnessin Special School for musically gifted children.
Since 1991, the musician has been living in the Netherlands where he has continued his
successful combination of teaching and musical performances. M. Markov has made
CD recordings in France and Germany with works of D. Schostakovtch, Y. Galperine and
R. Shchedrin. Since mid-nineties he is working as professor at the piano department of the
Conservatory Saxion Hogeschool in Enschede, the Netherlands. M. Markov is also the
co-founder of the special Young Talents piano department of this Conservatory.
M. Markov has been invited to give Master Classes at many International Music Festivals
and Summer Schools in the Netherlands, USA, Austria, Russia, Poland and Ukraine.
M. Markov is the founder and president of the Foundation "Russian Music Tradition in the
Netherlands" and also the artistic leader of the International Piano Competition for Young
Musicians in Enschede, the Netherlands.