Jury members

Yuri Didenko

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko, Associate Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory has performed solo recitals and collaborated with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Austria.

Zhe Tang

Born in China, Zhe Tang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of twelve. Following graduation, he continued his studies in the United States and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he also taught and served as teaching assistant to Professor Barry Snyder. In 2003, Zhe Tang became one of the youngest piano professors in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition to his teaching tenure, he was appointed as the Vice Dean of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Director of Teaching and Research for the Piano Department, the Chair of the Piano Department for the Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Chair of Shanghai Professional Pianists Society,Artistic Director of Shanghai International Piano Festival & Institute, and Artistic Director of Shanghai Spring International Piano E-Competition.

Hae-Young Kim

Professor Hae-Young Kim is a graduate of Kyunggi Girl's High School (Korea), Seoul National University (Korea), Musik Hochschule fur Musik (Vienna, Austria), Musikwissenschaft and Musikalische Frueh-erziehung (Germany). She has performed in Korea, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, the US and Finland as a solo pianist, chamber music player and a soloist with national and international philharmonic orchestras. Every summer she presents lectures and master classes as well as serves on the jury of the piano competition in the Forum Barcelona Festival (Barcelona, Spain). Prof. Kim is a champion of contemporary music and has premiered numerous 20th century works including pieces of Jeno Takas, Jukka Linkola, and Edmon Tapio in Korea and other countries. Her most recent performances include "Apollo" by Jukka Linkolla at the Contemporary Music Festrival in Terrassa (Spain), Sonata for 2 pianos & percussion by Bartok, and a lecture recital of Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango" for cello and piano.

Wu Lei

Director of Arts Education Center, Soochow University Professor & Supervisor of Postgraduates, School of Music, Soochow University Academic Leader of Jiangsu Provincial Youth(Qing Lan)Project Member of Jiangsu Provincial Art Education Guiding Committee Vice President & Secretary General of Jiangsu Provincial Piano Association Vice President of Suzhou Musician Association; President of Suzhou Piano Association

Li Chenxi

Pianist Li Chenxi has been once exceptionally admitted to the The Affiliated High School of Shanghai Conservatory Of Music with the first ranking as a professional student and later was alsowith the first ranking admitted to the piano department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying under ProfessorShao Dan, Wu Ying, Zhou Keng and the famous French piano Professor Pierre Reach. He graduated with excellent results from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Spain and received a master's degree in piano. Li Chenxi was invited in 2006 toVienna toperform in the 250th Anniversary Of Mozart’s Birth Music Festival. He has successfully held Piano Solo Concerts in Vienna, Barcelona, Bordeaux and Malta. He has performed with many renowned orchestras, like Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Grosseto Symphony Orchestra, Rome Philharmonic Orchestra and so on; his concerts were held in Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Malta, Italy, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Beijing, Shanghai, Hefei, Xiamen, Suzhou and many other places.

Ilja Scheps

Ilja Scheps completed his studies at the Moscow "P. I. Tschaikowsky" Conservatory under Prof. Lev Vlassenko and Prof. Evgenij Schenderowitch. From 1982 to 1992 I. Scheps was soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. He gave concerts with orchestras and solo recitals and also appearing as accompanist of renowned singers and instrumentalists there. This resulted in his acquiring a large repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Skrjabin, Prokofjeff and Tschaikowsky, as well those by Schnittke, Silvestrov and Denisov. At the same time I. Scheps taught at the Moscow “P. I. Tschaikowsky” Conservatory.

Zhang Wei

Zhang Wei, associate professor and graduate supervisor, is the current director of the Piano Studies of Department of Music at the East China Normal University. She also serves as the vice chairman of the Shanghai Musicians Association Piano Professional Committee and director of the University League Committee Affiliated to China Musicians Associations. In September 2013, she was selected as the "Yangtze River Piano -The Outstanding Contemporary Chinese Pianist."