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Jury 2019

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.

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Peter Grote

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.

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Anna Malikova

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.

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Nami Ejiri

Pianist- Japan.

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.

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Florent NAGEL

Pianist and composer - France

Formed byAndré Dumortier in a lineage of pianists going back up until Franz Liszt since three generations, Florent Nagel studied the composition with Marcel Bitsch and Claude Ballif. Since about 10 years, he gives many concerts in Europe, in Asia, Africa and in Central America. Prize-winner of the International Competition Claude Kahn, he participated in the Festival of Wallonia, Chopin festival, Autumn Notes festival, Kagel festival, Festival of Skopje …
As a specialist teacher, Florent Nagel was invited by Embassies and French Cultural centers, gives regularly Master's classes abroad and created the Festival " The Week of the Piano " in the Citadel Vauban of Belle-Île-en-Mer until 2012. The same year, he creates a successfully musical tale "Alice in Wonderland"  with more than 200 concerts worldwide and a command of the orchestral version by the Capitol of Toulouse.

Florent Nagel's works are published at Henry's Lemoine's and Alphons

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Denis PASCAL
Pianist - France

Denis Pascal is one of the most established French pianist. He performs in France and throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He has made numerous appearances in the United States (Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Herbst Theater in San Francisco); in Asia (Arts Center in Seoul, Yokohama Festival with the New Japan Philharmonic); and of course in France : Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Châtelet, Philharmonie de Paris, Radio France …

He has recorded the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies of Franz for which he received great press reviews, including a Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Prix de l'Association Française Franz Liszt. He also received a Diapason D’or for his disc dedicated to to Jean Wiener. A Schubert recording was released in 2017 (label La Musica).

Disciple of Pierre Sancan, Denis Pascal studied as well at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Jacques Rouvier, Léon Fleisher and György Sándor. He than become one of György Sebök’s disciple at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. From there is started he carrer touring with renowned cellist János Starker. Denis Pascal was appointed professor at the CNSM of Lyon in January 2010, and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in April 2011.

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