JURY MEMBERS OF INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION OPUS 2022
Ma Li – flute (China)
Karla Ortega – flute (Ecuador)
NATALIA SAlmERI – OBOE (POLAND)
Jan Jakub Bokun – Clarinet (Poland)
TOMASZ SKIBA – SAXOPHONE (POLAND)
Angela M. Santiago – bassoon (Puerto rico/usa)
Dante Vargas – trumpet (PERU)
Felix Dervaux – horn (france)
Krzysztof Mucha – tuba (Poland)
Anthony Tam – piano (China)
Ivan Pernicki – piano (Croatia)
Wannapha Yannavut – percussion (Thailand)
Bartosz Sałdan – percussion (Poland)
Tomasz Fechner – guitar (Poland/USA)
VOLODYMIR RUNCHAK – ACCORDION (UKRAINE)
Mann-Wen Lo – violin (Taiwan/USA)
FABIO SALMERI – VIOLIN (POLAND)
sHeng Li – Viola (China)
Jan Kalinowski – cello (Poland)
BARBARA BOROWICZ – clarinet/artistic director (Poland)
Ma Li, associate professor of Nanjing University of the Arts, master tutor, director of the Asian Flute Union, executive director of Jiangsu Wind Music Association. She graduated from the Affiliated high school of Nanjing University of the Arts and Shanghai Music College. In 2006, she was admitted to the first MFA of NUA with the first grade of her major, and successively studied under professors Zhang Zhihua, Liu Pin, He Shengqi and Chen Jianhua. She has held many solo concerts, duets and other concerts since 1998. In 2004，She was awarded the outstanding instructor for her students’ third prize in the youth group in the First National Flute Competition of Art Colleges and Universities held by the Ministry of Culture of China. In 2009, she won the award for Woodwind Quintet in the Golden Bell Award held by China Musicians Association. Since then, many of her students have won gold and silver awards of “Little Golden Bell”; Yangtze River Delta Pipe Music Competition junior group top three, youth group gold award, and many students of hers are the chief flutes of Sichuan, Shanghai, Jiangsu symphony orchestra.
Karla Ortega Vallejo, director of International festival of music in Loja – Ecuador, Flute and Piccolo Symphonic Orchestra of Loja – Ecuador. Karla studied at the “Salvador Bustamante Celi” Conservatory of Music with his father Carlos Ortega Salinas. She has a degree in music from the National University of Loja and a Certificate in Direction and Management of Educational Centers, at the University of Ancash – Peru. She won a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture for Diploma in Cultural Management at the Faculty of Latin American Sciences FLACSO, Ecuador. She did interpretation studies at the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo de Guayaquil in Musical Arts. Other courses like: Peru (Maintenance of flutes and flute classes), Argentina (History of Latin American music, Musical analysis and interpretation in chamber music and Latin American academic repertoire), Brazil (Practice in symphonic band, symphony orchestra and flute) and USA (summer course for flute at the University of Pittsburg, USA). She performed as a guest musician with Symphony Orchestra of Piura, Peru; and as a soloist, with the Municipal Symphony Orchestra and the Loja Symphony Orchestra. She is the director of the Colectivo Cultural FIM Loja and she has been involved in projects of great impact in the city of Loja, such as:
- Participation in the “Children Defenders of Heritage” project – 2009 and 2010
- Executor of the Project: “Rescue of the musical memory and identity of the Music Museum” in 2010 and 2011.
- Producer of “Music in your church”, 2019
- Producer, dramaturgy and flutist in “Stories in music” with “The rose that learned” premiere and musicalization by Carlos Ortega Salinas at the Bolívar Theater in the city. from Loja, in 2018; then festival “Off” in FIAV 2019 and recording at the Benjamín Carrión Mora Theater in 2020 as the winning project of the Ministry of Culture.
- Producer, dramaturgy and flutist in “What the legends tell me” with the Ánimas Noctis and Mundos Opuestos Collectives of the City of Loja, 2019 and 2020, whose premiere was held at the Benjamín Carrión Theater in Loja.
- Producer, dramaturgy and flutist in “A stranger in my own skin” with the Mundos Opuestos Collective and Ballet “Cuerpos danza” premiere in the Benjamín Carrión Theater in 2021.
- Diretion of the International Music Festival of Loja since 2011, with participation of several countries like the United States, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Armenia, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador
She has been recognized as an outstanding woman in art in 2018 and musical merit in 2019. Karla was a flute teacher at the University of Cuenca from 2015 to 2017 and actually, flute and piccolo in the Loja Symphony Orchestra and she is member in the House of Culture from Ecuador.
Natalia Salmeri graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow in 2014 under the tutelage of prof. Marek Mleczko. Afterwards she began master’s degree studies at the Instrumental Department of the Academy, graduating in 2016 also under the office of prof. Marek Mleczko. Furthermore in 2019 she successfully completed postgraduate studies in Education Management at the University of Pedagogical Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. Natalia has solo, chamber and orchestral experience. She develops her passion as a teacher at the Music School in Domosławice, Poland, leading the oboe class there and cooperating with such orchestras as: CORda Cracovia, Wielicka Chamber Orchestra, Lower Silesian Philharmonic, Bielska Festival Orchestra, Passionart Orchestra. Natalia organizes annual workshops in Domosławice with teachers such as prof. Arkadiusz Krupa, prof. Marek Mleczko or Maksymilian Lipień. In 2013 she came second in the soloists category and third in the chamber music groups category at the international competition for young musicians “Luigi Zanucolli” in Sogliano al Rubicone, Italy. Natalia has participated in many workshops under the supervision of such oboists as Arkadiusz Krupa, Yeon-Hee Kwak and Tomasz Miczka.
Jan Jakub Bokun graduated summa cum laude from Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław and obtained further postgraduate training with Guy Dangain at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He later studied conducting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Jan Jakub Bokun was a winner of competitions in Wrocław, Włoszakowice, Białystok, Enschede and Mt. Pleasant. He has studied with Sergiu Celibidache, David Zinman, Kurt Masur, James Levine, Guy Deplus, Philippe Cuper, Walter Boeykens and Michael Collins. As a clarinetist and conductor he recorded 15 albums. Jan Jakub Bokun is a highly sought-after teacher, who has conducted numerous courses and master classes at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, in Sofia, Belgrade, Prague, Paris, Brno, Lubljana, Mexico, Beijing, Tokyo, and Avila, Spain and in the USA. He is currently on the faculty of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. He is an endorser of the companies Yamaha, D’Addario and BG.
Tomasz Skiba saxophonist, chamber musician, teacher. He started his adventure with music at ZSM im. I. J. Paderewski in Krosno in the piano class. After a few years, he began studying in the saxophone class. He continued his musical education at the Academy of Music in Kraków in the saxophone class of prof. dr hab. Andrzej Rzymkowski, where he graduated with honors. He is also a graduate of first-cycle studies and post-graduate studies at Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg – Augsburg, in the class of prof. Gunter Priesner, where he also received diplomas with honors. He improved his skills at many master classes conducted by, among others: Claude Delangle, Jean-Marie Londeix, Arno Bornkamp, Nobuya Sugawa, Johanes Ernst, Jerry Laran, Sergei Kolesov, Christian Wirth, Bob Mintzer, Piotr Baron, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski , Tomasz Szukalski and many others. He is a laureate of many competitions, including: the National Festival of Jazz and Popular Music in Elbląg (1998,2000), the 27th National Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Wrocław (1999), and the Wind Instrument Competition in Lublin (2000). He is a saxophonist open to various musical styles, who tries to combine his activities in the field of classical, jazz and popular music. In 2007, he was awarded the 1st prize and the Grand Prix at the 8th National Festival of jazz instrumentalists and vocalists – “Złota Baszta Jazz Festival”. He marked his presence at many festivals, including: Warsaw Music Autumn, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, “Old Jazz Meeting-Złota Tarka” in Iława, International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Wieliczka, International Festival “Errantia Musica”, International Music Festival “Young Artists” in Krakow.His oeuvre also includes premieres of works by: Agata Zubel, Marcel Chyrzyński, Tim Jansa and others. In 2008, while being a student of Hochschule fuer Musik Nuernberg, he was awarded the Scholarship of the German Bank “Sparda Bank Stipendium” for the distinguished students. Ryszard Krawczuk and the saxophone quartet “Fiasco Classico” under the direction of prof. Gunter Priesner.Since 2010, he has been active in pedagogy, teaching in primary and secondary music schools, including the M. Karłowicz School of Music in Kraków, the Primary and Secondary Music School in Wadowice and the Primary Music School in Sobolów. His students are laureates of many national and international competitions, the Music Competition of the Center for Artistic Education, Auditions of the Art Education Center, as well as laureates of many scholarship programs, including: “Young Poland Scholarship Program”, Sapere Auso Scholarship of the Małopolska Scholarship Foundation, Polish National Competition Jolanta and Leszek Czarnecki and many others. From 2021, he also serves as a Consultant at the Artistic Education Center in Warsaw.He has been frequently invited to festivals, Polish and International Competitions, and saxophone workshops as a lecturer and member of the Jury.In 2021, he received the 1st degree Individual Award of the Center for Artistic Education “For a special contribution to the development of Artistic Education in Poland”.Constantly looking for new challenges. In recent years, he has proved to be the organizer of many events promoting young musicians, incl. competitions, concerts and numerous instrumental workshops. In his free time, he likes traveling and sports, which are the driving force behind his subsequent activities.
Angela M. Santiago is a bassoonist, and an educator artist who completed her Doctor of Music Arts degree at Stony Brook University where she also graduated with a Master of Music degree in bassoon performance with world-renowned bassoon pedagogue Frank Morelli. Dr. Santiago has performed with orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist in different countries: Spain, Armenia, Puerto Rico, United States (New York City, Springfield, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Virginia, New Jersey) and venues like Carnegie hall in NYC. Dr. Santiago supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity through performing underrepresented composers and educating the audiences about different music styles by researching composer’s identity and culture. Dr. Santiago is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida teaching the course of Strategic Music Entrepreneurship Development where she thrives in cultivating music students artistic identity, music business skills, performance skills, and other musicianship skills to increase marketability for employment post-graduation. Dr. Santiago is passionate of performing new music, exploring all the possibilities in her instrument and equally excels in the orchestral and chamber ensembles repertoire from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. In addition, Dr. Santiago has developed a strong experience as a manager in her current job with MIFA Victory Players as ensemble manager and as a production manager.
Dante Daniel Vargas born in Lima, Peru in 1988. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru at the age of 11 under the tutelage of Jaime Taramona and later with Enrique García, and entered the National Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Peru. He continued her studies in Argentina at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory under the tutelage of Gustavo Fontana, also privately with Daniel Crespo (Buenos Aires Philarmonic), Valentin Garvie (Ensamble Modern Frankfurt), Martin Wagemann (Deutsche Oper Berlin). Actively participated in courses and master classes by: Sergei Nakariakov, Reiner Auerbach, Reinhold Friedrich, Martin Angerer, Martin Wagemann, Adam Rixer, Fred Mills, Rex Richardson, Ronald Romm, Allen Vizzutti, Adam Rapa, Bobby Shew, Giuliano Sommerhalder, Osvaldo Lacunza , Rudi Korp, Bassam Mussad, Andre Schoch, Paul Archibald, Marco Pierobon, Sandro Versari, among others. He was a member of important youth orchestras such as the Teatro Colón Academic Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Academic Orchestra and the Bicentennial National Youth Orchestra, participating as 1st trumpet and soloist on some occasions. He was invited as a trumpeter in: Buenos Aires Philarmonic of Teatro Colón, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón, Juan de Dios Filiberto Orchestra, National Symphony of Peru. He currently performs as 1st Trumpet of the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Argentino de La Plata and The National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, at the same time he works as a teacher of the trumpet class of the Sodre Youth Orchestra of Montevideo Uruguay and in the school orchestra program of the City of Buenos Aires.
Félix Dervaux, born in Cambrai, France, in 1990, Félix Dervaux began his music studies with the percussion, the piano and the horn, before starting professional horn studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (Lyon, France), the Berlin University of the Arts in Germany, alongside the Karajan Academy, a training program allowing young professional musicians to play standard concerts within the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After being appointed principal horn of the National Opera House in Lyon (France), he joined one year later the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for the same position. Laureate of several International music competitions, such as the 2016 Munich ARD Competition (Germany) and the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition, he has played as soloist with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, including the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra (Strauss Horn Concerto No 2), the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Knussen Horn Concerto) and the Marinsky Orchestra (Glière Horn Concerto). Félix decided a few years ago to resign from his principal horn position at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to pursue a solo career as chamber musician, soloist and composer.
Krzysztof Mucha joined Sinfonia Varsovia in 2018 as principal tuba. From 2012 to 2018, he was principal tuba with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. Since 2016, he has been a lecturer at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, where he teaches tuba, euphonium, orchestral studies and chamber music. From 2014 to 2018, he worked as a lecturer at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. From 2012 year Krzysztof Mucha collaborates with manufacturers of Buffet Crampon wind instruments, including Melton Meinl Weston and B&S. He is a member of Sinfonia Varsovia Brass, Polish Brass Quintet and Wratislavia Brass. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Grand Prix at the 8th International Interpretative Competition for Wind Instruments in Brno (Czech Republic, 2013), 1st Prize at the 6th International Competition for Soloists and Chamber Musicians in Svirel (Slovenia, 2014), 1st Prize at the 2nd National Competition for Brass Instruments in Katowice (2010). He has also been the holder of multiple artistic scholarships. In 2012, he received a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. He was also a holder of an academic scholarship (2008-2011) and the Rector’s scholarship (2011/2012) of the Academy of Music in Kraków. He received a scholarship of the Marshal ‘s Office of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (2010) and a scholarship of the “Sapere Auso” Małopolska Foundation (2010). He has worked with major orchestras, including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw, Capella Cracoviensis, Łódź Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Cracow Philharmonic, Pomeranian Philharmonic, Silesian Opera and Aukso Chamber Orchestra. He has performed across Poland and abroad under the batons of renowned conductors and composers, such as Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, Giancarlo Guerrero, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Marc Minkowski, Alexander Liebreich, Joanna Falletta, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Gabriel Chmura, and Jacek Kasprzyk. He was admitted into prestigious youth orchestras such as the Civic Orchestra (Chicago), Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, I’ Culture Orchestra. Krzysztof Mucha is passionate teacher. He puts lots of effort into education. His students passed the exams for orchestras in Poland, Germany and China and they also teach there.
Anthony Tam, pianist, examiner, competition juror, pedagogue, clinician holds the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from the National College of Music, London and the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Victoria College of Music, London. At the same time, he is also the holder of the piano performance diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board and the University of West London. He is appointed as a member of the Academical Board of the National College of Music and becomes the first non-British to be chosen to join as a member in the College’s history of more than 120 years. He is also the first Chinese to be appointed as a music examiner for both the National College of Music and the Victoria College of Music. In 2012, he was further appointed as a senior examiner for the National College of Music, London and will be responsible for further administration of the College. He was the past examiner of the British Columbia Conservatory of Music, Canada. In 2017, he joins as a music examiner for the Con Brio Examination Board. He is the first and only one worldwide to hold the position as a music examiner for four different examination boards at the same time. He has wide experience in assessing piano examination candidates. On top of being as a music examiner, he is appointed by National College of Music to be the piano duet examination syllabus coordinator and from 2014, he was also responsible for coordinating and rewriting the piano syllabus. He is a member of the American Liszt Society and through some contribution, he has earned the title as a ‘Lisztian”. He is also a member in good standing of the Australian Guild of Music and Speech. He is an associate member of the European Piano Teachers Association. In 2018, he is named as the Hong Kong President of the World Piano Teachers Association. He is also invited to join as the juror in piano competition and composition competition organised by the World Piano Teachers Association.. In 2020, he is named as the Chief Examiner of the Italian Music Assessment Board System which is an examination board based in Italy. Born, raised and totally trained in Hong Kong, he started to take up piano lessons when he was at the age of 5. He appeared on television one year later performing a whole programme of Beethoven. His teachers included Madam Kam-Mui Deng and Madam Wo-Ping Law who were famous pedagogues in Hong Kong. He also studied briefly with Mr. Colin Kingsley. He has played in masterclasses given by the American pianist Malcolm Frager and the great Shura Cherkassky. Under the full recommendation from Madam Law, he has got a chance to learn under Cherkassky for some time. He is a pianist, teacher, juror and clinician and has been on the jury of some local and international competitions. He was the Jury Chairman of the Steinway PIano Competition in 2014 and was the President of Jury of the Mozart International Piano Competition. He has also judged the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Competition in USA and last year, he was the President of Jury of the Euterpe Competition in Italy and in 2018, he has judged an international piano competition in Venice organised by the Debussy Society. This year, he will judge the Merci Maestro Competition in Belgium. He is also the Artistic Director of the Neapolitan Masters Competition in Asia. He has concertised in many countries including UK, Canada, USA and some countries in Europe. Since obtaining the Doctorate degree in Music Education, he has taught in many countries. He is a sought-after teacher in many Asian countries and is a teacher with many award-winning students. He has given lectures, masterclasses, workshops for different organisers on different occasions. He is keen on presenting teacher training programmes for music teachers worldwide. Years ago, he was appointed as a representative of the Victoria Piano Summer School in Canada. In 2015, he was appointed as the Director of International Studies (Pedagogy and Masterclasses) of the Ultimate Music Theory of Canada. UMT will issue a series called “Masterclasses by Anthony Tam’ in the near future. He is also the Hong Kong Director of the Cambodia Support Group (Canada) which promotes music education in Cambodia. He travels to Cambodia on a regular basis to give intensive courses to teachers and students. Right now, he is on the way to create a new piano summer school programme in the city of Kimberley, Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Brahms specialist Arne Sahlen. He is now the Artistic Director of the PianoFocus Summer Camp in Canada. He is also a column writer in music education and music learning for some child-related publications and is interviewed widely on different occasions by the press. He is also a writer writing on subjects about piano education in different magazines. His book about music study has been published by Dynamic Publications in 2020.
Ivan Pernicki, Croatian pianist is equally at home on stage as a soloist or as a collaborative artist. He graduated from the Music Academy in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia, after which he spent five years at La Schola Cantorum in Paris as a master’s-degree student of noted piano pedagogue Prof. Eugen Indjic. In 2009 and 2010 he had been awarded the International Keyboard Music Institute Scholarship at the Mannes College of Music in New York (USA). Mr. Pernicki currently serves as a pianist in the vocal department at the Music Academy in Zagreb (Croatia). He strongly advocates for music by Croatian composers, works by living composers and Art songs for voice and piano. In 2008, he gave the premiere of a new composition by Juilliard faculty member Eric Ewazen at Juilliard, and American composer Larry Alan Smith dedicated his “Three Pieces for Piano” (published in 2015) to Pernicki. In recent years, Ivan has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in performances broadcast by Croatian Radio and Television and at festivals in Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Latvia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the United States.Mr. Pernicki is especially praised for his work with singers. In 2014 he received a special award for best vocal accompanist at the International Singing Competition Lazar Jovanović in Belgrade (Serbia), and in 2016, he was a scholarship participant at the renowned Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, the first Croatian musician to perform there in the Institute’s thirty-year history. Pernicki has also played orchestral reductions for nine opera productions in Switzerland, Italy, and Croatia for which he received excellent reviews. In recent time, Ivan has given numerous lecture recitals and masterclasses on chamber music and vocal coaching, on locations including several Universities in United Sates (University of Texas in Austin, Butler school of Music; University of Hartford, Hartt school of music; UMKC, Kansas City; Goucher college, Baltimore; Slippery Rock University, Pittsburgh; Kennesaw state University, Atlanta). Recently Ivan gave a concert at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City which was supported by House of Representatives at Washington. In 2019, he was the official pianist of the Gran Canaria International Clarinet Festival (Canary Islands, Spain), and won a special collaborative pianist award from the Slovenian society TEMSIG. In the same year he performed with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. From 2020 he is regular member of the jury for the international competition Opus organized by Life & Art foundation (Krakow, Poland), and in 2021 he became the artistic director and chairman of the jury for the international competition Art Song Opus (Krakow, Poland).
Wannapha Yannavut, one of the most recognized percussionists in Thailand, Dr. Wannapha Yannavut is acknowledged and respected by fellow percussionists, both as a musician and educator. With more than twenty years of experience in both solos and ensembles, Dr. Wannapha Yannavut has performed enormous concerts, recitals, clinics, masterclasses all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, and the USA. As a well-rounded musician, Wannapha Yannavut started her professional percussion education in 1989 at Regina Coeli College School in Chiangmai, studying with Mr. Chumpol Channarong and Ms. Nanhathai Vitayanantapornkul. Later she went on to study with Mr. Pinai Preechaporn at Montfort College High School. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Thai language and literature at Prince of Songkhla University, she returned to music, earning the Master of Art (Music) Degree in Percussion Performance with Mrs. Kae Reed and Mr. Shane Constant at Mahidol University, College of Music. In 2016, she received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Dan Moore. Additionally, she studied with Dr. John Parks for one month at the Florida State University in 2008. During her study in the USA, she has had many new great experiences in percussion besides classical percussion. As a member of the UI (University of Iowa) steel band, she has played a tenor pan and was on tour every summer for four years. Moreover, she was a percussionist of the Midwest Center of New Music Ensemble and was invited to perform Thomas Beverly Ocotillo, solo performance on multi-percussion, seasonally, variable electronics, and video piece at The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New York, 2014. Continuing to develop her strong dedication for percussion music, Wannapha won the Alternate winner and finalist of the UI Concerto and Area Competition 2014 on Emmanuel Sejourne Marimba Concerto and Orchestra. Since 2006, she has been an artist/instructor of percussion at Mahidol University and director of the Integrated Percussion Ensemble. Wannapha was also the principal percussionist of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006-2012 and was promoted to timpanist in 2009-2012. Despite taking the position of “principal timpanist” only one year, the orchestra voted her, “Best Musician of TPO” in November 2010. In 2007, she was invited to play as a soloist with the Mahidol Wind Symphony, Ney Rosauro Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra under the baton of Major Prateep Suphanrojn. Also, in 2022, she was invited to play as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Alfonso Scarano. Currently, Dr. Wannapha Yannavut is an artist/lecturer of percussion at Mahidol University College of Music, director of the Integrated Percussion Ensemble, Principal Timpanist of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an official endorser of Adams Musical Instruments.
Tomasz Fechner splits his time between Los Angeles, California and Poznan, Poland. He currently works for the prestigious Guitar Salon International, GSI Foundation and records for Elite Guitarist. In recent years he gave lectures as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California (USC) where he studied with maestro Pepe Romero and Grammy Award-winners William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant. Tomasz is a prize-winner of many international guitar competitions, including competitions in Weimar, Velbert (Germany), Almeria (Spain) and Mottola (Italy). He also received prestigious scholarships such as the Fulbright Graduate Award and the GSI Foundation Classical Guitar Scholarship. In 2016-2017 Tomasz worked as a research assistant at the USC Polish Music Center, where he conducted research on the life and work of Polish-American composer, Roman Ryterband. This work resulted in the publication of Ryterband’s “Sonatina for Guitar” for the Polish Publishing House PWM. While at USC, Dr. Fechner was also an active member of the Graduate Student Government – first as a senator, and then as the president of the “Graduate Association of Music Students” and finally as the Director of Finance. His merits were recognized by the USC Thornton School of Music with the Brendon Mehrl Award for special contributions to the general student body. Upon graduation from his doctoral studies, Tomasz was awarded with the “Outstanding Student” award, as well as, with special awards from the Classical Guitar and Music Teaching and Learning departments. Tomasz Fechner is also a very active recording artist for Guitar Salon International and EliteGuitarist.com. In 2020, together with 4 other of Los Angeles’ top young professional classical guitarists, he established GuitarLab – an innovative online intensive for intermediate-advanced classical guitarists worldwide.
Volodymyr Runchak (12 June 1960) – Ukrainian composer and conductor, laureate of numerous international competitions of the composers. He has wide artistic interests: creation of music for symphony and chamber orchestras, small ensembles, soloists, chorus, conductor’s activity includes performing of modern Ukrainian and foreign composers’ pieces, organizational activity covers holding international and All-Ukrainian festivals and concerts “New Music in Ukraine”. V.Runchak’s pieces are successfully performed at various international festivals of modern music in Ukraine and abroad. V.Runcak’s recitals are held in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lutsk, New York, Munich, Paris… His pieces are published by: 4’33” – Germany, Agenda edizioni musicali Вologna – Italy, Astra – Poland, New Consonant Music – Belgium, “Kyiv” Chamber Chorus Library, and recorded by: Aurophon, Stadt Witten – Germany, Sub Rosa – Belgium, Cambria – the USA. V.Runchak is a propagandist of modern art of music. For three years he has been hosting the New Music in Ukraine broadcast on the National Radio Company of Ukraine Third “Culture” Channel. He initiated the performances of some orchestral and ensemble pieces of such composers-classics of the XX-th century as D.Shostakovich, E.Varese, L.Nono, K.Stockhausen, G.Ligeti, L.Berio. During his conducting practice V.Runchak premiered more than 400 world and Ukrainian contemporary music pieces. Being a conductor, he performs with the “New Music in Ukraine” Chamber ensemble, founded by him in the 1988-1989-th season. The band together with the “Atlantic” Recording Company issued 10 discs with the pieces of modern composers. As a guest conductor performs with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, National Radio Broadcasting Company of Ukraine Honoured Symphony Orchestra, with symphony and chamber orchestras of Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Rivne Philharmonics, with the music bands of Russia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Israel, France. In 2007\2008 and 2010\2011 seasons worked as the Head guest conductor of the Kara Karaev State Chamber Orchestra of Azerbaijan. V.Runchak – Artistic director of the International Festivals of New Music “Kharkiv contemporary”, “New Music in Ukraine” and International All-Ukrainian Music Festival “Ukrainian Day of the accordion”.
Violinist Mann-Wen Lo performs extensively throughout the world in the most prestigious venues as a soloist and musician. Since her solo debut at age 10 with the Academy of Taiwan Strings at the National Concert Hall, she has been a recurring artist to perform at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Walt Disney Hall, among others. Featured on radio and TV broadcasts in the United States, Taiwan, Japan, and France, Ms. Lo has gained recognition at numerous competitions and auditions. Her most recent recording as a member of the Mana Music Quartet was awarded Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2021 Na Hoku Hanohano Award. Chamber music is at the core of her musical passion. She has collaborated in concerts with members of world renowned string quartets such as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet, Quatuor Ysaÿe and the Takacs Quartet. She has also performed with concertmasters of the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, and Danish Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lo has been invited as a guest artist to concert series such as Camera Lucida in San Diego, Sunset MusicFest, Le Salon de Musiques, and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles. Her festival appearances include Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Menuhin Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Saito Kinen Festival, ANA Music Week. In 2015, her string quartet was chosen as the American representative to perform at the Franco-American Chamber Music Festival. A soloist and the concertmaster at the American Contemporary Ballet, Ms. Lo has also appeared as a guest concertmaster with Pasadena Opera and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Lo is a core member of Delirium Musicum, a conductor-less chamber ensemble based in Los Angeles. The ensemble won the San Francisco Classical Voice’s Audience Choice Award in 2020. She also performs frequently with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. Ms. Lo enjoys exploring many genres of music including Jazz, bluegrass, and more. She has performed with Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck and ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro. She is a recording artist with the Vitamin String Quartet, which is known for its popular renditions of rock and pop music. Ms. Lo is determined to inspire everyone to lead a creative life through performing as well as teaching. She has served as a violin instructor for 8 years at Yale University and University of Southern California. As a member of the Mana Music Quartet, she teaches in music programs in collaboration with the Queen Liliuokalani Trust. She has given masterclasses at the German-Polish Festival for Young Musicians. Ms. Lo received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. A graduate from the New England Conservatory and Yale School of Music, her mentors include Glenn Dicterow, Syoko Aki, and Masuko Ushioda. She plays on a 1925 Giuseppe Fiorini violin on generous loan from the Chi Mei Culture Foundation in Taiwan.
Fabio Salmeri born on January 25, 1989 in Bielsko-Biała. In his hometown he graduated from the Primary and Secondary State Music School “Stanisław Moniuszko”, where he studied with Professor Józef Iwanowicz. In 2013 he graduated with honors from the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied the violin class with Professor Robert Kabara. After successfully defending his master’s thesis, he decided to continue his studies at the doctoral level. He defended his PhD thesis with distinction in 2017 presenting his work entitled “Unknown Gaetano Pugnani’s Violin Concerto and its Significance in the History of Violin Playing. Analysis and Interpretation with Comparison to the Other Classical Violin Concerti”. In May 2018, the Council of the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Krakow awarded him the degree of Doctor of Art. Currently, he is a teaching assistant in the class of Professor Robert Kabara. He has honed his skills under the guidance of Boris Belkin, Igor Gruppman, Grigory Zhislin and Alena Baeva. He is the finalist of the International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition. He won second prize at the International Competition “Luigi Zanuccoli 2013” in Sogliano al Rubicone and awards such as “Ruggero Leoncavallo 2012′′ or “Giovanni Zetti 2009′′, which he received for the solo concerts in Montecatini Terme, Italy. He constantly plays in Poland and abroad with eminent pianists, including Mark Mizera, Giuseppe Tavanti and Andrea Ambrosini. In April 2011, he performed for Radio Krakow S-5 studio during the event “Musical journeys”. In addition to his solo repertoire, Fabio Salmeri specializes also in chamber and orchestral music. He regularly collaborates with leading orchestras, including Sinfonietta Cracovia, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Corda Cracovia, which perform under the guidance of famous conductors, among which were: Krzysztof Penderecki, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Tadeusz Strugała, Gabriel Chmura and Marek Moś.
Sheng Li is a secretary of the general Party branch of the orchestral department, Professor of Viola and doctoral supervisor of Shanghai Conservatory of music, young backbone teacher of Shanghai Conservatory of music, and chief professor of Shangyin King United College. In 2002, he graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of music with a master’s degree in Viola. In recent years, he has been invited to set up professional courses, lectures and master classes at Yang Xiutao School of music of National University of Singapore, Bard University Conservatory of music, China Central Conservatory of music, and music bridge of Royal mountain Conservatory of music in Canada. He was employed as a resident artist (Professor) by Curtis Conservatory of music in 2014-2015 and 2018-2019, and was a guest teacher of the Royal Conservatory of music (RCM) Give. In recent years, he has won the Shanghai gardener award, He Luting Foundation Award, Shanghai outstanding teacher award for literary and art talents, the first prize of principal award of Shanghai Conservatory of music, Shanghai Tang Junyuan outstanding teacher award, Shanghai Xuhui District Education System “Horse Award”, Shanghai May 1st Labor Medal winner, etc. The teaching students have won many awards in international competitions in recent years, mainly including the first prize in muravensky International string competition in Russia in 2016, the first place in the 62nd Washington International string competition in April 2015, the third place in the 9th Johansen International string competition in Washington in March 2015, and the young artists selection competition in New York in November 2014 In June 2014, he won the best Concerto performance award in the international Viola competition of primrose, USA; the best student award of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in July 2013; and Lionel, UK, in March 2013 He won the first prize in the international Viola competition (tertis); the first prize in the music bridge chamber music competition of Royal mountain Conservatory of music in July 2012; the first place in the 8th Johansen International string competition in Washington, USA in March 2012; the best Bach performance award of American primrose international Viola competition in June 2011; In 2009, it won the second place in the 7th Johansen International string competition in Washington, USA; the first place in the national Viola competition in 2007; and the second place in the 6th Johansen International string competition in Washington, USA in 2006. As the first author, he has published a number of academic papers in important academic journals at home and abroad, including national music, symphony, Yuefu Xinsheng, people’s music and music research. An academic monograph about 300000 words has been published: the art of Viola performance and teaching exploration. A large number of teaching materials have been published, such as: the training repertoire of student Chamber Orchestra and 41 Capriccios for Viola by campanulli. Meanwhile, a large number of demonstration audio products have been recorded, such as the Viola Solo of Professor Xu Mengdong’s Symphony Fantasia — for Viola and Orchestra published by people’s Music Publishing house and people’s music electronic audio and video publishing house; Shanghai Conservatory of music The works of Viola in China published by the publishing house and some pieces in the selected Viola Concerto published by Shanghai Conservatory of music press.
Jan Kalinowski studied at the Music Academy in Cracow, at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart under the guidance of Professors: Witold Herman, Paul Julien and Peter Buck. He has also taken part in master classes given by David Geringas, Ivan Monighetti and Arto Noras. He has held grants from Polish and foreign foundations (Friends of Cracow Society in Chicago, Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation, Grazella Foundation), as well as the City of Cracow, the Malopolska Region and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2001 he started working together with pianist Marek Szlezer. Since then, they have been performing in Poland and abroad as Cracow Duo. In 2015, during tournée in Korea and USA, they debuted at such prestigious venues as Seul Arts Center in Seul, Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York (concert on the occasion of 205th birthday anniversary of Frederic Chopin). The artists performed two concert tours in Mexico and South America, which inaugurated their debut in the Palacio de Bellas Artes concert hall. In 2017, they were on one-month-tour in the United States. Many Polish and foreign composers have devoted their works to them, among others Krzysztof Meyer, whose Musica concertante for cello, piano, string orchestra and percussion, artists have performed with Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of Jurek Dybała in December 2017. Jan Kalinowski has recorded for radio and television as well as for well-known music label DUX Recording Producers. He recorded works for piano and cello by Alexander Tansman in 2009, with pianist Marek Szlezer. Recording was awarded the La Clef de ResMusica. Published in 2010 Jan Kalinowski, Marek Szlezer and Bartłomiej Nizioł’s recording of Chopin chamber works has also received the prize of La Clef de ResMusica and nomination to the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk. In 2013 DUX Recording Producers published a CD with his artistic project “Polish Cello Music” containing works by polish composers for cello ensembles from one to eight instruments. In 2014 DUX Recording Producers issued a special CD (“Dedications”) devoted to the works written by composers from Krakow and dedicated to Jan Kalinowski and Marek Szlezer. He was involved in recording CD on the occasion of the 80th birthday anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki. The recording was awarded the Gramophone Editor’s Choice 2015, and nominated to the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk 2015. Joanna Freszel’s album, real life song, recorded with the artist participation, received two nominations for the Polish Phonographic Award Fryderyk 2016. As a solist he has been performing under the baton of many renowned conductors, such as: Rauf Abdullayev, Łukasz Borowicz, Wojciech Czepiel, Jacek Rafał Delekta, Michał Dworzyński, Jacek Kasprzyk, Adam Klocek, Paweł Kotla, Paweł Przytocki, Daniel Rajskin, Jacek Rogala and Maciej Tworek. Jan Kalinowski is an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Krakow, where in 2015 he has received a postdoctoral degree at the instrumental music department. He has led courses within the framework of an international academic exchange programme (Brem, Karlsruhe, Bratislava, Mannheim, Fermo and Tibilisi). He plays on the cello made by Wojciech Topa in 2014.
Barbara Borowicz graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow (Poland) in the clarinet class of Professor Andrzej Godek. She continued her musical education at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Ceclia in Rome (Italy) with Alessandro Carbonare and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria) in the chamber music class. In addition she improve her musical interpretation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s pieces with remarkable clarinetist Suzanne Stephens, who is the most accomplished performer of his music. Moreover, in her repertoire there is one of the most demanding piece for clarinet – Harlekin for clarinet solo, which contains theatrical elements and takes over 45 minutes. She is currently professor of the clarinet at her alma mater. Since 2020 she is a country chair of Poland in the International Clarinet Association. As a soloist she made her debut with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and since then she has been regularly performing in Europe, North America, Australia, Africa and Asia in prestigious concert halls such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Concertgebouw. She is a laureate of numerous solo and chamber music competitions in Poland, Germany, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Ukraine. A special place in her solo repertoire has Polish music, which she has actively performed in Poland and abroad, including compositions written for her, e. g. Marcel Chyrzynski, Ewa Fabianska-Jelinska, Michal Jakub Papara. She recorded 2 solo CDs: Witold Fiemann Works for clarinet and piano (DUX1529) with world premiereswritten by forgotten polish composer and Double Clarinet Concerto (DUX1303), released by the DUX Recording Producers. Barbara was awarded repeatedly by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for her work within music and science. Moreover she received the Młoda Polska scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture as well as the award Ars Quaerendi for the remarkable activities for the development and the promotion of culture. Barbara Borowicz is an Artist for Henri Selmer, Vandoren and SilversteinWorks.