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21-24, 2019

Jury members

Alexander Mndoyants Russia/Armenia

Alexander Mndoyants was born in 1949. He was a student of the famous pianist Bella Davidovich in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, then he made his post-graduate studies in Moscow Gnessin musical-pedagogical institute (now – Gnessin Russian Academy of Music) under the guidance of professor A.Iokheles. It was in the year of 1978 that Alexander Mndoyants started his concert activities after he was awarded the title of Laureate at the International Van Cliburn Competition in the USA (1977), one of the most prestigious in the world, leaving behind many eminent pianists in an up-hill contest.

Aleksandre Garber Georgia

Aleksandre Garber graduated from the Gnessin State Pedagogical Musical Institute and Postgraduate Studies majoring in piano under the guidance of Leonid Grumberg. Since 1972, Mr. Garber has carried out an active career both as a performer and pedagogue. He appeared in concerts throughout the Soviet Union, as well as in various countries of Europe and CIS. In 1971-1081 he worked in Piano Department of the UFA State Institute of Arts.

Vladimir Ovchinnikov Russia

Vladimir Ovchinnikov continues the traditions of the world known G. Neighaus Piano School. The pianist is a graduate of the famous Central Special Music School (the class of A. Artobolevskaya) and the Moscow Conservatoire (class of Prof. A. Nasedkin). The only pianist ever to win the top prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982) and Leeds International Piano Competition (1987), Ovchinnikov is also a laureate of the Concours International de Montreal (Canada, 1980, 2nd Prize), and the International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Vercelli (Italy, 1984, 1st Prize). It was his success at Leeds, however, which established his international career, a triumph which was followed by a triumphant début performance in London in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Vag Papian Israel/Armenia

Vag Papian began his career as a pianist in 1979 after winning the Lisbon Viana da Motta International competition. He was immediately invited to perform in all major concert halls in the former Soviet Union, including recitals in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Mr Papian is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under the direction of the well known Professor Michael Voskresensky. In 1982 Mr Papian went to study conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory.

Stepan Simonyan Germany

Critically acclaimed as ‘...one of the greatest Interpreter of J.S. Bach´s work of his generation’, Pianist Stepan Simonian was born in 1981, studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Pavel Nersessian and pursued his studies with the famous Pianist, Evgeni Koroliov, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. It was through this linage of well cultured tradition of piano school, that shaped Simonian’s musical taste and passion for the works from Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.