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Adjudicators & Master Class Instructors

Most of the Instructors will also serve as Adjudicators and Judges. The current roster includes the following:

Fabio Bidini

Judge and Master Class Teacher

Fabio Bidini today is recognized as one of the most important pianists and pedagogues. Bernard Holland of the New York Times stated: “He is capable of an admirable simplicity…truly touching.” He made his final graduation as “Magna cum Laude” and was one of the youngest graduates ever of the prestigious “Conservatorio Santa Cecilia” in Rome. Pianists who made a significant contribution to his artistic development were Orazio Frugoni and Maria Tipo. After winning top prizes in the most famous international piano competitions, his sensational success at the Busoni and at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition opened him the door to a constantly growing international career. His outstanding piano playing that combines technical wizardry with poetic lyricism and his fascinating culture of the attack of the keyboard brought him to have a glowing London debut in the Barbican Center with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in the presence of Sir Georg Solti. Shortly after, he performed at the United Nation as a soloist of the BBC Wales and had his highly acclaimed North American debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Joel Levi.

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Judge and Master Class Teacher

Pianist Yoheved Kaplinsky was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was a prizewinner at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. She has made numerous appearances in recitals, playing chamber music, and with orchestras, as well as on radio and television in Israel and the U.S. She has given frequent lectures and master classes throughout the U.S., Israel, and Korea.
Festivals she has played and taught at include Bowdoin Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival,
Pianofest in Long Island, N.Y., the Cliburn-T.C.U. Institute, and Tel Hai Master Classes in Israel. She has served as an adjudicator for international competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Dublin, and Tchaikovsky competitions. She received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in 2003. She was a former faculty member at Philadelphia University of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore from 1989-97. Kaplinsky studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich. She also studied with Dorothy Taubman. Kaplinsky has been a faculty member since 1993, chair of the piano department since 1997, and Susan W. Rose Chair since 2000.

Andrew Park

Judge and Master Class Teacher

Dr. Park is a renowned Korean-American solo pianist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. He is First Prize winner of Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (currently known as Virginia Waring International Piano Competition). Dr. Park has been invited to give masterclasses and lectures in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.S. He is a chairperson of MTNA Annual Evaluation and Sonata/Sonatina competition. He is also a judge of Lansum Competition, SYMF and MTAC competitions including CM Advanced Panel. Dr. Park has participated in teaching piano at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Los Angeles City College, and he also has worked as a first lecturer at USC Thornton School of Music. Currently, Dr. Park is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Fullerton College. Dr. Park’s students have won prizes at numerous international, national, and local competitions, including Hong Kong International Competition, Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, and SYMF. He completed his entire bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California with a world-renowned pianist, John Perry. Dr. Park serves as Artistic Advisor to the Steinway Academy and Adjudicator Coordinator for the Competition.

Nina Scolnik

Judge and Master Class Teacher

Nina Scolnik has concertized in the US and abroad as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. She has performed with the American, Angeles, Lydian, and Blaeu String Quartets, and with principals of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and the Boston Symphony. Scolnik is also recognized as a pedagogue of international standing through her master classes, lectures, research, and clinical success in the rehabilitation of injured musicians. Born in Lewiston, Maine, Ms. Scolnik is a graduate of both the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music. Her teachers have included Edna Golandsky, Dorothy Taubman, Artur Balsam, Joseph Schwartz, Martin Canin, Lenore Engdahl, and Natasha Chances. She currently serves on the piano faculty and as Associate Chair for Performance at the University of California, Irvine, where she has groomed pianists for serious careers as performers and teachers for over 25 years.

Carlo Ponti

Judge and Master Class Teacher

Maestro Carlo Ponti has been the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the advancement of young musical talent. He has conducted leading orchestras around the globe, was associate conductor of the  Russian National Orchestra  from 2000 to 2018, served as music director of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001 to 2013, and in 2013 founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra – an ensemble emphasizing music’s educational value of which he currently is the Music and Artistic Director.

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