PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
Israeli conductor LIOR SHAMBADAL was born in Tel Aviv, where he studied viola, trombone, composition and conducting. His studies led him to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he worked with Carl Melles. He studied with renowned directors, such as Hans Swarowsky, Carlo Mario Giulini, Igor Merkevitch, Sergiu Celibidache and Franco Ferrara. He later expanded his studies into other areas, such as electronic music and composition, under the guidance of Witold Lutoslawski and Henri Dutilleaux, and Musical Phenomenology at the Faculty of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. . He is currently the Principal Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (Berliner Symphoniker), a position he has held since 1997. During his tenure he conducted more than 150 concerts in the famous hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2009, he was appointed musical director of the Filarmonica Orchester de Bogota, Colombia. Since 2008 he has been principal guest conductor of the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia and Principal Guest Conductor of the Chengdu Symphony Orchestra, in Sichuan province in China. In the years 2000-2003, Maestro Shambadal was Principal Conductor of the RTV Symphony Orchestra of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1980 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Haifa Symphony, and from 1986 to 1993 he conducted the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv. Master Shambadal regularly holds master classes in orchestral conducting and lieder interpretation for singers and orchestra throughout the world.
ROMOLO GESSI, born in Trieste, studied conducting with the masters Kukuskin, Musin, Renzetti and Kalmar, specializing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the Pescara Academy and Vienna, where he obtained the diploma of the Wiener Meisterkurse für Dirigenten with full marks. He is the main guest conductor of the Filarmonia Veneta Regional Orchestra, the Pro Musica Salzburg Orchestra, musical director of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Chamber Orchestra and artistic director of the Musical Evenings in Villa Codelli in Mossa. From 2006 to 2008 he was musical director of the Cantelli Orchestra of Milan. He is a teacher at the Trieste Conservatory and holder of the orchestral conducting course at the European Academy SCS in Vicenza and a teacher of orchestral conducting at the OperAverona lyric laboratory and at the Berliner Misterkurse. He was also guest professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons
GIANCARLO DE LORENZO Stable director of the Vox Auræ Orchestra of Brescia since 1992, in 2003 he was entrusted with the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, a position he held until December 2011. He also directed the prestigious orchestras Philarmonisches Kammerorchester Munchen and London Mozart Players, the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa. He is Artistic Director of the musical season “Spazio Sinfonico” in Brescia. Since January 2012 he has been appointed Guest Principal Conductor of the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Grosseto Symphony Orchestra. Since 1 January 2015 he has held the position of artistic director and music director of the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra
MARK KADIN has been Music Director of the Bulgarian Radio National Symphony Orchestra since September 2017. At the invitation of Vladimir Spivakov he became Resident Director of the Moscow Virtuosi State Chamber Orchestra from 1999 to 2003. From 2004 to 2014 he was Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Krasnoyarsk and from 1996 to 2004 Associate Director of the Russian National Orchestra. He has maintained regular relationships with orchestras in around 30 countries around the world and has worked with high-level artists such as Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Mikhail Pletnev, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Boris Berezovsky, Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kent Nagano, Evgeny Svetlanov.
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.
MARIUSZ SMOLIJ has consistently garnered international critical acclaim, including praise from the New York Times, for her “compelling performances”. He has conducted over 130 orchestras in 28 countries on five continents, performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. He enjoys a notable reputation working with leading orchestras from Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Poland. He received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and was a professor at the Northwester University School of Music in Evanston, IL.
He previously served as Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Associate Director of the New Jersey Symphony, Artistic Director of the Wrocław Lutosławski Philharmonic and the Toruń Symphony in Poland. He is currently musical director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey and artistic director of the Lipiński International Violin Competition and Festival in Toruń, Poland.