JURY - G.Gershwin Music Competition 2017

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Michael Bulychev-Okser (United States)
Competition Artistic Director & Chairman

A top prizewinner of many international competitions in USA, Italy, Andorra, Spain and Mexico, pianist Michael Bulychev-Okser was born in Moscow, Russia in a family of distinguished musicians. He composed and played music since the age of seven. Because of Michael’s early and extraordinary talent […]

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Robert Sherman (United States)

Best known for his long years at WQXR and Fordham University's WFUV, Robert Sherman produces and hosts weekly series at both stations, respectively the Young Artists Showcase, heading for its 40th anniversary […]

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Albert Markov (United States)

Albert Markov—violinist, composer, teacher, and conductor—studied at Kharkov and Moscow conservatories under Lechinsky and Yankelevich. After winning the gold medal in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, he concertized extensively. Aram Khachaturian wrote, "Albert Markov's activities have had many facets ... in all spheres of actions, he shows a remarkable talent. As a violinist, he is one of our best. As a teacher, he […]

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Richard Glazier (United States)

Every artist has an epiphany. For classically-trained, award-winning pianist Richard Glazier, it happened at age nine, when he saw the film “Girl Crazy” with a score by George & Ira Gershwin. He was so excited by the music he heard, he was prompted to write a fan letter to famed lyricist Ira Gershwin. After corresponding with each other for three years, Gershwin invited his young friend, then 12, to meet him in Beverly Hills.
During their visit, Ira asked Glazier to play […]

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Leonid Kerbel (Belgium)

Founder/Artistic Director of the Musica Mundi International Chamber Music Festival, Leonid Kerbel is a laureate and a first prize-winner of the Rubin Academy (Tel Aviv) solo and chamber music competitions as well as the Clairmont competition. He has performed with world-renowned artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis, Janine Jansen […]

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The Cumnock Tryst with the Benedetti, Elschenbroich, Grynyuk Trio

Gerrald Robbins (United States)

Pianist Gerald Robbins has distinguished himself internationally as a soloist and chamber musician having performed throughout the world in virtually every major music center including New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bonn, Munich, Athens, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rio de Janeiro, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. In November 2016, Gerald Robbins was a recipient of Armstrong Chamber Concerts’ Lifetime Achievement Award with […]

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Eduardo Chama (Argentina/Israel)

Bass-baritone Eduardo Chama has received resounding recognition for his work on both the operatic and concert stages of the world. As Don Pasquale, the Seattle Times declares “Eduardo Chama was born to sing the title role. The Argentine bass-baritone … does heroic work on every level.” The Calgary Herald agrees, stating after performances of Le nozze di Figaro, “Argentine bass-baritone Eduardo Chama sang the title role of Figaro in an easy, stylish way, his voice […]

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Andrey Tchekmazov (Russia / United States)

Hailed by critics as an “extraordinary musician” (Washington Post), cellist Andrey Tchekmazov is known for his versatility as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
The Grand Prize winner of the Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition and the Premio Trio di Trieste, Mr. Tchekmazov has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, appearing at […]

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Merab Ebralidze (Georgia/United States)

Merab Ebralidze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Music College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. He then continued his studies at the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory, where he graduated with honors from the Master’s Program in Piano Performance. […]

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Patrick Dillery (United States)

In a world where nimbleness and talent are requirements of survival and excellence in the music world, Patrick Dillery is exceptional. Both at home and abroad, he is in demand as a performer, teacher, clinician, and recording artist; he is also an artist of compassion, who recognizes that his gift is important in […]

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Raffy Ramiro (Canada/Philippines)

RAFFY RAMIRO ( SWAP ONE) is an internationally acclaimed Musician, Recording Artist, Professor.
His leadership in a field of music band speaks for itself.
He was the Founder of […]

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Sumiko Tajihi (Japan/United States)

Violinist Sumiko Tajihi has been acclaimed widely for her, “Every single bit of tune Sumiko creates is like human voices”, (La stampa/Italy) “not only passionate tone but full of warmhearted...” (Western Journal/Japan) She appeared as a concerto soloist with New York Symphonic Ensemble at Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall on […]

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Dorian Leljak (Serbia)

Dorian Leljak has won several international piano competitions (including the Rachmaninov Competition - Belgrade, Novi Sad Piano Competition) and been awarded numerous prizes, including a University of Novi Sad Merit Award, Yale University Mary Clapp Howell, Irving Gilmore and Parisot Prizes. He enjoys successful career worldwide as a pianist and has appeared in recital and with orchestras including the Windstrings Orchestra, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia […]

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Olga Makarina (United States)

Born in Archangel, Russia, Metropolitan Opera soprano Olga Makarina, made her first New York appearances at New York City Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor and has performed there as Gilda in Rigoletto , Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann . Other roles in Ms Makarina’s repertoire include Ilia in Idomeneo (Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival), Violetta […]

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Krystian Tkaczewski (United States/Poland)

Hailed as “Polish Virtuoso,” Krystian Tkaczewski is pursuing his splendid piano career in USA, Asia and Europe. He had his triumph in having Carnegie Hall Debut in April 2007. Anthony Aibel (critic of New York Concert Review) wrote among others: Tkaczewski was elegant, showed in-depth knowledge, played with passion, showed power-house technic. Reading of Rachmaninov and of Prokofiev was excellent. Szymanowski was exquisitely shaped, showing lovely shadings and […]

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Elena Savranskaya (United States)

Violinist Yelena Savranskaya earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees from St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She toured worldwide with various symphonic and chamber orchestras as well as with her string quartet Amadey in countries ranging from Russia to, amongst others, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, Croatia, Taiwan, South Korea and the United States. Yelena Savranskaya was a co-founder of […]

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Yana Eminova (United States/Russia)

Lyric soprano, Yana Eminova, has toured the USA, Italy, Russia, England, Japan, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and Lithuania. Now a New York City resident, she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory with a degree in conducting and voice.
Ms. Eminova’s past appearances include Alice Tully Hall and […]

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Maria Bukhina (United States/Ukraine)

Vice President in Public Relations, President of the New York Branch of the Int'l Academy of Science, Education, Industry and Arts, soprano Maria Bukhina was born in Poltava (Ukraine), USSR, where she received her early music and vocal training. She completed her graduate degree with high honors in voice at the Rostov State Conservatory of Music, one of the major conservatories in the Soviet Union. Within a short period of time she was recognized and obtained a reputation of a […]

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David Gvinianidze (United States/Russia)

David Gvinianidze (barytone), the founder of the foundation «Talents of the World», the art- director and the author of concert programs, classical singer and concert touring singer, the adjudicator of different vocal contests and festivals, the teacher and regular member at various musical TV-programms and talk-shows of Russian and American national cable television. David was born in Georgia. Graduated with honours […]

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Sergey Tkachenko (United States/Russia)

Sergey Tkachenko, tenor, was born in Moscow, Russia.
He started singing in at an early age in the "Great TV and radio childeren's choir" in Moscow, then in the church choir. After having studied choir conducting in Academic Music College in Moscow (honor degrees) and singing in […]

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Jose Ramos Santana (Puerto Rico)

Jose Ramos Santana has appeared as a guest soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, 92nd Street Y Orchestra, The New York Virtuosi, Casals Festival Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, and the orchestras of […]

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Boris Shapiro (Lithuania/United States)

Boris Shapiro graduated from the Vilnius Conservatoire in violin and took 1st place at the All Soviet-Union competition. He worked in Lithuania in the symphony orchestra and directed many performances as […]

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