Chairman of the jury 2018
Sergei Ekimov (Russia)
Is Head of the Academic Choir of the Faculty of Arts of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, Artistic Director of the Institute of Culture Concert Choir and Women’s Choir of St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. S. Ekimov is member of the Russian Composers’ Union and the Union of Concert Artists of St. Petersburg, Artistic Director of the International Choral Festival «The Singing World» (St. Petersburg), Winner of the Government of St. Petersburg Prize in the field of culture and arts, laureate of international competitions, Professor. S. Ekimov is the author of choral and orchestral works, instrumental and vocal ensembles, spiritual and secular music a cappella, vocal cycles, piano and choral pieces for children, music for plays, Russian folk songs arrangements for the choir, popular tunes, romantic ballads and popular songs. Since 2012 S. Yekimov has been teaching at the Choral Conducting Department of Saint Petersburg Conservatoire.
Associate Professor at the Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Music Academy (Kaunas); since 1998 the chief conductor of World Lithuanian Song Celebrations; Artistic director and conductor of church chamber choir “Cantate Domino”, VMU Academic choir “Vivere Cantus” and the choir “Cantica”; Lithuanian choral expert – advisor. He is Artistic director of International Choir Festivals and Competitions cycle «Lituania Cantat»: “Cantate Domino” (1992), since 2010 series includes “Kaunas Musica Religiosa”, “Kaunas Cantat”, “Šiauliai Cantat”, since 2015 International Choir Festival and Competition of Lithuanian Music Patriarch Juozas Naujalis, since 2018 — “Birštonas Cantat” Festival of choirs and orchestras. Member of the jury of national and international competitions. In 1998, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania provided this artist with the 1st degree S. Šimkus award, a winner of “Authentic music” award (2008), “Golden bird” award for nomination of “International shine star” (2009), was awarded the Kaunas City Municipality Culture and Art Prize (2010) and the city of Kaunas burgomaster Jonas Vileišis brass medal (2011).
Eduard Markin (Russia)
Is People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Master of Arts of Russia, Honorary Citizen of the City of Vladimir, Laureate of the RF Government’s Culture Prize.
Artistic director and conductor of the Vladimir Chapel of boys and young men. Artistic director and conductor of the Vladimir Chapel of boys and boys. He is a major expert in the interpretation of ancient Russian music, the organizer of four All-Union S.I. Taneyev festivals of Russian choral music. He was among federal conductors at the concert of the Thousand Children’s Choir of Russia at the Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg), as the conductor of the Choir of the Volga District (150 members). He was awarded the medal of the President of the Russian Federation for his significant contribution to the preparation and staging of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, and the RF Government’s Culture Prize.
Milan Kolena (Slovakia)
Is a conductor, artistic director of Bratislava Music Festivals, Associate Professor of choral conducting and Gregorian Chant at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and the president of the Slovak Choral Association. With his choir Apollo and Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis Milan Kolena visited many prestigious choral competitions. In 2014 he gave lectures at three American universities: Illinois Wesleyan University School, University of Missouri School of Music, Colorado State University. He frequently works as a member of the jury at various international choral and orchestral competitions in Slovakia, Europe and Asia. He was awarded the best conductor special prize of the „Singing World“ choral competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2015. In the same year he held choral workshops in China and Hong Kong. He is a member of the International Council of the World Choir Games and Vice President World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association.
Guo Wei (China)
Is conductor, head of the Choral Education Committee in Fujian Province, chairman of the Choral Association in Xiamen, board member of the Chinese University Choir Association, associate professor of the Xiamen University Art Institute, art director of the Xiamen Philharmonic Choir, jury member of the international choir competitions, he has a doctorate from Russian State Herzen Pedagogical University. The founder of the Festival of Choirs on the Gulangyu island in China. Winner of the 7th International Competition «St. Petersburg in the Mirror of the World Musical Culture» in the nomination «Choral Conducting» (1st place, 2017) and the 2nd International Eurasian Festival «Great Silk Road» in the nomination «Choral Conducting» (1st place, 2017).
Valeriy Uspenskiy (Russia)
Is People’s Artist of Russia, Professor. Head of Academic Choir Department, St. Petersburg N.A. Rimskiy-Korsakov Conservatoire, artistic director of the Students Choir of the Conservatoire. Valeriy Uspenskiy is head of Academic Choir Department at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and directs the Students Choir. Honorary Rector of Khabarovsk State Institute of Culture and Arts, the permanent chairman of the jury of the International Choir Competition and vocal ensembles “The Singing World” named after Yuriy Falik. Сonduct master classes with choirs around the world, the chairman of the jury of numerous international and national competitions. Valeriy Uspenskiy 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.
Yakov Dubravin (Russia)
Is the People’s Artist of Russia, composer, professor of the St. Petersburg Institute of Culture, professor emeritus of the New York Academy of Sciences, President of the International Festival of Choral Art «The Singing World», discipline head of «Children’s Choral Performing Art» at the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Composer. Saint Petersburg publishing house, a member of the Russian Union of Composers and the Union of Concert Performers of St. Petersburg; winner of numerous contests and festivals.
Honorary Jury 2018
Representative of Archbishop Ambrose of Peterhof on the jury:Priest Iliya Makarov (St. Petersburg, Russia)
is Chairman of the Council for Culture of the St. Petersburg Diocese, First Deputy Chairman of the Department of Religious Education and Catechesis of the St. Petersburg Diocese; Associate Professor of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, director of the Choir of the Clergy of the St. Petersburg Archdiocese, Candidate of theology.
Special prize of the Council for Culture of the St. Petersburg Diocese:
“FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF SACRED MUSIC“
Is Honored educator of the Russian Federation, winner of All-Russian competitions, head of the Municipal Educational and Methodological Association of directors of children’s choirs, composer, director of the Younger children’s choir at the “Iskra (Spark)” Choral Studio, artistic director of the “Cantabile” children’s choral studio.
“FOR HIGH CREATIVE POTENTIAL“
Is choirmaster, head of the branch of the state budgetary cultural institution of the Leningrad Region «House of Folk Art» «Educational and Methodological Association for Art Education» of the Committee for Culture of the Leningrad Region, head of the All-Russian Choral Society chapter in the Leningrad Region, awarded the public medal «For Glory of the Fatherland».
“FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF CHORAL ART”
Is instruction adviser of the board of teachers of choral disciplines at the St. Petersburg State institution of vocational training “St. Petersburg Center of Education in culture and art”; artistic director of “Rassvet” choir of the Children’s Art School N 4; holder of a Letter of Merit of the Ministry of Culture and trade unions, winner of international competitions.
Is Merited Artist of Russia, Head of the «Fundamentals of Academic Vocals» discipline at the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music, leading soloist of the State Chamber Theater «St. Petersburg Opera», winner of the Isabella Yurieva International Competition of the traditional romance, winner of the first prize of the All-Russian Theater Society «For harmonious representation of the vocal and dramatic components in the interpretation of Tatiana’s part in the performance of «Eugene Onegin» by P.I. Tchaikovsky, member of the jury and chairperson of the commission of the International and All-Russian competitions of vocal art.
«THE BEST SOLIST OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP»
Is Artistic director of the choir of St. Petersburg State University (since 1994). He was awarded a diploma and a special prize at the International Competition of Choral Conductors in Tallinn (1991) as a guest conductor. He regularly performs with the orchestras of the Mariinsky Opera House, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Governor’s Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Ministry of Defense Orchestra, the Tavrichesky and the Classica orchestras. He is the founder and artistic director of the «Petrovskaya Cantata» festival, conducts master classes and regularly participates in the city and all-Russian competitions as a member of the jury. He received letters of thanks and certificates of merit from the governor of St. Petersburg. He was awarded the medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 2nd degree.