Jury members who confirmed their participation in 2019. 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 participated to several prestigious national and international competitions winning the first prize in International Competition Joannhes Brahms, Francesco Forgione International Competition, National Competition Borromean Islands, Paul Harris International Competition.
He has performed at major festivals around the world including: London International Guitar Festival (England), Elise Saint-Martin d’Etiolles (Paris), International Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome), Andrés Segovia International Festival Linares (Granada), Palace of the Guitar in Tokyo (Japan), International Guitar Academy Yokohama (Japan), International Guitar Festival in Sapporo (Hokkaido-Japan), International Guitar Festival of Morelia (Mexico), International Guitar Festival Magnitogorsk (Russia), Clarke Recital Hall in Miami (Florida, USA), XII Festival International de la Guitarra of Burgos (Spain), National Library Rosario (Argentina), International Festival Ciudad de Bolivar (Venezuela), the Centre Festival Guitarra Cordoba (Argentina), Hong Kong International Guitar Festival (Hong Kong-Shenzhen), Istanbul International Guitar Festival (Turkey), Aalborg International Guitar Festival (Denmark).
As interpreter he collaborated with the world leading composers Azio Corghi and Alberto Colla. Since 2013 he has been working with artists of different genres: Tommy Emmanuel, Antonella Ruggero, Sarah Jane Morris, Peter Finger. He carries an intense artistic activity and he world widely teaches Master Class in renowned musical institutions such as Conservatory of Ceuta (Spain), Conservatoire de las Rosa (Mexico), University of Miami Frost School of Music (Miami, Florida USA), Guitar Academy Yokohama (Japan), Conservatoire National de Linares (Spain), National University of Littoral in Santa Fe (Argentina), Conservatoire National de Ciudad Bolivar (Venezuela), Conservatoire National de Ubeda (Spain).
After the prize awarded in Burgos in 2009, in 2013 Christian Lavernier was awarded the International Prize for Artistic Trajectory by the University CUI Ixtlahuaca. In July 2014 he performed the Concerto de Aranjuez with the C.D. Bolivar Orchestra as opening concert of the Festival International de Guitarra de Angostura (Venezuela). On this occasion he received his third prize for his artistic career. He has recorded concerts for major television and radio broadcasters in Italy, Spain, Argentina, France, Venezuela, Russia, Japan, USA, Mexico. Since 2001 Christian Lavernier has been Artistic Director of the International Music Festival ”Piani Musicali”. Currently, he is Artistic Director of “Rovere D’Oro” International Music Competition.
Christian Lavernier plays Josè Ramirez Guitars and is an official endorser for Aquila Corde Armoniche. In 2016 the Master luthier Carlos Gonzales Marcos forged the first and unique guitar “tiorbata” imagined, created and dedicated to Christian Lavernier for his new vision and interpretation of music.
From 2018, starts the new project Contemporary Futurebased on “La Soñada”. The project involved some great italian and international composers (A. Gilardino, A. Talmelli, F. Chaviano, F. Iannitti…) who have create innovative pieces dediceted to this new instrument and to Christian Lavernier.
Always in 2018, the meeting with M° Nicola Campogrande has given rise toa very productive collaboration. As reseults, a publication of « 12 Preludi a getto d’inchiostro » re-thoughts “La Soñada” and edited by the major Universal Music – Ricordi with revision and fingering by Christian Lavernier.
The Universal Music – Ricordi edit also the new composition Redobles y Consonancias dedicated to Christian Lavernier and to “La Soñada” by M° Azio Corghi. Revision and fingering have been entrusted to Lavernier himself.
The Duo’s performances are described as perfect and mature, yet luminous and filled with youthful vitality. Many pieces gain new interpretations and original sounds thanks to Iwo Jedynecki’s accordion transcriptions. Both artists boldly venture into renowned works of chamber music literature giving them new quality and delightfully diverse colouring. Eager to perform contemporary music, the ensemble collaborates with leading Polish composers who dedicate their works to the Duo. In 2016, Marcin Błażewicz composed the first ever double concerto for violin, accordion and symphonic orchestra. The composer dedicated his work to Karolina Mikołąjczyk and Iwo Jedynecki, who premiered the piece. The Duo’s vast repertoire spans from baroque to contemporary music.
In 2016 the debut CD „Premiére” by Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki was published courtesy of Requiem Records’ „Opus Series” dedicated to contemporary music. The album contains pieces for violin and accordion written between 1952 and 2015 by three generations of composers. Most of these pieces have never been recorded before. This is the first ever album with new music by a duo violin-accordion.
Karolina Mikołajczyk plays a Duke London violin from 1776. Iwo Jedynecki plays a Pigini Sirius Millennium accordion. Both musicians are graduates of The Frederic Chopin University of Music. Karolina Mikołajczyk also studied under the guidance of prof. Zakhar Bron at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany) courtesy of „Erasmus” programme. In 2019 Iwo Jedynecki completed a prestigious „Konzertexamen” postgraduate course at Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany) in prof. Grzegorz Stopa’s accordion class.
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.
“A composer Whom music should be willingly the Debussy oftoday” (Le Nouvel Observateur)
“Her musical universe is strong and colored” (Marc Vignal, musicologue et critique, Le Monde de la Musique)
“Un jeu tout entier dominé par le goût du beau piano”. (Diapason. Jean-Yves Bras)
“It benefited from F. Choveaux probing playing, revaling hitherto undemonstrated expressive and the rare ability to communicate pathos” (Los Angeles Times)
Laureat of Harald Genzmer composition competition in Munich 2018
Françoise Choveaux takes up with a musical tradition anchored in the the 19th Century. She is a composer but also a pianist. As of today she has already written more than 280 op for all instruments and all formations, from solos to symphony orchestras. And her works are performed in all Europe and around the world; Asia, Russia & Baltic countries, North and South America.
Numerous live recordings and in studio were made of her music, among which the integral works of her quartets recorded by the famous Vilnius string quartet. The richness of sounds and colors for strings is a discovery of every moment. For a composer, I think that the string quartet offers infinite possibilities, similar to the use of a painter can make of its palette. It is one of the forms of writing that I prefer, she explains in the notebook of the CD.
Each of her her scores is inspired, either by journeys, emotions, or connected directly with a literary or visual work.from March 1999 ill March 2001, she was invited in the Abbey of Prée (Académie des beaux-Arts) as pianist and composer for a creation residence…
In her musical route, chamber music has always played an important role with works written for soloists( Jean Ferrandis, Gérard Poulet, Isabelle Moretti, Pavel Berman, Emile Naoumof, Michel Mikalakakos, , Jacques Mauger, Dominique de Williencourt, Whilhem Latchoumia, Romain Descharmes …) and also established formations. Her quartets were created by Vilnius string quartet, Rimski-Korsakov quartet, Debussy and Ravel Quartet, Danel quartet and Stanislas quartet.
In 2002, she began an important cycle dedicated to orchestras. First of all, by pursuing her series with symphonies London primavera orchestra, Baden Baden orchestra, St Petersbourg orchestra, Toscanini Foundation orchestra, Vilnius Philarmonic orchestra, Sao Paulo orchestra, Bahia Philarmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria chamber orchestra La prée orchestra for her White Symphonie for organ and strings world premiere in Notre Dame de Paris…
Françoise Choveaux was trained in the Academy of Lille, in Ecole Normale supérieure de Musique de Paris, in the Institute Peabody of Baltimore then Juilliard School of New York. She performed in prestigious festivals in France, in Europe, Asia north and south America.
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).