September 7, 2006
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Top Three Prize Winners from the United States, England and Finland

See our 2006 Competition photo album here.

New York, NY — The Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition has announced the results of its 2006 competition held in Chattanooga, Tennessee between August 27 and September 1. This year's competition featured 24 competitors from 14 countries around the world.

The Jordania Grand Prize of $7,500 was awarded to James Feddeck of New York.

The William L. Montague, Jr, Second Prize of $5,000 was awarded to John Traill of England.

The Third Prize of $2,500 was awarded to Sasha Mäkilä of Finland.

James Feddeck

James Feddeck is a Pi Kappa Lambda honor society Bachelor of Music graduate in oboe and organ performance and also holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has studied with, among others, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, Gustav Meier (at the International Conducting Workshop in Sofia., Bulgaria), Timothy Weiss, John Koshak and at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen. He toured the Republic of China with the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra in 2005 and recently led the orchestra of Oberlin Opera Theater in their 2006 production of Cosi fan tutte. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of Cleveland's RED (an orchestra) for the 2005-2006 Season by Music Director Jonathan Sheffer. He is also an award-winning organist, and was featured recitalist in Chicago this July at the American Guild of Organists National Convention.

John Traill

John Traill is the principal conductor of the City of Southampton Orchestra and musical director of both Ensemble ISIS and the Sounds Underground Ensemble. Trained by Rossen Milanov through the Mt. Vitosha International Conducting Institute, John is a Lecturer at St. Catherine's College, and a Tutor of Conducting and Orchestration, at the University of Oxford, where he has recently been awarded a DPhil in Analysis and Composition. John reached the final of the 2002 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and competed in the final stages of the 7th Leeds Conductors Competition, and the RNCM and LPO conducting fellowships. He was a prize-winner at the 8th Leeds Conductors Competition (2005). John is also an established composer and has had premieres in England, France and the USA.

Sasha Mäkilä

Sasha Mäkilä is the conductor of the The Russian National Library Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg, Russia, and Helsinki Skaala Opera, Finland, and he also guest conducts other regional orchestras in Finland and on music festivals throughout northern Europe. He made his 2004 opera debut with the Helsinki Conservatory and later became the first in Finland to conduct operatic works of Philip Glass. He studied musicology at the University of Helsinki, cello at the Helsinki Conservatory and conducting with Leonid Korchmar at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory of St. Petersburg, Russia. At the moment he is complementing his studies with Leif Segerstam in the Sibelius Academy, Finland. He is an active music writer published in Finnish music journals and is featured on Russian radio and TV.

The Audience Favorite prize was awarded to Andrew Koehler of the United States. Mr. Koehler also participated in the Third Round of the competition.

Other third round participants were Oscar Bustillo of the U.S. and Alfredo Sorichetti of Italy.

The Orchestra Favorite prize was awarded to both Ivan Arboleya-Montes of Spain, who is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Synergy Project, and Georgios Moutsiaras of Greece, current principal conductor of the Orkest van Utrecht Chamber Orchestra of Belgium.

Other participants in the competition included:

Ruben Felipe Capriles of Venezuela, Robert Franz of the U.S., Erin R. Freeman of the U.S., Christian Hoerbov-Meier of Denmark, Dong-Hyun Kim of South Korea, Boguslaw Kobierski of Poland, Douglas Kovanda of the U.S., Maksim Kuzin of Ukraine, Jay Juyong Kwon of the U.S., David Long of the U.S., Yukihiro Notsu of Japan, Viswa Subbaraman of the U.S., Larry Strachan of Canada, Matthew Thomas Troy of the U.S., Tyler G. White of the U.S. and Max Xin Yu - Australia

Roland Hayes Concert Hall

The competition jury was composed of Jooyong Ahn of the United States, Leslie Dunner of the United States, Giorgi Jordania of Republic of Georgia, Dr. Mark Malkovich of the United States and Jonathan Sternberg of the United States.

This year's Third Round Contemporary Composition selection was Diagramma II, a new orchestral work by Mario Abril of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. More about him here.

Rounds One and Two were presented at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Roland Hayes Concert Hall and Round Three and the final Awards Concert at the city's Tivoli Theater. The competition orchestra was composed of principal members of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra (TN), Indianapolis Symphony, (IN), Florida Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony (AL), the Atlanta Symphony (GA), Memphis Symphony (TN) and the Calgary Philharmonic. Mark Reneau, the concertmaster of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra served as Concertmaster. The majority of these musicians had played under the baton of (Maestro Jordania).

Maestro Jordania

The 2006 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition was the greatest success to date. In addition to the lively competition, contestants also participated in a series of Master Classes and special events and enjoyed the opportunity to have individual and small group instruction and interaction with jury and orchestra members. Also important was the chance to meet and spend time with other conductors from around the world. More about the competition at.

Building on the great success of this year's event, planning for an expanded and even more international 2007 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition has already begun.

For more information about the Competition, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or

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