Established on the initiative of the Tchaikovsky Music School in Brussels and with the support of influential personalities in the world of music.
Nataliya Chepurenko (Belgium)
President of jury, artistic director and founder of the competition “Merci, Maestro!”. Master in Piano Performing, Teaching and Chamber Music graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine; the Royal Conservatory of Liege and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium. National President of the WPTA Belgium (World Piano Teachers Association for Belgium), member of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association). For several years main pianist of the Royal Ballet of Flanders and « Brussels International Ballet School », guest pianist at many International ballet companies. Jury member of several international competitions.
Giovanni Calabrese (Italy)
President of the Association of High Musical Culture “W. A. Mozart” and artistic director of the International Artistic Centre of the Mediterranean, of the International Festival Artistic Harmonies and of the International Musical Performance Competition “Musicarte”; combines teaching with an intense activity as organizer of events and concerts and collaborators of prestigious musical associations as Camerata Musicale Salentina (Lecce), Auditorium (Castellaneta – BA-), Art and Music (Ba).
Milana Chernyavska (Germany)
Classical pianist, she has played internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, with a focus on contemporary music which she also recorded. Professor of piano performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz; Professor of international Music Academy in Liechtenstein, Jury member of several important Music competitions. Achieved prizes at national and international competitions, such as first prize at the Mykola Lysenko International Music Competition in Kyiv, a Gold Medal at the Vladimir and Regina Horowitz Competition, first prize at the International Piano Competition “Pierre Lantier” in Paris, and third prize at the international chamber music competition Vittorio Gui Prize in Florence.
Yannick van de Velde (Belgium)
Professor of piano performance at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, as well as the Conservatory Grand Duchee in Luxembourg and the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt. Finalist of the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy (2015), “Prix d’Argent” and Public Prize in the Piano Campus Competition in Paris, and first prize in the Nany Phillepart Foundation Competition. Performed across the world: the Philharmonie of Berlin, the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Lincoln Center in New York, Center of Fine Arts and studio 4 of Flagey in Brussels, Casa da Musica in Porto, Palacio de Festivales in Santander.
Lubov Aroutiounian (Russia)
Professor of piano at Tchaikovsky Music School, jury member of several international competitions. Finished Superior National Conservatory Tchaïkovsky of Moscow. Concerts and festivals in numerous countries in Europe and North America: Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, Salle Cortot in Paris, concert Room of the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory of Moscow and Fine Arts Palace of Brussels. Projects with the National Orchestra of Belgium, Moravia (Czech Republic) and Chamber Ochestra of Praha. Accompanist for renowned competitions like the International Music Competition Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, and the International Competition Yehudi Menuhin in the UK.
Herman De Vleeschhouwer (Belgium)
Director of the Musica Mundi School; Honorary director of the Academy for Music, Theater and Dance of Sint-Niklaas (Flanders); Honorary president of VerDi, interest group for art education at policy level; former lecturer for Music Theory at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent; Delegationleader of the International Music school Seminar. In 2004 he was founding member of YoTaM (young talented musicians), a Flemish organisation that detected and supported numerous young very gifted musicians.
Michail Markov (Netherlands)
The founder and president of the Foundation “Russian Music Tradition in the Netherlands”, the artistic leader of the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede (the Netherlands), piano teacher at the Moscow Gnessin Special School for musically gifted children; professor at the piano department of the Conservatory in Enschede; the co-founder of the special Young Talents piano department of this Conservatory. Gave Master Classes at many International Music Festivals and Summer Schools in the Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Austria, Greece, Poland, Italy and Ukraine. Jury member in different national and international piano competitions in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Indonesia and others.
Olivier Roberti (Belgium)
Internationally renowned pianist, concertist and educator with numerous recordings and headliners all over the world. Professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Yerres (France), artistic director of the International Music Academy Switzerland (IMAS), Founder and director of the Rencontres Musicales Internationales d’Enghien. A former professor at the Val d’Yerres Conservatory (Grand Paris), he directs the Enghien Masterclasses, bringing together the greatest talents in search of further training with prestigious masters.