Président of jury & art director : Vladimir Soultanov
Pianist - France
Child prodigy of the former Soviet Union, Vladimir Soultanov, Uzbekistan-born pianist gave his first recital at age 7. In 1970 Soviet television devotes a documentary about gifted children. Considered one of the great hopes of his country, he joined the prestigious Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, where he became a student of Léo Naoumov and gives many concerts in the halls of the Soviet Union. He received the degree of pianist with the congratulations of the jury in 1984. At the end of his studies, he was appointed soloist of the Philarmonic Orchestra of Tashkent.
In 1988, Vladimir Soultanov took advantage of Perestroika to flee his country and settle in France.
In addition to his duties as Professor at the Conservatory of Roubaix, he began an international career which led him to occur all over the world: in Russia, the Japan, Italy, Belgium and France, as well as in front of the Queen and the King of Spain.
He now participates in many juries of international competitions.
Pianist - Russia
Anna Malikova is born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she receives herfirst piano lessons with Tamara Popovich. She studies then in Moscow with Lev Naumov at the Central Music School and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she graduates in 1991.
Winner of prestigious international competitions (Oslo, Chopin competition in Warsaw, Sydney), Anna Malikova plays today everywhere in Europe, Middle East, America and Asia.
At the same time, Anna Malikova participates in many juries of international piano competitions, including Chopin competition in Warsaw.
Anna Malikova repertoire is large and includes works by Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Soler. Her large discography today raises many enthusiastic reviews abroad.
The international press is unanimous to recognize her artistic maturity, the intelligence and energy in her play, and her very high sensibility.
Student of Yoshimi Tamaki at the Toho Gakuen school in Tokyo, his precocious talent allows her to play in front of the imperial family of Japan. NAMI Ejiri is awarded in numerous international competitions of piano, including Chopin competition in Warsaw. She gives master classes in Guimarães (Portugal), at the school of music at Akou (Japan) and participates in many juries.
NAMI Ejiri plays as soloist and in Chamber music throughout the world and her recordings, including works by Chopin, gave her international fame.
NAMI Ejiri regularly gives charity concerts in schools for the victims of the natural disasters in Japan.
Cellist - Germany
Born in 1952 in Witten in Germany, Peter Grote is son of a cellist father and an opera singer mother. His training as a cellist is given to him by his father. Peter Grote wins a second prize of Chamber music at the National Youth competition at the age of 14 years.
Then formed by famous professors such as Paul Tortelier, Maud Martin Tortelier, Mirko Dorner or Konrad Grahe, Peter Grote graduates in 1981 from the famous Folkwang University in Essen. Then, he founds the famous trio Sanderi allowing him to play in 300 concerts in Europe and record many discs.
He gets in 2004, the order of the Cultural Merit, awarded by the Polish Government.
Peter Grote also participates in many juries of music competitions. He is in 2014 and 2015, the artistic director of the Moscow and St Petersburg Tchaikovsky Competition . He is now general secretary of the International music competition in Harbin in China.
Pianist - South Korea
HJ Lim began her musical studies at the age of three and gets in 2006 the 1st prize and diploma of training top in the class of Henri Barda at the Conservatory National superior of music of Paris.
HJ Lim, revealed by her recordings of the complete sonatas for piano of Beethoven at EMI Classics, is acclaimed by the public and the press as The New York Times, BBC Music and The Telegraph.
HJ Lim occurs today around the world