JURY 2019


  • Eduardo Delgado (Argentine)


  • Ilja Scheps (Allemagne)
  • Justas Dvarionas (Lituanie)
  • Eric Schoones (Pays-Bas)
  • Katja Avdeeva (Suisse)
  • Tamara Kordzadze (Géorgie-Suisse)
  • Natalya Chepurenko

Special guests for the final round C

  • Sylvain Jaccard (Suisse)
  • Marc Pantillon (Suisse)
  • Xin Wang (Germany/China)

Eduardo Delgado
Member of Honor/President
One of the greatest pianists of our time, born in Rosario, Argentina, Eduardo Delgado began his early training with his mother, Amelia, followed by studies with Arminda Canteros in Rosario, and then continued with Sergio Lorenzi in Venice, Vicente Scaramuzza in Buenos Aires, Dora Zaslavsky of the Manhattan School of Music and Rosina Lhevinne of the Juilliard School. His numerous awards and prizes include the Vladimir Horowitz Award, and grants from the Mozarteum Argentino, Martha Baird Rockefeller, and the Concert Artists Guild.
Delgado has been awarded a medal of honour by UNESCO of Buenos Aires, and also by the Mayor of Rosario, Delgado’s hometown, for his contributions as an ambassador of music. In 2012 he played with Martha Argerich at the Teatro El Circulo in Rosario, and in 2014 he performed as guest of honor at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario.
Delgado is in constant local, national and international demand as a noted pedagogue, lecturer and artist teacher of master classes. Delgado has been on the artist piano faculties of several universities in Japan and in California. He is currently a full professor of piano at California State University, Fullerton, where he has established a scholarship fund for talented pianists in tribute to the renowned pianist Alicia de Larrocha. Delgado has served on the juries of such international competition as the William Kapell, the Gina Bachauer, the Vega in Japan, the second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, the San Jose International Piano Competion, and the Jose Iturbi Competition in Los Angeles.
Delgado performs at the Perugia and Dino Ciano Festivals in Italy, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and Buenos Aires. He has collaborated with Martha Argerich in several two piano and four-hand works.
“Virtuosity, clean sound, and passion…the best” reports La Capital of Argentina. Following an appearance in Tokyo in the Pablo Casals Hall, critics hailed his playing as “a marvellous performance, deeply emotional as well as lyrical” (Musica Nova – Tokyo). Norwegian critics described Delgado as “a pianist of a thousand nuances, a fantastic experience.” (Kristiansand). In Russia, “Delgado’s Bach had brilliance, a profound meditation and a musical tone rarely heard” (Sovietskaya Kultura – Moscow).


Ilja Scheps completed his studies at the Moscow "P. I. Tschaikowsky" Conservatory under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Prof. Evgenij Schenderowitch.
From 1982 to 1992 I. Scheps was soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. He gave concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appearing as accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there. This resulted in his acquiring a large repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Skrjabin, Prokofjeff and Tschaikowsky, as well those by Schnittke, Silvestrov and Denisov.
At the same time I. Scheps taught at the Moscow “P. I. Tschaikowsky” Conservatory.

From 1992 I. Scheps lives in Germany. Besides his performing in many countries round of the world he is an enthusiastic pedagogue. Many years I. Scheps was a professor at the Rostock Music University and at the Darmstadt Music Academy.

Now he is a professor of the Musikhochschule in Cologne/Aachen (Cologne Music University). Students of Prof. Scheps are winner of important international piano competitions so as exclusive artists of “Sony” and “Universal” Records.

I. Scheps also conducts workshops and master classes at the international music academies and as a visiting professor in many universities all over the world and since 2017 Professor of Music Academy in Brescia (Italy).

Prof. Scheps was invited as a honour professor to give master classes in Beijing Central Conservatory as well Shanghai, Tianjin and Sichuan Conservatories of Music in China. Since more than ten years Prof. Scheps is visiting Professor in Shenzhen Arts School as well in Central Conservatory of Music Gulangyu Piano School in Xiamen.

Prof. Scheps is a jury member of some most important international piano competitions – Shenzhen Int. Piano Concerts Competition (China), “Top of the World” and “Grieg” Int. Piano Competition (Norway), “Chopin” Int. Piano Competition in Darmstadt (Germany), Int. Piano Competition in Madrid (Spain), Scriabin Int. Piano Competition in Grosseto (Italy) and many others.

Prof. I. Scheps is a Jury-Chairman of MOZARTE (former “Prix Amadeo”) International Piano Competition in Aachen (Germany).

Ilja Scheps has recorded more than 10 CDs with “MCA” (USA); “Le Chant du Monde” (France), “Melodia” (Russia), “Coriolan/Teldec”, “Deutsche Welle”, “ECM-Records” (Germany).

“…his rich experience in teaching turns Mr. Ilja Scheps into an ideal case of “pianista doctus”. Worth mentioning is moreover the background of his professional life: the great Russian Piano School. Every university who beneficiates of his help should be congratulated.”

(Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau)


Eric Schoones is a pianist and a musicologist based in the Netherlands. He has published extensively on music over the last 35 years and he is the editor-in-chief of the PIANIST, a magazine published in seven countries in a German and a Dutch edition. He is the author of Walking up the Mountain Track, The Zen Way to Enlightened Musicianship. He also authored five books on sustainability, and he continues to be active with that topic. He performs regularly as a pianist and lecturer and his latest recording of piano music by Erik Satie has been favorably received. His project Houdbare Noten (Sustainable Notes) is a lecture-recital together with vocalist Sofie Dhondt that explains the circular economy in musical terms. Comments on Walking up the Mountain Track: ‘Eric has an approach to music which makes complete sense to me because he understands the real sense of art. His approach has a direct connection to our universe and all the unknown,’ Maria João Pires. ‘A wonderful and precious book,’ Hélène Grimaud. ‘A true milestone to awaken our consciousness,’ Christa Ludwig.



Justas Dvarionas

Graduate of the illustrious Moscow P.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (class of Prof Lev Vlassenko and Mikhail Pletnev) Justas Dvarionas is laureate of many prestigious international competitions in Czechoslovakia, Italy, Portugal and Lithuania.

Justas has performed in solo, chamber music or with orchestras in Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Russia, United States of America, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Peru, England, Japan and more.

Justas Dvarionas is Associated Professor at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy and is Visiting Piano Teacher at The Purcell School in London. He has also held many Master Classes of his own in Germany, Poland, Norway, France, Russia, Japan, Peru, Australia, Great Britain, Lithuania and other countries. Many of his students have been awarded major prizes at prestigious piano competitions.

Sinnce 2008 Justas Dvarionas is Vice-President for International Competitions of EMCY (European Union of Music Competitions for Youth).
He has served as jury member in many international competitions (like the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, USA; Aarhus International Piano Competition, Denmark; Liszt Junior Piano Competition, Germany; N.Rubinstein International Piano Competition, France; Pyabhang Sanitwongse Piano Competition, Thailand; International Radio Competition for Young Musicians 'Concertino Praga', Czech Republic; Volodymyr Krainev Competition, Ukraine; Santa Cecilia International Competition Porto, Portugal; PIANALE Competition, Germany, R.Schumann Junior Competition, Germany and many others).

These days Justas teaches and plays concerts in Lithuania and abroad, is very active in countries and international cultural and musical life. His last engagements include concerts, teaching and jury activities in Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.


Russian and contemporary music is a constant feature of the work of this pianist who started to play piano at the age four. At the age of eight, Ms. Avdeeva made her first public stage appearance at a piano competition in St. Petersburg, where she later studied piano at the State Conservatory with Marina Wolf and Pavel Egorov in the best tradition of the Russian piano school. After graduating with distinction in Russia she went on to study in Switzerland, with Marc Pantillon in Neuchatel and Thomas Larcher at the Basel Akademie. After receiving her soloist diploma from the Basel Akademie, the recording of her final recital of Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux was bought and produced by Sony BMG. She is a laureate of national and international piano competitions in Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. Her fascination for contemporary music led her to work with musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, Heinz Holliger, Otto Zikan, Kasper de Roo (Windkraft Tirol), Matthias Pintscher, J.-Ph Bauermeister and many others. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast by ORF, Radio Suisse Romande, and Radio Hermitage. Currently, Ms. Avdeeva is active as a concert pianist, performing as a soloist and chamber music artist in Russia, China and Europe, in halls such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Teatru Manoel, Teatro Sá de Miranda, and others. She has appeared in numerous festivals, such as Klangspuren, Lucerne Festival, Les Jardins Musicaux, VFMIF. She has also taught international master classes and served as a jury member in several competitions always searching for a new young talents for her projects.

 Mrs. Avdeeva is currently director of International Competition Piano

Val de Travers (Switzerland) and piano festival Week-ends du piano au Temple du Bas (Switzerland).


Tamara Kordzadze (Géorgie-Suisse)

La pianiste internationalement connue Tamara Kordzadze a remporté de nombreux prix nationaux et internationaux dans des concours de piano. Depuis ses six ans, elle se produit en soliste avec différents orchestres et donne des concerts de piano dans plusieurs pays d’Europe, aux Etats-Unis, en Russie, en Asie, dans des salles prestigieuses telles que le Carnegie Hall de New York ou le Grand teatre del Liceu à Barcelona.
À côté de ses activités de pianiste, elle transmet son expérience dans différentes master classes en qualité de chargée de cours. Elle s’occupe spécifiquement et intensivement de la relève au Conservatoire de Zurich. Elle siège également depuis 15 ans comme membre du jury de plusieurs concours internationaux.
Tamara Kordzadze est fondatrice et présidente de l’association „Vivace“ pour l’encouragement musical des enfants et jeunes Géorgiens, ainsi que présidente de l’association „Unite Classics“ dont le but est le soutien et la durabilité de la relève dans la musique classique du monde entier. Ses projets innovants rendent la musique accessibles à un public toujours plus large.



Founder and artistic director of International Competition for Young Pianists “Merci, Maestro!” (www.mercimaestro.be). Nataliya graduated from Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, the Royal Conservatory of Liege and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She is renown ballet accompanist at a number of International ballet companies across Europe. She is a founder, artistic director and tutor professor of piano at Tchaikovsky Music School, a biggest private music school in Brussels, Belgium (www.e-m-t.be). Nataliya is a jury member of many international piano competitions.


Sylvain Jaccard, director of the Conservatoire de musique neuchâtelois, holds a doctorate in music, a master's degree in cultural management, a degree in music pedagogy and musicology and a diploma in singing and piano. As a music educator, he trained for twenty years the primary and secondary teachers of BEJUNE space. His training in orchestral conducting in Berne and Geneva led him to conduct various choral and orchestral ensembles, including the Biel symphony orchestra, the Baroque ensemble of Léman, the vocal ensemble Eulodia and the Laudate Deum choir. He also holds a master's degree in cultural management from the University of Basel.


Born into a well-known family of musicians in Neuchâtel, Marc Pantillon was raised in an environment filled with music where it was only natural to begin studying the piano at a very early age under the tutelage of his parents. He did not study with anyone else until after earning his diploma at the age of 20. As the recipient of a grant from Migros, he was able to study with Hans Petermandl at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he earned a performance diploma with honors in 1983. In the same year he won great attention as a finalist at the Bösendorfer Competition, likewise in Vienna. Marc Pantillon then had the chance to continue his studies with Paul Badura-Skoda, who took great interest in his development, encouraging him to seriously consider a career as a soloist. The Soloist of the Swiss Musicians’ Association Prize in 1987 served as the starting point for his solo career. Since then he has appeared frequently in recitals and as a soloist with orchestra; he is also in great demand as a chamber musician. Marc Pantillon teaches professional piano classes at both the Neuchâtel and Lausanne Conservatories.

He now works for the famous Swiss label Claves, recently recording the six trios by Ignaz Lachner, a recital of pieces for piano by Stephen Heller and a program of romantic music for viola and piano with Anna Barbara Dütschler.


Xin Wang established herself in spite of her young age as one of the leading pianists of the inner Mongolia 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 a regular guest at numerous international festivals such as Skrjabin Piano Festival Grosseto Italy, Piano Festival „federi musica“ Neapel Italy, International Piano Festival Salerno Italy, „IBLA Claasic“ 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.