National Piano & Violin Competition 2021: Adjudicators

Piano: Ewa Kupiec

Ewa Kupiec was born in Duszniki-Zdroj/ Poland, studied in Katowice, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is the first prize winner of the ARD Music Competition (category duo piano/cello, 1992). In autumn 2011 became a piano professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. In July 2018 has been elected as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts.

She is giving masterclasses around Europe and has been a member of the Jury of the renowned Competitions like ARD/ Germany, Sydney/Australia, Busoni/Italy, Beethoven/Bonn-Germany, Maj Lind/Finland, PTNA/Japan and Mozart/Zhuhai-China.

Ewa Kupiec regularly performed at the world’s leading festivals and with major orchestras, which in recent seasons have included Munich Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Danish Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Orchestre de Paris.

Conductors she worked with include Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Xian Zhang, Sakari Oramo, Semyon Bychkov, Giancarlo Guerrero, Herbert Blomstedt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lothar Zagrosek, Gilbert Varga, Christoph Poppen, Andrey Boreyko and Marek Janowski. Renowned Polish maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has initiated and supported an exceptionally fruitful musical collaboration between the two, and as such they have performed all over the world and, released in 2003, recorded Chopin’s piano concerti together.

Ewa Kupiec is a dedicated interpreter of contemporary music. Her Berlin Konzerthaus performance in 2005 of Schnittke’s First Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra was the first performance of this work since 1964 and was released by Phoenix in 2008, together with other Schnittke works for piano and orchestra. Her recital and chamber music programs often include contemporary works, and different composers have dedicated pieces to her. As a result of this collaboration a CD “Conception” with works of R. Meyers and A. Bibalo was released in 2005. 2014 saw four special releases: Polish composer’s Andrzej Panufnik’s piano concerto for the complete recording of his oevre, together with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin for cpo (ICMA Special Achievement Award 2015), Grażyna Bacewicz‘ piano quintet arranged for piano and string orchestra for the Naxos label together with the Capella Bydgostiensis – awarded the prestigious Fryderyk Award in Poland (2015).

Ewa Kupiec currently lives in Hannover.

Piano: Anna Tsybuleva

Described by Gramophone Magazine as embodying “superb pianism and intelligent musicianship”, Anna Tsybuleva shot into the international spotlight in 2015 when she was crowned First Prize Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. She received wide critical acclaim for her winning performance, and was described as “A pianist of rare gifts: not since Murray Perahia’s triumph in 1972 has Leeds had a winner of this musical poise and calibre” (International Piano Magazine).

Now a regular performer in major cities worldwide, Tsybuleva’s early experiences were more modest. Born in 1990, she was raised in Nizhny Arkhyz – a small village of approximately 500 inhabitants – in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic of Russia, where nature and the beauty of her surroundings proved a constant source of inspiration. These beginnings have served to feed directly into the development of her unique performance style today, which is one of captivating intimacy: drawing the listener into a private sphere of music-making in even the largest of concert halls.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include major international recital debuts at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam (2020) KKL Luzerne (2022), Paris’ Salle Cortot (2022), and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center (2022). In concerto, the 2021/2022 season sees Tsybuleva make debuts with National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia/Vladimir Spivakov, Orquesta Extremdura/Andrés Salado, the Sichuan Orchestra of China/Darrell Ang, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal/Risto Joost, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/John Nelson. In a major season highlight, Tsybuleva embarks on the debut recording of a newly commissioned piano concerto, at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop.

Tsybuleva is signed to record label Signum Classics, releasing her debut concerto recording on the label in 2021 to enormous critical acclaim (Brahms Piano Concerto No.2, with DSO Berlin/Ruth Reinhardt). 2022 sees the release of her second disc of this multi-disc record contract: a selection of solo piano works by Chopin.

In recital, Tsybuleva has appeared on some of the greatest international stages, including Palais des Beaux-Arts, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Tonhalle Zürich, and the Wigmore Hall.
As concerto soloist, recent highlights have included performances with the Mariinsky Theatre, Oxford Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Singapore Symphony, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys working regularly with such esteemed conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Michał Nesterowicz, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, and Joshua Weilerstein, amongst others. She is in high demand in Asia, where she recently undertook an extensive 14-concert tour as soloist with the Asian Youth Orchestra, covering China, Hong Kong, the Republic of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan.

Anna Tsybuleva is proud to be a part of the Yamaha Artist family, and grateful to Yamaha for their kindness and support.

Piano: Lan Shui

Lan Shui is renowned for his abilities as an orchestral builder and for his passion in commissioning, premiering and recording new works by leading Asian composers. As Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to Jan 2019, American Record Guide noted that Shui has “turned a good regional orchestra into a world-class ensemble that plays its heart out at every concert”. Together they have made several acclaimed tours to Europe, Asia and the United States and appeared for the first time at the BBC Proms in September 2014. Lan Shui is currently the SSO's Conductor Laureate.

Lan Shui held the position of Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Phil from 2007 to 2015, and from 2016 he became their Conductor Laureate. He recently concluded a four-year period as Artistic Advisor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Shui has worked with many orchestras. In the United States he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Baltimore and Detroit symphony orchestras. In Europe he has performed with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Gothenburg Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lille. In Asia he has conducted the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Japan Philharmonic orchestras and maintains a close relationship with the China Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony.

Since 1998 Shui has recorded over 20 CDs for BIS – including a Rachmaninov series, a "Seascapes" disc and the first-ever complete cycle of Tcherepnin’s symphonies with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra – and also music by Arnold and Hindemith with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, which has received two Grammy nominations. Lan Shui is the recipient of several international awards from the Beijing Arts Festival and the New York Tcherepnin Society, the 37th Besançon Conductors’ Competition in France and Boston University (Distinguished Alumni Award) as well as the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest accolade in the arts. In 2019, he was awarded the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Star, or BBM) by the Singapore government.

Born in Hangzhou, China, Shui studied composition at the Shanghai Conservatory and graduated from The Beijing Central Conservatory. He continued his graduate studies at Boston University while at the same time working closely with Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He has worked together with David Zinman as Conducting Affiliate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as Associate Conductor to Neeme Järvi at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and with Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic and Pierre Boulez at The Cleveland Orchestra.

Violin: Denis Goldfeld

Denis Goldfeld is an internationally acclaimed artist of profound lyricism, intuitive musicality and stunning virtuosity. Praised by the international press for his distinctive sound, deep-rooted, versatile, mature interpretation and exceptional technical skills, Denis Goldfeld‘s performances are distinguished by artistic independence and individuality.

Born to a family of musicians in Ufa (former USSR, now the Russian Federation), Denis Goldfeld has been awarded the 1st prize at the Russian National Violin Competition at the age of eleven. In 1990 he was invited to the Musikhochschule Lübeck by Zakhar Bron as a master student. At this time, Denis Goldfeld became the winner of such prestigious contests as the Wieniawsky International Violin Competition, the Oistrakh International Violin Competition, the International Music Competition in Bayreuth as well as many other laurels, including the Verbier Festival Academy Prize awarded by Isaac Stern, which drew international attention to the young violinist.

Denis Goldfeld collaborates with numerous outstanding artists - Pavel Gililov, Henri Sigfridsson, Nicolas Altstaedt, Sergei Nakariakov, Sofja Gülbadamova, Lera Auerbach, Eldar Nebolsin, Cedric Tiberghien, Vassili Lobanov, Alexander Rudin, David Geringas - and gives recitals in Europa, USA (Carnegie Weill Recital Hall), Japan, Russia und Israel. He is a guest at major festivals, such as Schleswig-Holstein, Colmar, Biarritz, Korsholm, Musiikkia Rouvessi, Musiksommer Tours, Rheingau, Dias da Musica em Belem in Lisbon, Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, Adam Chamber Music in New Zealand.

Denis Goldfeld appears as a soloist with such eminent orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Estonian National Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Münich Chamber Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna, Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as Freiburg, Lübeck, Würzburg, Tampere, Besançon, Pamplona and Sarajevo Philharmonic under the baton of Andrei Boreyko, Yuri Bashmet, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Günther Herbig, Vassili Sinaiski, Alexander Dmitriev, Dmitry Lyss, Okko Kamu, Christoph Poppen, Lawrence Renes, Donald Runnicles, Lan Shui, Uroš Lajovic, Arnold Katz, Bruno Weil, Howard Griffiths, Enrico Calesso, Aleksandar Marković, to name just a few.

Denis Goldfeld has made recordings for Sony Classical, MCA Classic, Zig-Zag Territoires and Hänssler Classic.

Violin: Eszter Haffner

The Austrian artist with Hungarian roots, Eszter Haffner is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. Over the last 30 years, she has been captivating audiences around the world with her distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations. She has established close relationships with the most prestigious conductors and orchestras.

Always willing to expand her musical horizons, Eszter is also much sought after as a violist.
Her social mission in the Papageno organization in Chile and her tireless commitment of the arts to the Republic of Austria was rewarded in summer 2021 with the federal award "Golden Decoration of Honor“ for artistic services to the Republic of Austria".

Since 2000 she has been professor for violin at the Royal Academy of Music Copenhagen (Denmark), at the University of Art in Graz, at the MDW in Vienna, Austria, as well as a visiting professor at the Royal College London, the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, the Franz Liszt Academy Busapest,Hungary, at the Academy of Music Oslo,Norway, Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai Middle School and Tijanjin Conservatory.

She works as a consultant for the organization “Live Music Now” in Vienna founded by Lord Yehudi Menuhin; the Aurora and Old Ox Festivals Sweden and the “Virtuoso Belcanto” Festival in Lucca, Italy. As the organizer of the “Serguei Azizian” competition in Denmark and as a member of the jury faculties for major international competitions, she promotes young talents from all over the world.

She is faculty member of the “PE-Förderkreis der Studierenden” Mannheim (Germany) and lecturer at the “Villa Musica” Mainz (Germany).

Since 2017 she is curator of the Arts at the Austrian Embassy in Copenhagen. Eszter is member of the Ensembles Haffner Strings, Haffner Trio and the Aurora-Old Ox Ensemble Sweden.

After studying with Prof. Gerhard Schulz, Sandor Vegh, Philippe Hirshorn, György Kurtág and Thomas Kakuska at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Budapest and Utrecht, she played her debut in 1991 in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein under the direction of Karl Österreicher. Since then she has been at home in the world's largest concert halls. She is winner of numerous international competitions and awards, as well she participates in countless music festivals around the world.

She devotes herself enthusiastically to the works of contemporary composers.

Violin: Joshua Tan

A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, Joshua Tan was Second Prize winner of the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition and an awardee of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Young Artist Award – Singapore, Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship, and the SSO/MOE Scholarship. He was the first conductor to be presented the Charles Schiff prize from The Juilliard School. His performances of Bernstein’s Mass and the opera Don Pasquale were selected as the best classical concerts of the year 2018 and 2019 by The Straits Times.

Joshua has conducted orchestras all around the world. He has studied with various eminent conductors —James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman and Kurt Masur — and worked with many others, such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Ingo Metzmacher and George Manahan.

A versatile conductor, Joshua is at home with symphonic, operatic and ballet works. His repertoire for opera includes La Traviata, Rigoletto, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, and Turandot. He is equally adept with music for ballet, film and multimedia, having worked for Disney’s Fantasia and Pixar, BBC’s Blue Planet series, West Side Story, Jurassic Park and more.

Presently Principal Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and Director of the Asia Virtuosi, he has served successful stints as Resident Conductor of the National Center for the Performing Arts (China) Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Season 21/22 sees return engagements with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Singapore Dance Theatre as well as debuts with the Gunma Symphony and a new opera premiere in Hong Kong.