Jury members in 2016 Competition. Click on the names.
First to Final Round
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.
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
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.
In 2008, while studying, Ilona debuted as Halka in the homonymous opera by S. Moniuszko in the open-air stage in Radziejowice Palace, Poland directed by Teresa Żylis- Gara. The Polish orchestra Iuventus, conducted by Tadeusz Wojciechowski, accompanied the project. Subsequently she embodied the role of Tatiana (E. Onegin). In the following year she completed her studies with distinction at the I. J. Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan, Poland.
Also in 2009 Ilona was selected from 350 candidates to participate as a soloist in the Opéra National de Paris’s development programme for young artists – ‘Atelier Lyrique’. During the period 2009-2012 she participated in the following opera productions: La finta giardiniera, W. A. Mozart (Arminda; MC 93 Bobigny), Street scene, K. Weill (Ann Maurrant; Amphithéatre Bastille), Orpheus and Eurydice, C.W. Gluck, arr. H. Berlioz (Eurydice; MC 93 Bobigny and the National Theatre Bordeaux-Aquitane), Mirandolina, B. Martinu (Mirandolina; MC 93 Bobigny), Rigoletto, G.Verdi (Contessa di Ceprano; Opera Bastille), Madama Butterfly, G. Puccini (La Madre di Cio-Cio-San; Opera Bastille), La répétition interrompue/Les Troqueurs, A. Dauvergne (Julie; Amphithéatre Bastille) and Faust, P. Fenelon (Suschen; Palais Garnier). She has received the “Prix Lyrique AROP 2012” that rewards the best young singer of the season. She is the winner of many national and international competitions.
In 2013 Ilona performed the part of Donna Anna from Don Giovanni together with Capella Cracoviensis conducted by Tomasz Adamus and in 2014 Erste Dame from Magic Flute during Rheinsberg Festival in Germany.
Ilona has participated in vocal and interpretation master classes in many different countries with such distinguished artists as Joanna Kozłowska, Irene Kremling-Domański, Helena Łazarska, Ann Murray, Sylvie Valayre, Natalie Dessay, Ruggero Raimondi and Klaus Haeger.
She continues to study with Teresa Żylis- Gara.
She performed in concerts with the Orchestra of the National Opera of Paris at the Palais Garnier and also in UK, Italy, Greece, Russia, Austria and Lithuania. Her concert repertoire covers oratorio and symphonic works such as: Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony, G. G. Gorczycki’s Completorium, Stabat Mater by J. Haydn, G. Rossini, A. Dvorak, G. B. Pergolesi and L. Boccherrini, La Vierge by J. Massenet etc.
She has worked with conductors including: Maurizio Benini, Semyon Bychkov, Daniele Callegari, Geoffroy Jourdain, Micheal Helmrtath, Antony Hermus, Vladimir Kiradjiev, Bernhard Kontarsky, Kevin McKutcheon,Alexendre Myrat, Marius Stieghorst , Paul Weigold, Tadeusz Wojciechowski; and stage directors: Laco Adamik, Irene Bonnaud, Kay Kuntze, Jarosław Kilian , Dominique Pitoiset, Pia Partum, Ryszard Peryt, Stephen Taylor and Robert Wilson.
In the season 2015/16 she debuted as Flowermaiden at the Royal Opera Madrid in Wagner’s “Parsifal”. She sang Cio-Cio-San at the Opera in Szczecin and Musetta at The Krakow Opera. In the season 2016/17: Micaela from “Carmen”by G.Bizet and Cio-Cio-San from”Butterfly” by G.Puccini at the Opera in Szczecin.
He is involved in many activities.
As a writer, he contributes articles on various subjects to the ‘Culture Page’ of a national newspaper called “La Sicilia”, he also wrote and published a book on Sicilian Proverbs and Traditions called “The Woman in Sicilian Proverbs”. To promote local writers, he has edited and published various books. He is also an Art Critic and Musician.He studies and collects worldwide folk music. He plays the piano accordion, which he has studied since the age of eleven.He has recorded many CDs, including “The County of Modica”, containing traditional Sicilian Accordion Folk Music.
In his Blog Page, he has published essays on various subjects such as “The lives of Salieri and Mozart”, “Canova, the sculptur” and “The Argentinean Tango and its History”.
On YouTube, he has recorded some of his piano accordion interpretations including some of the most famous Argentinean Tangos.
In 2006 he was invited to visit Japan by the Osaka Cultural Centre to promote Sicilian folk Music in eight different schools.
During his visit there, he gave several concerts. 1. “Kubo” Auditorium & Museum of Ethnography. 2. “Jubel Hall Theatre”. 3. “Madama Mura”, a place of spiritual meditation, and 4. A private Theatre in Kobe.
For 12 years, from 1994 to 2006, he was a member of the jury of the International Competition “Ibla Grand Prize” in Italy.
He lives in the countryside, just outside the town of Ragusa, Sicily with his Scottish wife, Claire, and their three sons.
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.
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 Cholakyan.
Presently, Ricky is the Artistic Director of Hong Kong International Music Competition for Young Pianists and a faculty of Summer Piano Festival, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and also has also adjudicated in numerous competitions in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Dao Tuyet Trinh (Cello), Pham Quynh Trang (Piano), Khuc Van Khoa (Viola) – has built a comprehensive repertoire of critically acclaimed concerts. “The Spring”, their main concert has become an annual even. The ensemble has devoted following across the country.
Individually, each member of the Song Hong Chamber Music has studied in Vietnam National Academy of Music and abroad such as: Pham Truong Son has studied in Barratt Due Music Institute Norway, Phan Thi To Trinh has studied in Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Pham Quynh Trang has studied in Franz List University in Weimar Germany, Khuc Van Khoa has studied in Bucharest, Rumania.
Song Hong has studied with legendary violist Nobuko Imai (Michelangelo string quartet) , Grammy award winner Jan Karlin (South West Chamber Music), Ulrike Danhofer (University for Music and Performing Art of Vienna)
They has performed with Asies string quartet from Austria, with Edith Salzmann from Germany, and with numerous famous soloists in Vietnam.
In 2014, Song Hong ensemble was a recipient of Wes Benson scholarship to attend iPalpiti Chamber Music Master Course in Los Angeles, coached by Professor Eduard Schmieder (Boyer Music College, Temple University, USA) and Martin Chalifour, (concertmaster of LA Philharmonic), culminating in a public concert in Beverly Hills in April 2014.
In 2015 Song Hong starts their concert tour from Nanning, China to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from VNAM Grand concert hall to L’Espace, Old quarter cultural exchange, and Manzi in Hanoi.
For the last 6 years, they have been giving hundreds of concerts in most major cities in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China, USA and performing various master pieces by classical and new music composers.
Recently, Song Hong is a founding member of Hanoi New Music Ensemble.
Because of the intensity of their interplay and communication, they believe that chamber music is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for “classical” music to “new” audiences.
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.
Judith earned her Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alice Chalifoux. She also did post-graduate study and master classes with Suzanne McDonald.
While traveling in Asia with a touring ensemble, Judith met her husband, Paul, a career missionary. After marrying in the Philippines, they were asked by their mission to relocate to Bangkok in 1983. While living in Bangkok, Judith performed often with various orchestras and ensembles, most frequently with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 the Utleys moved to Chiangmai and Judith continued to commute to Bangkok for orchestra appearances. She has also been honored on several occasions to perform for members of the Royal Family.
In 2005, Payap University became the first University in Thailand to offer harp studies, and Judith has been a faculty member of the College of Music on a part time basis since then.
Megumi Nakao and Miho Matsuo studied with Hiroko Nakagawa in Osaka College of Music where both of them recieved bachelor degree as piano performance major.
They have started “Duo-Scherzo” since 1984 and they have been performing variety of piano duet performances（4-hands and 2-pianos）.
In 2012, they performed at “Duo Recital” by Thailand.
In 2009, they performed at Music Institute of Nanjing Normal University, and also performed the 10th Osaka International Music Competition Grand Final = Gala Concert, the 24th Asian International Cultural Art Festival, and a lot more concerts.
Every year they hold duo recitals in Kansai area.
They also uniquely collaborate with puppet theater “La Clarte”, and moreover they had many concerts in different schools and in homecare institutes, and also held the charity concert for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
They are eager to perform contemporary music for premier concerts too.
They have participated master classes with Atsuko Seta, Claus Verner, Ikuko Ivanovic.
They are also a member of International Piano Duo Association, China Council of Music, Sakurai Music Association, and Supporting group of Osaka College of Music （Kogakukai）.
They are also a member of International Piano Duo Association, China Council of Music, Sakurai Music Association, and Supporting group of Osaka College of Music.
Record of Awards:
- The 23th Asia International Cultural Arts Festival Gold Prize (Ranked #1)
- The 10th OSAKA International Music Competition FOUR HANDS Ranked #1
- The 3th YOKOHAMA International Music Competition FOUR HANDS Ranked #2
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.