pianist, composer, president of competition jury
Grigory Korchmar was born in 1947 in Baltiysk, Kaliningrad region. He received his higher musical education in composition (with prof. V. N. Salmanov) and in piano (with prof. P. A. Serebryakov) at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
He has composed more than 160 works in different genres of theatre, symphonic, choir, vocal and instrumental chamber music, as well as works for children and youth, and made numerous transcriptions of other composers’ music for various performing groups. Mr. Korchmar has had recitals in St. Petersburg, Moscow and other important cultural centers of different countries (New York, Boston, Hartford, Berlin, Cologne, Tokyo, Jerusaleum).
Grigory Korchmar has been performing for more than forty years. G. Korchmar is Professor of composition in St. Petersburg State Conservatory and Professor of the Department of Music Education at the Herzen State Pedagogical University. He is President of the St. Petersburg Composers’ Union and bears the title of the Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation.
OLEG VAINSTEIN (Russia)
Born in 1978 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Oleg Vainstein began to study music at the age of 5. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Vainstein studied in the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music under L. A. Vasilyeva who was a pupil of great Russian pianist Lev Oborin. In 1997 he entered the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. His professor was Tatyana Zagorovskaya, a prize-winner of international competitions. On completing his postgraduate education, Mr. Vainstein obtained a teaching position in the Piano Department of the conservatory. Now he combines teaching with giving concerts. His students have been awarded a number of prizes in different international competitions. In 2010, he was awarded the Hope of Russia government prize in the Best Teacher nomination.
PAVEL ELIASHEVICH (Russia)
Pavel Eliashevich was born in 1969 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory where he studied with Vadim Monastyrsky (piano) and Tamara Fidler (chamber ensemble). For several years, he attended the Holland Music Sessions Summer Academy where he received lessons from Eugene Indjic and Pascal Devoyon. Mr. Eliashevich is a prize-winner of various international competitions in Germany and Italy. He is the founder and artistic director of the noted Russian Musica Da Camera Chamber Ensemble (since 1998 – Ensemble of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society). He has appeared in recitals with renowned singers, instrumentalists and orchestras in the best halls of St. Petersburg and abroad (Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, the USA etc.)
LUC PONET (Belgium)
Organist Luc Ponet, born in Hasselt (Belgium), gives credit for his international reputation above all to his successful performances in many renowned organ festivals, such as in Paris, Warsaw, Tokyo, Mexico, Chicago, Las Pinas (Manilla), and in the Festival of Flanders. He received the Diplôme Superieur, the so-called “Prix d’excellence”, with great distinction (class of Prof. Chris Dubois) at the College of Music “Lemmensinstituut” in Leuven. Later, his artistic development was greatly influenced by further studies (in organ and improvisation) with Prof. Dr. Hans Haselböck at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. In 1982, Luc Ponet was appointed Professor for Organ at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven and in 1996 he was a guest professor of organ at Concordia University in River Forest (Chicago, Ill.).
GALINA MINSKER (Russia)
Galina Minsker was born in St. Petersburg. She graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory where she studied under professors V. Razumovskaya (studied with H. Neuhaus) and M. Gambaryan ( studied with K. Igumnov). At present she is a Senior Teacher of the Piano Department at the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. At the same time, Galina Minsker works as a specialist of professional rehabilitation of pianists suffering from occupational diseases. Being the follower of A. Shmidt-Shklovskaya (a pianist, a teacher, and the author of an original method for treating professional diseases) she is one of the few specialists in this field in Russia.
SERGEY URYVAEV (Russia)
Sergey Uryvaev was born in 1947 in St. Petersburg. He studied in the school attached to the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory at the piano department (under A. Zhukovskaya). Later he graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory where he studied with professors S. Savshinski, V. Nilsen, P. Serebryakov (piano), and M. Karandashova(chamber ensemble), and of which he is now a professor himself, teaching piano and piano ensemble. He gives regular solo recitals and master classes. He has performed in Russia and abroad with the Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra and others, and with instrumentalists (all instruments except the flute-piccolo and the tuba). Mr. Uryvaev’s main activity is chamber music.
GALINA SANDOVSKAYA (Russia)
Graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire (MA and DA) where she studied with Oleg Malov and Eduard Bazanov. Since 1992 she has been teaching at the Piano Department of the same conservatoire. In 1997 she was a prizewinner of the Gartow Stiftung Competition, and the first prize winner at the National Beethoven Competition. Besides a wide classical repertoire, Prof. Sandovskaya specialises in playing contemporary music. She has participated in many contemporary music festivals, such as “From Avant-garde to Today”, “Sound Waves”, “Art Genda” (Copenhagen), “Mozart and Modern” (Switzerland), “Simeon ten Holt” (Holland). She has released a number of CDs – with Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier”, compositions by Ustvolskaya, Korolev, Izosimov, I.Schlein. In South Korea she recorded 12 instructional videos of Beethoven’s sonatas.
Prof. Sandovskaya frequently performs in recitals and with orchestras.