Valery Uspensky (Russia)
Valery Uspensky is Head of Academic Choir Department, St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, artistic director of the Students Choir of the Conservatoire, Professor. Honoured Man of Arts of the Russian Federation. Valery Uspensky is head of Academic Choir Department at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and directs the Students Choir. In 1991 the Choir took part in the International Choir Contest in Arnhem (Holland) and won the Grand Prix for the best performance of a compulsory composition. In 2000 the Choir won 2 gold medals at the 1st Choir Olympics in Linz (Austria). In recent years Valery Uspensky has delivered several master classes with choirs from different countries, such as University of Towson Choir (USA), the Choir of the High Music School of Enschede (Holland), etc.
Valery Uspensky is organizer and artistic director of the I Youth Choral Festival, chamber and symphonic music, which was held from 24 to 29 November 2012 in St. Petersburg, and was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Andrei Chevtchouk (France)
Andrei Chevtchouk is a Music Director and Orchestra Conductor of the Music Theatre in Lyon, Music Director of the festival “Opera and Castles” (France), guest conductor of the festival in Aix-les-Bains, and of the combined orchestra South Paris Conservatories, the head of the choral groups in Amiens and Grenoble. Andrei Chevtchouk was a Music Director of the gala concert in Russian Embassy in Paris, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in 2nd World War.
Federico Bardazzi (Italy)
Federico Bardazzi is Professor of Chamber Music and Baroque Music at the State Conservatory Puccini of La Spezia. He is conducter of the Ensemble San Felice. He has been the Director of the Maggio Fiorentino Formazione’s courses from 2008 to 2014. Federico Bardazzi is artistic director of In-canto gregoriano - Incontri Internazionali di Firenze, He is also President of the del Florence International Choir Festival.
Evgeny Ustinskov (Latvia)
Evgeny Ustinskov is a conductor, composer, doctor of pedagogical sciences, head of the department of choral conducting at the Daugavpils S. Broks Music School, artistic director of the Silver Bells International Festival of Sacred Music, one of the principal conductors of the All-Latvian Song Festival and the School Youth Song Festival, and award winner of international competitions.
Olga Serebriyskaya (Russia)
Olga Serebriyskaya is the artistic director and founder of the Orenburg Municipal Chamber Choir, Professor of the choral conducting department of the Orenburg L. and M. Rostropovich State Institute of Arts, corresponding member of the Petrine Academy of Arts and Sciences, twice a winner of the Governor's Award "The Orenburg Lyre". Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Honorary member of the jury
Yakov Dubravin (Russia)
Yakov Dubravin is People’s Artist of Russia, professor of the St. Petersburg State Culture and Arts University, laureate of many contests and festivals (international, all-Union, all-Russia, Leningrad etc.), secretary-coordinator of the Russia Concert Figures Union, president of International Choral Art festivals “The Singing World”… All these honorary ranks belong to the most respectful composer Ya. Dubravin — the author of two musicals, an operette, six cantatas for children’s choir, fi fteen vocal cycles, music to cinema and TV music, theatre performances, circus buff ooneries, radio programmes, opuses for choir, variety-symphony orchestra, instrumental ensembles, more than a hundred arrangements… and more than three thousands songs.
Honorary member of the jury
Victor Khaprov (Russia)
Victor Khaprov is a member of the Presidium of the All-Russian Choral Society, a music producer, director of the St. Petersburg Male Choir “Optina Pustyn”. The founder of the Musical Seasons concert agency. From 1998 to 2002 - Director of the Lege Artis Chamber Choir. From 2002 to 2003 - Director of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra conducted by N.N. Kornev. From 2012 to 2014 - Director of the St. Petersburg M.I. Glinka Choral School. From 2014 to 2015 - Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Jury of the Regional and District chapter and member of the jury of the Finals of the All-Russian Choral Festival dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory.