Jury

Prof. Romuald Twardowski,The head of the JuryWarsaw / Poland

Composer and lecturer born in Vilnius. He studied piano and composition in Julius Juzeliunas’ class at State Academy of Music of Lithuanian SRR in Vilnius. His composing studies he continued in Warsaw Academy of Music in years in Bolesław Woytowicz class.
In year 1963 and 1966 he studied Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony in Nadia Boulanger class in Paris. He is a laureate of many prizes and distinctions. His composition “Antifone per tre gruppi d’orchestra” (1961) won 1st prize of Polish Young Composers competition, and in year 1963 he took 2nd place in year 1963 in International Composers meetings of UNESCO in Paris; in year 1966 for his “Sonetti di Petrarca per tenore solo e due cori a cappella” (1965) he received 1st prize at International Composers’ Competition in Prague. In year 1965 and 1973 he received 1st prize in International Composers’ Competition in Monaco. In year 1994 he received the prize of AGEC – West European Federation of Choral Societies and the prize of Polish Composers Association. In year 2006 he won Paderewski Prize. Since 1971 Romuald Twardowski has been the Professor of Warsaw Academy of Music. He is the jury member of many choir competitions and the Artistic Director of prestigious International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnówka”. He composed numerous brilliant compositions for choirs, orchestras, soloists and musical ensembles.

Carmen MorenoBarcelona / Spain

Conductor and Soprano lírico-ligera. She graduated from Conservatory Juan Jose Landaeta Caracas (Venezuela), Conservatory Superior of Music of Liceu in Barcelona and Conservatory Professional of Badalona (Spain). Her educational work has focused on the teaching of vocal technique and conducting choirs, which she combines with concert work. She has published a book entitled Mitécnica Vocal Paso a Paso (My Vocal Technique Step by Step) and written various articles related to vocal music and published by the online magazine Arts Educa, the last article was published in IFCM International Choral Bulletin Vol XXXIV N2 2015. She has offered workshop on vocal technique to chamber ensembles and spoken at conferences at Aula Universitaria and Public Library Clarà of Barcelona. She has been a jury member at International Music Festival of Cantonigròs 2015. She is professor of singing at the Escuela Estudi Musical as well as conductor of the Esperit Cantaire Choir and Cantoría Re-quinto Chamber Choir in Sagradafamilia Church in Barcelona.

Dr Andrea AngeliniBologna / Italy

He began his piano studies as a child, at the Rimini Lettimi School. He later earned a Doctorate of Music at Ferrara’s Frescobaldi Conservatory. After earning a Master in Choral Conducting he studied music therapy with Professor Cremaschi of Milan University. His interests led him to the choral field, and he earned a Bachelor studying at the International Art Academy in Rome with Fulvio Angius. He also studied organ at Pesaro’s Conservatory of Music. Finally he got his PHD in Choral Music at the Cesena Conservatoire of Music. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional group Musica Ficta Vocal Ensemble that frequently performs in important Festivals in Italy and abroad. For many years, Andrea Angelini has conducted concerts with the choir Carla Amori, in Italy and abroad. In 1996 he was named Director of the Rimini Community Choir, Alessandro Grandi. He led this choir in several performances, including in important venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome – where he was able to personally meet Pope John Paul II – and in Milan’s Cathedral. He has led similar workshops in Romania, Belarus and China too. He is the artistic director and one of the tutors at the Rimini International Choral Workshop, where he teaches with Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Angelini is also the artistic director of the Rimini International Choral Competition. He is the Chief Editor of FARCORO , the Choral Magazine of the Regional Choir Association and of the International Choral Bulletin (ICB), the membership magazine of the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music). He has written numerous transcriptions and arrangements for choirs and chamber ensembles. His transcription of Faure’s Requiem is published by Gelber Hund Verlag of Berlin. For the American CanticaNOVA Publication, he has prepared transcriptions of important Renaissance Motets. He has published his composition with Eurarte and Ferrimontana.

Prof. Bernhard GfrererSalzburg / Austria

He graduated from Mozarteum specilizing in church music. Since 1987 he has been an organist and choir conductor at Franciscan Church in Salzburg. He performed with world famous artists like Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and James King. He gives many concerts in mayor European cities as well as in USA, South America, Russia and Asia. He is lecturer at master classes in USA, Japan and South America and was Jury member at many international competitions. He made numerous recordings for TV, radio and recording companies.

Marcin CmielWarsaw / Poland

One of the members who established Choral Society „LIRA” in Warsaw. In years 1997-2008 deputy conductor of Choral Society LIRA. Since February 2009 he has become the artistic director of Choral Society Lira in Warsaw  He graduated from Warsaw Academy of Music in Prof. Ryszard Zimak’s class. For years he cooperated with Warsaw University Choir and Stefan Wyszynski University Choir and others. He established and performed with choir Cantemus over 100 concerts. Jury Member of choir festivals in St Petersburg and Krakow.