Competition Judges

Spring Competition 2021

Dr. Charles Whitehead, USA

Chief Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Concert and Jazz Pianist; Former Adjudicator for the Texas Tech Jazz Festival

Professor Valentina Yablonskaya, Russia

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

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

Professor Lubov Skorobogatova, Russia

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Violin Studies at the String Department of the Voronezh music school; Director of the strings ensemble Caprise, Voronezh, Russia

Professor Tianqi Luo, China

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Associate Professor and Director of Modern Instrumental Music and Percussion Studies Department at Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Vice President of China Music National Percussion Association; Deputy Director of Percussion Professional Committee at Shanghai Association of Musicians; Executive Director of IPEA International Percussion Education Association, China

Professor Xiaochuan Li, China

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Winner of Best Jazz Album of the 1st CMA music awards; Winner of Best Instrumental Album and Best Studio-Recording Album of the 1st JZ Awards, China

Professor Dr. Kevin Zhao, China

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Visiting Professor of Piano at the Music Performance Department of the Preschool Education College, HN, China

Winter Festival 2021

Professor Dr. Xin Wang, China

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Zhengzhou University School of Music, China

Professor Anastasia Timoshenko, Russia

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Professor of Violin Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia; Artist of State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia", Moscow, Russia

Professor Dr. Gregory Brookes, USA

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Associate Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University, TX, USA

Dr. Elena Nezhdanova, USA

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Piano faculty at Cary School of Music and UNCSA Community Music School, North Carolina

Dr. Catalin Iacob, USA

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Piano faculty at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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