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Jury 2004

Michail Markov

The Netherlands
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 honors at the Conservatory. These honors included mentions for concert and chamber piano, accompaniment, 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-records in France and Germany with works of D. Schostakovitch, 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.

Yuko Ninomiya

Japan
Yuko Ninomiya studied piano from her age of four under her mother, Kikuko Yamaguchi and her aunt, Yoshie Kohra. She also studied with such renowned teachers as Akiko Iguchi, Leonid Kochanski and Max Egger until her graduation in 1961 from High School Division of Toho School of Music.
After she has won the First Prize of the 29th NHK-Mainichi competition in Japan and has received the Fulbright Scholarship she continued her study at Juilliard School with Prof. Beverage Webster. During her studies at Julliard she has won many prizes at different competitions. After graduation, she continued her study and research on piano playing with Raymond Hanson at Hartt College of Music in West Hartford, giving many recitals, playing with orchestras and chamber music. Later she has worked as a lecturer at the Piano Department of University of Connecticut at Storrs. As a member of Japan Trio with a cellist T. Tsutsumi and a violin soloist K.Suzumi. she made tour engagements in USA, Japan and Europe. In 1975 she returned to Japan and resumed her career as performer and teacher. She gave recitals, playing with orchestras, such as NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Philharmony, Gunma Symphony and Shin-Nippon Philharmony under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. She has served as a Judge for many important International Piano Competitions. Currently, she is a Lecturer at Toho School of Music and is serving as one of the Board of Directors of Piano Teachers National Association of Japan, where she also conducts master classes and serves as a Judge for PTNA Annual Piano Competition.

Grzegorz Kurzyñski

Poland
Grzegorz Kurzyñski is a graduate of the University of Music in Wroc³aw (Poland), under the tutelage of Professor W³odzimierz 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 Wroc³aw 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.

Sytze Smit

The Netherlands
Sytze Smit (1944) studied violin and composition at the Conservatory of Music in Groningen, his native city. For more than ten years he was a member of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, before he decided to combine composing with writing about music and with consultancy.
The Dutch choreographer Rudi van Dantzig used Smits composition Quipu for his ballet Niemandsland. In 1997 Isabelle van Keulen opened her Delft Chamber Music Festival with the composition Songs and Games for Violin and 8 percussionists, a piece Sytze Smit especially wrote for her. As an adviser, he played a conspicuous role in the process of reorganizing the Dutch orchestral world.
For almost fourteen years Smit was the editor in chief of the highly regarded monthly musical magazine Entracte. In that quality, he made a series of interviews with almost all leading musicians and choreographers in the world.
Between 1996 and 2001, Sytze Smit worked in Enschede as a director of the Conservatorium Hogeschool Enschede. Since spring 2001, he has been using all his time for composition and for running his own business Uilenspiegel, advising all kinds of musical and governmental institutions.

Krijn Koetsveld

The Netherlands
Krijn Koetsveld (1953), studied organ, piano, orchestra and choir direction and church music at the Conservatories of The Hague and Rotterdam. From there, he went on to specialize in baroque and classical instruments as well as vocal music by following courses, including those given by Gustav Leonhardt and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He also researched the origins of composition techniques, such as cabbala and rhetoric. Krijn Koetsveld has conducted the Netherlands Church Music Ensemble, the Dutch Broadcasting Choir and the Netherlands Theatre Choir. In 1990 and 1992 he contributed to productions for the Holland Festival and he appeared as guest conductor and coach of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Barok Festival and the Conservatory in Malmö (Sweden), the Conservatory in Turin (Italy) and the Catharijne Consort. He has been conductor of the Nederlands Bach Ensemble since 1985.
In 1986 Krijn Koetsveld established the Dutch Foundation for Old Music for which he now acts as artistic director. At the College of Higher Education for the Arts in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Krijn Koetsveld lectured those majoring in choral direction and heads the course in professional ensemble singing. From 1995 till 2001 he was the faculty's governing body as head of the classical and church music departments.

Mi Kyung Kim

Republic of South Korea
Mi Kyung Kim is presently focused as the most prospective new generation performer equipped with characteristic musical expression. She began her first piano lesson at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Seoul National University, Master of Music from The Julliard School of Music, Professional Studies from The Mannes College of Music, and Doctor of Arts from New York University. She made her debut at New York by winning The Grand Prize in Artists International Competition.
She was appointed as the best new generation performer by the Journal of Music in 1992. She was highly praised as a rising star worth while to be remembered by the Moscow News after her performing with Moscow State Broadcasting Orchestra in 1993.
Her recordings of piano solo and piano concerto works by Young Jo Lee(ASV), W.A. Mozart(Nimbus), Schumann (Sungeum), C. Saint-Saens has been released on CD. Mi-Kyung Kim, one of Koreas top pianists, emphasizes with this lovely evocative music and brings it vividly to life with all the sensitivity and delicacy it demands. Clearly a young lady to watch (Ian Lace, Fanfare, September 2000). Mi-Kyung Kims performances are sensitive and beautifully crafted throughout, and are complemented by a very natural sound recording.(Michael Stewart, Gramophone, January 2001).
Currently, she is professor of the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy and she is invited regularly to important international piano competitions.

Youli Galperin

France
Born in 1945 in Kiev, Ukraine, he studied at the Kiev Gliére State Music College and after that he graduated as a pianist and composer from the Ufa State Institute of Arts. After graduation, he worked in Chelyabinsk for several years as a Professor at the Music College and at the same time composed in different genres - symphonies, choir-, chamber-, and theatre music.
In Moscow, where he moved to, Youli Galperin has continued his successful mix of pedagogy and composer work. He worked as a Professor at the Moscow Gnessine National Conservatory and a Musical Director of the State Theatre Hermitage. Since 1990, he has worked in Paris, at the Conservatory Claude Debussy and at the Municipal Conservatory at Ivry-sur-Seine as a Professor of piano and composition.
Youli Galperin is the founder and first director of lAcademy dArt Franco- Russe in Paris and the President of Association Tradition Musical Russe in France.
His compositions are performed at the different festivals of modern music at the famous concert halls in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, The Netherlands, Romania, and France. Galperins works have been published and recorded in different countries.

Irina Berkovich

Israel
Born in Moscow I. Berkovich started her Piano education at the Moscow Gnessine Special School of Music. She graduated from the School in 1968. In 1971 She graduated Cum Laude from the Music College under the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After graduating Cum Laude from The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Y.Flier she attended the Post-graduate study at the Gnessin Institute Moscow class of Professor T. Gutman.
I. Berkovich is laureate of the 6th International Bach Competition Leipzig (1980). Since 1977 till 1989 I. Berkovich has worked as a solo pianist in the Moscow Concert Organisation . She performed all over the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe in solo and symphonic programs and played as a chamber pianist with musicians as V. Spivakov, M.Homitzer, N. Rosen and the Borodin Quartet. Since 1990 I. Berkovich has been living in Israel. I. Berkovich is performing with Israeli Orchestra's like Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Beer Sheva Symphoniette and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 Irina Berkovich made a CD-recording of Goldberg variations of Bach in Germany.
She is also a staff member of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Among her students and graduates are laureates of National and International competitions.

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