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Members of the Jury
Members of the Jury
John Lill - U.K. (Chair)
Kalle Randalu - Estonia
Rita Reichman - Victoria
Michael Endres - Germany
Phillip Shovk - New South Wales
Oleg Stepanov - Queensland
 
John Lill - U.K. (Chair)

John LillJohn Lill's concert career spans over 55 years. His rare talent emerged at an early age - he gave his first piano recital at the age of nine. At 18 he performed Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult, which was immediately followed by his much-acclaimed London debut, playing Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.  His early career flourished and was enhanced by many prestigious international prizes and awards. In 1970 he won the most coveted of these, the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, further consolidating his already busy international concert schedule.

Unanimously described as the leading British pianist of his generation, John Lill's career has taken him to over 50 countries, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors.  He regularly performs in all the European capitals (including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna), Russia, the Far East, South America, Australasia, (including several ABC tours) and he is a frequent visitor to the United States, where he has worked with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Rochester, San Diego, Seattle and Washington.

John Lill's extensive repertoire exceeds 80 concertos and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan. In Britain he has given over 25 BBC Promenade concerts and regularly appears with all the major symphony orchestras. He has made many overseas tours with British orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Hallé, Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras.

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Kalle Randalu - Estonia

Kalle RandaluKalle Randalu, born and raised in Estonia, is an internationally sought-after pianist. His teacher in Tallinn was Prof. Bruno Lukk, he himself a student of Paul Hindemith and Leonid Kreutzer in Berlin. Lukk is regarded as the leading founder of piano studies in Estonia after the war. After the Tallinn conservatory Kalle Randalu continued his studies at Prof. Lev Vlassenko's masterclass at the famousMoscow conservatory.

Kalle Randalu is a prize-winner of renowned international piano competitions. He won First Prizes at the 1971 Competition for young pianists in Czechoslovakia and at the 1976 Tallinn Allunion Competition; he was awarded prizes at the 1981 Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Germany, at the 1982 Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and won the First Prize at the 1985 ARD Competition in Munich.

Since 1988 he has been living in Germany. He is a piano professor at the Karlsruhe Academy of Music, a position which he held before at the Freiburg Academy of Music. Kalle Randalu has performed in major music centres all over the world. His repertoire comprises most of the great piano concerts. Kalle Randalu has repeatedly played Beethoven's five piano concerti and the Choir Fantasia at two evenings each.

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Rita Reichman - Victoria

Rita ReichmanRita Reichman began her career as a child prodigy, making her first public appearance at the age of three on Australian ABC television. Beginning her studies with her mother she went on to study with Jascha Spivakovsky from the age of 4. At 9 she moved to America to study at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. At 10 she made her American debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and at 13 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

She was accepted at age 10 to study with the legendary Rudolph Serkin at the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she also studied with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Jorge Bolet and Eleanor Sokoloff. It is through these renowned teachers that she has a direct pedagogical link through their teachers to Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Other masters with whom she has studied are Rosina Lhevinne, Rosalyn Turek, Gaby Casadesus, Phillipe Entremont, Tatiana Nikolaeva and Paul Badura- Skoda. This extraordinary musical heritage gives Rita Reichman's interpretations an authority and legitimacy that separates her from other pianists of her generation.

She studied chamber music with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Galimir, Budapest and Guarneri String Quartets. She has performed in chamber music with such artists as Oleh Krysa, Alexander Baillie, Geraldo Ribeiro, Marcy Rosen, William Hennessy, Michael Dauth, David Berlin, John Harding, and Semmy Stahlhammer.

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Michael Endres - Germany

Michael EndresGerman Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and First & Special Prizes at the International Schubert Competition (Germany) among others. His extensive prizewinning discography of 28 CD’s includes the prestigious Diapason d’or (France) which he was recently awarded for the third time and the Choc du Musique which he has won twice. His solo recordings include cycles of the complete sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, Weber and the rarely heard English composer Arnold Bax, the complete works of Ravel and works by Schumann. Endres covers a wide repertoire  including  seldom played composers like Leopold Godowsky, Gabriel Faure, Charles Ives and Eduard Tubin. Leading US critic Richard Dyer from the Boston Globe called him ”one of the most interesting pianists recording today”, the New York Times wrote: ”the performances with pianist Michael Endres were revelatory” and the Gramophone Magazine stated: ”he is an outstanding Schubert interpreter”. Michael Endres plays at festivals in Europe, America and Asia including Newport (USA), Beethoven Fest Bonn and Salzburg Festival, and has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna and Suntory Hall Tokyo, to name a few. He has performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich,Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

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Phillip Shovk - New South Wales

Phillip ShovkPhillip Shovk is considered to be one of Australia's foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians, accompanists and teachers.  After studying at the Sydney Conservatorium High School with George Humphrey and graduating with the Frank Hutchens Prize for being the most promising performer of his year he continued his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Valery Kastelsky (himself a student of Heinrich Neuhaus) graduating as a Master of Fine Arts.  In 1987 he became a Laureate at the Vianni di Motta competition in Lisbon and in 1988 at the Sydney International Competition, where he was awarded the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize and the Best Australian Pianist Prize.  He was awarded a Best Accompanist prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994.

He has performed to great acclaim in Russia, Georgia, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Spain and the USA.

Phillip Shovk has also adjudicated at many competitions such as the Sydney International Piano Competition, Concours Animato , Singapore National Piano Competition , New Zealand National Concerto Competition ,  Sydney Eisteddfod, Yamaha Youth Competition, Hephzibah Menuhin Competition and many others and is a Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Oleg Stepanov - Queensland

Oleg StepanovOleg Stepanov was born in Riga, Latvia and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Lev Vlassenko. 

In 1988 Oleg won the First Prize and Grand Prize at the prestigious international competition ‘Music de Chambre’ in Florence, Italy. Since then, he has performed widely throughout the former USSR and recorded for Moscow Radio and Television. He has appeared as a soloist and ensemble player in the former USSR, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland Hungary, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia. For many years Oleg has performed together with world renowned cellist Daniel Shafran.

His teaching career began at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he was invited to join the piano department. Oleg has been teaching at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University since 1992 and currently is a Coordinator of the Young Conservatorium Piano Program. Many of his students became winners of major National and International piano competitions and scholarships.

In 1999 Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko became the founders and artistic directors of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, which has become the most significant national piano competition in Australia.

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