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Jury

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INTERNATIONAL JURY

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President of jury & art director : Vladimir Soultanov

Pianist

Child prodigy of the former Soviet Union, Vladimir Soultanov, a pianist of Uzbek origin, gives his first recital at the age of 7. In 1970, Soviet television dedicated a documentary to him on exceptionally gifted children. Considered as one of the great hopes of his country, he joined the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he became a pupil of Leo Naoumov and gave many concerts in the greatest concert halls of the Soviet Union. In 1984 he received the diploma of concert pianist commended by the congratulations of the jury. At the end of his studies, he was appointed soloist of the Tashkent Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1988, Vladimir Soultanov decided to move to France.
In addition to his teaching duties at the Roubaix Conservatory, he embarked on an international career which led him to perform all over the world: in Russia, Japan, Italy, Belgium and France, as well as before the Queen of England and the King of Spain.
Today he is a member of the jury of numerous international competitions.

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DENIS PASCAL

Pianist

Denis Pascal performs as a soloist as well as a chamber musician in Europe, the United States and Asia, where he has won over audiences at numerous international festivals.
As far as his repertoire is concerned, Denis Pascal rigorously applies a constant ethic as much in the Liszt repertoire as in impressionist or post-romantic music. This singular approach, as well as his eagerness to defend rarer works and composers, make him one of the most outstanding artists on the French stage.
His recordings devoted to Liszt, Schubert, Berg and Brahms (with clarinettist Jérôme Comte) or Jean Wiener as part of a monographic disc have been widely acclaimed by the music press.
A disciple of Pierre Sancan, Denis Pascal also studied at the CNSM in Paris with Jacques Rouvier, Léon Fleisher and György Sándor, and finally perfected his skills with György Sebök.
A unanimously appreciated pedagogue, he has been teaching at the CNSM in Paris since 2011.

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Marie-Josephe Jude

Pianist

After obtaining her First Prizes in piano and chamber music at the CNSM in Paris, Marie-Josèphe Jude studied in London with Maria Curcio-Diamand, a great teacher and disciple of Arthur Schnabel.
Winner of the Clara Haskil International Competition in Vevey in 1989 and "Revelation" of the "Victoires de la Musique Classique" in 1995, her career as a soloist has since taken her to concert halls and festivals all over the world, where she has collaborated with the greatest orchestras.
A confirmed chamber musician, Marie-Josèphe Jude formed a duo with Laurent Korcia for many years. She has also performed a large part of the two-piano and four-handed repertoire with Jean-François Heisser, Claire Désert and Michel Béroff.
Numerous solo recordings on Lyrinx and chamber music on other labels reflect her repertoire.
Marie-Josèphe Jude also devotes a large part of her activity to teaching. She has been teaching at the CNSM in Paris since 2016 and has been director of the International Summer Academy in Nice since 2017.

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Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier

Producer of musical programmes, composer

After studying at the Sorbonne and the CNSM in Paris where he won several First Prizes, Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier has been a producer at France Musique since 2006, where he has produced several series of programmes, including the music news magazine "En piste", in duo with Emilie Munera.
Also a composer, Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier composes for the piano and his works are performed by pianists such as Anne Queffélec, Claire-Marie Le Guay, Momo Kodama, at festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, Les Serres d'Auteuil or the Montpellier Festival.
in 2015 Geoffroy Couteau and François-Frédéric Guy recorded his complete works for piano for the Odradek label.
The same year Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier was also a prize-winner of the Fondation Banque Populaire competition and in 2016, he founds the Muse et Piano festival at the Louvre-Lens. Since 2017, he has been a consultant for the La Scala-Paris theatre.

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Mikhaïl Faerman

Pianist

Mikhail Faerman, born in Moldova (former USSR), began studying the piano at the age of three. His exceptional talent enabled him to join the Central School of Music in Moscow at the age of 12, where he was admitted to Evgenia Yarmonenko's class. He then entered the Moscow State Conservatory of Music at the age of 17 with the eminent professor Jacob Flier.
In 1975, he won First Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition in Brussels.
In October 1978, Mikhaïl Faerman left the USSR and moved to Belgium, where he taught at the Royal Conservatory of Mons from 1979. In 1997 he became professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
Mikhaïl Faerman is regularly invited as a jury member by the Luxembourg and Paris Conservatoires. He also participates in the jury of several international competitions.
Throughout his career, Mikhaïl Faerman has been invited as a soloist on various major international stages.

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Stefan Arnold

Pianist

Born in Würzburg, Germany, Stefan Arnold began piano lessons at the age of four. After graduating from the Mozarteum Musikhochschule in Salzburg, he was awarded the prize for Outstanding Young Artist of the Year by the Austrian government and completed his studies at the Musikhochschule in Berlin. Winner of numerous international competitions, Stefan Arnold has established himself as one of the most gifted pianists of his generation.
He performs with major European orchestras, as well as at the Internationale Mozartwoche in Salzburg, the Mozartfest in Würzburg, the Klaviersommer Bonn, the Bologna-Festival, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Art & Music Festival in Junsele, the Royal Palace Festival in Stockholm, the "Octobre Musical Carthage" Festival and the St. Pauls Festival in New York.
He also sits on numerous competition juries.