2016 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

Pascal Nemirovski

Pascal Nemirovski was born in France in 1962. In 1981, he was admitted to The Juilliard School on full scholarship (Steinway & Freundlich Fund) and studied with Nadia Reisenberg, pupil of Joseph Hoffman and Adele Marcus, pupil of Joseph Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, heirs of the Teodor Leszetycki school. Pascal Nemirovski settled in Paris in 1984 and pursued further studies with France Clidat and Alexis Weissenberg.

He has devoted himself to his students, amongst them Lise de la Salle. A number of his pupils from France, China, Korea, the United States, Japan and Russia have won prizes in piano competitions. He enjoys an international reputation as a teacher, presenting masterclasses throughout the world and is often a jury member at international piano competitions.

In 2004, he released his first recording “Entre Ciel et Terre” devoted to Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin which was unanimously acclaimed by the press. In 2006, he was appointed Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since 2007, he gives Masterclasses at the beginning of July at The Evian International Academy. Currently, he is writing books about piano technique and pedagogy.

Pascal Nemirovski's full bio can be seen at http://www.nemirovski.com

Dmitry Rachmanov
Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov is Professor of Piano at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies. Dr. Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has appeared as a guest artist, masterclass clinician and lecturer at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory and Beijing Central Conservatory.  Dr. Rachmanov is a frequent adjudicator at competitions in the US and abroad.
Rachmanov has been heard at venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and South Bank Centres, in major halls of China as well as European venues.  He has recorded for Naxos, Navona, Master Musicians and Vista Vera labels, and collaborated as a soloist with London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, among others. An advocate of the Russian repertoire, he gave the US premiere of Boris Pasternak's Piano Sonata, broadcast nationwide by the NPR, and his recital "The Art of the 19th Century Russian Character Piece" was noted by the New York Times for "considerable color and focus" he brought to each work. 
 His recent all-Scriabin recital at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall was called “a ‘poem of ecstasy’ in every sense: giant in conception, quantity, quality, execution, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity” by the New York Concert Review. 

The American Liszt Society appointed Dr. Rachmanov as the Artistic Director of the ALS Festival “Liszt and Russia” having taken place at Cal State Northridge June 2-5, 2016.

Dr. Rachmanov is a graduate of The Juilliard School and he holds the DMA from Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Nadia Reisenberg, Arkady Aronov, Alexander Eydelman and Ada Traub. He is a winner of numerous prizes and awards.

Myrthala Salazar

Myrthala Salazar was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She began her piano studies at the age of five. At nine years old she became a student of Mtro. Don Antonio Ortiz, a very distinguished musician, later she received her Bachelor,s degree at the UANL.
She continued her postgraduate studies at the Ecole Normal Superieur de Paris under the guidance of France Clidat and in London with Louis Kentner. She also had the guidance of Georgy Sandor and of Rosa Sabater in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Salazar has performed in many countries, all throughout Mexico, USA, Europe, South and Central America and in the Caribbean. She has been awarded Prizes such as The Aguila of Tlatelolco, a medal and diploma for artistic excellence from the Conjunto Cultural Ollin Yolliztli and prizes from the Universidad Regiomontana, Amigos del Obispado, as well as the Merit Civic Award of her Home State, Nuevo Leon.
She keeps very busy as a juror in many International Piano Competitions such as, the Neue Stern in Germany, the Seregno, the Valsesia, Citta di Cantu and the Scriabin in Italy, the Chatou and the Merignac in France, The Compositores de Espana, La Princesa Lalla Merian en Morocco, The Baltic in Poland, the Isador Bajic in Serbia, Top of the World in Norway, The Takamatsu in Japan and the Festival Of Shanghai in China. She has given Masterclasses in Italy, USA, Spain, China, South America and in the Schnittke Institute in Moscow.
Salazar is the founder of the international acclaimed Musical Association PARNASSOS, the Parnassos International Piano Competition, the National Piano Competition pr Young Pianists, New Talents in Concert and the form Concertheater.
In 2016 she will participate as a juror at the Xiamen Competition in China, the Amadeus Competition in Germany, masterclasses in Moscow and she will perform at the Aachen Festival in Germany and at the Santa Lucias Festival

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.