INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION
KHARKOV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 2001
THE COMPETITION CONTESTANTS
James Allen Anderson American, Lives in Missoula, Montana Music Director/Conductor, Butte Symphony Orchestra, Butte, Montana and Director of Orchestral Activities at University of Montana in Missoula
Rodolfo Bonucci Italian, Lives in Rome, Italy – Conductor, Bilkent Symphony of Ankara, Turkey and Second Principal conductor and Principal Soloist of I Solisti Aquilani
Oscar Bustillo American, Lives outside of New York City Music Director, Pan American Sinfonica, Miami, Florida and Assistant Conductor, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Connecticut
Fernando Condon Uruguayan, Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay Assistant Director, Orquesta Sinfonica de Sodre and Member, Comision de Programacion del Nucleo Musica Nueva de Montevideo
Sandra Dackow American, Lives in New Jersey Music Director and Conductor, Ridgewood, New Jersey and Hershey, Pennsylvania Symphonies
Lance Friedel American, Lives in Baltimore, Maryland 18 years as Professional Symphonic Conductor and Founder, Providence Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island
Gabriel Hwang Korean, Lives in Strongsville, Ohio Guest Conductor, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra
Giorgi Jordania Georgian, Lives in Tbilisi, Georgia Conductor, Tbilisi State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
Takao Kanayama Japanese, Lives in Arlington, Virginia Assistant Conductor, National Symphony, Washington, DC and Conductor, L’Ensemble Nouveau
Jin-Hyung Kim Korean, Lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea Assistant Conductor, Seoul Arts Center Opera Festival and Lamont Opera Theater
Mycola Lysenko Ukranian, Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine Conductor, State Concert Orchestra of Ukraine and Saint Trinity Iona’s Monastery Choir, Kyiv, Ukraine
Oksana Madarash Ukranian, Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine Conductor, National Choir of Ukraine and Assistant Conductor, National Academy of Ukraine
Maria Makraki Greek, Lives in Berlin, Germany Conductor, Academy of the Bergische Symphony Orchestra, Remscheid-Sollingen, Germany and recordings with the Radio Symphony of Athens, Greece
Mark Allen McCoy American, Lives in Baltimore, Maryland Music Director/ Conductor, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Leesburg, Virginia and Orchestra Director, Towson University, Maryland
Rebecca Miller American, Lives in London, England Conductor and Music Director, The New Professionals and Sine Nomine Singers, London
Michael Mishra British, Living in Edwardsville, Illinois Associate Professor, Director of Orchestra Activities, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
Viktor Ploskina Ukranian, Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine Principal Conductor of Serbian National Opera Theater, Novy-Sad, Serbia
Myron Romanul American, Lives in Stuttgart, Germany Music Director/Conductor, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska and Guest Conductor, Aalto Musiktheater, Essen, Germany
Ho Chung Yeh Taiwanese, Lives in Chicago, Illinois Principal Conductor, Sochi Symphony Orchestra, Russia and The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, Illnois
Ignacio Yepes Spanish, Lives in Madrid, Spain Permanent Conductor of the Orquesta Clasica de Madrid and the International Orchestra of the European Centre of Music and Nature, SpainTHE COMPETITION JURY
Our 2001 international jury:
Marcello Abbado Milan, Italy Pianist, composer, former Director of the Milan Conservatory and founder of the Symphonic Orchestra Verdi in Milan, Juror in international competitions, including Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Leeds and Ibla
Vakhtang Jordania Fairfax, Virginia - Chief Conductor/Artistic, Director, Russian Federal Orchestra, Moscow, and Chief Conductor/Artistic Director, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director, Angelok1 Records
Eugene Sarbu Bucharest, Romania Violinist, First Prize in Paganini Competition, Italy and Flesch Competition, London, Master classes in the U.S. and Europe, has own Foundation at Bucharest Academy of Music
Nikolay Stetsun Kharkov, Ukraine Composer in Residence and Music Director of the Kharkov Philharmonic Society, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine
Jonathan Sternberg Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Renowned conductor and leader of conducting workshops throughout Europe, former Professor of Conducting at Eastman School and Professor Emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia
David Winkler New York, New York Executive Director, Chamber Players International and widely renowned Composer of works premiered by National Symphony in Washington DC, Aspen Festival Orchestra and many others
Linda Worsley Mountain View, California - American Composer, Record Producer and Founder/Principal Artist, Ganymede Productions, Sundance for Orchestra one of two competition selected contemporary compositions
Judith Lang Zaimont (Not Part of Competition Jury) Edina, Minnesota American Composer, Professor of Music, University of Minnesota, Elegy for Strings one of two competition selected contemporary compositionsTHE CITY
Kharkov, the former capital of the Ukraine is a beautiful old city of about 1.7 million people in the northeastern part of the country. Largely unknown to the outside world, the city was a long-time center of Soviet arms manufacture. Kharkov is now in transition, as is the Ukraine and many former Soviet republics, with the change from a state-controlled to a market-driven economy.
These changes are also affecting the city's rich and varied cultural life. The Kharkov Philharmonic Society, composed of the Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Choir, the Ensemble of Folk Music and several other ensembles, is adapting to new ways of presenting themselves and their superb performances to the rest of the world. Warm, welcoming people by nature, they are anxious to bring their artistry to the rest of the world and to have the world visit them and enjoy the richness of the Ukranian cultural legacy.
For more information about Kharkov, visit the city's official website at kharkov.vbelous.net/index_e.htm.
The orchestra has toured Russia, France, Spain, Georgia and Armenia. They have recorded a series of CDs of 20th Century Ukranian orchestral music for the American Angelok1 label that will be internationally released in early 2001. They have also recorded music by the American composers Janice Hamer and James Oliverio.
Concerts are given at the lovely and intimate Philharmonic Hall. Concerts here are a very special experience, bringing the enthusiastic, overflow audiences into close contact with the performers and the music.
CHIEF CONDUCTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In 1983 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, which was hailed by the New York Times as "a confident and spirited performance∑the full house leaped to its feet." Success quickly followed in England, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South America. In the United States, his appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Rochester, Denver and Fort Worth brought more critical acclaim. Since his move to the U.S., he has held music director positions with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Spokane Symphony, the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, and is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of both the Russian Federal Orchestra of Moscow and the St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra.
He has recorded extensively for the Melodiya label as well as for Koch International Classics, Soundset Summit, Helicon, Trained Ear, Cantabile, and Angelok 1.
THE COMPETITION TIMETABLE
Entries will be screened by an international panel of judges. 24 people will be selected to compete in the first round.
12 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.
6 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.
3 contestants will be selected to move on to the final round.
Round 4 - Final Concert Round - The 3 finalists will rehearse and conduct the Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in concert at Philharmonic Hall. The jury will decide which pieces are to be performed at the final concert. Prizes will be announced immediately after the concert
The final concert will be videotaped and DAT recorded. Copies of these recordings will be presented to the 3 finalists.
The day after the final concert will feature a special day tour of the area for contestants and jury, culminating in a gala banquet and prize award ceremony that evening.
HOW TO APPLY -
Vakhtang Jordania/New MillenniumQuestions about the competition can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 516-586-3433.