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Jury President

Artistic director




Child prodigy from the former Soviet Union, Vladimir Soultanov, pianist of Uzbek origin, gives his first recital at the age of 7. Soviet television devoted a documentary to him in 1970 on gifted children. Considered one of the great hopes of his country, he joined the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he became a pupil of Léo Naoumov and gave numerous concerts in the largest halls of the Soviet Union. In 1984, he received the concert pianist diploma with the congratulations of the jury. At the end of his studies, he was appointed soloist of the Tashkent Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1988, Vladimir Soultanov decided to settle in France.
In addition to his teaching duties at the Conservatoire de Roubaix, he embarked on an international career which led him to perform all over the world: in Russia, Japan, Italy, Belgium and France, as well as before the Queen of England. and the King of Spain.
Today he participates in many juries of international competitions.





Born in 1952 in Witten, Germany, Peter Grote is the son of a cellist father and an opera singer mother. His training as a cellist was given to him by his father. Peter Grote won at the age of 14, the second prize for chamber music at the National Youth Competition. Then trained by eminent professors such as Paul Tortelier, Maud Martin Tortelier, Mirko Dorner or Konrad Grahe, Peter Grote graduated in 1981 from the famous Folkwang University in Essen, when he founded the famous trio Sanderi which allowed him to perform in 300 concerts in Europe and to record numerous discs. In 2004, he obtained the Order of Cultural Merit awarded by the Polish government. Peter Grote also participates in many juries of musical competitions. He is also in 2014 and 2015, the artistic director of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and St Petersburg. He is now general secretary of the International Music Competition in Harbin, China.





Anna Malikova was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she received her first piano lessons with Tamara Popovich. She then studied in Moscow with Lev Naumov at the Central Music School and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she graduated in 1991. Winner of prestigious international competitions (Oslo, Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Sydney), Anna Malikova performs today. hui all over Europe, the Middle East, America and Asia. At the same time, Anna Malikova participates in numerous juries of international piano competitions, notably that of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Anna Malikova's repertoire is extensive and includes in particular works by Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Soler. His extensive discography is now attracting many enthusiastic reviews internationally.





The international press is unanimous in recognizing the artistic maturity, the intelligence of the game and the energy that Nami Ejiri exudes, not to mention his very strong sensitivity. A pupil of Professor Yoshimi Tamaki at the Tokyo Toho Gakuen music school, his precocious talent allowed him to play in front of the imperial family of Japan. Nami Ejiri has won awards in numerous international piano competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She gives masterclasses in Guimarães (Portugal), at the music school in Akou (Japan) and participates in numerous competition juries.
Nami Ejiri performs as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world and his recordings, including works by Chopin, have given him international fame.
Finally, Nami Ejiri regularly gives charity concerts in schools for victims of natural disasters in Japan.





Trained with André Dumortier in a line of pianists going back to Franz Liszt for three generations, Florent Nagel studied composition with Marcel Bitsch and Claude Ballif. For ten years he has given numerous concerts in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America. Winner of the Claude Kahn International Competition, he participated in the Wallonia Festival, Chopin Festival, Notes d'Automne Festival, Kagel Festival, Skopje Festival ...
Teacher invited by French Embassies and Cultural Centers, he regularly gives master classes abroad and created the Festival "La Semaine du Piano" at the Vauban Citadel of Belle-île-en-mer until 2012. The same year he created a musical tale "Alice in Wonderland" which earned him a resounding success with more than 200 concerts around the world and a commission for the orchestral version by the Capitole of Toulouse.
Florent Nagel's works are published by Henry Lemoine and Alphonse Leduc.




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Denis Pascal performs both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, in Europe, the United States and Asia where he conquers audiences at numerous international festivals.
Regarding his repertoire, Denis Pascal rigorously applies a constant ethic both in the Lisztian repertoire and in impressionist or post-Romantic music. This singular approach as well as his ardor in defending rarer works and composers make him one of the most outstanding artists on the French scene.
His recordings devoted to Liszt, Schubert, Berg and Brahms (with clarinetist Jérôme Comte) or Jean Wiener as part of a monographic record have been widely praised by the musical press.
Disciple of Pierre Sancan, Denis Pascal studied at the CNSM in Paris also with Jacques Rouvier, Léon Fleisher and György Sándor, Denis Pascal finally improved his skills with György Sebök.
Unanimously appreciated pedagogue, he has been teaching since 2011 at the CNSM in Paris.

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