Competition Judges

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New Year Competition 2021

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Professor Dr. Tatiana R. Mann, USA

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies at Texas Tech University, TX, USA; Artistic Director of “New Deal Concert Series”, Little Rock, USA

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Tamara Yusman, Israel

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Soloist of Ashkelon Chamber Orchestra; Piano Faculty at Modus Music School, Ashkelon, Israel

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Mikhail Knyazev, Russia

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Concert Pianist, Artist of Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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Violeta Arakelova, USA

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Distinguished Pedagogue and Pianist; Founder of Royal Music Academy, Buffalo, NY, USA; Author of Helping Beginner Teachers; Member of Piano Teachers of Western New York; Adjudicator of multiple international music competitions, NY, USA

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Professor Anastasia Timoshenko, Russia

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

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

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Dr. Roman Placzek, USA/Czech Republic

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Cello Faculty at Opus Ithaca School of Music; Concert Artist and Cellist at the Orchestra of Central New York "Symphoria"; Artist at Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo, Ithaca, USA

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Laura Chambers, Canada

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Concert Flautist and Pedagogue; Principal Flute at London Symphonia, Toronto Canada

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Elena Starkova, Russia

Judge of New Year Competition Season 2021

Affiliation: Soloist of Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia

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Fall Competition 2021

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Olga Alino, USA

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Pianist, Founder and executive director of Masters Institute of Music; Best Teacher 2019 of Crescendo International Competition; Best Teacher 2015 of AADGT, New Jersey, USA

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Karine Harutyunyan, Armenia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Pianist and Honored Pedagogue of the Republic of Armenia; Piano Faculty at Yerevan Specialized Music School named after Alexander Spendiaryan; Methodist of the Fund for Cultural Assistance to Musical Schools of Armenia

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Dr. Jorge Ramos, USA/China

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Pianist, Guest Lecturer/Professor at Guangxi Arts University, Guangxi, China

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Professor Irina Bortnikova, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Department of Voronezh College of Music for gifted children; Director of the string ensemble, Voronezh, Russia

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Professor Zeng Cheng, China

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Concert Violinist and Pedagogue; First violin at China Philharmonic Orchestra; Artist of German Chixiong Music Publishing House; Artist of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Shaanxi Symphony Orchestra, Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, Hebei Symphony Orchestra, and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, China

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Professor Vladimir Naumenko, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Choral Director; Vice President and Professor of Choral Studies Department at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia

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Alexandra Zaryankina, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Soloist of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Theater of Classical Operetta, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Anthony Thompson, Canada

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Concert Clarinetist and Pedagogue; Artist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Concert Orchestra; founding member of the Blythwood Winds woodwind quintet, Toronto, Canada

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Luisa Mintsaeva, Russia

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Concert Harpist; Principal harp at Moscow State Symphony Orchestra; Artist of Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre, Moscow, Russia; Visiting harpist at Nordic Pulse Ensemble directed by Kristian Jarvi, State Opera of Tatarstan, and National Symphony Orchestra of The Republic of Bashkortostan

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Professor Xu Dongliang, China

Judge of 2021 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Percussion instruments at China Conservatory of Music; Director of International Percussion Education Association (IPEA), China

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Summer Festival 2021

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Professor Dr. Meiling Jin, USA

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Founder of Taichi and Piano Study; Visiting Professor at Guangxi Arts Institute, Nanning, China; Former Piano faculty at Lubbock Christian University, TX, USA

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Professor Yana Lisak, Russia

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Concert Pianist; Professor of Piano Studies at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia

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Professor Tatyana Timoshenko, Russia

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Violin Faculty at the String Department of Voronezh College of Music for gifted children; Head of the Voronezh Group of violinists and cellists, Voronezh, Russia

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Dr. Mikhail Johnson, Jamaica

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Composer and Pianist; Owner of a publishing label "Johno Muzik Publications", Jamaica

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Dr. Roman Placzek, USA/Czech Republic

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Cello Faculty at Opus Ithaca School of Music; Concert Artist and Cellist at Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo, Ithaca, USA

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Anna Rakhmanova, Austria/Russia

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Founder and CEO of "Grand Event Projects" Music Agency, Moscow, Russia; Concert Pianist and Music Manager, Vienna, Austria

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Rachel Boyd, USA

Judge of 2021 Summer Festival

Affiliation: Jazz Vocalist; Producer, KTTZ-FM, Texas Tech Public Media, Lubbock, Texas, USA

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Spring Competition 2021

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Dr. Charles Whitehead, USA

Chief Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

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

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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

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Professor Lubov Skorobogatova, Russia

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

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

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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

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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

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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

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Alexandra Zaryankina, Russia

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Soloist of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Theater of Classical Operetta, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Sviatoslav Moskalenko, Russia

Judge of 2021 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Artist and Head of the Clarinet Division of Voronezh State Philharmonic Orchestra; Co-Founder of "Voronezh Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Society", Voronezh, Russia

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Winter Festival 2021

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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

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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

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Professor Dr. Gregory Brookes, USA

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

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

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Dr. Elena Nezhdanova, USA

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

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

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Dr. Catalin Iacob, USA

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

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

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Marija Maksimova, Macedonia

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Piano faculty at National Music Educational Centre named after Sergej Mihajlov, Macedonia

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Maise Au, Hong Kong

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Founder of Hong Kong Creative Association, Mentoring in Motion; Performer and Honored pedagogue of Harp Studies

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Lola Smolokowski, Switzerland

Judge of 2021 Winter Festival

Affiliation: Founder of "HomeOrchestra", CEO of Smolokowski Music Management, Canton of Zoug, Switzerland

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Fall Competition 2020

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Professor Dr. Tatiana R. Mann, USA

Chief Judge of 2020 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Practice in Keyboard Studies at Texas Tech University, TX, USA; Artistic Director of “New Deal Concert Series”, Little Rock, USA

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Professor Svetlana Pilchena, Russia

Judge of 2020 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Head of the String Department of the Moscow children’s music school named after Anatoly Alexandrov, Moscow, Russia; Vice President of International Music Project Gilels-Kogan

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Professor Maria Rybina, Russia

Judge of 2020 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Piano and Organ Studies at State Music and Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov, Moscow, Russia

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Dr. Charles Whitehead, USA

Judge of 2020 Fall Competition

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

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Professor Zhang Xiaolu, China

Judge of 2020 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Endorsing Artist for YAMAHA Saxophones and Rico Reeds

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Professor Sergei Skorobogatov, Russia

Judge of 2020 Fall Competition

Affiliation: Head of Woodwind and Brass Department at Voronezh Musical College; Professor of Trombone at Voronezh State Academy of Arts; Artist of Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Voronezh, Russia

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Spring Competition 2020

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Professor Maria Agibalova, Russia

Chief Judge of 2020 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Chamber Ensemble and Collaborative Piano at Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia

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Olga Kirianova, Russia

Judge of 2020 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Artist of Maly Theatre in Moscow; Visiting artist at Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow, Russia

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Professor Dr. Sun Yong Hwang, USA

Judge of 2020 Spring Competition

Affiliation: Professor of Piano Studies at the University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, USA

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Spring Competition 2019

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Valentina Ignatova, Russia

Chief Judge of 2019 Competition

Affiliation: Artist of Opera and Ballet Theatre; Artist of Voronezh Symphony Youth Orchestra, Voronezh, Russia