The Kharkov Philharmonic Society of Kharkov, Ukraine, announces the first Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition. To be held in September 2001 in the beautiful, historic city of Kharkov in the northeastern Ukraine, this competition will be open to conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers through international competition, expand their network of global contacts and have a wonderful experience working with the musicians of this superb orchestra.

These are the contestants selected from the international field of almost 60 applicants for the first Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition.

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, Spain

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 compositions

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

The Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra was founded in October 1929 (before which time is was the Kharkov Philharmonic Society) and has since welcomed many of the world's great conductors and soloists to its stage. Sviatoslav Richter, Evgeny Mravinsky, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Vakhtang Jordania are among the performers who have appeared with the orchestra in its seven decades. Tchaikovsky conducted the orchestra in its earlier Kharkov Philharmonic Society years.

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.

Vakhtang Jordania was born in the Republic of Georgia, where he studied piano from the age of five. A top prize at the 1971 Herbert von Karajan Competition catapulted him to the highest circle of Soviet artistry. From his assistantship with the legendary Yevgeny Mravinsky until his defection to the United States in 1983, Mr. Jordania held positions as music director of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, the Saratov Philharmonic, and the Kharkiv Philharmonic. The Tchaikovsky Competition was under his baton twice. Conducting for more than one hundred concerts a year, he regularly toured the USSR, collaborating with musicians such as David and Igor Oistrakh, Leonid Kogan, Dmitri Shostakovich, Kiril Kondrashin, and Emil Gilels.

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 first Jordania International Conducting Competition is scheduled to take place between Sunday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 18, 2001. Contestants will be screened in a process that will begin with submission of a curriculum vitae, repertoire list and a performance videotape (in NTSC format) along with a non-refundable processing fee of $50. Deadline for receipt of these materials is July 1, 2001.

Entries will be screened by an international panel of judges. 24 people will be selected to compete in the first round.

Round 1 - The 24 contestants, 12 on each of two successive days, will be allowed
20 minutes to prepare and present a selection from the following enclosed list of required pieces:

Beethoven - Symphony No. 4
Mozart - Symphony No. 40

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4
Brahms - Symphony No. 4

12 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.

Round 2 - The 12 contestants, 6 on each of two successive days, will be allowed
45 minutes to prepare and present a selection from the following enclosed list of required pieces:

R. Strauss - Don Juan
Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe
Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

6 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.

Round 3 - The 6 contestants, 3 on each of two successive days, will be allowed
90 minutes to prepare and present a selection from the following enclosed list of required pieces:

Rossini - La Gazza Ladra or Barber of Seville
Weber - Oberon Overture or Der Freischutz Overture
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
Contemporary composition to be announced

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.


Full concert with the Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra in the 2002-2003 season Live concert DAT and video recording of the concert.

Full concert with the Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra in the 2002-2003 season Live concert DAT and video recording of the concert.

Full concert with the Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra in the 2002-2003 season Live concert DAT and video recording of the concert.


Click Here for entry form, make sure that all of the required elements and the non-refundable entry fee are enclosed, and mail them to:

Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium
International Conducting Competition
PO Box 222671
Chantilly Virginia 20153-2671
Questions about the competition can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at, or call 516-586-3433.

Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Jeffrey James,   President
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Farmingdale, NY 11735
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