1. EUGEN INDJIC (USA / FRANCE)
2. DUBRAVKA JOVIČIĆ (SERBIA)
Jury members are:
1. NATAŠA VELJKOVIĆ (SERBIA / AUSTRIA)
2. ALEKSANDRA ŽVIRBLYTĖ (LITHUANIA)
3. EUGEN INDJIC, President of the Jury (USA / FRANCE)
4. DUBRAVKA JOVIČIĆ (SERBIA)
5. PHILIPPE CASSARD (FRANCE)
6. PIERS LANE (AUSTRALIA / UK)
7. ALEKSANDAR MADŽAR (SERBIA / BELGIUM)
8. ZHE TANG (CHINA)
The piano has been the midpoint of Nataša Veljković's life ever since she was four years old. After her studies with her »musical father« Prof. Arbo Valdma in Belgrade, at the age of fourteen she was accepted to the class taught by Prof. Paul Badura-Skoda at the University of Music in Vienna, where she completed her studies with distinction at the age of nineteen. She continued her formation in artistic consultations with Nikita Magaloff and further studies with Prof. Rudolf Firkusny at the Juilliard School in New York and Prof. Harry Datyner at the Geneva Conservatory, where she earned her second Master of Arts degree.
She started her pianist career by winning prizes in Youth contests, and at the age of 14 she gave her first full solo recital. She became a prizewinner at M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (Vilnius 1986, 1991). Y.K.A.A. International Piano Competition (Oberlin, USA 1991), and she were recognized to be the best at N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in (Paris, 1999) and were awarded Grand Prix. Aleksandra Zvirblyte has completed her studies at Lithuanian academy of Music and postgraduate studies at the famous P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
A French-American pianist of Russian origin, Eugen Indjic began his study of the piano with Alexander Borovsky and later with Arthur Rubinstein, who remained a mentor and friend. Rubinstein considered Indjic “ world-class pianist of rare musical and artistic perfection”.
He already performed on U.S national network television at age 11. “ He plays Chopin as a pole, Debussy as a Frenchman and Prokoviev as a Russian master” an early critic wrote. At age 12, he made his first recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for RCA Victor on Rachmaninov’s own piano. Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Erich Leinsdorf invited him to play Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in his senior year at the Phillips Andover Academy, making Indjic at age 18 the youngest pianist ever to have performed with that orchestra.
Dubravka Jovicic is a pianist and full professor of the Faculty of Music, Belgrade University. She was born in Belgrade (1956) in the family of an artist and a scientist. She received Bachelor’s degree in piano (1976) and Master degree (1978) at the Faculty of Music. During the studies she was rewarded with the “Emil Hajek” fund prize as the “most perspective student of piano”, award of the Art University as the “best student”, as well as the October Award by the City of Belgrade for exceptional achievements of students.
Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris in 1985. The same year he was finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition and in 1988 he won the First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition.
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Recent highlights include performances of Busoni’s piano concerto, Frank Bridge’s Phantasm and Ferdinand Ries’s eighth concerto at Carnegie Hall with the newly formed Orchestra Now; world premieres of Carl Vine’s Double Piano Concerto, written for him and Kathryn Stott, with the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, as well as several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.
Aleksandar Madžar is a Serbian pianist. Madžar first studied piano with Gordana Malinović, Arbo Valdma and Eliso Virsaladze in Belgrade and Moscow, then with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. He now holds professorships at the Royal Conservatoire, Brussels and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern.