Michael Lewin, Chairman of the Jury, studied at the Julliard School
with Leon Fleisher, Irwin and Lillian Freundlich, Adele Marcus and Yvonne
Lefebure. His concert career was launched with victories in the 1986 International
Liszt Competition in the Netherlands, the 1983 American Pianists Association
Beethoven Award and the 1982 William Kapell International Competition. He
has performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Cairo Symphony, Bucharest
Philharmonic, Boston Pops and many orchestras in the USA and Latin America.
He performs over 30 different piano concertos. Mr. Lewin is an active and
sought-after chamber musician. His recordings of works by Griffes, Domenico
Scarlatti, Liszt, Scriabin, Glazunov and Balakirev have received extraordinary
critical praise. Mr. Lewin is the Chairman of the Boston Conservatory Piano
Janice Weber graduated summa cum laude from the Eastman School
of Music. She studied with Cecile Genhart, Eugene List and Nadia Reisenberg.
She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and
other leading orchestras in the USA. She has given recitals in the USA,
Europe, and the Far East. The New York Times chose her third novel "Frost
the Fiddler" as a Notable Book of the Year. She is a member of the
piano faculty of the Boston Conservatory of Music and performs regularly
in the chamber music series. Her recordings include works by Rachmaninoff,
Ornstein, Griffes, Karg-Elert, and received the International Liszt Prize
for her recording of the last Hungarian Rhapsody.
Roberto Poli was born in Venice, Italy, and began receiving piano
lessons at the age of twelve from Giorgio Vianello. He graduated Summa
cum Laude and Honors in piano performance from the Venice Conservatory
of Music in 1993. He also studied with Phillipe Cassard, Alexander Lonquich,
Boris Petruchansky, Roni Rogoff, and Russell Sherman. He received a Masters
Degree in Piano Performance with Distinction and Academic Honors and the
Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. He was a semifinalist
in the 1998 Gina Bachauer and 2000 Esther Honens International Piano Competitions,
Bronze Medal Winner in the Sanremo International Piano Competition, and
First Prizewinner in the Arcangelo Speranza National Piano Competition.
He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, harpsichordist and conductor
in Japan, Ireland, Canada, Italy, and the USA. The Boston Globe praised
his playing as being invariably beautiful. His debut recording
Shall We Dance was released in November 2002.
Max Levinson was born in the Netherlands and began playing the
piano at the age of five. He graduated cum laude in English at Harvard
University and completed his graduate studies with Patricia Zander at
the New England Conservatory, receiving an Artist Diploma and the Gunther
Schuller Medal. He was the first American to win the First Prize in the
Dublin International Piano Competition. He has performed as a soloist
with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, Colorado, Oregon, Detroit,
San Antonio, Louisville, New World Symphonies, St Paul Chamber Orchestra
and Boston Pops. He has given recitals in Ireland, Washington DC, London,
Zurich, Paris, and regularly appears at Tanglewood and other music festivals
around the world. He is an active chamber musician and collaborated with
Pinchas Zuckerman, Richard Stoltzman, and the Tokyo Strong Quartet. He
has received overwhelming critical acclaim for his two solo recordings
on N2K Encoded Music. He is on the faculty of Brown University and the
Nicolai Lomov began to play the piano at the age of three and entered
the prestigious Mussorgsky State School for Gifted Children at the age
of five. He made his debut at the age of fifteen with the Ekaterinburg
Symphony, playing the Tchaikovsky 1st piano concerto. He studied at the
Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and was awarded a Ph.D. degree.
He has also played with the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestras.
In 1990 he left behind a prominent concert and teaching career in Russia
and emigrated to the United States. He has performed more than sixty solo
recitals along the East Coast and Oklahoma. He has appeared at the Weill
Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Kaufman Centre in New York City,
the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, the Monadnock Virtuoso
Series, the Longy School of Music, and many others. During 1992-1996 he
was a soloist with the Newton and Nashua Symphony Orchestras and the New
Hampshire Philharmonic. An acclaimed interpreter of Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin
and Russian composers, he has produced fifteen CDs. He teaches advanced
students at his studio in Westerly, Rhode Island.