Jury 2018:

Romuald Twardowski Prof. Romuald Twardowski from Warsaw (Poland) The head of the Jury.
Composer and lecturer born in Vilnius. He studied piano and composition in Julius Juzeliunas’ class at State Academy of Music of Lithuanian SRR in Vilnius. His composing studies he continued in Warsaw Academy of Music in years in Bolesław Woytowicz class. In year 1963 and 1966 he studied Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony in Nadia Boulanger class in Paris. He is a laureate of many prizes and distinctions. His composition “Antifone per tre gruppi d’orchestra” (1961) won 1st prize of Polish Young Composers competition, and in year 1963 he took 2nd place in year 1963 in International Composers meetings of UNESCO in Paris; in year 1966 for his “Sonetti di Petrarca per tenore solo e due cori a cappella” (1965) he received 1st prize at International Composers’ Competition in Prague. In year 1965 and 1973 he received 1st prize in International Composers’ Competition in Monaco. In year 1994 he received the prize of AGEC – West European Federation of Choral Societies and the prize of Polish Composers Association. In year 2006 he won Paderewski Prize. Since 1971 Romuald Twardowski has been the Professor of Warsaw Academy of Music. He is the jury member of many choir competitions and the Artistic Director of prestigious International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnówka”. He composed numerous brilliant compositions for choirs, orchestras, soloists and musical ensembles.

prof. Vytautas Miškinis ( Lithuania)
Prof. Vytautas Miškinis is the Artistic Director of the Ažoliukas Boys’ and Men Choir, Professor of Choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and President of the Lithuanian Choral Union. Graduated as Choral Conductor from Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1976 (conducting class of Prof.H.Perelšteinas). He began his career in Ažuoliukas at the ge of seven as a vocalist, and continued as Artistic Director from the age of 25. All the achievements of the choir from 1979 have been due to Mr.Miškinis’ leadership. For several years he conducted the Kaunas State Choir and Vocal Ensemble Museum Musicum. With the choirs he has
won prestigious pries at numerous National and International competitions – in Marktoberdorf, Gorizia, Varna, Maribor, Tampere, Mainhausen, Nantes. Currently Mr. Miškinis is an Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the All-Lithuanian Choir Festival. He also lectured and held seminars on subject of Musical education and conducting in Lithuania and many other countries. He has participated in numerous
National and International choral events as composer and advisor. He also has led workshops in numerous cities. Mr. Miskinis worked as a member of Jury at International Choir and Choral Composition Competitions in Tolosa, Spain; Marktoberdorf, Lindenholzhausen, Gelnhausen, Bochum, Germany; Cambridge,UK; Neerpelt and Kortrijk, Belgium; Maribor, Slovenia; Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Budapest and Debrecen, Hungary; Aalst, Belgium; Arezzo,Rimini, Italy; Choir Olympic Linz 2000; Austria; Choir Olympic Busan 2002 Korea; Choir Olympic Bremen 2004 Germany; Suwalki, Poland,World Choir Games Xiamen
2006,China; Bergen, Norway; Tours, France; World Choir Games Graz 2008, Austria; World Choir Games Shaoxing 2010 China; Neuchatel, Switzerland ;Tonen-2000 Festival, Netherlands; Manila, Philippine etc. Vytautas Miškinis has composed aprox. 350 religious motets a’cappella, 15 Masses, Magnificat, Cantatas, Musicals and aproximately 400 of secular songs, which are performed by choirs throughout Lithuania and the rest of Europe. In 2002 as a composer was nominated by the title “Author of the Year”. In 2010 Publishing House Carus Verlag, Germany recorded CD “V.Miškinis Portrait“ (choir Consonare),Hyperion in
UK published CD „The Time is Endless“ (choir of Royal Holloway).

Javier Busto Javier Busto (Spain)
Born in Hondarribia (Basque Country-Spain) in 1949. Graduated in Medicine by the University of Valladolid. Initiated into choral music by Erwin List. Conductor of mixed choir Ederki Korua in Valladolid (1971-1976). Founder-Conductor of mixed choir, Eskifaia Abesbatza in Hondarribia (1978-1994). Founder-Conductor of female choir, Kanta Cantemus Korua (1995 - 2007). Founder-Conductor of female choir, Aqua Lauda Korua (2014) His scores are being published in Basque Country, France, Germany, Japan, USA, United Kingdom and Sweden. Takes part as a jury in composition and interpretation competitions for choirs, in Arezzo, Rimini and Nuoro-Cerdeña (Italy), Antalya (Turkey), Baden (Österreich), Debrecen (Hungary), Ejea de los Caballeros (Spain), Hamar (Norway), Las Palmas de G.C. (Spain), Maasmechelem (Belgium), Maribor (Slovenia), Mérida (Venezuela), Montserrat (Catalunya-Spain), Neerpelt (Belgium), Riga (Latvia), Split (Croatia), Takarazuka (Japan), Tours (France), Tolosa (Basque Country- Spain) and Yeosu (South Korea). Guest Conductor in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norwegian, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, USA and Venezuela. Invited at IV World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (August 1996). GOLDEN BADGE in his hometown, Hondarribia (1999). ORFEÓN DONOSTIARRA & UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY AWARD (2012).
Rihards Dubra Rihards Dubra (Riga, Latvia) Was born on February 28th, 1964 in Riga. He studied music first in Jurmala School of Music, after that at the Emils Darzins College of Music. In 1989, he graduated from the Latvian Music Academy composition class under Adolfs Skulte (as an elective he learned symphonic conducting), and in 1996 earned his master’s degree at the Latvian Academy of Music under Juris Karlsons. During his studies, he began to teach harmony and composition at the Jurmala School of Music, where he still works today. His other sphere of work is involved with the organ and liturgy. Rihards Dubra was the organist at the Riga Our Lady of Suffering Church, and, as of 1999, he is the cantor of the Riga St. Mary Magdalene Church. The basic genres of the composer’s creative work are large-scale genres for voices with accompaniment, choir music, organ music and symphonic music. Irrespectively of his genre choice, Dubra’s basic creative interests turn to sacred music. “As the belief is the only purity in this world, I cannot see anything better, only to write sacred music,” the composer comments on his creative activities. The composer’s activities at St. Mary Magdalene congregation in Riga and singing in the group Schola Cantorum Riga from its very beginning give inspiration for his creative work. The basis of Rihards Dubra music style is the unification of minimalism and neo-romantic tunes with the intonation, form and philosophy of Gregorian, Medieval and Renaissance music. “My music often is meditative; I like to stop a moment and to check it for some time. It is not possible in life, but music lets manage the impossible – light, longing and eternity speak to us feeling every moment…” Rihards Dubra’s music has been performed in several countries of the world: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, England, France, Austria, Italia, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, USA and others.

Prof. Bernhard Gfrerer (Salzburg, Austria)
He graduated from Mozarteum specilizing in church music. Since 1987 he has been an organist and choir conductor at Franciscan Church in Salzburg. He performed with world famous artists like Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and James King.

He gives many concerts in mayor European cities as well as in USA, South America, Russia
and Asia. He is lecturer at master classes in USA, Japan and South America and was Jury member at many international competitions. He made numerous recordings for TV, radio and recording companies.

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