Note: The setup of the Jury is a subject to change. The final setup for each upcoming competition will be announced in due time.
Note: The setup of the Jury is subject to change for each competition. Possible changes for the next competition in 2014 will be announced in due time.
Born in Osijek in 1964, Vladimir Babin is one of the most eminent representatives of the middle generation of Croatian pianists. He graduated piano in 1985 at Osijek Department of Zagreb Music Academy, in the class of prof. Damir Sekošan, after which he completed his postgraduate studies in Belgrade in the class of prof. Dušan Trbojević, where he got the master's degree in 1989.
He has received numerous awards at piano competitions, as well as award of the Rectorate of the Zagreb University as the best student graduate. In 2016, he received award "M.Trnina" for exceptional artistic achievements.
He is a winner of many competitions, home and abroad, member of international juries and colaborates with the best musicians in Croatia, especially opera singers. He has recorded six solo CD-s; four with classical music (1. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Papandopulo; 2. Chopin and Schumann; 3. XX century - from classic to jazz; 4.Beethoven Third piano concert with orchestra) and the others with jazz for piano solo (Peterson, Brubeck, Shearing…). and jazz duo with tenor saxophonist Zlatko Barač (Moodology). Every year he performs at about 50 - 60 concerts of all kinds of music across Europe.
From 1997 - 2017 he was professor of piano at the Rijeka department of the Music Academy of Zagreb; since 1997 he was assistant professor, since 2009 associate professor and since 2007 also the head of the Rijeka department. From academic year 2017/18 he is professor of piano at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Pianist Dalibor Cikojević is one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation in Croatia. He regularly performs at home and abroad, and in addition to well-received solo recitals and performances with orchestras, he is especially distinguished interpreter of works by Croatian composers Boris Papandopulo and Božidar Kunc. This is evidenced by five albums that have for the first time recorded anthological works of these composers. He won the Croatian Music Society award "Milka Trnina" for his special artistic achievement and the music award "Porin" for the best album of classical music. Dalibor Cikojević is also an accomplished writer, publishing three novels that make a noteworthy musical trilogy: The legacy of the last composer, Violin and Virtuosos, muses and striptease (Leykam International), the most recent being translated into German and awarded the prize "Steiermärkische Sparkasse" for best foreign novel.
Dalibor Cikojević started his music educaton when he was seven in Split, where he graduated from high school for music in the class of Mrs. Jelka Bakašun. After that, he studied in Vienna at the Musikhochschule in the class of Alexander Jenner who mentored him to his Master's. His further artistic maturation was enriched with practising with Oleg Maisenberg and studying Instrumental Pedagogy in the class of Carmen Graf Adnet. Form the early age he is present on the music scene, performing at various national and international festivals. Under the baton of Pavle Dešpalj, Nikša Bareza, Ivan Repušić, Peter Burwik, George Schmöhe and Michael Dworzinski he has given impressive performances with the main Croatian orchestras, as with the Wiener Ensemble des 20 Jhr. He has also perfomed with the Zagreb Soloists, Sebastian String Quartet, and a number of prominent musicians from Zagreb and Vienna's musical life.. His concert repertoire streches from baroque to contemporary works of 21st century.
Dalibor Cikojević worked as a music teacher in Austria for many years, among others at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, and he is currently Full Professor and Dean at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Peter Eicher was born in Germany in 1944. He studied piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in München, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, under the influence of the Vienna school and the Leimer-Gieseking circle.
Several awards that he won enabled him to start giving concerts in numerous european countries, America and the Far East, and also Japan, where he played in over 20 cities. Apart from concert work , teaching has always had an important role in the life of Peter Eicher, especially after the injury which made him have to reduce the number of concerts he was giving. Professor Peter Eicher runs the international pianist class at the State-run four-year college for music in Karlsruhe. He also gives regular masterclasses, holds seminars and participates in jurys in over 30 countries of the world, visiting important music centres and festivals all over the world.
Many of professor Eicher's students are laureates of national and international pianist competitions, giving performances in great world renowned concert halls, often accompanied by famous orchestra and under the direction of world acclaimed conductors, such as D. Gatti, F. Luisi, H. Griffiths and P. Järvi.
Professor Peter Eicher is an active member of several german and international associations, he is a professional adviser to the Association of German Music schools. He also works as artistic chairman of the international course Mannheim Masterclass and of the North-Scandinavian "Lapland piano Festival".
Ruben Dalibaltayan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. After completing music school in the class of Anahit Shahbazyan, he moved to Moscow to pursue his musical education in the Gnesin music Academy under the mentorship of professor Arthur Berngardt. Ruben obtained his Master’s degree at the Moscow State Conservatory under the guidance of professor Valery Kastelsky. His professional and personal formation has been greatly influenced by a number of outstanding musicians such as Boris Berlin, Lazar Berman and Alexis Weissenberg, who gave Ruben his personal international prize in 2001.
Winner of numerous prestigious international piano competitions in Armenia, China, Croatia and Italy. The performances range from solo recitals and concerts with Symphony orchestras to participation in chamber ensembles – a piano duo with his wife Julia Gubajdullina and the well-known trio “Amadeus” to be mentioned. In collaboration with the Croatian Radio and Croatian Music Institute he has recently recorded the entirety of the piano opus of the famous Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa. The pianist also gives special attention and dedication to the promotion of the works of Armenian composers.
Since 2005 Ruben is a Professor of piano at the Zagreb University Music Academy. During the last ten years he raised a large number of young pianists who went on to become finalists and prize winners of more than 50 prestigious international competitions. These competitions include most notably the Frederic Chopin in Warsaw, the Robert Schumann in Zwickau, The First Zhuhai International Mozart Competition, the Shura Cherkassky in Milan, the International Piano Competition in Enschede, Netherlands, etc. Ruben holds master classes and seminars on a regular basis in Croatia and abroad. He is also frequently invited to serve as a jury member at various international music competitions. His noteworthy projects include the founding of the piano summer school in Makarska (Croatia) in 2005, together with Julia Gubajdullina.
Venceslava Ilievska (1958) graduated the piano and musical pedagogics in The National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria in Ljuba Encheva and Ljuba Obretenova's classes.
In 1983 she specialized at Frederic Gevers in Brussels. She attended a lot of master's classes in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain and France as well as some international competitions and festivals (Italy, Germany, Belgium, Greece).
Venceslava Ilievska has lived in Slovakia since 1991.She teaches in the State Conservatory in Bratislava and actively collaborates in the conductor's class. She also teaches in the Art school "Jan Albrecht" where she is a president of the piano group. Her students are awarded in lots of national and international competitions, amongst which are "Svetoslav Obretenov" (Bulgaria), "Carl Czerny" (Czech Republic), "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte", "Usti nad Labem" (Czech Republic), Kosice (Slovakia), Salerno (Italy), "Maria Kanals" (Spain), "Stainway" (Berlin) etc. Venceslava Ilievska is a member of the jury of the international competitions in Kosice and "Klavirna Orava", Dolny Kubin (Slovakia). She has got several prizes by the Mayor of Bratislava and the Ministry of education in Slovakia.
Jelica Kuzmin received her primary and secondary music education at the Music School Pavao Markovac in Zagreb, under the professor Vilma Klajner, and she graduated in 1978. from the Zagreb Music Academy, under the professor Ladislav Šaban. That same year she started her pedagogical activity at the Music School Pavao Markovac, where she was in 1997 made head of the piano and organ department. Many of professor Jelica Kuzmin's students have won numerous awards in Croatia and abroad, and have continued their music education at the Zagreb Music Academy and other respectable music academies, such as the State-run four-year musical college in Graz, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Bloomington University Indiana and the Miami University of Music - Florida.
Jelica Kuzmin has won the annual Croatian association of music and dance padagogues award for high pedagogical accomplishments. She has, on several occasions, participated in the work of juries at the state and international competitions. As an active member of the EPTA, Croatia, she has participated at congresses in Norway and Hungary with her students. Working with her colleagues, she has achieved an important accomplishment teaching playing compositions for four hands and playing piano duets.
Jelica Kuzmin has started the international Etudes and scales competition, has founded and is the chairwoman of the parental association Leopold Mozart, which looks after the Zagreb youth chamber orchestra ZOKOR and organizes concerts all over Europe.
Born in Zagreb, Nina Patarčec begins her music education in Pavao Markovac music school with prof. Vilma Kleiner. From the earliest times she is involved in the musical life of her city - playing solo recitals, performing with orchestras and on competitions. She continues her studies at the Ljubljana Music Academy where she graduates in 1985 in class of prof. Dubravka Tomšič.
A year later she wins the first prize at the international competition "Boesendorfer Empire" in Brussels. She continues her musical training at the renowned Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in class of prof. Nelson Delle Vigne, where she achieves the highest degree "Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste" for piano and chamber music.
For many years now, she is a professor of chamber music at the above mentioned ENM de Paris. Her concert career is devoted to cooperation with Paris orchestras and numerous chamber music concerts; starting with piano duo, through sonata (violin, cello, clarinet, flute, etc.), trio, quartet, quintet. Nina Patarčec collaborates with renowned musicians all over Europe, in Korea and Japan.