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, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Kammerphilharmonie St. Petersburg, Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists and Berliner Camerata under the baton of famous conductors like Kazem Abdullah, Christopher Ward, Conrad van Alphen, Marek Štilec, 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.

Kálmán Dráfi (Hungary)

Kálmán Dráfi Liszt-award winner pianist and professor with habilitation graduated in 1974 as a student of Pál Kadosa and Mihály Bächer at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. After finishing his studies in Budapest he was preparing for getting his first academic degree for two years at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in the class of Bella Davidovich who later became one of the most prominent teachers of Juilliard School of Music in New York.

In 1978 recommended by Annie Fischer he performed in Menton Festival de Musique as a guest and during the following years he was invited repeatedly to France to play. In 1985 he moved to Paris for two years after signing a fixed-term record contract; at the same time he became a senior master of the Senlis Piano academy led by György Cziffra.

In 1975 he got a scholarship of National Philharmonia and as a soloist he was attached to the this organisation for two decades. He worked with all of the renowned symphonic orchestras in Hungary and excellent conductors like János Ferencsik, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Ervin Lukács and Ádám Medveczky. That time he gave a concert in Leningrád with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons and with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. He performed several times in Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. His recordings - recorded in Hungary and abroad - are primarily focused on the piano music of the romantic era, including the works of Liszt and Chopin.

Since 1977 Kálmán Dráfi has been teaching at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music; from 2011 he becomes a Head of Department. From 1998 to 2000 he worked as a guest professor in Kobe College founding the department of keyboard instruments of the doctoral school.

Luca Rasca (Italy)

Luca Rasca studied with Franco Scala at the Piano Academy in Imola (Italy) where he still lives.  He won numerous national and international competitions, including the London Piano Competition, Busoni of Bolzano, Palma d’Oro of Finale Ligure, Schubert of Dortmund, Scriabin of Grosseto, Chopin of Rome, City of Treviso, Casagrande of Terni, Viotti of Vercelli. He stages solo piano performances, with chamber music and has performed over 20 piano concerts with prestigious orchestras, including the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Virtuosi of New York and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the year 2000, he gave his debut concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall of London, playing the first concert of Brahms in the presence of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. He has released numerous recordings,for Arts of London, Fluente Records, Piano Recital and Universal Music, and is frequently invited as a jury member at national and international piano competitions. In addition, he has been teaching for over 25 years and publishes regularly articles on the “Suonare News” music magazine. He is appointed the Artistic Director of the International Palma d’Oro Competition of Finale Ligure (SV) and director and teacher of Scuola Pianistica Ateneum of Finalborgo (SV). He is professor of piano at The Conservatory of Music Gioacchino Rossini in Pesaro (Italy). Since December 2015 he is a Steinway Artist. Since 2022 he publishes for halidon music.

Michail Markov (Netherlands)

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.

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.

the other jury members will be announce soon.