Our Esteemed Jury
Alevtyna Dobina is one of the most distinguished and brightest young pianists from Ukraine. Born in Kiev into a family of musicians, Alevtyna is proud to represent two countries—Austria and Ukraine. Alevtyna studied at Kiev Comprehensive Specialized Music School, Kiev State Conservatory, St. Petersburg Comprehensive Specialized School–Lyceum at St. Petersburg State, and National Musical Academy of Ukraine.
Alevtyna has recently received several honorary awards of distinction. In early May 2015, Alevtyna won the Third Prize Award at the prestigious George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York, including a one-year promotional contract with XRecords (Italy). For special achievements in music and contribution to culture, she has been bestowed by the President of Ukraine with the exclusive title of “Scholar of President.” Alevtyna is also a recipient of a special grant for merits in culture from the charitable foundation “Open Ukraine,” which is guided by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. She won accolades at the Salzburg Festival, PianoTexas International Academy & Festival, and in competitions in Paris and Estonia.
Alevtyna actively performs as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, USA, Brazil, as well as her native country of Ukraine. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Indonesian-born pianist Ines Irawati has received many top awards, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Best Vocal Pianist Award, D’angelo International Piano Competition, and La Jolla Young Artists Competition. She was granted a fellowship at the prestigious Music Academy of the West where she studied with Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones. She has soloed with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, and Orchestra Nova. She has performed in venues such as Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall.
An avid vocal coach, Ines has spent her summers acting as the pianist and vocal coach for The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, founded by Dolora Zajick. Recommended by Jahja Ling, Irawati came to the US at age 14 to join the Young Artists Program at Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and received her master’s from Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank. She is the vocal coach and the collaborative piano faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University. Irawati is the founder of MusiKamar, a music series which brings exquisite chamber music concerts into smaller and intimate spaces. For more information, please visit www.inesirawati.com.
Isabelle Oehmichen draws upon her French heritage and unusual musical training in her delicately nuanced and technically exquisite performances as a soloist, or in orchestral or chamber music venughout France, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary.
As a young musician, Isabelle won First Place in the Milosz MaginInternational Piano Competition in 1989 and the George Cziffra Competition in 1993. She studied with Milosz Magin, the Polish-French composer-pianist (1929 to 1999) for 8 years and he wrote the Third Sonata for Isabelle who has recorded Magin works. She also studied with George Cziffra, a Hungarian virtuoso pianist (1921 to 1994) who was renowned for his dazzling performances of Liszt. Under Cziffra, the tradition of European pianistic virtuosity was handed down to Isabelle.
Isabelle has recorded 13 CDs and has performed in radio and television recitals. She also teaches masterclasses and lectures in a seminar series on “Musical Heritage”, a conference of the Sorbonne University on the subject of romantic interpretation of the piano. She is also artistic director of the Association of French Hungarian Music in Paris (A.M.F.H.) and as a Director of the Academy of Chamber Music in Budapest, Hungary. She is active in hosting music festivals and master class programs for professional and amateur musicians. For more information, please visit www.isabelle.oehmichen.free.fr.
Violeta Petrova is a versatile pianist, known for her expressivity and virtuosity. She has been in demand as a solo recitalist, chamber pianist and orchestral performer throughout the world. Born in Lom, Bulgaria, she started her piano studies at the age of 5. At age 8, she gave her first solo concert, and then as a teenage prodigy she performed for the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Since that time, Professor Petrova has performed and recorded all over the world. She has toured extensively as a soloist, chamber pianist and accompanist throughout Europe (Bulgaria, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Czech. Republic, Slovakia, Norway, Hungary, Germany, Holland), Russia, and Japan. In addition to her teaching career in Bulgaria and Finland, she has taught and performed in the United States, Greece, and South Korea. She has made numerous recordings for the Finnish National Radio and the Bulgaria National Radio. Though well-versed in nearly all the early and late Classical and Romantic piano repertoire, including the major concertos, Professor Petrova has a great love for the music of 20th century Russian composers, including Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and Stravinsky.
In 2014, Professor Petrova moved to Vista, California where she has established her piano studio. During her first year in California, Violeta was recognized with the Paul Harris Award given by the Rotary International Carlsbad Chapter, of which she is a member. In addition to teaching privately, she is available as an adjudicator and to present master classes, lectures, and workshops. For more information, contact Violeta at Violeta.Petrova@gmail.com.