Jury members who confirmed their participation in 2017. 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
As a Professional cellist, he actively play repertoire ranging renaissance era to contemporary music, as a soloist and with chamber music. He Joined the Australian Vistuoso Ensemble (1997) Heinrich Shultz Ensemble In Japan (1999-2002), and also was elected as adjudicator of the International chamber music competition in Baku Azerbaijan (2014).
He served as the artistic director of the annual Yogyakarta International Chamber music Festival (2010-2015). He has Completed 100 tours in Indonesia and Asia’s Big cities (2013) and Received the David Award from the Greek Government.
Studied Vocal Faculty at the Academy of Music in Poznań. Graduate of the Academy of Arts in Łódź (Materials & Clothing Faculty) and the State School of Music in Wałbrzych
During the second year of study he made his debut in opera Candide by L. Berstein in Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy. He also performed this role in premiere shows in Teatro Alghieri (Ravenna), Teatro Goldoni (Livorno), Teatro Verdi (Pisa) and in the Grand Theater in Poznań. For his role in Candide he was awarded with Jan Kiepura prize in category ‘The Best Debut of 2010 in Polish Opera’.
In 2011 he was invited to perform a concert version of his part in opera Candide in Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo (Sicilia) with the acompaniament of Orchestra Synfonica Syciliana.
In 2011 he was invited to perform a concert in Witold Lutosławski Studio S1 which was transmited live by the First Program of the Polish Radio. Since 2012 he has been working as a solist in polish filharmonies and theaters performing recitals, operas and oratorios.
In 2013 he performed as Robinson Crusoe in polish premiere of J. Offenbachs Robinson Crusoe. In the same year he won prestigious international contest – the XV Grand Tenor Competition – organized by Opera na Zamku in Szczecin.
His solo career began in 2015 – as a solist he performed some of the most famous tenor arias in almost all polish philharmonies and on varoius stages in Chicago (USA), Toronto (Canada), Baden-Baden (Germany). In 2016 he was invited as a jury during International Music Competition in Chang Mai (Tailand).
During the same year the won a Tenor Competition organized by Mazowiecki Teatr Muzyczny in Warsaw for the second time. He also performed during many international festivals as a solist and concert director. He is an independent artist. Besides his solo career he works as a producer for ‘Opera Night Group’ and he co-operates with a group ‘Tre-Voci – Tenors’.
His repertoire includes mulitple pieces and roles, such as:
Cavaradossi – Tosca G.Puccini, Maurizio – Adriana Lecouvreur F.Cilea, Herman – Pique Dame P.Tchaikovsky, Lensky – Eugen Oniegin P.Tchaikovsky, Alfred – Traviata G.Verdi, Macduff, Macbeth oraz Requiem G.Verdi, Don Jose – Carmen G.Bizet, Stefan – Straszny dwór S.Moniuszko, Requiem W.A.Mozart, Magnificat J.S.Bach, Stabat Mater A.Dvorak
She recently made her Carnegie hall debut as a first prize winner of the 2012 Alexander & Buono international flute competition. Her wide international career has taken her over the world, giving concerts in leading halls, such as “Cité de la Musique” and Salle Gaveau, Paris, The “Berliner Schauspielhaus” and the Tel Aviv Museum.
Esti Rofé was among the very few flutists to be accepted to the prestigious “Cycle de Perfectionnement” soloist program in the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, where she studied with Maurice Bourge and Shopie Cherrier. She studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich under the direction of Professor Andras Adorjan and received her second degree with highest distinction. Esti Rofé graduated the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv.
Esti Rofé is a prize winner of many prestigious international competitions, including the Rampal international flute competition, Paris, the “Leonardo de Lorenzo” international flute competition, Italy, the international flute competition “A Puncielli”, Italy, and the Tel Aviv Academy woodwind competition.
Rofé has been a soloist with many orchestras, among them: the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Roma Academia Philharmonia Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and “Orchestre de Prix” du CNSM, Paris.
She leads a very active musical life, participating in various festivals including the Danish Chamber music festival, the “Stars of Tomorrow” festival in Paris, the “Santander” festival in Spain, the Pablo Casals festival in France and the “Rising Stars” festival in Berlin.
Esti Rofé was a member of the Villa Musica Ensemble in Germany and she was supported by the “Yehudi Menuhin” Live Music New Foundation for encouraging young artists. She has won an outstanding award from the Meyer Foundation and the Marc Rich Foundation for artistic achievements and was supported by the American-Israeli Cultural foundation.
She has recorded for television and radio, including the SWR radio, Germany, the Polish National Radio, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Danish radio and television.
She played as a solo flutist with the English National Opera, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, among others.
She is currently the principal flutist of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem.
As a performer, his major notable performances includes the New Year Concert by the government of Xinjiang, China and 7th Icy and Snow Cultural Festival to perform "Yellow River" Piano Concerto as soloist with orchestra and has been broadcasted widely in Xinjiang, China and he has been highlighted as guest artist in the Grand Opening Ceremony of Zendai Himalayas Art Festival and the first pianist to perform at Daguan Theatre in Shanghai, China, the masterclass series of Hong Kong Arts Festival and also the Closing Concert of China Shenzhen 10th Piano Duo Competition in Shenzhen Concert Hall.
As a pedagogue and adjudicator, his students are highly accomplished with ABRSM and Trinity Music Grade and Diploma Examination with Distinction results. He has been awarded “Teaching Excellence Award” from Pearl River Cup National Piano Competition in China, Guangzhou and twice nominated “Music Teaching Excellence” from China Shenzhen Piano Duo National Piano Competition. He has also adjudicated in Thailand Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Festival & Competition, China “Duke” International Piano Competition, “Hope China” National Music Competition, China Hailun Cup National Piano Competition, Hong Kong International Music Competition & Festival, Hong Kong Virtuoso Music Competition and others.
As an entrepreneur, he is the founder and artistic director of Hong Kong International Music Competition for Young Pianists and a committee member of International Piano Festival and Academy of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and also the executive director of Hong Kong – Rome Athenaeum International Music Academy. He had been a faculty at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Summer Piano Festival and presented a lecture about piano competition – Behind the Scene and also has been invited to give some Music Sharing in different local music organizations. He worked and associated with many distinguished musicians as Alexander Ghindin, Antonio Di Cristofano, Benjamin Loh, Dmitry Masleev, Golda Vainberg-Tatz, Mikhail Voskresensky, Myrthala Salazar, Oxana Yablonskaya, Sergey Koudriakov, Pierre Reach and Yuliana Avdeeva and among others.
Ricky received his professional music training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and later at Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he became a committee member of International Piano Festival and Academy. His main piano teachers include Li Ming Qiang, Franz Mo Cheung Yu, Gabriel Kwok, Zhou Keng and Angela Cholakian, a disciple of Yevgeny Malinin – the Heritage of Heinrich Neuhaus. He has also benefited from other distinguished pianists and pedagogues include Anton Kuerti, Tigran Alikhanov, Oxana Yablonskaya, Hilary Coates, Monique Duphil, Sharon Mann, Mack McCray, Yoshikazu Nagai, Vanessa Latarche, Stephen Savage and Joseph Banowetz.
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
Eri Nakagawa (Piano, Japan )
She graduated from Osaka Kyoiku University and continued with her postgraduate studies at Mukogawa Women’s University in Japan. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in piano performance at Ball State University. Among her principal teachers were Koji Tanaka and the late Naoyuki Inoue, Mitchell Andrews and Pia Sebastiani.
She has been invited as a guest pianist and professor at the University of Northern Colorado in USA, Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Corfu Festival in Greece, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Moulin d’Andé International Masterclasses in Normandy, France, Piano Plus Festival in Corfu, Greece, etc. She has performed concertos with numerous orchestras. She has been a frequent soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. She also enjoys working as a collaborative pianist and accompanist with distinguished musicians in Thailand and abroad.
Many of her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions, and have received scholarships in prestigious schools such as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the University Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in UK, Oberlin College in USA, etc. She received the Trinity Guildhall Award for Excellence in Music Teaching in 2010 and the Teaching Award in the 13th Chopin International Piano Competition in ASIA in 2013.