International Russian Music Piano Competition

 International Jury

pw-pompabaldi.jpgAntonio Pompa-Baldi
President of the Jury
USA / Italy 

First Prize winner at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as the Award for the Best Performance of a New Work. Mr. Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively in four continents, bringing his assured touch on the keyboard to some of the world's major concert venues including Cleveland's Severance Hall, Milan's Sala Verdi, Naples' Teatro Diana, New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, and Paris' Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Theatre des Champs-Elysees and Théâtre du Châtelet. Mr. Pompa-Baldi's most recent engagements included highly acclaimed orchestral and solo debuts at Carnegie Hall, respectively in Isaac Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall. He also performed over 70 recitals in cities such as Seoul, Chicago, Ravinia, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, Fort Worth, and Salt Lake City. Mr. Pompa-Baldi's recordings include an all-Brahms disc (Azica), a live and unedited recital from his award-winning Cliburn Competition performances (Harmonia Mundi), and the Rheinberger piano sonatas for Centaur Records. In 2003 he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Chih-Long Hu
Taiwan / USA

A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu‘s performance career began to take off after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, Concurs Internacional De Piano D'Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, California.

An active pianist, Hu has performed extensively in Asia, Europe and throughout North America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in "Performance Today" through NPR stations across the country, and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His recent CD album "Formosa Caprices" has received critical acclaims and was nominated as “Best Crossover Album” and Hu as “Best Performer” for the 2009 Golden Melody Award. Another CD of complete Etudes-tableaux by Rachmaninoff was released in 2010.

Hu’s teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Hu received Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, Master's degree from the Taipei National University of the Arts, and Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. Hu is currently on the faculty of East Tennessee State University.

pw-Raekallio.jpgMatti Raekallio

Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio was born 1954 in Helsinki. He studied in his home country as well as with Maria Diamond Curcio in London, England, with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria, and finally in Russia at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory.
Mr. Raekallio has been an active concert performer, making his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. Since then, he has made regular tours of the U.S.A., including solo recitals and performances with several American symphony orchestras. He has performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas, the 10 Scriabin Sonatas, and the 9 Prokofieff Sonatas, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has made about 20 CDs for Ondine, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofieff Sonatas. In 2007 Mr. Raekallio joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York. Before that he has had professorships at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at the Swedish Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at Western Michigan University, USA.
Mr. Raekallio’s students include several First Prize winners in major international piano competitions. He regularly serves as a juror in them, and gives regular master classes in the USA, Europe and Asia. Mr. Raekallio’s Doctorate (Dr.Mus) at the Sibelius Academy focused of the History of Piano Fingering. Subsequently, Prof. Raekallio became a member of an international research team, investigating pianists' choice of fingering from the viewpoint of cognitive psychology. He served for three years, 1998-2000, as a member of the Finnish Academy’s Council for Research of Culture and Society.

pw-Sultanov.jpgNamik Sultanov
USA / Azerbaijan

Namik Sultanov has been known as a distinguished pianist and outstanding pedagogue with his exceptional lyrical gifts and distinctive performance style. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan (Former USSR), he showed an extraordinary talent for music at a very early age. He played several instruments such as the violin and flute and studied composition. At the age of twelve, after being deeply impressed by the performance of Van Cliburn, winner of the First Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, he started to study Tchaikovsky`s First Piano Concerto by himself. In a short period of time, he prepared and played all three movements with the Azerbaijan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. After this big success he became the student of Prof. Lev Naumov at the Moscow State Conervatory. After graduation he was appointed an associate professor with the added title "Honored Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic." His intense musicality, brilliant virtuosity and electrifying personality consistently thrill audiences at the prestigious concert halls of Moscow, Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Mexico City, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Minsk, Alma – Ata, Tallinn, San Francisco, and Baku.
In 1991 Dr. Sultanov was invited to join the piano department at Bilkent University in Turkey, where he was the Chairman of the Piano Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. Dr. Sultanov nurtured many students who have become winners in different piano competitions and has been invited as a jury member to numerous national and international piano competitions. Recently Dr. Sultanov was appointed to the teaching faculty of the San Jose State University School of Music and Dance.

pw-tkaczewski.jpgKrystian Tkaczewski

Hailed  as “Polish Virtuoso”  Krystian Tkaczewski is pursuing his splendid  career in  USA, Asia  and Europe. He had his triumphant  Carnegie Hall Debut in 2007. Anthony Aibel (critic of New York Concert Review) wrote: Tkaczewski was elegant ,showed in-depth knowledge ,played with passion , showed power-house technic. Reading  of Rachmaninov and of Prokofiev was excellent. Szymanowski  was exquisitely shaped , showing lovely shadings and contrasts of dynamics. He showed devotion and natural affinity for music of his homeland.

Krystian Tkaczewski graduated from   Music Academy in Wroclaw  with a Master’s  degree.  In 2007 Krystian  received  a graduate diploma  at   Hartt School  in the studio of Oxana Yablonskaya.  Presently, he is pursuing  Doctor of Musical  Arts degree (ABD) at  The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

Krystian  has been a laureate and finalist of numerous  competitions in Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, Czech Republic and USA (including Jose Iturbi) . Mr. Tkaczewski is frequently invited to adjudicate in  competitions:  Golden Key Festival,  Al Wadi Piano Competition in Damascus,  Marciano  Competition in Vienna, Chopin  Competition in Budapest, Osaka  Music Competition,  Liszt  Competition in Los Angeles , Ibla  Competition in Raguza ,  Russian Music  Competition  in San Jose, Rachmaninoff  Competition in Moscow, Rachmaninoff  Competition in Novgorod , Western Australia  Competition in Perth.

Krystian has concertized on five  continents and 25 countries.  Krystian  serves as a guest artist to  Universities and as the  lecturer of  master classes in: USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, China and Poland. His  unique presentation on the interpretation of Chopin’s Mazurkas attracted numerous  institutions  around the world.

He was awarded for his contribution to  the cultural heritage by the Governor of Connecticut.  Krystian  has been a member of the Society of Polish Musical Artists  since 2004.  He  is a founder and artistic director of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford.