Professor Enzo Restagno, President of the Jury

Having completed his studies in music and philosophy in Turin and Vienna, Enzo Restagno taught music history at the Conservatoire Giuseppe Verdi in Turin for 37 years. In addition to being a music critic for publications such as la Stampa, la Republica, le Monde de la musique, die Zeit and l’Espresso, he has produced programs for radio and television at la RAI, Radio France, Westdeutsche Rundfunk and the BBC. As a lecturer, he has given masterclasses in music institutions and universities in numerous countries.

His research has focused on contemporary music and he has earned a reputation as a renowned international specialist in this field. He has published books on Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, Goffredo Petrassi, Franco Donatoni, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Peter Maxwell Davies and Arvo Pärt, many of which have been translated into various languages. In recognition of his work, Editions Ricordi of Milan have named him their Artistic Consultant in contemporary music.

Alongside his scientific activities, he devoted much of his passion and energy to musical organisations with an important social and cultural role. Over the last 25 years he has been a consultant and artistic director for the Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna « Arturo Toscanini », the international piano festival « Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli » of Bergamo and Brescia, the Orchestra of the RAI in Turin and, since 1986, the Turin Festival « Settembre Musica » which has become, in 20 years, an international event of some importance culminating, in 2007, with the creation of « MiTo Settembre Musica ». For three weeks each September, this festival attracts the greatest artists and young talents to theatres and concert halls in Milan and Turin.

The Jury

Professor Enzo Restagno
President - Italy

Pr Augustin Dumay (Fr)

Pr Natalia Gutman (Ru)

Pr Guo Wenjing (China)

Pr Pavel Vernikov (Isr/At)

Pr Milan Vitek (USA)

Pr Dong-Suk Kang (Korea)

The Jury Members

Dong-Suk Kang

He played his first concert at the age of eight. He went to New York in 1967 to study at the Juilliard School and completed his education with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1971 he won the San Francisco Symphony Foundation Competition and the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington. He has played with renowned orchestras in several continents such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Milan Vitek

Milan Vitek has been professor of violin at Oberlin College Conservatory since 2001, and is Professor Emeritus at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen from 1974 to 2001, and a guest professor at the Music Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 1992 to 2001. In Denmark, he was alternate concert master with the Danish Royal Orchestra and a founder of the Danish Chamber Orchestra. Vitek was also in much demand as a conductor of orchestras in all of Scandinavia, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Pavel Vernikov

He gained a reputation as virtuoso violinist more than twenty years ago. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
He teaches and gives master classes around the world, in Italy, France, Finland, Spain, Israel, etc. and has been invited to be a member of the jury at international competitions (Szigeti, Krysler, Gui, Budapest).

Natalia Grigoryevna Gutman

She began to study cello at the Moscow Music School with R. Sapozhnikov. She was later admitted to the Moscow Conservatory, where she was taught by Mstislav Rostropovich, amongst others. Distinguished at important international competitions, she has carried out tours around Europe, America and Japan, being invited as a soloist by great conductors and orchestras. A great supporter of chamber music and contemporary music, she founded the Musikfest Kreuth with her husband, Oleg Kagan, in 1990.

Guo Wenjing

He began attending the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing in 1978, the year of that institution's reopening, and later served as the head of the composition department there; he remains on the faculty. He has composed for both Western and Chinese instruments. His works include concertos for erhu and bamboo flute, and an opera based on the life of the Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai. He composed the score to several films, including Blush (1994), In the Heat of the Sun (1994), and Zhang Yimou's Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005).

Augustin Dumay

He is one of the last representatives of the great European classical tradition and, in particular, of its Franco-Belgian branch which was previously embodied by Ysaÿe and Grumiaux. He first came to the attention of the European public thanks to his meeting with Herbert von Karajan, his concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and his recordings for EMI, a.o. the Concerto’s of Mendelssohn and Tshaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra.