CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY 2020
SERGEY EKIMOV (Russia)
Dean of the Faculty of Composition and Conducting, Head of the Department of Choral Conducting of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, artistic director of the Concert Choir of the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture and the Women’s Choir of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, artistic director of the International Festival of Choral Art “The Singing World” and the International Competition for Young Choir Conductors (St. Petersburg), member of the Union of Composers of Russia and the Interregional Union of Concert Performers, winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize and the Prize of the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga in the field of spiritual culture and art, professor.
NADEZHDA AVERINA (Russia)
Professor of the Moscow Conservatory, M.A., winner of international competitions, Honored Artist of Moscow. Artistic director of the Children’s A. Ponomaryov Music Choral School «Vesna» (Spring) and the Children’s Choir «Vesna», author of methodological articles, arrangements for the children’s choir, author and editor of numerous choral collections, jury member of Russian and international choral competitions.
ROMANS VANAGS (Latvia)
Professor, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the artistic director of WCG 2014 and ECG 2017 in Riga, principal conductor of the internationally awarded Latvian University female choir named “Minjona“, principal conductor and artistic director of Jāzeps Mediņš Music School boys’ choir, chief conductors of the All Latvian Song Celebration (in 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018) and the Youth Song Festival (in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015). Since August 2014 Romans Vanags is an Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR (Germany) organization and also chairman of the Latvian choral conductors’ board. In 2008 received the highested civil decoration in Latvia — the Three Star Order.
LARISA YARUTSKAYA (Russia)
Head of the department of academic choral singing of the Faculty of Arts at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, associate professor, member of the board of the Union of concert performers of St. Petersburg, co-chair of the section of choral conductors of the training and methodological center of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, Artistic Director of International choir festivals «Winter’s Tale», “Slavic spring”, “Petrine days”. Artistic director and conductor of the winner of All-Russian and international competitions, children’s choir Perezvony (Chimes) of the St. Petersburg M.I. Glinka Children’s Art School. In 2015, she was awarded the prize and lapel badge of the Government of St. Petersburg For the Humanization of Schools, and the Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation as “The Best Teacher of the Children’s Art School 2015”. In 2018, she won the Woman of the Year contest in the Culture and Art nomination.
GUO WEI (China)
Сonductor, 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).
HONORARY JURY 2020
Сomposer, People’s artist of Russia, laureate of the St. Petersburg Government Prize, professor of the St. Petersburg State Culture Institute, president of the International choir festival “The Singing World”, director of the “ Children’s Choit Performance” at Elena Obraztsova international music academy, chairman of the board of directors of the “Compozitor • Saint-Petersburg” Publishing House, member of the Composers Union and Concert Officials, laureate of many international, all-Union, all-Russia competitions and festivals.
Professor of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, artistic director of the Children’s Choir of St. Petersburg Television and Radio and the Radio Chamber Choir, Honored Master of Arts of Russia. The author of more than 200 arrangements for the choir, as well as popular repertoire collections for children’s choir and vocal ensemble, winner of international competitions.
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”.
Special prize of the House of Folk Art of the Committee for Culture of the Leningrad Region: “FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF CHORAL ART”
Honored Educator of the Russian Federation, Head of the City Methodological Association of Choir Leaders of Institutions for extended education of children, winner of international competitions, teacher, composer.
Special prize of City Methodological Association of Choir Leaders of Institutions for extended education of St. Petersburg: «FOR HIGH CREATIVE POTENTIAL»
Special prize of the Interregional Association of Conductors of Children’s and Youth Choirs of the North-West Region: «FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE WORK OF A MODERN COMPOSER»
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.
Special prize of the St. Petersburg Center of Education in culture and art: «FOR INTRODUCING THE CHILDREN TO CULTURAL HERITAGE»