Pr. 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.

Due to health issues Natalia Gutman won't take part in the 2015 edition. She will be substituted by Raimund Trenkler. The Competition wishes her all the best and kindly thanks Mr Trenkler for taking over on short notice.

Raimund Trenkler
After completing his cello studies with distinction at the Basel Music Academy (Switzerland), Raimund Trenkler continued his studies at the Folkwang University of Music in Essen (Germany) before going on to gain the solo diploma of the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers included Daniel Robert Graf, Young Chang Cho and William Pleeth. In 1990 he took up an appointment as the principal cellist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. In 1992 Raimund Trenkler founded Kronberg Academy and has since been its artistic and managing director. This institution, which has taken upon itself the task of promoting highly gifted young musicians, has made a name for itself as a result of its internationally acknowledged events and the Kronberg Academy Masters study programme for young soloists. Raimund Trenkler is on the jury of several international music competitions such as the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Kronberg and Frankfurt, the Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow, the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin and the Rostropovich Competition in Paris. He is also the chairman of the Kronberg Academy Foundation, which was set up in 2004, the Rostropovich Cello Foundation and the Gidon Kremer Stiftung.

Hugues Dufourt
Born in 1943 in Lyon, Hughes Dufourt studied piano and composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Louis Hiltbrand and Jacques Guyonnet. At the same time, he obtained a teaching qualifi cation in philosophy. An author and theorist, he also played an important part in the spectral music movement. Besides numerous commissions from major French, German and Italian orchestras and other contemporary prestigious musical ensembles, Hughes Dufourt has received numerous prizes such as the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 1980 for Saturne, directed by Peter Eötvös, the Prix de la fondation Koussevitzky in 1985 for Antiphysis, directed by Pierre Boulez and the Prix du Président de la République for the body of his work from the Académie Charles Cros in 2000.

Dong-Suk Kang
South Korea
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. He's teaching since 2003 at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Tsugio Tokunaga
Former solo violin of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tsugio Tokunaga is one of the most famous violinists in Japan. After leaving the Orchestra in 1994, he devoted himself to his solo career as much as a concert soloist as a chamber musician. He was music director of the JT Art Hall from 1995 to 2013 and general producer of Miyazaki International Music Festival in 1996. He is currently music director of the Festival and the Music Academy in Miyazaki. Tsugio Tokunaga is professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.

Pavel Vernikov
Israel - Austria
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).

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.