Jury Edition 2021


Boris Bloch

Jury president

After completing his studies at the “Stoljarskij” Special Secondary School in Odessa (in the class of EV Levinson) and at the “Tchaikovsky” State Conservatory in Moscow (in the class of Prof. DA Baškirov) and left the USSR in 1974, Boris Bloch was the winner of many important international piano competitions, including the “Young Interpreters” Competition in New York (1st Prize, 1976), the “Busoni” International Competition in Bolzano (1st Prize, 1978).
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Boris Bloch has performed as a soloist with the orchestras of Vienna, Leipzig, Berlin, Bergen, Rome, Milan, Florence, Budapest, Moscow, and with the US orchestras of the cities of Cleveland, Houston, Pittsburgh etc. In Europe, Bloch performed Tchaikovsky’s 3 Piano Concerts with the Staatskapelle Orchester in Berlin and Rachmaninov’s 5 Concerts with the Tonhalle in Zurich.
Boris Bloch is a regular guest at international music festivals: Salzburg, Berlin, Lucerne, Flanders, Stresa, Istanbul, Carinthia, Bergamo and Brescia, Oviedo, Duchniki (Poland) and Chopin Festivals. Marienbad (Czechia), Macedonian Festival “Summers of Ohrid”, “International Music Weeks” of Sofia in Bulgaria and “Summer of Varna”, “Great Interpreters” of Bologna, “Chamber Music” of Savonlinna (Finland) and, finally, “Distinguished pupils of Dmitrij Baškirov in St. Petersburg.
In the summer of 2017, Bloch performed at various music festivals in Italy. In Verona and Noto (Sicily) he performed a solo program with works by Bach, Beethoven and Liszt. Bloch is an honored member of the Liszt society of Vienna. The future commitments of the pianist, the performances at the “Beethoven Festival” in Bonn in 2020, at the Mozart-Haus in Vienna, concerts at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and others.

Lorenzo Di Bella

Artistic director

“Lorenzo Di Bella is a remarkable talented pianist, a brilliant virtuous, an exciting and refined musician. I was his teacher for three years and always admired his great technical skills and also his strong artistic personality, above all, his desire to “speak” to the public” …these were the words of Lazar Berman some months before he died.

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Prize winner of several international piano competitions he received in 2005 the 1st Prize and Gold Medal at “V. Horowitz” International Piano Competition in Kiev.
In 2006 former Italian President C.A.Ciampi awarded him with the “Sinopoli Prize” in honour of the famous orchestra director Giuseppe Sinopoli, passed away in 2001.
In the last years he has performed with great success at the Two World’s Festival in Spoleto, Teatro “La Fenice” in Venice, “Teatro Olimpico” in Vicenza, “Teatro delle Muse” in Ancona, “Michelangeli” Hall in Bolzano, Montreal (Maison Symphonique), at the Liszt Festival in Utrecht, ETH of Zurich, Chopin Festival in Marianske Lazne, Sombor Festival, Hamburg, Berlin, Praha, Krakow, Sarajevo, Novi Sad, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’han, Guangzhou, Shanghai(Oriental Center and Conservatory Hall), Denver (C.I.P.A.) at the “Società dei Concerti” and “Serate Musicali” in Milan, and in the Auditorium “Parco della Musica” in Rome where he played with the Santa Cecilia National Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon.
Lorenzo Di Bella began his piano studies at the age of 5. A promising pupil, he graduated at the Conservatorio ‘Rossini’ of Pesaro. The following five years he attended the courses of Franco Scala and Lazar Berman at the “Piano Academy – Incontri col Maestro” of Imola, graduating in 2002, and completed his studies at the “National Academy of St. Cecilia” in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, where he graduated on June 2004 with the highest vote.
His intense musical activities led him to collaborate with many orchestras: Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Orchestra “Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan , San Remo Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie of Bacau, O’Porto National Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ucraine, Nancy Symphony Orchestra, SudWestDeutsche Philarmonie, Villingen-Schwenningen Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin, Moravian Philarmonic Orchestra, West Bohemia Orchestra , Podkarpacka Symphony Orchestra, Philarmonia Sudecka, Kielce Philarmonic and New World Philarmonic.
He has collaborated with important conductors: Kirill Karabits, Vassylis Christopoulos, Reinhard Seehafer, Jorge Iwer, Zbinĕk Müller, Vladimir Sirenko, Michael Maciaszczyk, Michel Brousseau, David Crescenzi, Francesco Lanzillotta, Luigi Piovano.

Lorenzo Di Bella has a very active teaching schedule as a main piano professor at the Conservatorio “G.Rossini” of Pesaro and also as artistic director of the “Accademia Pianistica delle Marche” in Recanati (Italy).
He is founder and artistic director of the “Civitanova Classica Piano Festival” , the “Mugellini Music Festival” and “La Palma d’Oro” International Piano Competition in San Benedetto del Tronto( Italy).

enrico Elisi

Enrico Elisi has established himself as one of the most passionate Italian pianists on the concert scene today and has been hailed for his mastery of elegance, refinement, and fantasy (La Nueva España). He regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and his interpretations reveal “remarkable sensitivity, imagination, and polish,” (Baltimore Sun).
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He has appeared in historical settings such as La Fenice Theatre, Venice; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; Bibiena Theatre, Mantua; and Pavarotti Opera House, Modena. Recent engagements include the Banff Centre for the Arts, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York Public Library, New York’s Morgan Library, Washington’s National Gallery of Art and the Italian Embassy, as well as the Centro Cultural de España in Lima, Peru. He performed with several orchestras in the US, Italy, Portugal, and as a chamber musician, at the Taos and Ravinia Festivals. Elisi’s recitals have been broadcast on radio and TV programs in the US and Europe. Among his awards are top prizes in the Premio Venezia (Italy) and the Oporto International Competition (Portugal). A champion of new music, Elisi has commissioned works from many composers and premiered Paul Chihara’s Two Images, at Weill Hall (subsequently recorded for Albany Records). He recently released an album of Mozart Sonatas and shorter compositions. A new recording of Bach’s selected Partitas and Preludes is forthcoming. Elisi is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and was on the faculty of the Eastman School among other institutions. He conducted a myriad of master classes around the world and is sought-after at many music festivals and as an adjudicator. The rich tradition of his musical roots can be traced to the Conservatories of Bologna and Florence, the renown Imola International Academy, in Italy, and the Peabody Institute, in the US. His teachers included mentors such as Leon Fleisher, Lazar Berman, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Franco Scala, and Giuseppe Fricelli. Enrico Elisi is a Steinway Artist.

Michele Rossetti

Michele Rossetti graduated with first class honours from Milan’s “G. Verdi” Conservatoire, where he studied under Maestro Piero Rattalino, before going on to specialize under Maestro Paolo Bordoni.
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He has won various piano and chamber music prizes, both at national and international competitions, and has performed both solo and as a member of various chamber music ensembles, in Italy and abroad, where his work has been greeted with acclaim by the public and critics alike.

He has made recordings for the Italian State Broadcasting company RAI, and has edited the works of several lesser-known 19th century Italian composers for the “Quadrivium” record label.
As a member of a number of duos featuring Ciro Scarponi, Mario Ancillotti, Lorenzo Lucca, Guido Arbonelli and Roberto Fabbriciani, Michele Rossetti has recorded works for the Hyperprism record label.

As well as playing as a concert pianist, Michele also teaches, regularly holding specialization courses at the Foligno International Music Master ( Italy), at the Poros Summer Piano Academy (Greece), at the Tirana Music Festival (Albania), in Gubbio Summer Festival (Italy), at the Académie Musicale Internationale de Colombes (Paris) and elsewhere.

He edited the anthology “Conoscere Suonando” – a guided journey through the world of the piano – for the publishers Nuova Carisch-Warner Bros.

He is the Artistic Director of the International Piano competition “Città di Spoleto” held in Città di Spoleto (Italy) and Artistic Director of the International Courses held in Foligno (Italy)

He is often invited to be a member of the jury at National and International Competitions.

Congcong Chai

Hailed as a “most gifted” and “individualistic, effective with formidable technique” pianist by TheaterJones and DallasMorning News, Congcong Chai has established himself as one of the genuine pianists in his generation.
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Mr. Chai is the Winner of Astral National Audition (Philadelphia, 2016), the 1st Prize Winner of 14th Padova International Music Competition (Italy, 2016), Grand Prize Winner of Metropolitan International Piano Competition (New York 2014), the Top Winner and Audience Prize of 22nd IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition (Italy, 2013), the 1st Prize Winner of Dallas International Piano Competition (Dallas, 2013), He is also the prize winner of the 53rd Sorantin International Competition for Piano and Strings, MTNA National Music Competition, and American Prize “Lorin Hollander Award”.

Mr. Chai has performed throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. He enjoys an association with the conductors Richard McKay, Robert Ward, Benjamin Cline and Yondani Butt, performed as a soloist with Dallas Chamber Symphony, Vienna International Orchestra, Hays Symphony Orchestra, Guang Dian Symphony Orchestra, and Colorado Symphony in the Valley. Chai has also collaborated with Rolston String Quartet, Ensemble l’Aube, Ensemble Kiowa, and Cincinnati New World Chamber Orchestra.

In 2017-2018 season, Mr. Chai’s performance activities including recitals in Italy, Poland, Serbia, China, and the United States. He toured with IBLA foundation, in 2018 March, from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia to Thailand. In 2018 July, he toured in China with Cincinnati New World Chamber Orchestra, nine concerts at major venues from Shanghai Concert Hall to Chongqing Grand Theatre. He intensively gives masterclasses and lectures, as well as judges piano competitions in China, the United States, Georgia and Italy. As a guest artist, Mr. Chai has been invited to perform at Fort Hays International Keyboard Festival in the U.S., Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival in Georgia, IBLA Grand Prize Competition and Festival in Italy, Shen Zhen Poli Music Festival and MTNA-China Art Festival in Guangzhou, China, and Singapore International Musical Festival.

Mr. Chai is appointed as Piano Instructor at Wuhan Conservatory in China, Visiting Professor at Hainan University, faculty member at International Institute for Young Musicians in the U.S.. Mr. Chai recently serves as the Founder and co-Artist Director at Conero International Music Festival in Recanati, Italy.

Born in Xian, China, Mr. Chai started learning piano with his mother at a young age. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under Professor Eleanor Wong, and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Kansas, U.S.A. under Dr. Jack Winerock. Other significant influential teachers he has studied with including Zheng Shuxing, Dan Zhaoyi, Scott McBride Smith and Massimiliano Ferrati.