Chairman 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.
Vytautas Miskinis (Lithuania)
Vytautas Miskinis (Lithuania) is a composer and conductor; professor of choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, President of the Choral Union of Lithuania, artistic director and chief conductor of the Lithuanian Song Festivals, artistic director of the choir of boys and young men Azuoliukas (“Young oak"). Member of the jury of many international choir competitions and contests in choral composition, Mr. Miskinis lectures, conducts master classes and seminars on music education and conducting in Lithuania, as well as in many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. A distinguished artist of Lithuania, Mr Miskinis was awarded the State Prize of the Lithuanian Government, the state award of the President of Lithuania - the Cross of the Officer of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, a plaque of the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania - "Shine your light and believe," the highest award of the city of Vilnius - the medal of Sigismund Augustus; was twice named the "Composer of the Year".
Ban Sheng TOH (Republic of Singapore)
Ban Sheng TOH (Republic of Singapore) is a choral conductor and music educator, an adjudicator in Europe and Asia; having written for International Choral Bulletin, garnering more than 70 gold awards with numerous champions and special prizes with his choirs at international and national competitions, he was awarded the Conductor’s Prizes seven times in Europe. At home, he had twice won the highest national accolade of "Best Choir of the Year Award". He has served as a Music Specialist with the Ministry of Education and taught at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the National Institute of Education. To date, he has brought his conducting work to many major cities such as London, Paris and Vienna. For his outstanding contribution to the arts scene, he was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council (2006). His self-titled autobiography “The Accidental Conductor” was published in 2010 and his Choral Series with Earthsongs Music Publisher was launched in 2012.
Benedykt Blonski (Poland)
Benedykt Blonski (Poland) is a professor of Musical Arts, the Dean in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Warmia and Mazury; a member of the International Choir Olympic Council. Throughout 27 years worked with the Prof. W. Wawrzyczek Choir, currently the choir of the University of Warmia and Mazury; since 2009, he has led the Choir for Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic. With both these choirs has recorded 13 CDs and won a multitude of prestigious awards in numerous competitions and festivals, both domestic and international. He has been an artistic director of international choral workshops “Eurochor 2001”, the artistic director of the Polish - German Choral Academy “In terra pax”, the artistic director of the F. Nowowiejski International Choir Festival. For his artistic and teaching activities he has been honoured with the Gold Cross of Merit, individual awards of the 1st degree of the Rector of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, and others. He cooperates with other universities both in Poland and abroad conducting workshops and giving lectures.
Pierre Loic (France)
Pierre Loic (France) is a composer, scenographer, producer; creator and conductor of Mikrokosmos Chamber Choir, and also a painter and stage director; the artistic director of the Festival de la Voix in Chateauroux. He starts his career with musicology studies, and completes them with well-known conductors. He has kept mixing choral art, with disciplines often unexpected such as video, hip hop dance or cinema and makes choral art live in its entire contemporaneousness. Sounds sculptor, he cooperates with many artists and creates many shows and cine-concerts. Since 1989 Mikrokosmos Choir offers original artistic projects conducted by Loic Pierre. With over 20 international awards, 25 recordings and numerous singers aged from 18 to 30, Mikrokosmos is a «choral laboratory».
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.