Jury members who confirmed their participation in 2018. Click on the names.
First to Final Round
Honorable Artistic Director, Head of Judging Committee
Eduardo Delgado (Pianist, Argentina)
International audiences and critics have consistently recognized the fiery intensity, brilliance, sensitivity and innate musicality in the pianism of Eduardo Delgado. His appearances have taken him to the major music capitals of four continents—Europe, South America, Asia and North America. Through the wide span of Delgado’s repertoire, audiences immediately feel and hear that music affects him very deeply and that he shares these profound and personal emotions freely with every listener.
A few of the international plaudits he has won are:
- “Virtuosity, clean sound, and passion…the best” reports La Capital of Argentina.
Following an appearance in Tokyo in the Pablo Casals Hall, critics hailed his playing as “a marvelous performance, deeply emotional as well as lyrical” (Musica Nova – Tokyo).
- Norwegian critics described Delgado as “a pianist of a thousand nuances, a fantastic experience.” (Kristiansand).
- In Russia, “Delgado’s Bach had brilliance, a profound meditation and a musical tone rarely heard” (Sovietskaya Kultura – Moscow).
Born in Rosario, Argentina, Eduardo Delgado began his early training with his mother, Amelia, followed by studies with Arminda Canteros in Rosario, Sergio Lorenzi in Venice, Vicente Scaramuzza in Buenos Aires, Dora Zaslavsky at the Manhattan School of Music and Rosina Lhevinne at the Julliard School of Music, New York, NY. Some of his numerous awards and prizes include the Vladimir Horowitz Award, Mozarteum Argentino Award, Martha Baird Rockefeller and the Concert Artists Guild Awards.
Delgado is a notable and sought-after pedagogue, lecturer and teacher of master classes. He has been on piano faculties in various locations in Japan, the United States and Italy. He was a tenured Professor of Piano at California State University, Fullerton for 20 years where he established a scholarship fund for talented pianists in tribute to the renowned artist and his
personal friend, Alicia de Larrocha.
He has been a jury member of international competitions such as the William Kapell, Gina Bachauer, Vega in Japán, the second Martha Argerich Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, San Antonio International Competition, Jose Iturbi Competition, Los Angeles, and Top of the World Competition in Tromso, Norway.
Delgado has performed at the Perugia and Dino Ciano Festivals in Italy, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and the Martha Argerich Festivals in Lugano and Buenos Aires. He has performed with Martha Argerich and Gabriela Montero.
He has appeared with the Pacific Symphony and Chorale at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA., and shared recitals and recordings with tenor Jose Cura.
Eduardo Delgado was awarded the Medal of Honor by UNESCO in Buenos Aires and appointed Illustrious Citizen in his native city of Rosario. In 2015 he received the title of Emerita Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton.
During 2015, Eduardo’s performing and teaching appearances were numerous and world-wide as a partial listing demonstrates:
- Argentina, China, Japan, Recitals and Master Classes
- Italy, performed and taught at the Schlern International Piano Festival and Todi Music Masters Festival in Todi, Italy
- Costa Rica, Festival de Piano Juvenil de Costa Rica, Solo Recitals and Master Classes
- South Carolina, Southeastern Piano Festival, Columbia University
- New Jersey, Montclair University Taubman Festival
- California, Encore Series, La Quinta; Rancho Mirage, Orange, Fullerton
For 2016, selected listings of Delgado’s many engagements where he will be performing, lecturing, adjudicating and giving master classes are:
- January 18, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Jury
- January 31, Pasadena Conservatory, Master Class
- February 7, Imperial Empire Piano Festival – Riverside, CA, Jury
- February 10, Claremont College, Lecture Demonstration, Alberto Ginastera 100th Birthday Celebration
- February 21, Pasadena Conservatory Mansions and Music Concerts, Fauré Piano Quartet Op. 15, Ravel
- March 13, Cal State Fullerton, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Ginastera
- April 3, Blue Skies of Texas, San Antonio, Recital
- April 5, Music Teachers National Association Convention, San Antonio, TX., Ginastera 100th Birthday Presentation
- June 5 – 12, San Antonio International Competition, Jury
- July, Italy, Schlern International Music Festival, Performing and teaching
- August 9 – 25, Italy, Todi Music Masters Festival, Performing and teaching
- September, Argentina, Solo Recital Tour
- October 10 – 15, Chiangmai Festival, Thailand
- October 16, Chiangmai, Thailand, Beethoven Emperor Concerto
- October 20, China
Some of Delgado’s recordings include:
- The complete solo piano music of Alberto Ginastera in two volumes for MA Records in Tokyo.
- A CD of romantic works of Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn, IRCO Records, Buenos Aires.
- A CD with tenor Jose Cura for ERATO Records
- Anhelo (Songs by Argentinian Composers), Jose Cura, tenor, Ernesto Bitetti, guitar, Eduardo Delgado, piano, Paris
Eduardo Delgado is a Steinway Artist.
Head of Executive Committee
Chaipruck Mekara (Conductor, Thailand)
Atsuko Seta (Pianist, Japan)
In 1977 Atsuko Seta graduated from the Department of Music, Piano Course, Osaka Kyoiku University. In 1978, she completed a Postgraduate Course, starting her career as a pianist, mentored by Argentine pianist Eduardo Delgado. She also studied at the International Academy Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurre in Sion, Switzerland in 1991 and has performed concertos in the country. In 1996, Atsuko won the Top prize of the Masterplayers International Music Competition in Italy. Her talent has been noticed by the president conductor Maestro Schumacher.
“This phenomenal Japanese pianist has played to standing ovations. One of the greatest pianists I have ever heard !” (Richard Schumacher)
Since 1997, she has performed in Europe every year, especially Piano Concertos with Sudety Philharmonic in Poland.
“Extraordinary technique exceptional sound and dynamic impetuous temperament” (Walbrzyski Tygodnik,Poland)
In 2003, Atsuko Seta received the Music Critic Club Prize, which is given to the most active musician in West Japan. In 2004, she received the IBLA Grand Prize Ginastera Special Award in Italy. In 2003 and 2004, she began performing piano concertos with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, the first Japanese pianist to do so.
In 2005 she visited the United States, performing in Los Angeles and New York City, giving Ginastera recitals at the Yamaha Center and at Carnegie Hall and New York University during which she performed Ginastera Sonata No.1 amongst others.
In 2006, Atsuko performed premiere Ginastera Piano Concerto No.1 with Sudecka Philharmonic in Poland.
In 2007, Grieg Piano Concerto with Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria.
In 2011, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with Osaka Doctor’s Philharmonic in Japan. In 2012, Rechmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Tarnopol Philharmonic in Ukraine. In 2013, Solo Recital in Italy and Germany.
In 2014, Solo Recital in Holland.
In 2016, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with Ternopil Philharmonic in Ukraine, Ginastera Recital at Leipzig Hochschule “ Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ” in Germany.
Since 2008, she has been living in Thailand Chiangmai with her husband, performing many Solo Recitals and Piano Concertos with CPO. Currently teaching as a guest professor at Payap University Music Department. In April 2015, she organized Japan Concert Tour with her students, this was aired on Japanese TV.
Atsuko Seta Official Website
Prize and Jury
- 1993 Best Soloist Prize of All Japan Musician’s Association Competition<
- 1996 Masterplayers Prize of Masterplayers International Music Competition in Italy
- 2003 Music Critic Club Prize in Japan
- 2004 IBLA GRAND PRIZE in Italy ”Ginastera Special Award”
- 1996 A Jury of Classic Music Competition
- 1997~1999 A Jury of Masterplayers International Music Competition
- 2014 A Jury of Hong Kong International Music Competition for young pianists
- 2016 A Jury of Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Competition
He played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the University of Milan, Strings Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Sinfonica Abbruzzese, Sanremo Orchestra, FVG Mittleurope Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l’Estado de Mexico, University Orchestra of Houston, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Praga Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philarmonic, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philarmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonica di Sao Paulo, Thuringen Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Euro Sinfonietta Wien and recently with La Scala Milan Orchestra, with conductors like G. Taverna, M. Bosch, M. Alsop, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, M. Sieghart and many others. He played, in Italy, for the most important Festival: the “Verdi Theatre” in Florence, the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Asolo Musica”, the Theatre of Alessandria, the “Bibbiena Theatre” in Mantova, the “Puccini Hall” at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan, “Politeama Theatre” in Palermo, “Auditorium San Barnaba” in Brescia, Festival Duni in Matera, etc., in Romania Enescu Festival in Bucarest, Espana (Festival de Vigo, Toledo Festival, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio, Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston, Gates Concert Hall in Denver, Washington International Piano Festival, ecc), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik – Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Praga – Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (Ciaikovsky Conservatoire), South Korea (Seoul – Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt), Germany (Gasteig – Munich), Chopin Society Warsaw, Canada (Toronto – Glenn Gould Studio), Grieg Festival in Norway, Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shanghay and Shenzen piano festival (China), Swiss, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgary, Ukraine, Belgium, Brasil, Serbia, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, ecc.
He recorded cds with Velut Luna and Millenium label and recently a newone titled Encores.
In 2006 and 2007 he mades the debut in Carnegie Hall – New York and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein in Wien. He is often invited as a judge in international Piano Competition (Compositores de Espana – Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante – Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo – Belmont, Rachmaninov – Moscow, Iturbi – Valencia, Parnassos – Monterrey, Astana Merei International Competition -Astana, Baltic piano Competition -Gdansk, Bajic Memorial -Novi Sad, Hong Kong International Young Pianist Competition, Nordic Piano Competition – Malmoe, Mozart Piano Competition – Aachen, Louisiana Piano Competition, ecc) and to teach in Ciaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Valencia Conservatory, in the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, in Shanghay, Xiamen and Ningbo Conservatory in China, in the SMC Academy in Seoul, In Valletta International Piano Festival, in Sofia Conservatory, in Thessaloniki Conservatory, in The Orpheus Academy in Wien and in many USA University.
He received the Paul Harrys Fellows from Rotary Club. He is Guest Professor at the Xiamen Conservatory in China and in the Summer Academy Orpheus in Wien.
Born in 1982 in Shanghai, Minzhe Wu started to learn piano since 3 years old, and learnt from pianists Yu Wang and Professor Yiqi Sheng. At the age of 10, he changed to study cello with cello teacher Yingrong Lin. In 1996, he was enrolled into middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he won second prize of National Teenager Cello Competition. Later, Minzhe was admitted to Canadian Music Bridge Summer CAMP with excellent score, and went to Canada for music exchange. At the same time, he was cello principal in orchestra of middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Minzhe once performed with the orchestra for Europe tour and gained wider acceptance. In 1998, he got into China First Cello Orchestra and went to Switzerland for further study, with the orchestra, he had tours in China, Germany, France and so on.
In 2000, Minzhe entered Shanghai Conservatory of Music with honour. Under the guidance of cellist Min Cao, he gained great improvement. In the second year, he was enrolled into Asian Youth Orchestra as Cello Principal. In the meantime, together with young talented musicians Zhijiong Wang and Mengla Huang, Minzhe formed Shanghai New Music Ensemble specialising in studying and playing contemporary works from home and abroad. They had performed in Hong Kong and many places in Europe, acquired much accomplishment.
Minzhe joined Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2004. With diligent pursuit in the art and excelsior skills in performance, he was appointed Cello Principal in 2010. As a soloist, he has played Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, and Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major, and his performance in the concerts were well received by the comments and audience.
In January 2009, Minzhe was invited to attend cultural exchange performance in Antwerp, Belgium with Shanghai Municipal Culture, Radio, and Television Authority. In Feburary, 2013, Minzhe was honoured to be invited to have concert in Vienna Musikverein with Munich Symphony Orchestra as guest principal. Recentlly, Minzhe is member of Cello Specialized Committee. In 2016, as cello principal of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Minzhe went to Philadelphia, and participated in rehearsals of Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In addition, Minzhe also played a chamber music concert in Saratoga with musicians of Philadelphia Orchestra which was a great success.
Winner of the first prize in the Chamber Music category at the Vietnam National Music Competition “Autumn” in 1993, violinist Pham Truong Son obtained his Master of Music degree from the Vietnam National Academy of Music under the tutelages of Dr. Do Xuan Tung and Professor Ngo Van Thanh. From 2009 to 2013 he studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. In 2014 he studied chamber music with Professor Edward Schmieder of iPalpiti International and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Martin Chalifour in 2014. He also studied with Nobuko Imai, world leading violist.
A prolific performer, Mr. Son has performed in Suntory Hall and Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Leo Frankel Concert Hall in Bervelly Hills, USA and number of concert halls in Europe, China, Indonesia, and Thailand. He has appeared as a soloist with the Hanoi String Orchestra and Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 1993 and 1994 and has served as co-concertmaster/principle second of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra since its inaugural season in 1997.
In 2009, Mr. Son founded Song Hong Chamber Music and it has now become one of the leading chamber ensembles in Vietnam. Song Hong has given hundreds of concerts in most of the major cities in Vietnam and went on several tours in Thailand, China, Indonesia and the United States.
Mr. Son is currently on the violin faculty of the Vietnam National Academy of Music and head of the Chamber Music program of the String department here. He has served on the jury of the Thailand Mozart String Competition in 2011, He has judged and performed at the International Music Festival and Competition in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2016.
Some years later, after his “rock experience”, he started to study classical guitar, and in 1983 he completed his formal studies in music at the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, obtaining the diploma with the highest marks and honour. Extensive touring of the Orient has greatly influenced Alessio’s style and his research of Eastern philosophy leaves an indelible mark on the composer’s consciousness and music explorations. His style is extremely innovative and will be of great interest to lovers of many genres, from minimalist to jazz, to Eastern and Western classical traditions. Alessio has truly penetrated a creative space within himself that reframes what can be done with guitar.
He is involved in intense artistic activity, participating in the most noteworthy international orchestras and festivals throughout all the Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, with rave reviews from audience and press alike.
He has been invited to live record for many Radio and Television broadcasting in many countries.
Often is invited to be part of the Jury of many International Guitar Competitions.
Alessio’s ingenuity has him in high demand for teaching master classes, workshops and conferences abroad and in his native Italy.
The compositions on all 25 Alessio’s CDs, feature sitar, flute, clarinet, soprano sax, violin viola, violoncello, contrabass, percussion and electronic devices as well as solo guitar.
His biography with some of his works and his recording are now included in the “Encyclopaedia of the contemporary composers”, edited in Italy by Pagano Editor.
Actually he lives in Thailand and teaches at Music College of Payap University in Chiang Mai.
He just composed the background music on the Italian translation of “Bhagavad Gita”, the holy Hindu book that will be published in three Cd (acting and music) by “Esotheric Librairy” in Milan, Italy.
Chiang Mai Audition Judges
Annette George (Flute, USA )
Aj. Annette came to Thailand in 1991 and has been in ChiangMai ever since that time, teaching at Payap University’s College of Music. She has taught private lessons on all the woodwind instruments, Introduction to Music Therapy, Introduction to Woodwinds, Western Music Literature (Master’s level), and various ensemble classes and English classes.
Krit received his Master degree in Violin performance from the College of music, Mahidol University, where he studied violin with Mr. Juris Madrevich and Mr. Sittichai phengcharoen. During he studied he was a member of Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO), Chiang mai Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and make the recordings included film music.
Krit is now a concert master of Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra. He also a part time teacher for Chiang rai Rajaphat University, Substitute teacher at Chiang mai international School and Pik’s studio (his own studio).
Bangkok Audition Judges
She is a dedicated teacher who always strives to bring out the best in her students; many of her students have received top prizes at international piano competitions. Several of her students have appeared on television in several countries, as well as playing in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (New York), Kremlin (Moscow), Russian Conservatory of Music (Moscow), Young Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore) and Konservatorium Wein (Austria). In addition her student recently enters KNS Classical with a debut album, “Bangkok Recital”, at the youngest age of 14.
Naphak has a lot of experience as a Soprano, singing solo pieces and performing many great opera in Thailand and internationally. She had performed and competed in various countries such as China,Indonesia Germany and Austria.She was also a member of Suanplu Chorus which received a silver medal for Choir Olympic2004 in Germany and in China2006.
She received many Gold prizes on singing competitions but one of the most prestigious trophies was the First Prize of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s in the Singing Competition in 2008, which she was honored by her majesty to perform in the Royal Palace.
In addition singing, she also has experiences in teaching the piano and participated in the fifth Chopin piano competition 2002.She was the piano accompanist for choirs and singers in concerts globally.
Naphak is a dedicated teacher who always strives to bring out the best in her students,many of her students have received top prizes at International competitions. Such as Osaka International music competition(Japan),HongKong International Music Festival.Carnegie Hall (New York)
As a pedagogue and adjudicator,her students are highly accomplished with ABRSM and Trinity Examination with Distintion results with first rank in Thailand and 1st rank in Asia Pacific(2012-2013).She has been awarded “Excellent Teacher”from Trinity Awards Thailand(2012-2016) Awarded from American Protégé International Vocal Competition 2016 and Awarded for”Excellence in Music Teaching” Trophy from Trinity College London in 2017.She has also adjudicated in Thailand singing contest 2007.Miss Naphak is a private Vocal Coach and part time singing teacher at Shrewsbury International School.