Live Music
Chairman of the Jury

Cyprien Katsaris

Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer was born in France in 1951. Graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with top honors. In addition to receiving the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize in Paris and winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970, he also was a prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition of Belgium and won the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition in 1974, thereby establishing his reputation as an international musician. Celebrated as a genius since studying at the Paris Conservatoire, Katsaris is actively performing globally as a pianist possessing both unparalleled technique and an emotional, rich and poetic power of expression. He also records on his own Piano 21 label.

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Jury Member

Pablo Galdo

“Pablo Galdo is an excellent musician and a brilliant pianist, with whom I shared the stage. In addition to his pianistic capacity, I highlight his great musical intuition (Martha Argerich, 2020). He is the artistic director of the Galician Classical Music Association and founder and artistic director of the International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Vigo”. He is also the founder of the “Online Piano Masterclass”, a platform that offers students from all over the world the opportunity to take online lessons with some of the best piano teachers in the world.

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Life and Death
The Magic Farm

Jury Member

George Konstantinidis

After graduating with honors from the Thessaloniki State Conservatory, he entered the National Conservatory in Paris in the class of Bernard Ringeissen and Jacques Rouvier (Prix d’ Excellence, Prix de Perfectionement).

He also attended master classes with Paul Badura Skoda and Bruno Leonardo Gelber. In 1993 he won the first prize in the National Chamber music competition and in 1998 he won the second prize in the National Piano Competition. Konstantinidis appeared in several International Festivals where his performance was highly praised by the press.

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Jury Member

Klaus Sticken

Klaus Sticken is a versatile and distinctive pianist with over 25 years of concert experience. He performs in such venues as the Tonhalle Zurich, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Philharmonie in Kiev, the Megaron in Athens, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Musikhalle in Hamburg.

Through his teachers Vladimir Krainev, Vitaly Margulis, Gyorgy Sebok and Alfred Brendel Klaus Sticken has become familiar with very varied approaches to music. Besides his concert activity serves as a professor of piano at the MUK Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna in Austria.

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Theater & Dance
Theater & Dance

Jury Member

Sergio Tiempo

Sergio Tiempo is regarded as one of the most individual and thought-provoking pianists of his generation.

He made his professional debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw aged fourteen and soon became internationally renowned for his raw energy and musical versatility, from Brahms to Villa-Lobos and Ginastera.

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Jury Member

Idith Zvi

Idith Zvi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and Mannes College, NY.
As a pianist, she gave recitals and played with orchestras, in Israel, Europe and the USA; recorded for radio stations in Israel, Saarbrücken, Berlin, Stuttgart and the BBC London and has toured Canada, Alaska, Europe, and the USA.

Idith Zvi is frequently invited to adjudicate at international piano competitions as well as to teach master classes, worldwide. She was the Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition since 2003.

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Theater & Dance
Theater & Dance

Jury Member

Katarzyna Popowa Zydron

An internationally renowned Polish pianist, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń serves on juries of many international music competitions, including the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland where she served as chair.

Since 1980 she has forged a distinguished career as an instructor, teaching some of the world’s most promising young pianists, including Rafal Blechacz, the top winner of the 2005 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Ms. Popowa- Zydroń conducts worldwide master classes. She also holds seminars and teaches courses to enhance the skills of piano instructors.

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