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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 Roubaix Conservatory, 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.



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Akemi Alink, Japan, is a pianist who has won many international piano competitions and performs in well-known venues as a soloist or chamber music.
Akemi Aink teaches and also gives master classes in Europe, Japan and the United States.  At the same time she writes articles for books and magazines in Japan and in Europe.  She has also written reports and conducted interviews on the major international piano competitions.  She has also been invited to be a member of the jury on international piano competitions in Europe, North and South America.
Akemi Alink is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Alink-Argerich. As such she has attended more than 100 competitions over the past 20 years.

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Ewa Kupiec, Poland, is a pianist and a teacher at the University of Hanover and performs regularly in all the greatest music festivals in the world.  Ewa Kupiec gives master classes all over Europe  and is also on the Panel of Judges in well-known international competitions such as ARD/Germany, Sydney/Australia, Busoni/Italy, Beethoven/Bonn, Germany and Maj Lind, Finland.

In July 2018, Ewa was elected a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts.



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Leon McCawley, England, is a pianist who has won many international competitions (1st prize for the 9th International Beethoven Piano Competition, 2nd prize for the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition).

He has given solo performances with major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic  and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has produced CD recordings of music by Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Mozart and Haydn.  Two of his recordings won the “Editor’s Choice” award of the journal The Gramophone.

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Ramzi Yassa, Egypt, is a pianist and teacher, who has performed all over the world (The Berlin Philharmonic, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Mann Auditorium, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Forbidden City Concert Hall….).

His recordings include works by Tchaïkovski, Prokofiev, Chopin and the Beethoven piano concertos.  His CD of Beethoven’s solo sonatas was awarded the “Editor’s Choice” prize by Piano Magazine in France.

Ramzi Yassa has been on the Panel of Judges in numerous international competitions (United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Europe.

R Yassa
V Soultaov
A Alink
E Kupiec
L McCawley
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