COMPETITION JURY 2016
Jane Coop, Canada
Ian Hobson, United Kingdom/United States
Tong-Il Han has performed with the following orchestras: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Scottish National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Orchestra, Amsterdam Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Polish Radio National Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He has collaborated with many great conductors including: Bernard Haitink, Eugen Jochum, Edo de Waart, Sir John Pritchard, Paul Paray, Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Alexander Gibson, Herbert Blomstedt, Max Rudolf, Aldo Ceccato and David Zinman.
Han’s numerous recordings include Chopin’s Twenty-Four Preludes, Four Ballades and Four Scherzos, Eight Sonatas by Beethoven (including Op. 101, 106, 109, 110, 111), Sonatas by Schubert and Brahms, and a group of shorter piano works under the title “Music I Love To Play.” He also recorded Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Brahms, and Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces with cellist Leslie Parnas, and Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Mozart, Frank, and Schubert. The CD titled “The Kennedy White House Concert”, the live concerts given at the White House, where Han performed the works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy, and Liszt includes his discography.
Tong-Il Han has taught at Indiana University, Illinois State University, University of North Texas, and Boston University. From 2005-2007 he served as Dean of the College of Music at University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea, and Chair Professor until 2009. He also served as Chair Professor at Suncheon National University in Korea, and Visiting Professor at Elisabeth University of Music, in Hiroshima, Japan.
As Artistic Director of Tong-Il Han Piano Institute, he held summer piano festivals in major European, American, and Asian cities. In Korea, he now mentors highly accomplished young pianists, and is a long-time adjudicator at international piano competitions.
Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most prominent and distinguished artists, has toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe, performing at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Salle Gaveau, the Singapore Cultural Center and the Bolshoi Hall of St. Petersburg. She has collaborated with the principal orchestras of Canada, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Seattle and Portland Symphonies, the Hong Kong Symphony and the Radio Orchestras of Bavaria and Holland, in some forty concerti.
Having performed recently with the Toronto Symphony, Tokyo Ensemble and CBC Radio Orchestra, this season she gives concerts in Vancouver, Victoria, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Tuscany, as well as in smaller but equally important centers, playing solo, chamber music and concerto repertoire. Ms. Coop has received international praise for her 14 releases on the Skylark, CBC and Centaur labels in repertoire ranging from Bach to Barber.
Jane Coop is Professor of Piano and Chamber Music and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is a regular artist at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, performing with members of the Juilliard Quartet and other eminent musicians. Ms. Coop has collaborated with international artists at chamber music festivals in Canada, Europe, the USA and Japan, over the past thirty years.
Jane Coop and Antonio Lysy have performed the Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello in several international festivals, and plan to record them in the near future.
Ian Hobson, a musician of tremendous versatility, has earned an international reputation as a pianist, conductor and teacher. Born in England, Mr. Hobson studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge and Yale Universities.
His international career, launched in 1981, garnered his First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, having already won silver medals at both the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions. His teachers included Sidney Harrison, Ward Davenny, Claude Frank, and Menahem Pressler. During the last several seasons, he has appeared at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and recitals in the United States, England and Italy. Major orchestras of the world with which Ian Hobson has performed include the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis, and Houston. He is in demand as a conductor, particularly for performances as piano soloist and as an opera conductor.
Ian Hobson made over 35 recordings for EMI, Hyperion, BMG/Catalyst, Arabesque, and Albany/Troy and for his own recently-founded label, Zephyr. His recordings include the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, all of the Brahms Variations for Piano, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Seventeen Etudes-Tableaux and Twenty-Four Preludes, Bach’s Goldberg Variations and contemporary works written for him by Ridout, Lees, Liptak and Gardner. Mr. Hobson recorded the complete works of Chopin for Zephyr in Warsaw, a 16-CD edition released in 2009 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Ian Hobson is Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Artistic Director of the University’s Summer Festival. He is much sought after to judge for both national and international competitions.
A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Ms. Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean,” and London’s Guardian said Ms. Shaham’s playing was “perfection” during her recent Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Orli Shaham has performed with the Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Utah Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre National de Lyon, Taiwan Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. A frequent guest at summer festivals, she has performed at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Caramoor, Spoleto, Bravo Vail, Music Academy of the West, Orcas Island, Amelia Island and Peninsula music festivals.
Ms. Shaham has given recitals in North America, Europe and Asia at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and the Herkulessaal in Munich, and has worked with many eminent conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, David Robertson, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano and Gerard Schwarz, among others.
Orli Shaham was recognized early for her prodigious talents. She received her first scholarship for musical study from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation at age five to study with Luisa Yoffe at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. By age seven, she traveled to New York with her family to begin study with Nancy Stessin, and became a scholarship student of Herbert Stessin at The Juilliard School a year later. She has also won the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, two prestigious prizes given to further the development of outstanding talent. In addition to her musical education, Orli Shaham holds a degree in history from Columbia University. Orli Shaham lives in New York and St. Louis with her husband, conductor David Robertson, stepsons Peter and Jonathan, and kindergartner twins Nathan and Alex.
Jeffrey Swann enjoys an international performing career which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.
Mr. Swann has performed with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indiana, Dallas, Saint Louis, Houston, Baltimore, San Antonio, New Jersey, Louisville, New Orleans, Honolulu and Minneapolis; and in Europe with the orchestras of Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National and Radio, Warsaw Philharmonic, La Scala, Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin and Rome, Czech Philharmonic, Radio France de Montpellier and the London Philharmonia, among many others. The conductors with whom he has performed include Zdenek Macal, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, Kazimirz Kord, Myung-Whun Chung, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti and Leonard Slatkin. In addition, he continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy. Mr. Swann has also served as a judge at many competitions, most recently the Premio Venezia in Venice, Italy.
A native of Northern Arizona, Jeffrey Swann studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University and with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees. Mr. Swann can be heard on Ars Polona, Deutsche-Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, and Agorá recordings. His CD, “The Virtuoso Liszt” (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by Fanfare magazine. His most recent release features works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano. Since 2007, Jeffrey Swann has been the Music Director of the Dino Ciani Festival & Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, since 2008 the Adel Artist-in-Residence at Northern Arizona University, and since 2013 the Artistic Director of the Scuola Normale Concert Series in Pisa, Italy.
Erik T. Tawaststjerna began his musical education in Helsinki and received degrees from the Vienna Music Academy, studying with Dieter Weber, and at the Juilliard School, where his teacher was Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also holds a doctorate from New York University where he studied under the guidance of Eugene List, and has since given concerts around the world. He played the first Finnish performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” in 1981, and in 1990 was invited to perform for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.
Mr. Twaststjerna has made numerous recordings, among them a series of the complete piano music of Jean Sibelius on the BIS label. He has been teaching at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he was appointed full processor of piano and head of piano studies in 1986. He is co-director of the biennial Espoo International Piano Festival near Helsinki, and has served on the juries of prestigious international piano competitions worldwide, including: International Franz Liszt Competition, AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and International Music Competition Maria Canals. He has given master classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London, University of the Arts in Berlin, Tokyo College of Music, and at the Vienna University for Music. He was named Professor of the Year 2006 by the Finnish Professors’ League.