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)
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).
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.
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.