Jury

Xin Wang (China) – president

Xin Wang established herself in spite of her young age as one of the leading pianists of the inner Mongolia China. She came into public attention when she won a special prize at the national Piano Competition China with the age of seven and has since gone on to give piano concerts an recitals in concert halls all over China. She studied with Jolio Largacha and Gabriel Rosenberg in Cologne and Nurnberg. During her study she got a scholarship of the DAAD. Xin Wang has won numerous honors and prizes including the piano competition Lengano Italy, the piano competition Bettona Italy and many others.

She is regularly a welcome guest at diverse well-known concert places in Europa and Asia like Berliner Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Concert Hall in Xiamen, Henan Art Center in Zhengzhou, Concert Hall in Ningbo, Poly Grand Theatre in Hohhot and many others. As a soloist Xin Wang appeared with many famous orchestras, among them Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Kammerphilharmonie St. Petersburg, Zagreb Soloists and Berliner Camerata under the baton of famous conductors like Kazem Abdullah, Christopher Ward, James P. Liu, Juri Gilbo, Eduardo Strausser and Fuad Ibrahimov. She is a regular guest at international festivals such as Skrjabin Piano Festival Grosseto Italy, Piano Festival „federi musica“ Neapel Italy, International Piano Festival Salerno Italy, „IBLA Claasic“ Sicilia Italy, Piano Festival Orbetello Italy, „Friday Nights with Yury Revich“ Wien Austria, International Art Festival Kotor Montenegro, International Music Festival Deià Spain, Festival „Palau March Museu“ Palma Spain, „Festival de musique classique a Pompignan“ Toulouse France, Palais Sommer Dresden Germany, „Monschau Klassik“ Germany, „International Piano Festival Wuhan" China and many others. As a passionate chamber musician she regularly works with colleagues like Echo-Klassik prize winner Yury Revich or Alexandre Debrus in China and Europe.

Xin Wang is founder and artist director of the international piano festival in Geilenkirchen Germany and jury president of the international piano competition "Euregio Piano Award". She is often inivited as a jury member in many international piano competitions such as Campillos Spain, „Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition“ Novi Saad Serbia, „Neue Sterne“ Wernigerode Germany, „Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize“ Barletta Italy, „Notes in Harmony“ Bettona Italy, „Academy Award“ Rom Italy, Asian Youth international piano Competition Hongkong, and many others.

Since 2012 she teaches as a guest professor at different music universities in China and gave several master classes in China and Germany with prestigious teachers from well known music universities in Europe.

Mario Coppola (Italy)

Educated since he was very young at the prestigious Neapolitan school of Paolo Denza, he studied with Marisa Carretta, Sergio Fiorentino and Aldo Ciccolini. After his studies he continued working with Oxana Yablonskaya, Paul Badura Skoda, Andrzey Jasinsky, Ludwig Hofmann, Dario De Rosa and Bruno Canino for chamber music. Mario Coppola is winner of serveral international piano competition including 2nd prize Winner ( 1° not assigned) at the Piano Competition “Gran Prix D. Mihlaud ” of Paris 1999 and 1st prize winner at the chamber music contest “Lucus prize” in Potenza in 2000. In 2000 he won, in duo with violin, the , which includrecording also for RAI. He performed also at the  Fenice  theatre in Venice ,  Fraschini  theatre of Pavia, Sannazzaro and Court theatre in  Neaples, Theatre of Marsala , Potenza, Palau de la Musica of Barcellona, Leopold Mozart Saal of Salzburg, Solemnty hall di Helsinki Paris, Colonia, Koblenz, Bruxelles, ecc… In his repertoire with orchestra he played  various concerts of di Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms (Symphony orchestra “Carlo Coccia” of Novara, Symphony orchestra of the Lirical Theatre of Magenta, Kiev Symphony orchestra , Orchestra Mihail Jora of Bacau, ecc….) In may 2011 he exhibits at the Quirinale concerts in the Paolina Chapel, in a European Broadcast on air on Radio3 receiving also an award from EBU. He teachs in the conservatories of Trento sez, Riva del Garda and Novara.

Michail Markov (Netherland)

Born in Moscow, Michail Markov began studying piano at the age of 7. Three years later, he performed his first solo concert in his hometown with an orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he later continued his musical education with Professor Victor Merzjanov. In 1975 M. Markov graduated with honours at the Conservatory. Including an honourable mention for concert and chamber piano, accompaniment, as well as for professorship. In the following years, Michail Markov successfully performed in the Eastern countries of the former Soviet block. In the years just before leaving Russia, he was a deputy director and piano teacher at the famous Moscow Gnessin Special School for musically gifted children. Since 1991, the musician has been living in the Netherlands where he has continued his successful combination of teaching and musical performances. M. Markov has made CD recordings in France and Germany with works of D. Schostakovtch, Y. Galperine, R. Shchedrin and others. Since mid-nineties he is working as professor at the piano department of the Conservatory in Enschede, the Netherlands. M. Markov is also the co-founder of the special Young Talents piano department of this Conservatory. M. Markov has been invited to give Master Classes at many International Music Festivals and Summer Schools in the Netherlands, USA, Austria, Russia, Poland and Ukraine. M. Markov is the founder and  the artistic leader of the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, the Netherlands.

Jacob Leuschner (Germany)

Jacob Leuschner was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1974, where he received initial piano instruction from Merlinde Weiss. After degrees from the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Helmut Barth and Michel Beroff, he continued his studies at the Musikhochschule Lubeck with Konrad Elser. Master classes with Leonard Hokanson, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Claude Frank. Bernard Roberts and Sergio Fiorentino completed his musical education.He has received numerous awards in major international competitions such as Viotti (Vercelli), Beethoven (Vienna), Schubert (Dortmund), Mozart (Salzburg), Leeds, Rina Sala Gallo (Monza) and the German Music Competition (Berlin), to mention only the most prominent. In addition, he was awarded the Possehl Music Prize, the Kai Uwe von Hassel Prize and the Wiesbaden Mozart Prize. He was repeatedly a participant in the "Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler" ("National Selection of Concerts for Young Artists"), the German Music Council's project for the development and promotion of young performers. Since 1989, he has performed as a soloist in most European countries, USA and the Far East, and is much in demand as a chamber music partner, appearing at major festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Ludwigsburg, Salzgitter, Oberstdorf, Lubeck, Bodenseefestival, Kronberg, Montfort l'Amaury and Esbjerg.

He has appeared as soloist with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Hamburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Lubeck Philharmonic, the Schleswig-Holstein State Youth Orchestra, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Orchester des Staatstheaters Darmstadt, the Reichenhall Philharmonic, the Freiburger Orchestergesellschaft, the Sinfonieorchester der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, the Bachorchester Herzogtum Lauenburg and the Orchestra sinfonica giovanile del Piemonte. Conductors with whom he has worked include Heribert Beissel, Nicholas Carthy, Stefan Blunier, Thomas Mandl and Dennis Russell Davies. He has also made numerous radio and television recordings in Germany and elsewhere. Jacob Leuschner is a dedicated chamber musician. In 1997, he founded the Ariadne Piano Trio (Basel) with cellist Angela Schwartz, his duo partner of many years, and the violinist Alexander van Wijnkoop. He was also a member of the Feuerbach Trio with Clemens Trautmann, clarinet, and Julian Steckel, cello. Other chamber music partners include the violinists Anke Dill and Keiko Urushihara, the cellists Sebastian Klinger and Maria Kliegel, pianists Michael Leuschner, Marianna Shirinyan and Yuuki Katsukawa as well as the BeethovenQuartett.

Jacob Leuschner has held teaching positions at the Musikhochschule in Luebeck and, as a guest professor, at the Musikhochschule FRANZ LISZT in Weimar. In April 2008 he was named professor for piano at the Cologne Musikhochschule. Now he is professor at the Detmold University of music, Germany. He is giving masterclasses in Germany, Switzerland, England, Denmark, Spain, China, Japan and Korea. In 2011 and 2012 he was the Artistic Director of the Euro Music Festival Wuppertal.

His repertory ranges from the Virginalists to today's contemporaries, with an emphasis on the masters of the Viennese classical period. He has performed the complete cycles of Beethoven's and Mozart's piano sonatas on several occasions, as well as the complete cycle of Schubert's sonatas in 2009.

Florian Koltun (Germany)

The German pianist and music manager Florian Koltun studied at university of music in Cologne and at the University of Music Trossingen by Prof. Ilja Scheps and Tomislav Baynov.

He had Masterclasses also with prestigious teachers like B. L. Gelber or G. Rosenberg. His active concert work started at the age of 14 when already calling attention to himself by winning several first prizes at the German competition Jugend musiziert as well as the national Bach Competition in Köthen.

He is first prize winner of several international piano competitions, like the piano competition in Caraglio / Italy, the international piano competition for young pianists in Luxembourg, the Henri Herman Concours in Maastricht / Netherland or the international piano competition “Notes in harmony” in Bettona / Italy.

Florian Koltun is regularly a welcome guest at diverse well-known concert places in Germany, Belgium, Netherland, Italy, France, Spain or China. He performed recitals in prestigious places such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Berliner Philharmonie, Thürmer-Saal Bochum or Schloss Koethen.

He is artistic director diffrent concert series and festivals in Germany (Heinsberg, Aachen, Windeck, Geilenkirchen, Boltenhagen and Monschau) and gave several masterclasses at different music universities in China and Europe since 2012. From 2015 until 2017 he was teaching piano at the music university Cologne.