Meet the Jury 2014

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DENIZ GELENBE (Chair)

Deniz Arman Gelenbe has been acclaimed as one the best chamber musicians of our time. Critics have been unanimous in hailing her prodigious technique, compelling artistic personality and poetic interpretation. As a versatile artist, she combines an international performing career as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaching piano and chamber music at the highest level.

As an accomplished soloist, she pursues an international performing career. She has performed with the Japan Philharmonic, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, the Presidential Orchestra of Ankara, and with several other orchestras in Turkey, the Philippines, Spain and USA. She has played many solo recitals at Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Wigmore Hall  and St John’s Smith Square in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and in major cities in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Israel, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Deniz Gelenbe founded and directed the summer academies and chamber music festivals Semaines Musicales de Rouen and Semaines Musicales d’Orsay in France for eleven years. She has performed in Europe and USA with the Haydn, Enesco, Alexander, Borromeo, Talich and Ciompi Quartets and performed  in piano duo concerts with Charles Webb.

She has adjudicated the International Chamber Music Competition in Paris, several UFAM competitions in France, Epta Competitions in UK. She was also an adjudicator in 2013, in Chopin Competition in Marianbad  in the Chech Republic, in International Piano Competition at Gnessin Academy in Moscow, in Unisson Piano Competitions in Tunis.

Deniz has been invited to give masterclasses in several cities in Malaysia, in Kunitachi Academy in Japan, Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Conservatoires in Trieste and Bologna, in Prince Klaus Conservatory in Groningen, Dartington International Summer School and in Moulin d’Ande in France.

In 1994, she founded the Arman Ensemble and the Arman Trio which performs regularly in Europe and the United States in chamber music series, festivals and prestigious venues including Carnegie Weill Hall and Wigmore Hall. The Arman Trio has given the first performances of works by American composer Benjamin Lees and Turkish composer Ilhan Baran in New York, Paris, and London. They have premiered ‘’Dialogues’’ for piano trio and orchestra by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward in Durham, North Carolina.

She founded the Chamber Arts Series in 1998 and the Schubertiad Series in 2001 in Orlando, USA.

The Arman Ensemble premiered the recordings of chamber music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for the Albany label. Works by Turkish composers Erkin and Kodalli were released on the Hungaroton label. CD’s with the Haydn Quartet were released by Arcobaleno, and with the Arman Trio by Musician’s Showcase label and Akmuzik/EMI.

A native of Turkey, Deniz Arman Gelenbe holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Rudolf Ganz, Cecile Genhart, Adele Marcus and Gyorgy Sandor.

Formerly Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Deniz Gelenbe joined Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in October 2003.  She has been named Head of Piano and Organ Department in June 2007.


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Canadian pianist Roger Lord won First Prizes in the Canadian Music Competition as well as in the Canadian National Festival of Music. As a result of this success, he was invited to perform over 120 concerts in Canada and Europe in the Jeunesses Musicales concert series. His various professional engagements have later taken him to some of the world’s great cities: Paris, Oslo, Vienna, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Quito, Cairo, Tunis, Tripoli, Riyadh, Hanoi, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc.

Roger Lord has been featured as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras in North America, South America, Europe and Asia with conductors such as Jan Ola Amundsen, Jong Yoo, Graham Sutcliffe, James Mark, Miguel Jiménez Cueva and Davit Harutyunyan. Hailed as “The Piano Prince of Canada” by the China Daily, some of his performances took place in world renowned venues such as the Great Hall of the People located on Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Niccolo Paganini Auditorium in Parma, the Cairo Opera House, the Carthage Acropolium in Tunis, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, etc. Critics are enthusiastic and acknowledge “his skillful talent, great subtlety, genuine emotional generosity, as well as his grand technical mastery”.

During the VIII Francophonie Summit held in Canada in 1999, Roger Lord was invited to perform a recital for the State Leaders of 52 nations. He represented Canada as a pianist at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 and in various festivals around the world. The Association of Acadian Artists in Canada awarded him the “Éloize” Award for “Most Successful Acadian Artist Abroad” in 1999. He also received the “Excellence Award” in Music from the New Brunswick Arts Board in 2008.

In November 2004, Roger Lord released a critically acclaimed CD of piano music by 19th century Louisiana composer and virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk produced by the SNE label in Montreal. This CD received nominations in Canada for an Éloize Award as well as for an ECMA Award, and earned the special distinction “Bravo!!!” from Trad Magazine France.

Roger Lord’s concert repertoire is wide and varied. He glides effortlessly from Bach, Händel and Mozart to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin and Oscar Peterson. Mr. Lord has travelled to Asia numerous times. He has a particular interested in Chinese culture & music and is now preparing a CD recording of Chinese piano music which should be released in the near future.

Roger Lord studied at Université de Moncton, McGill University, Université de Montréal as well as in Paris and Strasbourg, France. He also attended of the Moscow Piano Institute in Russia at the Gnessin Music Academy. He holds a Doctorate in Music and is now a Professor of piano at the Université de Moncton in Canada.


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“Formidable…dizzying…magical.” These words from New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith vividly illustrate pianist Petronel Malan’s uniquely captivating style. Indeed, as a multiple Grammy® nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, Petronel continues to enthrall audiences worldwide.

Lauded by reviewers as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry, Petronel’s critical acclaim culminated in the nomination of three Grammy® Awards, including “Best Instrumental Solo Album” for her debut disc “Transfigured Bach: Bach Transcriptions of Bartok, Lipatti & Friedman.” As an exclusive recording artist for Hänssler Classic, “Transfigured Mozart” (2006) and “Transfigured Beethoven” (2008) followed. Her 2013 release “Transfigured Tchaikovsky” includes the world premiere recordings of the art song transcriptions by Isaac Mikhnovsky and Samuel Feinberg and was awarded “The American Prize of Excellence in the Arts.” She will record “Transfigured Brahms” in 2014.

Petronel maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world. After her European debut in Rome in 1987, further highlights have included Carnegie Recital Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet & Salle Cortot (Paris), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Liszt Museum (Budapest), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Alte Handelsbörse (Leipzig), Bass Hall (Fort Worth), as well as the Levoca, Ravinia and Gilmore International Festivals. Petronel has appeared with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg State (Russia), Martinú (Czech Republic), Bucaramanga (Colombia), Batumi (Republic of Georgia), Sicilian Chamber (Italy), and several others in the US and South Africa, under the batons of Vasily Petrenko, Bernhard Gueller, Dmitry Manilov, Yoshimi Takeda, Omri Hadari, Wolfgang Bothe, James Brooks, Robert Hanson, and Fuzao Kajima.

Ms. Malan’s career was launched following five gold medals in 2000 at international piano competitions throughout the United States. These included the Louise McMahon, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt “Budapest Concert” and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions. She also garnered the grand prize in the 2000 Web Concert Hall Competition and gold medals in both the Grace Welsh Piano Competition and the Entergy Young Artist Award.

Born in South Africa, Petronel began lessons with her mother at age four, continuing with Adolph Hallis, Joseph Stanford and Albie van Schalkwyk. She debuted with the Johannesburg Symphony at age ten and subsequently won all major national competitions, before moving to the United States to further her studies. Following a degree at Michigan State University, Petronel completed her graduate degrees at the University of North Texas. Her teachers included Steven de Groote, Ralph Votapek and Joseph Banowetz. She also received intensive coaching sessions from American legend Earl Wild.

Although residing in the United States, Ms. Malan continues strong ties to her native South Africa. She received the “Rapport/City Press Prestige Award” as one of the “10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa,” and has appeared on magazine covers, documentary TV programs as well as picture-clues in crossword puzzles. Apart from a love for vintage gowns, Ms. Malan’s stage wardrobe is designed by foremost South African designers. A frequent speaker and promoter for classical music in schools, music scholarships in her name are awarded annually to promising young musicians.