Note: The setup of the Jury is a subject to change. The final setup for each upcoming competition will be announced in due time.
Prof. VINKO FABRIS studied violin with prof. I. Pinkava and graduated at Music Academy in Zagreb. In addition, he studied with prof. Y. Neaman in London. He taught violin at the Music School Vatroslav Lisinski and worked as professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb where he was also the head of strings department for many years.
As a chamber music player he performed with numerous chamber and symphonic orchestras and was a longtime concertmaster of Chamber Studio of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prof. Fabris has been a member of jury in numerous Croatian and international competitions.
Prof. NENAD MERLE (Zagreb, 1956) graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb under prof. Martin Barić. He teaches violin and chamber music at Music school Pavao Markovac in Zagreb and is head of strings department. From 1988 to 1991 he served as headmaster.
He educated numerous young violinists. His pupils achieve outstanding performances at concerts and competitions and have won 146 prizes, among which 75 first prizes, 41 second prizes, 9 third prizes, special prize of EMCY, etc. 29 of his 36 pupils who completed secondary schooling in his class became professional violinists and graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb or abroad or are still students at the moment.
Prof. Merle has been a member of jury in regional, national and international competitions. He is a member of Croatian Association of Orchestral and Chamber Musicians and realizes a longtime co-operation with a number of orchestras (Gaudeamus string orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Croatian Radio and Television, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra).
In recognition of his outstanding pedagogical achievements prof. Merle has been appointed head of council of violin and viola teachers. In 2002 he received annual award given by Croatian Association of Music and Dance Pedagogues and Ministry of science, education and sports awarded him five times commendation for exceptional pedagogical work. In 2006 he was appointed professor mentor, and in 2008 professor advisor.
After learning violin with M. Tercelj at the Ljubljana Intermediate Music School JERNEJ BRENCE (1965) studied with prof. Dejan Bravničar at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and continued his violin studies in Vienna with prof. Michael Frischenschlager and Josef Sivo, rounding them off with a master's degree from the Musikhochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in 1995. He perfected his playing with A. Staar, M. Russin, E. Tchugayeva and H. Fister (viola).
In 1990 he published 12 Studies and 16 Etudes for violin solo. He has been active both as a soloist as well as in various chamber ensembles, has been member of international music juries, and has led master classes for violin and viola in various countries. As a soloist he has played with national and foreign orchestras and chamber ensembles, at home and throughout Europe.
A number of Slovene compositions have been dedicated to him, and premiered by him. He has recorded with Radio Slovenia and the RAI. Since 1994 he has taught at the Ljubljana Intermediate Music School and in Austria, his pupils have won numerous prizes in and outside Slovenia. The peak of his organizational endeavors has been his artistic directorship of the Bled International Music Festival which was, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, awarded the Betetto Certificate for 2004 by the Society of Slovene Music Artist-Performers. His artistic activities have won him the Honorary Medal of Bled, the Society of Slovene Composers Award, the Lord Yehudi Menuhin Award, and his playing many excellent critics in the media.
Prof. SILVANO KUZMIN studied violin under prof. Martin Barić and graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He completed his studies in class of prof. André Profitte. He served as concertmaster of Gaudeamus string orchestra and was a member of the Collegium musicum.
As a soloist he performed in Croatia, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Macedonia, Albania, Portugal and USA.
Prof. Kuzmin has been a jury member of national and international competitions and his pupils and students were often prize-winners. Prof. Kuzmin serves as professor of violin at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Violinist professor VASILIJ MELJNIKOV studied at the Academy of Music in Minsk with one of the most renowned Russian professors, violinist Olga Parkhomenko, who herself was a student of the famous David Oistrakh. After finishing his postgraduate studies with prof. Parkhomenko, Vasilij perfected his violin performance at P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he studied with Igor Bezrodny and Boris Belenky.
He began his pedagogical work as a professor at the Special Secondary School for Exceptional Music Talents in Minsk and also as assistant at the Academy of Music in Minsk. At the same time he was a member of the Belarus National Chamber Orchestra with which he performed in republics of former Soviet Union as well as in other European countries.
Since 1990 prof. Meljnikov has been working and living in Slovenia. As a soloist and a chamber musician he has performed in many major concert halls and participated in numerous concert series and festivals in Slovenia and abroad. In 1997 he won the first prize at the International Competition Vienna Modern Masters. For two years he was a member of the string quartet Camerata Slovenica with Primož Novšak, Mile Kosi and Ciril Škerjanc and a member of Ljubljana piano trio with pianist Sijavuš Gadžijev and cellist Igor Mitrovič.
Pedagogical work has always been an important part of his activity. Since 1992 prof. Meljnikov has been teaching at the Secondary Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana. His students won numerous awards at the state and international competitions and often perform at concerts as soloists and with various orchestras. Also, some of them were awarded Škerjanc prizes for excellence.
In 1993 he started teaching at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. In 2000 he became a professor, and since 2007 he is holding a position of the regular professor. Professor Vasilij Meljnikov is also the head of strings department at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
Since 2001 he has also been a mentor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Academy of Music, which gives very successful performances at home and abroad.
From 2004 to 2010 he has held the position of the Concert Master of RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.
Vasilij Meljnikov was awarded Betett award in 2005 for artistic achievements in the field of reproductive arts and social activities in the spread of musical culture.
LAJOS FÖLDESI (Paks, 1954) graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest under prof. Mária Vermes and János Pallagi. After his graduation he took part in masterclasses held by Jean-Pierre Wallez and Ruggiero Ricci.
Since 1982 he teaches violin at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he teached numerous future winners of international and local violin competitions. He held masterclasses in Finland (from 1980 onwards) and Germany (from 1985 onwards).
He is the founder member of the Szekszárd Chamber Orchestra (1984), the Budapest Haydn String Quartet (1989) and the Instrumenta Nova Chamber Orchestra (1994). With them, and with the Budapest Violin-Harp Duo he has played in many European countries and made CD and DVD recordings for leading labels (e. g. Naxos).
JOSIP ŠKUNCA (1937), violinist and pedagogue, studied violin in Osijek (with Julije Kugli), Zagreb (with Marjana Schön) and Prague (with Jaroslav Pekelski) and has often been prize-winning at republic and national competitions. During and after his studies he was a member of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Studio of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing his studies he was the concertmaster of Osijek Opera Orchestra and Osijek Chamber Orchestra as well as pedagogue at the Music School Franjo Kuhač. Since 1971 he has been living and working in Split; he was the concertmaster of Split Opera Orchestra and pedagogue at the Music School Josip Hatze. He also founded and was a longtime leader of the Split String Quartet and of the Chamber Orchestra. Under his conduct the orchestra received Milka Trnina Award (1991) and achieved outstanding performances at Varaždin Baroque Evenings (1992) and other concerts throughout Croatia. From time to time he conducts operetta and ballet performances and in 1978 he made a successful production of musical Maro Marice by Ivica Bašić.
Since 1979 he has been assistant professor of violin at Zagreb Music Academy (Split Department) and since 1996 he is associate professor of violin, chamber music, orchestral parts and orchestra at Academy of Arts in Split. His pupils and students had won numerous prizes at competitions and today they are outstanding members of our musical institutions as pedagogues or members of orchestras and chamber ensembles.