Jury

Sakari Oramo, Chair of the Jury

Sakari Oramo is Chief Conductor of both the BBC Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras. A guest conductor at the highest international level and a prolific recording artist, his performances combine structural cohesion with authority, elegance and passionate delivery.

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Ilya Kaler

Ilya Kaler is the only violinist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Sibelius Competition and the Paganini Competition. Kaler is considered to be one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today whose career ranges from that of a soloist and recording artist to chamber musician and professor.

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Ida Kavafian

Ida Kavafian presently performs as a soloist, in recital, with her sister Ani, as guest with distinguished ensembles and as a faculty member at The Curtis Institute. She has premiered many new works, has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis as well as Fiddler/Composer Mark O’Connor.

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Isabelle van Keulen

Since her breakthrough in 1984 winning the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year, a competition that was broadcast all over Europe and watched live on television by millions, Isabelle van Keulen can now look back on many years of musical diversity.

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Nam Yun Kim

Nam Yun Kim, the most famed violinist and professor in Korea, has served on the juries of numerous prestigious competitions worldwide like Queen Elisabeth Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition, Tibor Varga Competition, Hannover International Violin Competition and Taipei International Competition.

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Pekka Kuusisto

Violinist, conductor and composer Pekka Kuusisto, the winner of Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995, is renowned for his artistic freedom and fresh approach to repertoire. Widely recognised for his flair in directing ensembles, Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Henning Kraggerud

Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. His extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the genuine quality to his playing and the beauty of his performances.

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Lucie Robert

Violinist Lucie Robert has received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics alike for the expressive lyricism and tonal beauty of her playing.  Lauded in the The New York Times for her “melting tone” and “wonderfully supple approach to phrasing,” Ms. Robert carries on the great violin tradition of her teacher and mentor Josef Gingold.

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Tong Weidong

Tong Weidong is considered as one of the most distinguished violin professors in China. He has served as a juror for many prestigious international competitions, including the Hannover international competition, the Singapore international competition and the Leopard Mozart international competition.

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