Faculty​​​​

piano

Rintaro Akamatsu
10th - 15th of August 2020
After winning third place at the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition, he won more than 10 awards at international competitions. He performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra and the Danube Symphony Orchestra etc., and in concert halls in Japan, USA, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan and Columbia. Professor of Budapest International Piano Masterclass, visiting professor at Senzoku Gakuen Music College, a specially-appointed associate professor at Osaka College of Music, and visiting professor at Utsunomiya Junior College.
Dmitri Alexeev
27th of July - 1st of August 2020
Juror for International Piano Competitions, including Leeds, Chopin (Warsaw), Van Cliburn, Santander, Beethoven (Vienna), Tchaikovsky (Moscow). He has performed with the most important orchestras and conductors of the world
Stefan Arnold
27th of July - 1st of August 2020
Winner of the Senigallia International Piano Competition, of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and of the International Bösendorfer Competition, Stefan Arnold has performed in many of the world’s major concert hall. 2004 Arnold was appointed professor for piano at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Wien. 2015 he additionelly got a professorship at Hochschule Hanns Eisler, Berlin.
Armen Babakhanian
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Prize-winner of the world’s most prestigious competitions including the Leeds, Van Cliburn, Guardian Dublin, William Kappell, Gina Bachauer, and World Piano Competition. He has given recitals all over the world. Piano Professor and dean of department at the Jerevan State Conservatory of Music.
Markus Bellheim
​14th - 19th of September 2020
Lucas Blondeel
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Milana Chernyavska
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Judy Chin
13th - 18th of July 2020
Eugene Choi
​24th - 29th of August 2020
Hie Yon Choi
20th - 25th of July 2020
She first appeared on the international piano music scene when she won prizes at high-profile competitions such as Kapell, Epinal, Busoni and Viotti. Hie-Yon Choi has been since performing with prestigious orchestras of Europe, US and Korea. Founding member of the of the Seoul National University and has been on the comittee of the since 2010. In 1999 Hie-Yon joined the piano faculty at the Seoul National University as the youngest professor in its history
Mario Coppola
13th - 18th of July 2020
2nd prize at the International Piano Competition “Gran Prix D. Mihlaud ” of Paris, he performed at the Teatro la Fenice, Teatro Fraschini of Pavia, Teatro Coccia of Novara, Teatro Sannazaro of Napoli and Teatro di Corte, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Comunale di Marsala, Comunale di Potenza, Palau de la Musica of Barcellona, Leopold Mozart Saal of Salzbyrg, Bosendorfer Hall of Bruxelles, Paris, Köln, Koblenz, Cadiz, Siviglia, ecc... for more than 300 recitals. 
Professor at the Conservatorio Bonporti of Trento, he is artistic director of”Federimusica”, concert seasons at the University Federico II of Napoli. 
Andreas Frölich
14th - 19th of September 2020
Prizewinner of several international piano competitions, as in Senigallia, Milano, Vienna. Concertized in Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and Australia, and with many famous orchestras. P Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz of Köln and Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum of Salzburg
Grigory Gruzman
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Prizewinner of the international piano competitions in Monza and Vercelli, he performed as soloist and chamber musician (among many others, member of the Shostakovich-Trio 1986-1996) in almost all European countries, the Far East, Latin America and the USA.
Professor of Piano at the University of Music Franz Liszt of Weimar, he is Director of the Department of Keyboard Instruments and Chairman of the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists and of the International Rachmaninow Competition for Young Pianists Darmstadt.
Thomas Günther
13th - 18th of July 2020
In 1981 he won the 1981 Folkwang Competition. Thomas Günther founded the Internationalen Rotary-Klavierwettbewerb (International Rotary Piano Competition), which he is Artistic Director. Concerts and masterclasses in China, Russia and South America, since 2007 Thomas Günther is Professor of Piano at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. ECHO KLASSIK AWARD 2017
Yoshio Hamano
​31st of August - 5th of September 2020
Prize winner of major international piano competitions, as the Nordic Piano Competition in Malmö, Almaty International Piano Competition, International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, and Minoru Nojima Yokosuka Piano Competition and audience prize of the 5th Sendai International Music Competition. He performed extensively as soloist with orchestras, as the Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall, Tokyo Symphony, Central Aichi Symphony, Geidai Philharmonia, etc…working with conductors as Alexander Lazarev, David Geringas, Kazuki Yamada, Naoto Otomo, etc... He has presented recitals across Japan, the USA, United Kingdom, Russia, Central Asia, and Middle East.
Michael Hauber
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Successes in international competitions, notably at the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1989, launched Michael Hauber on a career that has taken him all over Europe, as well as to North and South America and Asia. His piano trio "Trio Opus 8", founded in 1986 became internationally known after winning the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and the International Chambermusic Competition in Trieste. Michael Hauber is Professor of Piano at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts
Ayami Ikeba
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Second prize (first not assigned) at the age of 18 in the "F. Busoni" International Piano Competition. Professor at the "Universität für Musik" in Graz, now she is head of the Piano Department. 
Shinnosuke Inugai
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Winner of numerous prizes at national and international competitions including the Tokyo Music Competition, Jaen International Piano Competition, the Maj Lind Competition and the Telecom Beethoven Competition in Bonn (Germany). He performs with renowned orchestras – Tokyo Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Japan Philharmonic as well as with orchestras in Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain and Jordan.
Julius-Jeongwon Kim
​27th of July - 1st of August 2020
He won first prizes at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition, and the Elena Rombro Stepanow International Piano Competition. He has consistently been performing with world-renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Germany, Nürnberg Symphony, Budapest Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Danish National Radio Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Warszawa Radio Symphony, etc. 
Matthias Kirschnereit
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He has been performing on the stages of Germany and other European countries as well as the Americas and East Asia for more than three decades. He works in close collaboration with the Camerata Salzburg, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Münchener Kammerorchester and the New City Philharmonic Orchestra Tokyo, and the number of orchestras is continually growing. Nearly 40 recordings document his work, beginning with the “Deutsche Musikwettbewerb” prize winner CD in 1989. He has been sharing his experience and convictions as a professor at HTM, the Rostock University of Music and Drama, with the next generation of musicians.
Anna Kravtchenko
​21st - 26th of September 2020
First prize at the international competition Concertino di Praga and at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, a competition whose first prize had not been awarded for the four previous years. She has since had an international concert career, and has recorded works by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt for Decca.
Kravchenko won the International Web Concert Hall Competition in 2006. Since 2013, she has taught piano at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino.
Wolfram​​ Schmitt-Leonardy
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Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim. Since he was a child he has been winning an impressing amount of top-prizes in international piano competitions throughout the world. His students have won numerous first prizes in international and european piano competitions. Since 2007 Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy is also teaching at the prestigious “École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot” in Paris.
Gabiele Leporatti
​24th - 29th of August 2020
Prizewinner of several national and international competitions, he enjoyes an active concert schedule with extensive concert tours that have taken him to Spain, several times to the USA, to Germany,  Austria, Switzerland, Estonia, Poland, South Africa, Turkey and China, and to prestigious concert venues including London's Wigmore Hall, the broadcasting house of NDR Hannover, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the He Luiting Hall in Shanghai. Several of his performances have also been broadcast on radio and television including BBC Radio 3 (England), RBB, SWR2 (Germany), Rai3 (Italy). Gabriele Leporatti gives regular master-classes all over the world.
Ilaria Loatelli
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Guest artist of Golden Key Festival in Carnegie Hall, prizewinner of many international piano competitions, she regularly plays worldwide as a soloist, chamber music and with orchestras. 
Her students won over 100 prizes in piano competitions and she is the Artistic Director of  “Scuole in Musica” & “Làszlò Spezzaferri” Prize in Verona (Italy).
Gesa Lucker
​24th - 29th of August 2020
Prize winner of the Bruno-Frey-Stiftung, of the Hannover Chopin Society and of national and international competitions. She has given concerts as a soloist with various orchestras; her performances brought her to halls such as the large hall of the NDR Hannover, Yamaha Hall New York, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and Mannes College of Music in New York City, Wigmore Hall London, Oriental Arts Center Shanghai and Tsinghua University Beijing. She toured in Germany, Italy, the USA and China. Professor of piano at the University for Music and Dance Cologne, Germany. 
Massimiliano Mainolfi
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As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Mr. Mainolfi has performed throughout Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, England, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, South Africa and the United States. He recorded for the labels Ducale and Claves Records. Currently he is a Decca Artist.
Mr. Mainolfi is regularly invited to join the jury of national and international music competitions. He is currently Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Nürnberg, Germany.
Anna Malikova
​21st - 26th of September 2020
Prize- winner of the important international competitions in Oslo, Warsaw (Chopin Competition), Sydney and 1st prize at the ARD Competition Munich. Jury member of international piano competitions in China, Italy, Japan, Poland, etc...
Professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing arts of Vienna.
Giuseppe Mariotti
7th - 12th of September 2020
Professor and Dean of the Music Faculty of the Tokushima Bunri University. He recorded the complete original piano works by Ferruccio Busoni for the Italian label foné. 
Performed more than 600 concerts worldwide since age 14, as soloist and with chamber music groups. Bösendorfer artist since 1994.
Nobuhito Nakai
3rd - 8th of August 2020
He won the prize at many competitions, Music Competition of Japan, Johannes Brahms International Music Competition, International Piano Competition ‘Citta di Senigallia’, G. B. Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, and M.Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (U.S.A.) with his wife Miwako Takeda. He performed piano concerto, solo recital, piano duo recital, chamber music and lied accompany in Japan, Europe and USA. As a Piano duo team with Miwako Takeda gave the numerous concerts. He is a professor, chair of piano faculty of Toho Gakuen College of Music, and a guest professor of Nagoya College of Music.
Pavel Nersessian
17th - 22nd of August 2020
1st Prize in the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991. He won prizes in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1985, the Paloma O’Shea Competition in Santander, and the Tokyo Competition. Pavel Nersessian has been touring Russia and surrounding states from the age of eight, and has given performances in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Cannes, Leipzig, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Dublin, Muenchen, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Belgrade, Cairo, Kiev, Beijing and many other cities. Professor of piano in Boston University.
Ronan O'Hora
24th - 29th of August 2020
Professor, Head of Keyboard Studies and Head of Advanced Performance Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
He has performed extensively throughout the world, playing concertos with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Zurich Tonhalle, Florida Philharmonic, Philharmonia Hungarica, etc... He has performed in every major country in Europe as well as across the USA, Canada, Australasia and South Africa and appeared at many of the most prestigious music festivals. Ronan O'Hora has recorded more than thirty CDs for the EMI, Virgin Classics, etc…
3rd - 8th of August 2020
Tatiana Sarkissova
27th of July - 1st of August 2020
Tatiana Sarkissova is among the most distinguished exponents of the Moscow school of piano playing. After graduating Gnessins Music School she was studying at the Moscow Conservatoire with one of the most eminent pianists and music pedagogues, Dmitri Bashkirov. She toured Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as USA. Tatiana Sarkissova is in a constant demand as a teacher and has been Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1993.
Amandine Savary
17th - 22nd of August 2020
She performed in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Tokyo (Suntory Hall, Tsuda Hall), New‐York (Kaufmann Hall), London (Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place), Paris (Maison de Radio France, Auditorium du Louvre, Orsay), Osaka (Izumi Hall), Monaco (Opéra Garnier), Brussels (Flagey, Bozar, Palais Royal), Santander (Palacio de Festivales), ect.. She plays with orchestras as London Mozart Players, Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, etc… under conductors Moshe Atzmon, Hilary Devan Watton, Jean‐Claude Casadesus, etc… She is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music of London.
Marina Scalafiotti
13th - 19th of July 2020
First prizes at the International Piano Competition of Stresa in 1981 and Treviso in 1992. She has played across Europe and Latin America in many prestigious concert halls, as The Royal Concertgebouw, Usher Hall, Auditorium RAI, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, and Sala Verdi. She has played with renowned conductors, as Gianandrea Noseda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Karel Mark Chichon, Massimo Gonzo, Ovidiu Balan, and Antonello Gotta. She has performed Chamber Music with Philippe Entremont, Ervin Schiffer, Katie Sebestyen, Ran Varon, Brigitte Autret, Noemi Dalmau, and Jacques Dupriez. Piano Professor at the Music Conservatory of Turin, where she heads the piano department.
Tobias Schabenberger
17th - 22nd of August 2020
Piano Professor at the Musik-Akademie in Basel. He won several prizes and is having a rich career as a chamber musician. He performed in concerts with singers such as Kurt Widmer, Hans-Jörg Rickenbacher or Céline Wasmer and with instrumentalists such as Hans Heinz Schneeberger, Thomas Demenga, Peter Hörr, Omar Zoboli, Christoph Ess, François Benda, the Gémeaux Quartet, the Cuarteto Gerhard and furthermore. With fortepiano he performs regularly with the famous baroque violinists Chiara Banchini and Daniel Sepec.
Markus Schirmer
17th - 22nd of August 2020
Winner of numerous prizes and honours and performed in the major concert halls and festivals with renowned orchestras. Chamber music plays an important role in his work and his partners have included Vadim Repin, Renaud Capuçon, Julian Rachlin, Benjamin Schmid, Clemens Hagen and many others. Professor of Piano at the Music University of Graz, many of his students are acclaimed prizewinners.
Johan Schmidt
17th - 22nd of August 2020
Winner of numerous international music competitions as the Queen Elizabeth Competition, Maria Callas Contest, Tchaikovsky Competition, Japan Competition, Van Cliburn Piano Contest. Apart from being a frequent guest of the best Belgian orchestras, he also performs with the New Japan Philharmonic, the Athens Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, to name only few. Professor in the Royal Brussels Conservatory (Belgium), he regularly gives Master Classes in several European countries and in China.
Graham Scott
27th of July - 1st of August 2020
Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Artistic Director of the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition, he has performed extensively throughout the world most notably in New York (92nd St. Y), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall), Paris (Bagatelle) as well as all the major London venues (Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre.). He has performed with leading orchestras under such conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Bernhard Klee, Marin Alsop, Paul Daniel, Barry Wordsworth and Alexander Lazarev.
Carla Seixas
3rd - 8th of August 2020
Her concert activity includes both work as a soloist and in chamber music, with performances in the principal concert halls of Portugal,  Europe and all around the world. She was Professor of Piano at the National Conservatory of Lisbon from 1978 until 2011; she also taught at the Orpheum of Leiria and at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music.
Sandra Shapiro
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Winner of the ARD Competition and World Piano Competition. Her students have garnered awards and top prizes in numerous competitions, as well as securing positions in highly-regarded schools and universities. She performed in the United States, Europe and Asia, and with orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. Member of the Piano and Chamber Music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Visiting Chamber Music Teaching Artist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Piano Faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Karl-Heinz Simon
27th of July - 1st of August 2020
Professorat the Hochschule für Musik ‘Carl-Maria-von-Weber’ in Dresden, Germany, and has been lecturing at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and Saarbrücken for many years beforehand. He studied in Cologne, Barcelona and Karlsruhe. His students are national and international prize winners and his professorship, as a result, also includes lecturing on pedagogy and teaching methods from grass-roots level to postgraduate students. He is specialist in diagnosing and treating physiological and psychological playing problems at the piano. 
Eugene Skovorodnikov    
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Performed in famous concert halls such as St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall,  Chan Centre for Performing Arts (Vancouver), Theatre Bibiena (Mantova), Grand Theatre (Shenzhen), Xinghai Concert Hall (Guangzhou), just to name few. Jury member in many piano international competitions, such as Rome, Rina Sala Gallo, F. Liszt in Weimar, Sigismund Thalberg. President and Artistic Director of "Music Encore Concert Society" (Canada) , Artistic Director of Vancouver International School of Music White Rock, and Artistic Director of "World of Music and Arts Academy".
Miwako Takeda
​3rd - 8th of August 2020
She won the prize at many competitions, Maria Canals International Music Competition, G. B. Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, etc. and M. Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (U.S.A.) with her husband Nobuhito Nakai. She performed piano concerto, solo recital, piano duo recital and chamber music in Japan, Europe and USA. As a Piano duo team with Nobuhito Nakai gave the numerous concerts. Takeda is a faculty member of Ueno Gakuen University and Toho Gakuen College of Music.
Anthony Tam
6th - 11th of July 2020
Pianist and professor, he has been on the jury of international competitions. He was the Jury Chairman of the Steinway Piano Competition in 2014 and was the President of Jury of the Mozart International Piano Competition. He performed in many countries including UK, Canada, USA and Europe. He has given lectures, masterclasses, workshops for different institutions and he has been appointed as a representative of the Victoria Piano Summer School in Canada. In 2014, he was invited by the City International University of California (USA) to join as the Director of Studies of the Music Faculty and will undertake a new format to study music in Asia
Alberto Urroz
6th - 11th of July 2020
Urroz performs regularly throughout Europe, Asia and America. Founder and Artistic Director of the Mendigorría International Music Festival and the Shigeru Kawai City of Madrid Piano Competition in Spain. Piano Professor at the Alfonso X University and the Arturo Soria Conservatory, both in Madrid. President of EPTA Spain, Dr. Urroz was granted an honorary award to the best Doctoral Thesis in Arts and Humanities (UAX 2017) for his dissertation on the teaching-learning process of piano technique. Urroz has recorded piano works by Scarlatti, Sánchez Allú, Granados, Albéniz, de Falla and Mompou for IBS Classical
Ashley Wass
​6th - 11th of July2020
Alongside his work as soloist and chamber musician, he is co-founder of Mash Productions, was Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival and is Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Winner of the London International Piano Competition, he was also a prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.  He has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls and he has performed regularly as soloist with all prestigious orchestras, etc… under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky. 
Arkadi Zenziper
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Winner of international competitions, he is professor and dean of piano department at Dresden’s Hochschule Carl Maria von Weber. He is on the adjudicating panel of the Anton Rubinstein International Piano competition