Pablo BoggianoOrchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Pablo Boggiano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied conducting at the national conservatory “Lopez Buchado” with Mario Benzecry and at the Argentinean Catholic University. At the age of 18 he made his debut at the cathedral of Buenos Aires with the Requiem of Faurè and became assistant of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In Europe he studied with Prof. Scott Sandmeier Conservatory of Paris, with Thomas Doss Konservatorium Wien, Erwin Accel as well as with Jorma Panula in Helsinki. Prof. Berau, a former student of Olivier Messiaen, grants him the prize as winner of international competitions and conducted the Orchestra Boréal in Paris.
In 2003 he was invited by Ivan Fischer to work with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Pablo Boggiano works regularly in Eastern Europe in Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Slovakia with Orchestras such as Sofia Philharmonic, Kiev and Kharkov Philharmonic, Bratislava Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, and others.
In Argentina he works also regularly with the Sinfónica Nacional and Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colón, and was second conductor at the production of “Der Rosenkavallier” from New Yorok Metropolitan at Teatro Colón in 2017.
After ten performances of “The Magic Flute” in Niederösterreich with the support of Austrian government, he produced the World Opera-Tango premier in Theater Akzent Wien, with “Maria de Buenos Aires” from Piazzolla and “Mateo” from Martin Palmeri.
In 2013 he worked with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra of London in CADOGAN HALL.
During the season 2018-2019 he will work with the Tonkünstler-Ochester in Wiener Musikverein und Sankt Pölten and in 2020 will start his collaboration as a conductor with the Wiener Concert Verein, in Musikverein and Villach.
In May 2019 he will record a CD for Naxos Europe with music of the composer Esteban Benzecry and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Lviv- Ukraine.
Christoph EhrenfellnerOrchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
The Salzburg born conductor-composer-violinist has chosen 3 tracks to bring the fruits of a blossoming spirit to full exchange with our musical world. His actual position as an artist-in-residence at Theater Nordhausen has been preceded by composing-residencies at Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Ozawa Academy Geneva, Festival Retz, Loisiarte, St.Gallen- and Palmklang. Among the acclaimed premieres are works such as Ehrenfellners 1st Symphony, 2nd Opera, 1st Ballet, or 3rd violin-concerto.
His partners are Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Kransnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, the Dialoge-Festival Salzburg, Brucknerhaus Linz, Allegro Vivo Festival. Musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Enrico Pace, Erwin Ortner, Christoph Sietzen etc. perform his music. In the coming season it will be Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Liszt Biennale Weimar, Tyrol Festival Erl, Tchech Chamber Philharmonic Praha und Manila Youth Orchestra, who will have encounters with Christoph Ehrenfellner.
Enthusiastic reviews about his music come from NY Times, Spiegel online, Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Salzburger Nachrichten, Kurier, Krone and many more. The Tjeknavorian-CD-recording of Ehrenfellners Suite des Alpes at SONY-Classical won the OPUS-classic-prize 2018 in Germany. Elbphilharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Cité de la Muisque, Concertgebouw or Vienna Musikverein: in nearly all of the leading European Concert Halls the music of Christoph Ehrenfellner has won enthusiastic audience.
Ehrenfellner is honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. His thesis ‘Art&Money’ is edited at the Akademiker Verlag Saarbrücken.
Alexandre GrandéOrchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Born in Russia (1972), Alexandre Grandé began studying music at the age of seven at the prestigious School of Choral Art in Moscow. Eleven years later, he graduated with a diploma in choir conducting and music pedagogy. He also studied conducting at the Moscow Conservatory, graduated from the Paris Regional Conservatory in composition and orchestration, and received an Excellency Prize in orchestra conducting at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory.
To improve his conducting level, Alexandre Grande went to Israel to study at Rubin Academy of Music of Jerusalem with maestro Mendi Rodan.
Upon his return to Paris in 1999, where he lives now, he was named as the assistant conductor of the Polyphorum Orchestra and conducted Mascagni's « Cavalleria Ruscticana ». In 2000, he created the Calli-Phonia Orchestra which he conducted until 2003.
In August 2005, he conducted the first performance in Holland of Chostakovitch's « Story of a silly baby mouse » (for the Orlando Festival).
In 2006, he conducted a production « Comme des Bêtes » at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), a musical show including his own music and music of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky...
Since then, Alexandre Grandé has been invited to conduct the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Bielorussia Philharmonic Orchestra, Minsk Opera Bolchoï, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Orchestre de Massy, Opéra de Toulon, Opéra d’Avignon, Beethoven Orchester in Bonn, Vinteuil Ensemble, Académie de St. Louis Orchestra (Paris), Carpe Diem Ensemble in a program of contemporary music, etc... Furthermore, he participated in musical projects of the Chostakovitch International Association in Paris.
Today he is one of artistic directors of the Ensemble Orchestral Integral, which he formed in 2006.
With this orchestra, among the most importants projects, he created the « Songe dune nuit d’été. Variation printanière », which he performed with Ensemble Orchestral Integral in the theater of Fontainebleau. In the same theater, he conducted 2 operas buffa « Rayon de Soieries and La Poule Noire » by Manuel Rosenthal.
The repertoire of Alexandre Grandé consists contemporary music as well.
He gave the premiere « Noctifer » by Vincent Manac’h for choir, orgel and percussions group, « Qui sème le vent » by Xavier le Masne for flutes orchestra, and the French premiere of « Crossing II » by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, « New York song » by Christine Massetti…
Professor of orchestra conducting, he is today a director of the Conservatoire Régional d’Aubervilliers - La Courneuve, an spécial music / dance / theatre school (about 1500 students).
Andy Icochea IcocheaOrchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. As a guest conductor, he has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú and the Brookline Symphony, among others.
Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist with Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy and Bernard Haitink. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States. Additionally, he has served as guest Clinician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's education programs.
He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.
Verena Mösenbichler-BryantSymphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the music department, and Artistic Director & conductor of the Durham Medical Orchestra.
Mösenbichler-Bryant is the Executive Director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra and World Adult Wind Orchestra Projects, both part of the annual Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria (www.mideurope.at). She also co-founded and conducts the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble and is the newly appointed conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendblasorchester.
Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.
Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a Kapellmeister Ausbildung with Johann Mösenbichler. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied symphony orchestra conducting with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in 2005. She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University, followed by a DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting in May 2009, from The University of Texas at Austin with Jerry Junkin.
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant’s transcription of John Corigliano’s Grammy-winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, for Wind Ensemble and Amplified Soprano, published by G. Schirmer, was strongly praised by the composer, and has received numerous performances since its 2009 premiere. Additionally, she has arranged and premiered Eric Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon for Soprano and Wind Ensemble and Sing Gently, available through Hal Leonard, and Steven Bryant’s all stars are love for Soprano and Orchestra. She has also published an article in GIA’s respected Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Verena has served as guest conductor and clinician across the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Portugal, France, as well in her native Austria and is winner of The American Prize in Conducting, 2019-20, in the band/wind ensemble university division.
Carolin NordmeyerChoir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Carolin Nordmeyer was born in 1975 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Having grown up „under the grand piano“, she became interested in scores and developed an eye for the big picture alongside playing piano, violin, viola and french horn.
After graduating from high school, she began studying french horn in Detmold (Germany), followed by conducting studies with a major in piano, although her focus clearly shifted towards conducting. Her contact with various conductors during her academic year as a scholarship holder at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris gave her important inspiration.
Carolin Nordmeyer was appointed conductor and répétiteur at the Theater Bielefeld whilst still a student. She built up a broad repertoire and, in addition to her own opera productions such as Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" or Scarlatti's "Griselda", she conducted performances of Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera", Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims", Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", Weber's "Freischütz", Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel", Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" or Lehár's "Lustige Witwe". In addition, she regularly planned and conducted youth and family concerts.
From 2009-2017 Carolin Nordmeyer was engaged as second Kapellmeister and assistant of the general music director at the Theater Augsburg. Carolin Nordmeyer conducted the premieres of Verdi's "La Traviata", Mozart's "La Finta giardiniera", Chabrier's "„Etoile" and the ballet productions "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cinderella", the gala concerts on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (2011/12), as well as various youth and family concerts. She expanded her conducting repertoire with numerous revivals, including Berg’s "Lulu", Verdi's "Aida" and "Il Trovatore", Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer" and Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Die Zauberflöte".
Carolin Nordmeyer is a lecturer in Opera Studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory Augsburg.
In November 2006, Carolin Nordmeyer was accepted as a scholar into Deutsche Bank’s "Akademie Musiktheater heute" Scholarship Program.
In addition to her professional activities, Carolin Nordmeyer has a great passion for music education and musical work with amateurs and young people. Carolin Nordmeyer is chief conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendsinfonieorchester. Since 2013 she is chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra Munich. She has also conducted projects and performances with the Saarland Youth Orchestra, the Young Orchestra Academy of the Moselle Music Festival, the Rheinische Orchesterakademie Mainz, the Märkisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, of which she was chief conductor from 2004 to 2011, and the Freie Sinfonie Orchester Bielefeld founded by her in 2003.
Hermann PallhuberSymphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Hermann Pallhuber completed his musical education at conservatories in Innsbruck and Vienna (piano, trombone and ensemble direction), after which he went on to further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then again in Innsbruck (musical pedagogy with special emphasis on ensemble and choir conduction, trombone and piano). At the same time, he also completed his studies in classical philology (Latin).
From 1994-2004, he focused mainly on conducting and teaching at various high schools and musical academies. He also deepened his interest in conducting and composition at the Pedagogical University Tyrol, the University of Innsbruck and the Musical Universities of Zürich and Augsburg respectively, after which he obtained an artistic diploma in “Conducting, wind band direction and instrumentation” from the Musical Academy of Nüremberg-Augsburg. For many years, Hermann Pallhuber led professional and semi-professional wind ensembles and orchestras (Wind Music Project of the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Three Lions Brass Band Stuttgart, Brass Band Tirol, The Symphonic Wind Orchestra Innsbruck, and many more), with which he achieved numerous impressive musical successes. Furthermore, he was in charge of running and moderating factual programmes on wind music for the Austrian national television broadcasting service (ORF) from 2001-2016. Internationally, Hermann Pallhuber, functions as a guest conductor, juror, composer and lecturer in wind orchestration. His compositions were published by Faber Music London and Beriato (De Haske/Hal Leonard).
Since 2009, he has been teaching at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor for wind orchestra conduction in 2013. He has also been leading a class in wind orchestra direction at the Tyrolean State Conservatory.
In October 2016, Hermann Pallhuber was awarded the professorship for conducting and direction of wind orchestras at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim.
Gene PetersonChoir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Dr. Gene Peterson is the Director of Choral & Vocal Studies at the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, USA.
Dr. Peterson is an internationally recognized choral conductor and clinician, whose prior appointments include Director of Choral Studies at Bethel University (Minnesota) and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Peterson has also served as music director and conductor for college, secondary school, church, and community choirs in the States of California and Washington. Ensembles under his leadership have performed in venues throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including the Sistine Chapel, the Sydney Opera House, Chicago Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
Due to his reputation in the international choral community, Dr. Peterson is in high demand as a lecturer, choral clinician and adjudicator for local, regional, and international choral festivals, symposiums and workshops, has conducted numerous honor choirs and all-state choirs, and served as a guest conductor for choral concerts and festivals around the world. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Choirs for Perform International and Perform America, casting the mission and vision for performance tours throughout the world.
Dr. Peterson has served in professional leadership roles, including High School Standards and Repertoire Chair for the California Choral Directors Association and as Bay Area Choral Representative for the California Music Educators Association. Additional professional posts include Men’s Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association, the Southern Division Conference Planning Committee, the Men’s Chorus Representative for Minnesota Choral Directors Association, the executive committee for the International Choral Festival, America Cantat, and on the leadership team for the 2019 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting and a Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University in Orange, California, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Philipp PointnerOrchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Viennese-born conductor Philipp Pointner started his career at Cape Town Opera/South Africa. There and at Gauteng Opera Johannesburg he is still a regular guest.
He continued his way in Germany, where he was Erster Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Nürnberg for many years. He is guest at many European opera houses such as Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Köln, Staatstheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Belgium, just to name a few. In Austria he conducted at the Volksoper Vienna and the Oper Graz.
In concert Philipp Pointner is working with orchestras like WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and Oviedo Philharmonic/Spain. He is regular guest conductor at the Filarmonia de Stat Transilvania Cluj/Romania. In 2017 he will debut with the RSO Vienna.
Marianna SablinaChoir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Marianna Sablina is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Shchedryk Kyiv Children’s Choir, Ukraine
She was born in a family of Roman Kofman – the famous conductor, composer, and Honoured Artist of Ukraine (Chief Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; in 2003 –2008 he worked in Germany as the Bonn General Music Director, headed the Beethoven Orchestra and the Bonn Opera House) – and Iryna Sablina, the Choirmaster and Conductor who founded in 1971 the legendary Shchedryk Kyiv Children’s Choir.
Marianna Sablina sang in this choir when she was a child; later on during her studies at the R. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music she became the Choirmaster of Shchedryk.
In 1981–1986, Marianna entered the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music and continued her studies under the lead of Professor L.N. Venedyktov in the class of Choir Conducting. After graduating from the UNTAM she continued working as the Choirmaster of Shchedryk Kyiv Children’s Choir.
Since 2002 Marianna Sablina has been the choir’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Not only her career, but her whole life is inseparably entwined with Shchedryk Kyiv Children’s Choir – her lifetime project.
Since Marianna took the lead with Shchedryk in 2002, they have participated in the numerous festivals, contests, and competitions, performed at the special music events, and sang in the top music halls and stages of Europe (in the Baltic countries, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy).
In each festival and competition that Shchedryk participated under the lead of Marianna Sablina, they have made a great impression on the audience and were awarded the highest prizes.
The discography of Marianna Sablina, when conducting Shchedryk, includes some quite special recordings, such as Deutsche Welle release of the Shchedryk Children’s Choir’s concert “Christmas in Ukraine” in 2010; and the “Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine” by O. Messiaen performed by Kremerata Baltica and Shchedryk, conductor Roman Kofman – this CD was included in the collection of the best concerts in the history of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival of Gidon Kremer.
With Shchedryk Kyiv Children’s Choir Marianna Sablina have had many joint projects with the world-famous musicians, such as Gidon Kremer, Giya Kancheli, Vladimir Krainev, Roman Kofman, Anton Sharoev, and have performed together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and Kremerata Baltica.
The great contemporary composers Giya Kancheli, Roman Kofman, Valentyn Silvestrov, Eduard Lanuk, Roman Surzha, Victoria Poleva, Lesia Dychko, and David Rossel have created and dedicated their pieces to, and/or trusted Marianna Sablina with the first performances of their compositions.
David SlaterChoir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
David Slater is an Australian composer, conductor and music educator.
After completing studies at the University of Sydney with legendary Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, he received scholarships to study in Europe with Helmut Lachenmann, Cristobal Hallfter and Brian Ferneyhough. His work encompasses many genres from the concert hall to TV, film and advertising, and includes solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music. His compositions have received numerous awards over many years. He receives regular commissions and is performed throughout Australia and the world.
Mr Slater is an experienced conductor with an extensive repertoire spanning from the Baroque to the present day. He began his studies in conducting in Germany, and on return to Australia was mentored by the Chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Challender. He founded and directed a number of award-winning ensembles which include contemporary music groups, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and musical theatre companies. In recent years he has conducted student and professional orchestras and choirs from more than 20 countries: Australia, Asia and the USA to all parts of Europe, from Italy and Spain to Scandinavia, the Baltic Region and Russia.
He is a regular guest at international music festivals, where he sits on international juries, conducts masterclasses and gives lectures. His regular schedule includes engagements in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia, with notable events in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Russia. For 40 years Mr Slater has been teaching and lecturing in music. He is passionate about the role of music in society and in education, and has promoted the creation, study and performance of great music throughout his career. He has been a consultant on music curriculum and final year examiner in three Australian states.
He has won many major awards for composition, conducting and service to music, including the Symphony Australia Prize, the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network and Australia Day awards for service to music in the community. He has published articles on music and music education and represents Australia on the World Choir Council.
Saul ZaksArtistic Director of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival; Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and living in Denmark, Saul Zaks is and international conductor and mediator who connects people from different cultures and provides a cross-cultural communication through music and the arts.
He has been the conductor of The Musicology Students Choir at the University of Aarhus, and of The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.
Saul Zaks is a guest professor in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.
He studied at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán, and at The Royal Danish Academy of Music Aarhus.
Saul Zaks is specialized in the music from Latin America and has performed and recorded with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez, the singer Mercedes Sosa, the composer & pianist Pablo Ziegler and the bandoneón players Daniel Binelli, Pablo Mainetti, César Stroscio and Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti.
As Chorus Master, Saul Zaks has gained a nomination for the Danish Grammy Award 2006 - Best Classical Album - together with the Danish National Choir & Symphony Orchestra for recordings of "Choral Symphony & Requiem" by Asger Hamerik.
Additionally he has gained a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award 2016 in the category Best Tango Album - "Sax to Tango" - together with Pablo Ziegler, Julio Botti, Franco Pinna & The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra.
Together with Argentinean composer Martin Palmeri, Saul Zaks performed the Scandinavian premiere of "Misatango", and the World Premiere of the "Tango Credo" at Lincoln Center, New York in 2017.
Today Saul Zaks is the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna (www.misatango.com).
In 2018 Saul Zaks was appointed Artistic Director for the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.
Appointments in 2019 include the World Premiere of Martin Palmeri´s "Gran Misa" in Carnegie Hall, New York City, The International Music Festival in Bratislava and workshops and concerts at Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media.