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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Ivry Gitlis (Israel/France) - String Instruments Competition
Jury Chairman

The Distinguished Strings Competition Jury Chairman, Ivry Gitlis, is an Israeli virtuoso violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has performed with the world's top orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. […]

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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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Daniel Pollack (United States)

Audiences across five continents – North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa — recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity, giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of concert audiences. Critics speak about “his astonishing pianism,” Washington Post; “his dramatic […]

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The Cumnock Tryst with the Benedetti, Elschenbroich, Grynyuk Trio

David Dubal (United States)

David Dubal is internationally known as a pianist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster. An acknowledged authority on the piano literature, Mr. Dubal’s highly acclaimed books include The Art of the Piano, Evenings with Horowitz, Reflections from the Keyboard, and Conversations with Menuhin. Mr. Dubal’s video, The Golden Age of the Piano, has been seen worldwide in four languages, and won him […]

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Leonel Morales (Spain)

Professor at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at the University “Alfonso X el Sabio” (Madrid). Professor in the Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburg and Professor for 13 years in the Conservatorio Superior of Castellón. Academic Member of the “Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría”, in Seville (Spain). He worked as “teacher in residence” in the University of Music […]

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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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Gerardo Estrada Martínez (Venezuela/Belarus)

Gerardo Estrada Martínez was born in Caracas in August, 1980. He started his musical studies, learning to play the violin and percussion. Licentiate conductor of the Royal Schools of Music, United Kingdom (Music Direction Symphony Orchestra –With distinction-), he underwent excellent training under maestros Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Francisco Navarro Lara, having diplomas from […]

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Min Kwon (South Korea/United States)

Steinway Artist, Min Kwon, has been acclaimed as one of the most versatile and charismatic pianists of her generation. In demand as a pianist, teacher, and administrator, her professional activities has taken her to over 60 countries and all 50 States in the United States. Min holds a DMA from The Juilliard School, where she has won all honors available to pianists (Gina Bachauer International Piano Award, Concerto Competition that led to a debut at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra, and she was taught Chamber Music and Piano Minor, while still a student, as well as […]

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Merab Ebralidze (Georgia/United States)

A native of Georgia, pianist Merab Ebralidze has performed on international level in the United States, Canada, Europe, and his native Georgia. A graduate of Sarajshvili Conservatory in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mr. Ebralidze collaborated with many artists, including David Gvinianidze, Michael Bulychev-Okser and Others[…]

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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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Sergei Maasin (Estonia)

A native of Tartu, Estonia, tenor Sergei Maasin received his education from Tallinn Academy of Music and Theatre, studying with a friend of the legendary Georg Ots, Victor Guriev, as well as with Claudia Tiidus, and Endel Manemujne. Starting from 1978 he regularily appeared on many Television programs in Russia and Estonia, popularizing hits in Russian and Estonian languages. Upon winning several international voice competitions, Maasin performed on the biggest Estonian stages: "Viru-Keskus", "Olimpus Theatre" 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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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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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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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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Shudong Luo Braamse (United States ~ China)

An international performer, coloratura soprano Shudong Braamse has appeared on stages in Italy, Austria, Estonia, Spain, Singapore and China. She has sung as Lucy in The Telephone, Sally in Thomas and Sally and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. As a recitalist, she has premiered a number of works by Asian and American composers, including Gary Nash’s cycle Peace, Love and Prosperity, which was premiered in Nashville in 2010. She also premiered a Spanish art song Romance de la Luna in 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia, composed by Michael Bulychev-Okser. […]

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Monique McDonald (United States)

Monique McDonald's dynamic stage presence and stunning vocal gifts have established her as one of the most beloved sopranos of our time. Her powerful and moving performances have captivated audiences and critics alike, drawing praise from The New York Times, The LA Times, and Opera News among others. She is known as one of the prominent Verdi Sopranos of her generation. After receiving high praise for her debut performance in the title role of Tosca with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy, McDonald began her […]

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