Jury

    Honorable member

  • Eduardo Delgado

  • President

  • Florent Boffard

  • Members

  • Ilja Scheps
  • Marc Pantillon
  • Alexei Sokolov
  • Michael Boulichev-Okser
  • Katja Avdeeva


Eduardo Delgado

Eduardo Delgado

One of the greatest pianists of our time, born in Rosario, Argentina, Eduardo Delgado began his early training with his mother, Amelia, followed by studies with Arminda Canteros in Rosario, and then continued with Sergio Lorenzi in Venice, Vicente Scaramuzza in Buenos Aires, Dora Zaslavsky of the Manhattan School of Music and Rosina Lhevinne of the Juilliard School. His numerous awards and prizes include the Vladimir Horowitz Award, and grants from the Mozarteum Argentino, Martha Baird Rockefeller, and the Concert Artists Guild.

Delgado has been awarded a medal of honor by UNESCO of Buenos Aires, and also by the Mayor of Rosario, Delgado’s hometown, for his contributions as an ambassador of music. In 2012 he played with Martha Argerich at the Teatro El Circulo in Rosario, and in 2014 he performed as guest of honour at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario.

Delgado is in constant local, national and international demand as a noted pedagogue, lecturer and artist teacher of master classes. Delgado has been on the artist piano faculties of several universities in Japan and in California. He is currently a full professor of piano at California State University, Fullerton, where he has established a scholarship fund for talented pianists in tribute to the renowned pianist Alicia de Larrocha. Delgado has served on the juries of such international competition as the William Kapell, the Gina Bachauer, the Vega in Japan, the second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, the San Jose International Piano Competion, and the Jose Iturbi Competition in Los Angeles.

Delgado performs at the Perugia and Dino Ciano Festivals in Italy, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and Buenos Aires. He has collaborated with Martha Argerich in several two piano and four-hand works.

“Virtuosity, clean sound, and passion… the best” reports La Capital of Argentina. Following an appearance in Tokyo in the Pablo Casals Hall, critics hailed his playing as “a marvellous performance, deeply emotional as well as lyrical” (Musica Nova – Tokyo). Norwegian critics described Delgado as “a pianist of a thousand nuances, a fantastic experience.” (Kristiansand).In Russia, “Delgado’s Bach had brilliance, a profound meditation and a musical tone rarely heard” (Sovietskaya Kultura – Moscow).


Florent Boffard

Florent Boffard

Florent Boffard is a regular guest artist in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy and the USA. He has played with numerous orchestras such as Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire, Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, David Robertson, among others. Florent Boffard performs solo and chamber music recitals on prestigious stages in Europe and around the world. At the age of twelve, child prodigy Florent Boffard entered Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Yvonne Loriod and Germaine Mounier. After obtaining premiers prix in piano and chamber music, he complemented his musical education with courses in harmony, counterpoint and piano accompaniment. He won the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris in 1982 and the Vianna da Motta Piano International Competition in Lisbon in 1983. From 1988 to 1999, Florent Boffard was soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, where he collaborated with the most prominent composers of the day, including Boulez, Donatoni, Ligeti, and others. His CD-DVD dedicated to Schoenberg’s works for piano was released by Mirare; it received five Diapason d'Or mentions and was the editor’s choice in Gramophone. In 2001, Florent Boffard received the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation (Munich) for his commitment to contemporary music. In 2014, he recorded the world premiere of Johannes Boris Borowski’s Piano Concerto with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester for Wergo. In 2016, he was appointed professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.


Ilja Scheps

Ilja Scheps

Ilja Scheps completed his studies at the Moscow "P. I. Tschaikowsky" Conservatory under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Prof. Evgenij Schenderowitch. From 1982 to 1992 I. Scheps was soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. He gave concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appearing as accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there. This resulted in his acquiring a large repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Skrjabin, Prokofjeff and Tschaikowsky, as well those by Schnittke, Silvestrov and Denisov.
At the same time I. Scheps taught at the Moscow “P. I. Tschaikowsky” Conservatory.

From 1992 I. Scheps lives in Germany. Besides his performing in many countries round of the world he is an enthusiastic pedagogue. Many years I. Scheps was a professor at the Rostock Music University and at the Darmstadt Music Academy.

Now he is a professor of the Musikhochschule in Cologne/Aachen (Cologne Music University). Students of Prof. Scheps are winner of important international piano competitions so as exclusive artists of “Sony” and “Universal” Records.

I. Scheps also conducts workshops and master classes at the international music academies and as a visiting professor in many universities all over the world and since 2017 Professor of Music Academy in Brescia (Italy).

Prof. Scheps was invited as a honour professor to give master classes in Beijing Central Conservatory as well Shanghai, Tianjin and Sichuan Conservatories of Music in China. Since more than ten years Prof. Scheps is visiting Professor in Shenzhen Arts School as well in Central Conservatory of Music Gulangyu Piano School in Xiamen.

Prof. Scheps is a jury member of some most important international piano competitions – Shenzhen Int. Piano Concerts Competition (China), “Top of the World” and “Grieg” Int. Piano Competition (Norway), “Chopin” Int. Piano Competition in Darmstadt (Germany), Int. Piano Competition in Madrid (Spain), Scriabin Int. Piano Competition in Grosseto (Italy) and many others.
Prof. I. Scheps is a Jury-Chairman of MozARTe (former “Prix Amadeo”) International Piano Competition in Aachen (Germany).
Ilja Scheps has recorded more than 10 CDs with “MCA” (USA); “Le Chant du Monde” (France), “Melodia” (Russia), “Coriolan/Teldec”, “Deutsche Welle”, “ECM-Records” (Germany).
“…his rich experience in teaching turns Mr. Ilja Scheps into an ideal case of “pianista doctus”. Worth mentioning is moreover the background of his professional life: the great Russian Piano School. Every university who beneficiates of his help should be congratulated” (Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau)


Alexey Sokolov

Alexei Sokolov

Alexey Sokolov is the 1st Prize and Grand Prix Winner of the Yamaha Grand Prize International Piano Competition, Italy, and an Honorary Professor of Tianjin Conservatory. He has won the Award of Merit from the Government of China for a major contribution to cultural achievements. A graduate of the oldest music institution in Russia, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he has taught at Tianjin Conservatory since 1999 and officially represents the St. Petersburg Conservatory in China. He has trained more than 40 major international competition winners, published several research works and articles about solo piano music. Alexey Sokolov’s students study in the most prestigious universities worldwide. His own performance career spans the whole world, from Musikverein in Vienna through the Grand Philharmonic Concert Hall in St. Petersburg to the Beijing Poly Theatre and Forbidden City Concert Halls in China. He is also on the faculty of numerous festivals and master classes and serves as the jury chairman of several competitions in Asia, the co-chairman of the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition in Italy, and a jury member of the Chopin International Piano Competition in Russia, China and a number of other international competitions. Additionally, he is a member of the F. Chopin International Society, a jury member and one of the founders of the Step to Mastery International Piano Competition in St. Petersburg, and an EPTA member.


Marc Pantillon

Marc Pantillon

Born into a well-known family of musicians in Neuchâtel, Marc Pantillon was raised in an environment filled with music where it was only natural to begin studying the piano at a very early age under the tutelage of his parents. He did not study with anyone else until after earning his diploma at the age of 20. As the recipient of a grant from Migros, he was able to study with Hans Petermandl at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he earned a performance diploma with honors in 1983. In the same year he won great attention as a finalist at the Bösendorfer Competition, likewise in Vienna. Marc Pantillon then had the chance to continue his studies with Paul Badura-Skoda, who took great interest in his development, encouraging him to seriously consider a career as a soloist. The Soloist of the Swiss Musicians’ Association Prize in 1987 served as the starting point for his solo career. Since then he has appeared frequently in recitals and as a soloist with orchestra; he is also in great demand as a chamber musician. Marc Pantillon teaches professional piano classes at both the Neuchâtel and Lausanne Conservatories. His first solo recording (“C Minor”, Gallo), warmly received by critics, was soon followed by other compact discs with partners such as the Moravian Chamber Orchestra, Spanish tenor Ruben Amoretti, and oboist Roland Perrenoud. He now works for the famous Swiss label Claves, recently recording the six trios by Ignaz Lachner, a recital of pieces for piano by Stephen Heller and a program of romantic music for viola and piano with Anna Barbara Dütschler. A passionate botanist and bird-watcher, Marc Pantillon lives in the village of Môtiers, where nature has remained untouched and forests have hardly changed since Jean-Jacques Rousseau once roamed there.


Michael Bulychev-Okser

Michael Bulychev-Okser

Michael Bulychev-Okser is an internationally acclaimed American pianist, composer, and producer.
A top prizewinner of many international competitions in the United States, Italy, Andorra, Spain and Mexico, Michael Bulychev-Okser was born in Moscow, Russia in a family of distinguished musicians. Michael studied piano performance at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Mikhail Voskresensky.

In 2005 he received the Award for the Best Interpretation of Spanish music in Andorra, and in 2006 he was awarded the Best Interpretation Special Award for his performance of music by Franz Liszt.

A recipient of “Who’s Who in Music”, “Outstanding People of the 20th century” among other awards, Mr. Bulychev-Okser performed at the world’s most prestigious stages amount others Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.).

An extensive performance schedule finds him between Europe and The United States in both solo performances and appearances with orchestras: including Manhattan Philharmonic, Novgorod Philharmonic, Vienna International Chamber, Parnassos Symphony and Rutgers Symphony among others.

Bulychev-Okser's New CD, featuring Piano Transcriptions of Past and Future, was released in December of 2012 on Neue Sterne Classical Artists Label, Hannover, Germany.
A frequent guest at prestigious music festivals (in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Ukraine, The United States, etc.) and a Jury member at International Music competitions in Spain, Israel, Serbia, and the United States, Bulychev-Okser divides his time performing worldwide, and organizing international music events, such as Gershwin International Music competition in New York and Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Russia.

An honoured alumnus of The Juilliard School, Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Visiting Professor at New York University since 2003 and Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2014.


Katja Avdeeva

Katja Avdeeva

Russian and contemporary music is a constant feature of the work of this pianist who started to play piano at the age four. At the age of eight, Ms. Avdeeva made her first public stage appearance at a piano competition in St. Petersburg, where she later studied piano at the State Conservatory with Marina Wolf and Pavel Egorov in the best tradition of the Russian piano school. After graduating with distinction in Russia she went on to study in Switzerland, with Marc Pantillon in Neuchatel and Thomas Larcher at the Basel Conservatory. After receiving her soloist diploma from the Basel Conservatory, the recording of her final recital of Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux was bought and produced by Sony BMG. She is a laureate of national and international piano competitions in Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. Her fascination for contemporary music led her to work with musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, Heinz Holliger, Otto Zikan, Kasper de Roo (Windkraft Tirol), Matthias Pintscher, J.-Ph. Bauermeister and many others. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast by ORF, Radio Suisse Romande, and Radio Hermitage. Currently, Katja Avdeeva is active as a concert pianist, performing as a soloist and chamber music artist in Russia, China and Europe, in halls such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Teatru Manoel, Teatro Sá de Miranda, and others. She has appeared in numerous festivals, such as Klangspuren, Lucerne Festival, Les Jardins Musicaux, VFMIF. She has also taught international master classes and served as a jury member in several competitions always surching for a new young talents for her projects.

Katja Avdeeva is currently director of International Competition for Young Performers in Val de Travers (Switzerland) and piano festival Week-ends du piano au Temple du Bas (Switzerland).