Judges

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Dr. Mikhail Johnson, USA/Jamaica

Piano / Composition

Affiliation: Composer and Pianist; Owner of a publishing label "Johno Muzik Publications", Jamaica

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Renata Shumskaya, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Founder of Piano Studio in Newcastle; Committee Chair of the EMTA Scholarship Competition; Member of National and Washington State Music Teachers Association, Newcastle, WA, USA

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Jiang Lin, China

Tuba

Affiliation: Tuba Faculty at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Affiliated School; Tuba Chief of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra; member of Shanghai Shenshi School Brass Quintet, Shanghai, China; served as a guest tuba performer of Freiburg Opera House, Germany

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Maestro Yuri Yevchuk, Canada

Voice

Affiliation: Former Soloist (Bass) at the Mariinsky Theatre; recipient of multiple Grand Prix and First Place awards worldwide; toured to France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Estonia and China; Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes Cherevik (Sorochintsy Fair), Bomelius (The Maid of Pskov), Cardinal Lorenzo Montanelli (The Gadfly in concert), Bass (Orango), Frol Baev (Into the Storm in concert), Maestro Spinelloccio (Gianni Schicchi), Cockneys, Professor Higgins’ Butler (My Fair Lady), Second Philistine (Samson et Dalila). Other repertoire includes Varlaam, Pimen (Boris Godunov), Old Gypsy (Aleko), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Chub (Christmas Eve), the Viking Merchant (Sadko) and King René (Iolanta).

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Song Yuchen, China

Percussions

Affiliation: Percussion Instruments Faculty at the Department of Modern Instrumental Music and Percussions of Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Director of percussions at the Professional Committee of Shanghai Musicians Association and IPEA International Percussion Association; Honorable member of Nanchang ship of Chinese Navy; Artist of Sabian China

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Dr. Sarah Dunbar, USA

Flute

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Woodwinds Studies in the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts at Midwestern State University, TX, USA

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Anahit Sargsyan, Armenia

Violin

Affiliation: Violinist and Pedagogue; Head of the String Instruments Department at Yerevan Specialized Music School named after Alexander Spendiaryan; Former Artist of Chamber Orchestra, Yerevan, Armenia

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Professor Dr. Meiling Jin, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Founder of Taichi and Piano Study; Visiting Professor at Guangxi Arts Institute, Nanning, China; Former Piano faculty at Lubbock Christian University, TX, USA

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Lisa Liske, USA

Cello

Affiliation: Concert Cellist, member of Philadelphia-based trio New River Ensemble as well as North Carolina Baroque Orchestra; Cello Faculty at Roanoke College; Founder of Community Cello Works, The Cello Camerata, and Cello Springs Festival. Appears as a guest artist at conferences, festivals, and music institutes throughout the U.S. and abroad; Her forthcoming books include her beginner cello method, The Ants Book; How To Fly Your Cello, a comprehensive collection of cello and musicianship activities to help build fluid musicianship; and a manual for meaningful musicianship, A Practical Pedagogy of Expression, North Carolina, USA

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Maestro Philip Mann, USA

Orchestral Studies

Affiliation: Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Practice at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Guest Conductor at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall and London's Barbican Center; Founder of Arkansas's first collaborative arts festival - Acansa; Conductor for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Voronezh Philharmonic, and major orchestras, operas, and festivals in Europe, USA, and Asia

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Professor Dr. Gregory Brookes, USA

Voice

Affiliation: Chair of the Voice Department and Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University, TX, USA; Dr. Brookes is a leading vocalist in North America as well as a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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Nicole Agostino, Canada

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Piano Faculty at the University of Toronto; Founder of Nicole Agostino Piano Studio in Toronto, Canada; Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher; adjudicator of multiple international music competitions

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Professor Yana Lisak, Russia

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist; Professor of Piano Studies at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia

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Professor Cristina Cavalli, Italy

Piano

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Piano Professor at Musical Arts Madrid, Spain; Founder of @AdLibitum Music Project

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Casey Granofsky, Canada

Flute

Affiliation: Artist of the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony; Founder of the Niagara Flute School, ON, Canada

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Gabriel Meza, USA

Violin

Affiliation: Concert Violinist, Violin faculty at Opus Ithaca School of Music; Violinist at Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and York Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca, USA

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Olga Alino, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist, Founder and executive director of Masters Institute of Music; Best Teacher 2019 of Crescendo International Competition; Best Teacher 2015 of AADGT, New Jersey, USA

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Professor Tianzong Hu, China

Cello

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Cello Faculty at Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China; Artistic Director of Shenyang New Classical Chamber Ensemble; Performing Artist and Instructor of a number of international festivals, such as Seoul Music Festival, Beijing Cello Festival, Guilin String Festival, Kunming String Festival, Busan Cello Festival, and Zhuhai String Master Classes, China

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Sherry Kim, USA

Piano

Affiliation: Pianist and Pedagogue; Founder of Sherry Kim Piano Studio; Artistic Director of The Piano League’s Piano Star International Competition, New York, NY, USA

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Professor Jekaterina Rostovtseva, Estonia

Piano

Affiliation: Piano Faculty at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), Tallinn Music High School for gifted children, and Tallinn Old Town Music School, Tallinn, Estonia

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Anna Basharina, Germany

Flute

Affiliation: Principal flute at the Saint-Petersburg State Theatre of Musical Comedy, Russia; Flute Faculty at the Ariozo Music Academy, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Matvey Lapin, USA

Violin

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Instruments Department of Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA, USA

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Olga Vasilyeva, Russia

Voice

Affiliation: Soloist and Actress of Musical Theatre Zazerkalie, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Alexandra Zaryankina, Russia

Voice

Affiliation: Soloist of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Theater of Classical Operetta, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Professor Valentina Yablonskaya, Russia

Piano

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Piano Studies at Belgorod State Institute of Arts and Culture; Artist of Belgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgorod, Russia

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Luisa Mintsaeva, Russia

Harp

Affiliation: Concert Harpist; Principal harp at Moscow State Symphony Orchestra; Artist of Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre, Moscow, Russia; Visiting harpist at Nordic Pulse Ensemble directed by Kristian Jarvi, State Opera of Tatarstan, and National Symphony Orchestra of The Republic of Bashkortostan

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Marina Burenkova, Russia

Choral Studies

Affiliation: Voice Faculty and Choral Director of the Music School named after G.V. Sviridov; Head of "Vivo", "Rassvet", and "Academic Choral Singing" choires, Balashikha, Russia