PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
PIOTR SULKOWSKI is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic in Olsztyn. He has extensive opera experience, gained over many years of working as a director and then artistic director at the Krakow Opera and at the Wildwood Festival Opera AR (USA), of which he was musical director. Co-creator of the Krakow Chamber Opera, with which he made several productions, he was deputy director of the Polish radio choir, musical director of the Torun Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor of the Signature Symphony Orchestra Tulsa, USA. Promoter and artistic director of the Barbakan Music Festival, which takes place in Krakow in the summer. He teaches Conducting at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music where he currently holds the position of Head of the Conducting Department retation for singers and orchestra throughout the world.
MAURIZIO COLASANTI conductor, composer, author of theatrical texts and philosophy of music. He began studying music at the age of 5. At 7 he is already a soloist, since 1978 he has never stopped making music. From 1991 to the concert activity he joined the managerial one (especially as artistic director) at festivals, theaters, orchestras and record companies. In his intense career he has worked in five continents with important musical institutions: Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Academy of Music London, Petruzzelli Theater in Bari, Radio3, Rai Concerti al Quirinale, Seoul Philarmonic Orchestra, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Politeama Palermo, Metropolitan Orchestra of Bari, St. Martin in The Fields London, Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Cagliari Opera House, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Seoul Opera House, Smetana Hall Prague, Forum Konzertseries Wien, North Czech Philarmony Orchestra, Camerata Istropitati Bratislava. He has collaborated with musicians such as: A. Rosand, A. Pay, A. Braxtone, G. Schuller, M. Larrieu, P. Badura Skoda, F. Ayo, and with directors such as E. Decaro, G. Cazzola, M. Di Mattia, T. Mischoupulos, S. Castellitto, E. Stinchelli. He is visiting proferssor at Illinois Music University. He is professor of Kammermusik fur Blasintrumente at the LUB-Musik Conservatorium Bozen.
Jong-Jin Lee started playing the violin at the age of six. He went to the United States of America at the age of 14 as a full time scholarship student at Crossroads School for Arts and Science. He attended the Juilliard Pre-College. He graduated from the Juilliard School, and also graduated from the Graduate School of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a full time scholarship student. He went on to receive another master degree for the orchestra conducting from Seoul National University also as a full time scholarship student and completed the doctoral program at Seoul National University.
Maestro Lee conducted Moscow Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philaharmonic Orchestra, Euro Sinfonietta Wien, Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, Silpakorn University Orchestra of Thailand, Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de la UANL Monterrey, as well as Geidai Philharmonia of Tokyo National University of Arts in Tokyo in 2005. He was the first Korean conductor to conduct the orchestra in 120 year history. He was a visiting researcher at the Conducting Department of Tokyo National University of arts for 2 years from 2005 to2006. He Served as the Assistant Conductor of Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as the Chief Conductor of Children’s Concert Series with KBS Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2007 seasons. He was the Associate Conductor of Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008~ 2009. Currently he is the Music Director of PanAsia Pilharmonia, and the guest professor at Daegu Catholic University and Sungshin Women’s University, the part time professor at Yonsei University.
NIKOLAY LALOV is a true ambassador of music and culture, the musical exchange between different European cultures occupies a prominent place in his work. The desire to present unknown works and composers and to promote a cultural dialogue between countries led him to present new works in Portugal and to make Bulgarian and Portuguese music known all over the world. He organized Portugal’s first Cultural Week in Sofia in 1994, promoting visits by artists from both countries and exchanges between music schools in Sofia and Évora (Portugal). He continues to work with young musicians and is regularly invited to give chamber music and violin masterclasses. He is a great supporter of young artists at the beginning of their artistic career and among his students have been included winners of prestigious competitions. He is a member of the jury of national competitions in Portugal and Bulgaria and author, together with his wife, of the first children’s work composed in Portugal, “Magic Dream”. He received the Medal of Cultural Merit (Oeiras 2003 Portugal) and the Diploma of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria (2003). In 2004 he was awarded the academic title of the Academy of Music of Valencia (Spain). In 2009 he was awarded the title of “Professional of the Year” by the Rotary Club – Portugal. In 2012 the Cascais and Oeiras Orchestra created by Lalov was awarded the Medal of Cultural Merit by the Municipality of Cascais. Since 2014 he is also Artistic Director of the Cascais Symphony Orchestra. The same year he received the “silver wand” from the Municipality of Cascais and became an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Oeiras.
JOSE FERREIRA LOBO His career began in 1979 with the creation of the “Camerata do Porto”. In 1992 he founded the “Norte Cultural” association and, within it, the Orquestra do Norte, becoming its artistic and principal director. His international career has led him to perform, as an opera and symphonic director, in Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Holland, Poland, Romania, United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa, Turkey, in collaboration with prestigious orchestras such as the Dutch Radio Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the “Artur Rubinstein” Philharmonic Orchestra of Lodz, the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Symphony , the Zurich Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Radio Television Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra, the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra. He has made contemporary music recordings for Portuguese and Swiss Radio and Television and is regularly invited to prestigious international festivals.
ALESSANDRO PINZAUTI born in Rome to a family of Florentine musicians, he completed his humanistic and musical studies in Florence, graduating in modern literature with Giorgio Luti and graduating in violin under the guidance of Sandro Materassi. He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Chigiana Music Academy in 1979 and 1980, and at the same time at the Fiesole Music School with Piero Bellugi in the Professional Qualification courses for Orchestra. At a very young age he attended lessons in score analysis with Luigi Dallapiccola and later with Romano Pezzati and Luciano Berio who in 1981 made him debut as conductor in Radicondoli. In Italy he conducts several times the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra and those of the opera houses of Trieste, Bologna, Genoa and Verona, with internationally renowned soloists. In 1985 he was musical assistant to Riccardo Muti in the production of Macbeth at the San Carlo Theater in Naples. In 1987 he takes the Tuscany Orchestra on tour to Dresden, of which he is one of the most frequent guest conductors; in 1988 he made his debut in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the following year at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Since 1985 he has held the chair of conducting at the Conservatory of Music “L. Cherubini” in Florence and from 1994 to 1997 he has been the permanent director of the Italian Youth Orchestra, with which he made his debut in Vienna in 1995. In 1998 he founded with the help and support of Riccardo Muti, the Camerata Strumentale “Città di Prato” with which he plans together with Aldo Bennici two tours in South America in 2001 with a cycle of ten concerts in Brazil, Chile and Argentina and again in 2003 with an entirely Rossinian program
Acclaimed as “dynamic and competent” by the Buenos Aires Herald, Croatian conductor MIRAN VAUPOTIC has worked with prominent orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra , the Budapest Symphony. Orchestra MÁV, Orchester de Chambre de Genève, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, performing in major halls around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Berliner Philharmonie, Rudolfinum, Smetana Hall, Victoria Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Tchaikovsky Hall, International House of Music, CBC Glenn Gould Studio. A strong supporter of new music, he premiered many pieces including Carlos Franzetti’s Clarinet Concerto, Roberto Di Marino’s Guitar Concerto, Symphony no. 2 by Primous Fountain, commissioned by 28-time Grammy Award-winning American producer Quincy Jones. More recently, The Wild Symphony composed by Dan Brown author of the bestselling The Da Vinci Code. In 2015 he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards in California (USA). He won First Prize and Special Prize at the 12th Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. Today he is Chief Conductor of the Croatian Chamber Orchestra (since 2016), Artistic Director of the Piazzolla Music Competition, Project Director at PARMA Recordings and newly appointed Principal Conductor of the South Czech Philharmonic.au, Orchestra Radio, Operas da Bucuresti, Timisoara, Craiova .