Diane Andersen

Diane Andersen

Belgium
referred to as the "Grand Lady of the Belgian Piano" by the international press, is making a carrier both as a concert pianist and a pedagogue.
If Andersen has championed Belgian music the world over, her repertoire includes also works by early composers such as Cherubini and Kozeluch, performed on the pianoforte, to romantic and contemporary composers, several of whom have written especially for her.
A recipient of many international awards, "FUGA"Trophy (Union of Belgian Composers), honoured with the "Harriet Cohen International Bach-Medal" (London) and "Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros" (Paris), Diane Andersen has performed with such renowned conductors as Maderna, Boulez and Sawallisch and collaborated with Kodaly, Tansman and Gertler (friend and duo partner of Bartok).
Her discography is very impressive with numerous CD and interesting LP's receiving wide acclaim by the international press.
Andersen pursues also a very intense pedagogical activity, having been for years member of the staff of the "Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles" and conducting master-classes throughout the world. Many of her students are prize winners.
Andersen is serving on the Jury of many international competitions. EPTA European Council President and President of "EPTA-BELGIUM Wallonie-Bruxelles"
Alla Halapsis

Alla Halapsis

Greece
Alla Halapsis was born in former Soviet Union. She got her diplomas from Donetsk State College of Music, Kharkov State University of Arts and Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Moscow. She has studied with the famous soloists and professors: Yakov Flier (piano), Alexey Zibtsev (chamber music) and Leonid Roisman (harpsichord).
She is a gifted pianist with unlimited virtuosity and creative abilities - Yakov Flier, She is a great musician", "extraordinary virtuosity and impeccable intuition, the characteristic element of her interpretation - Alexey Zibtsev.
During 1971-1981 she was professor of piano and chamber music at the Donetsk State University of Music and Pedagogy. The pianist had a permanent cooperation with the Composers Union of the former USSR and performed many works in first international presentations.
Alla Halapsis has appeared in recitals as a soloist, in chamber music concerts and also as a soloist with various orchestras. She takes part in several International Music Festivals and Master classes in Greece, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, France, Bulgaria and Turkey.
In 1988, 1997, 1998 and 2000 she received Diplomas of Honour for extraordinary teaching and preparation of students, who took first prizes in International Music Competitions.
Today Alla Halapsis is Professor of piano and chamber music at the University of Indianapolis, Athens, Professor of piano and chamber music at the Athenaeum and Synchrono Conservatories of Athens as well as Director of Studies of Protoporia Conservatory of Athens
Elza Kolodin

Elza Kolodin

Germany
Her studies in Krakaw, Warsaw and Paris took place in the emotional East European tradition which embodied such musicians as Chopin, Paderewski and Rubinstein. The international press acclaimed her "rapturous playing, distinguished by "brilliant virtuosity" and a very personal mixture of electrifying energy and profound poetry.
Her career as a pianist began at the Special School for Music in Krakaw under Zofia Zagajewska. After being granted a scholarship from the Chopin Society she continued her studies at the Music Academy in Warsaw under Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki. After her emigration the Foundation Albert Roussel enabled her to complete her studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris in the class of Thierry de Brunhoff: a master pupil of Alfred Cortot. She graduated with the highest distinction, the "Licence de concert à l'unanimité du jury".
There followed many prizes at international piano competitions, Busoni and Casagrande Competition in Italy, at the Schumann Competition in Zwickau and in Spain at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, Jose Iturbi in Valencia, Reina Sofia in Madrid and finally Premio Jaén. Not only did she win the first prizes there, but also prizes for the best interpreters of Spanish Music. Her concerts and recitals have taken her to the music centres of Europe, Japan and to the United States or America. Her recordings are published by Ars Musici an EMI
Besides her concerts activities, Elza Kolodin is especially successful in teaching young pianists. She is professor for piano at the University of music Freiburg, Germany, directs master classes in many countries and is a member of the jury of different international music competitions.
Dorian Leljak

Dorian Leljak

Serbia/Croatia
Dr. Dorian Leljak is Professor of Piano at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) and also teaches at the Royal College of Music in London. His previous engagements include teaching at the Yale School of Music. He has studied with Arbo Valdma at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts and with Boris Berman at Yale School of Music.
Dr. Leljak is Artistic Director of the International Isidor Bajic Piano Competition, President of the World Piano Conference, President of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) Voyvodina, Executive Director of the Panopticum Musicum/Musica Ricercata/Omnibus Musicus International Music Schools, as well as Southeast Europe Representative for the ABRSM (London).
Dr. Leljak has won several international piano competitions (S. Rachmaninov Competition - Belgrade, Novi Sad Piano Competition) and been awarded numerous prizes, including a University of Novi Sad Merit Award, Yale University Mary Clapp Howell, Irving Gilmore and Parisot Prizes. He has appeared in recital and with orchestras around the world including the Windstrings Orchestra, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonics, Belgrade Radio-Television Orchestra, Voyvodina Philharmonics, Yale Repertory Orchestra, and many others. Dr. Leljak enjoys a successful career as a chamber musician, establishing collaborations with cellist Istvan Varga and Pianist Ninoslav Zivkovic. In 2002 he made his debuts in Carnegie Hall and Boston Philharmonia Hall.
Dr. Leljak is a member of the jury at many international piano competitions in USA, Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Poland and Korea. He has given master classes and lectures around the world.
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