Marco Rizzi head of the jury

Winner of the most prestigious international violin competitions, including the Queen Elizabeth Competition held in Brussels, P. I. Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, and International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. Having been taught by Salvatore Accardo and Victor Liberman, he has been acknowledged as one of the foremost violinists and awarded the Europäischen Musikförderpreis upon the recommendation of the outstanding conductor Claudio Abbado.

Marco Rizzi performs in the leading concert halls on a regular basis, namely: La Scala in Milan, Lincoln Centre in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Brussels Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Berlin and Tivoli in Copenhagen. He performs as a soloist with such orchestras as Staatskapelle Dresden, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra. He works with many famous musicians, such as Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Jurowski, Zakhar Bron, Mario Brunello and many others. Marco Rizzi is a professor at Manheim High School of Music (Germany) and Queen Sofia High School of Music (Spain).

He gives annual master classes in Italy and Switzerland. He judges the most prestigious violin competitions on a regular basis, including Queen Elizabeth Competition (Brussels), Niccolo Paganini Violin Competition (Genoa) and Joseph Joachim Violin Competition (Hannover).

Aziz Shokhakimov

Оne of the most outstanding and sought-after young conductors. He studied conducting at the Uzbekistan State Conservatory in Tashkent in the class of Prof. V. Neymer. During his studies he received the Nihol state award and obtained a grant from Vladimir Spivakov’s Foundation. In 2010 he became an award winner at the prestigious Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg (Germany), which was a start of his meteoric career and world tours. He is a conductor of orchestras in Oregon, Houston and California.

He performs with the major European orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra and many others. Aziz Shokhakimov is the Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, conductor of Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Dusseldorf, Germany) and the principal guest conductor of the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan. In 2016 Aziz Shokhakimov received the prestigious Young Conductors Award.

Sergey Teslya

А winner of numerous prestigious international violin competitions, including Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poland) and Music d’Art Academie of Tours (France). He was taught by the outstanding contemporary violinist maestro Vladimir Spivakov, and for a long time played in Spivakov’s famous orchestra the Virtuosos of Moscow, performing in the best concert halls in Europe, America and Asia. In 1994 he became a concertmaster of the Seville Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1998 established the Royal Seville Chamber Orchestra, becoming its art director and soloist.

Since 2002 he has been a concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra. Sergey Teslya is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Madrid (Spain) and Queen Sofia High School of Music (Spain). He gives annual master classes in many Spanish cities and is invited to judge various international competitions on a regular basis.