2017 International Jury

Antonio Pompa-Baldi
President of the Jury

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

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.

Stephan Möller

Stephan Möller is busily concertizing in Europe, the Americas, Japan and China. Especially remarkable are complete performances of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas and five piano concerti, as well as his interpretations of Franz Liszt¥s concert paraphrases on Wagner's operas and Beethoven's symphonies. Among his CD recordings, there are rarities such as Beethoven's Grosse Fuge for piano duet, played on a computer-assisted Bˆsendorfer grand piano, and the world premiere integral recording of Wagner's piano compositions.

Since 1990, Stephan Möller is piano professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Additionally, he is frequently invited to hold lectures and master-classes in many different countries. In 1996, he was awarded the "Great Artist Award" by the Beethoven Society for Pianists (USA) and the "Award of Excellence" by Shenyang Conservatory (China). In 1999, he founded the Vienna International Pianists Academy ("VIP Academy"), a successful summer festival for young pianists. Stephan Möller is president of the "Vienna International Pianists" association and board member to the Austrian Society of Music."

Pierre R

Three aspects of the Pierre Réach’s career mark his originality, concerts and recitals around the world, teaching and masterclasses and the organization of various artistic events. He was awarded in international competitions, among others, Olivier Messiaen First Prize, First Prize Pozzoli and Medal Arthur Rubinstein. He has been a student of Yvonne Lefébure and Yvonne Loriod in Paris, Maria Curcio in London and worked with Arthur Rubinstein and Alexis Weissenberg, among others. Offers recitals and concerts with orchestra around the world such as the KBS in Seoul, the Tokyo NHK, the Orquestre Radio France in Paris… Offers chamber music concerts with such artists as Gary Hoffman, Joan Martin Royo, Christoph Henkel and Gerard Poulet among others. He performes in the USA with  the "Goldberg Variations" by JS Bach and receives enthousiastic reviews from the American press. He gives master classes worldwide. Has numerous recordings on CD. He is jury in competitions like the Olivier Messianen Competition, the Masters in Monte Carlo, the Maria Canals in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai, among others. Creates the "Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition" at Bagnères de Bigorre and the "International Piano Competition Paul Badura-Skoda" in Vila-Seca. He is professor at the Paris Conservatory and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) and is Prof. Honoris Causa of the Shanghai Superior Conservatory.
He is also artistic Director of Festival Piano-Pic in France and of the MusicFestival in Vila-seca, Spain.

Namik 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.