THE JURY

  • Head of Piano Department of HCMC Conservatory of Music

    President of Jury of Group 1

    Pianist Le Ho Hai began Piano lessons with People’s Artist Thai Thi Lien and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Meritorious Teacher Tran Thanh Thao.

    He continued his professional studies in France with Professors Muriel Blaisse, Anne-Marie de Lavilléon, and the world-renowned pianist Désiré N’Kaoua and graduated with First Prize in Piano Performance of postgraduate in the Cycle de Perfectionnement at the Saint-Maur National Conservatory of Music and at the Versailles National Conservatory of Music.

    He participated in many competitions and won Second Prize at the Autumn National Music Competition in Vietnam, 1993; First Prize and Best Performance of Prélude sur un même accord by Henri Dutilleux at the Concours Musical Regional d’Ile-de-France in Paris, 1999.

    Le Ho Hai has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Saint-Maur National Conservatory of Music, the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera, as well as a chamber musician with violinists Maryvonne Le Dizès, Sylvie Gazeau, Nguyen Huu Nguyen, pianists Patrick Zygmanowski, Boris Kraljevic, Rena Cheung-Phua, Van Hung Cuong. .., he has been invited to be in a jury panel in many Piano competitions in Vietnam and abroad. His students have won top awards in many national and international competitions.

    He is currently a Head of Piano Department at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music.

  • Piano Lecturer of the University of Denver

    Taiwanese-American pianist Stephanie Shih-yu Cheng has performed at major music centers across the world to critical acclaim, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Opera City Hall of Tokyo, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and National Concert Hall of Taipei. She frequently appears in recitals with pianist Sara Davis Buechner and has collaborated with conductor Leon Fleisher, and has been featured on National Public Radio, WFMT in Chicago, Chicago Loop Cable Channel 25, Radio Video Mediterraneo in Italy, Living & Travel Section of msnbc.com, and Nippon Television in Japan. Her latest collaborative CD, titled License to Thrill, was released on the Summit label.

    Dr. Cheng studied under Gilbert Kalish at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts. Before that, she studied under Ann Schein and was a teaching assistant for Early Carlyss, at the Peabody Conservatory. She was awarded the Rose Marie Milholland Award in Piano at Peabody, and has distinguished herself in several international competitions. She was the recipient of Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau in France, personally presented to her by Philippe Entremont.

    Much sought-after for master classes and as an adjudicator, Dr. Cheng has mentored many award-winning students in competition such as the Young Artists Piano Showcase, the American Fine Arts Festival, and the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. Her students have consequently been featured in the winner’s concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

    Dr. Cheng served on the faculties of the City University of New York and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege before moving to Kuwait in 2012 to join the newly-established Department of Music at the American University of Kuwait. In Kuwait, she became the first person there to conduct a Piano Concerto from the piano, and she quickly gained renown throughout the Middle East. In 2015, Stephanie returned to the U.S. to join the faculty at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver as a Teaching Assistant Professor.

    Stephanie Cheng is a Steinway Artist.

  • Piano Lecturer of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music

    Gábor Eckhardt, born in 1957, graduated from Franz Liszt Academy of Music under Prof. Sansdor Falvai, György Kurtág, and from Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under Dmitry Bashkirov. He is a senior lecturer at the Keyboard and Harp Department - Young Talents’ School of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary.

    Since 1991, he has been Deputy Headmaster at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, and teaching at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Besides, he has also been a lecturer and master classes professor at several projects including Bartók Seminar (Szombathely, Hungary), Music Camp (Balassagyarmat, Hungary), Summer Music Camp (Gödöllő, Hungary)

    He is a founding member of the "Intermodulation" Chamber Ensemble, specialized in performing 20th Century and contemporary music. He is also the pianist of Trio d'Echo, and an invited artist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

  • Piano Lecturer of HCMC Conservatory of Music

    Pianist Eun-Young Joo graduated with distinction from the Vienna State Conservatory in 2000 (class of Professor Leonid Brumberg, an assistant of the great Russian pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus, Professor Roland Batik and Professor Paul Gulda – son of Friedrich Gulda who was a fine representative of the Viennese musical tradition). In 2007 she got a doctoral degree with highest mark from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music under the guidance of Professor Sergei Cenkov. Her doctoral thesis entitled “The Practical Analysis of Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata No. 1”.

    Eun-Young Joo was a prize-winner at the Erika Chary Foerder Competition in Vienna (2000), the International Music Festival Competition “Allegro Vivo” in Vienna (2001) and the Korean Piano Society Competition (2002). She has appeared as soloist with diverse repertoires like Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Connesson with Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra (Moscow), Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Moscow), Wien Academy Chamber Orchestra (Vienna), Janacek Chamber Orchestra (Czech), Korean Symphony Orchestra (Seoul), KBS Philharmonic Orchestra (Seoul), Seoul Sinfonietta (Seoul) and HBSO (Hochiminh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera – Vietnam). She has given many solo recitals in Seoul, Europe, USA, and Vietnam. Every year, she participated in the KFE charity concert with Vietnam Red Cross to help disabled people from Vietnam’s war. As a chamber music artist, she collaborated with the New Paris Wind Quintet, Conservatoire de Paris, UNT faculties in Vietnam (2014), Michel Morages and Patrick Messina in a trio concert (Seoul).

    Her first CD album, recorded in Abbey Road Studios - London, was released in September, 2008. She made many recordings for HTV, VTC10, Tuoi Tre TV (TV documentary “Joo Eun Young”) in Vietnam.

    At present, she is a lecturer of master courses at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music.

  • Piano Lecturer of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music

    Tamara Rusanova, PhD, is a Professor of Piano Performance at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, a Distinguished Fellow in the Arts of the Russian Federation, winner of several international music competitions, Acting President of the Russian Schubert Society and the Artistic Director of the Alemdar Karamanov Center for Contemporary Art, an Honorary member of the Board, Schubert Society of the USA. Prof. Rusanova is the main organizer and creative director of “Romanticism: Its Origins and Beyond,” an annual international forum consisting of a music competition and a scholarly conference and jointly sponsored by the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Russian Schubert Society and the Alemdar Karamanov Center for Contemporary Art.

    A graduate of the Gnessin Institute where she studied under Lina Bulatova, Professor Rusanova belongs to the renowned school of Elena Gnesina and Heinrich Neuhaus. Her repertoire centers on the works by Romantic composers. In addition to solo recitals, she conducts academic workshops and Master classes on piano performance and pedagogy and participates in competition juries in Russia, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and the USA. Tamara Rusanova's performance is distinguished by emotional depth and sensitivity to form, extreme subtlety and virtuosity. Tamara Rusanova is the author of Franz Schubert’s Last Piano Sonatas: Composition and Interpretation (2008) and numerous articles. Over the years she has taught over 130 students, among them 40 winners of international competitions, four PhDs in musicology, and a number of accomplished performers and teachers working both in Russia and around the world.

  • Deputy Dean of Piano Department of HCMC Conservatory of Music

    President of Jury of Group 2

    Pianist Nguyen Thuy Yen graduated Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2000 under the guidance of Teacher of Merit Tran Thanh Thao- former Deputy Head of Piano Department, Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music.

    In 2005, she graduated the Master Degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of the late Professor Nguyen Huu Tuan - former Head of Piano Department, Ha Noi Conservatory of Music and Professor Tran Thu Ha - the former Director of Ha Noi Conservatory of Music (currently Viet Nam National Academy of Music).

    She has regularly performed as a soloist as well as a chamber music pianist with Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera and Sai Gon Philharmonic Orchestra.

    She also organized and performed in the International Piano Festival in 2011 and 2013 which were hosted by Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music. She has appeared on Ho Chi Minh city Radio and Television and joined in many exchange concerts with musicans inland and abroad.

    She was a member of the jury for the national round of the International Piano Competition Steinway Young Talent in 2012. She currently serves as the Deputy Head of the Piano Department at Ho Chi minh City Conservatory of Music.

  • Dean of Piano department of Hanoi College of Arts

    Mr. Pham Trong Chuong graduated bachelor degree in Piano performance at Ha Noi Conservatory of Music before enrolling and graduating master degree in Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary.

    He is former Head of Piano Department of Hanoi College. of Arts. He's had got students won local and international Piano award. He is also invited to be jury in Piano competitions in Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.

  • Deputy Dean of Basic Knowledge department of HCMC Conservatory of Music

    Ms. Anh Thu Nguyen’s got the excellent Bachelor degree in Piano performance at Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music in 1994 under the guidance of Assoc.Prof.PhD. Hoang Hop Bich – former Deputy Head of Piano Department.

    1997, she got the M.A of Piano performance under the guidance of Prof.Met.Artist Nguyen Huu Tuan – former Head of Piano Department of Ha Noi Concervatory of Music.

    She participated in many concerts as soloist and accompanist to string and wind department as well as classical music programs from HCMC Television.

    1994-2009: Inviting teacher at Piano department, HCMC Conservatory of Music

    From 5/1997: Inviting teacher at Piano department and General Piano Group, HCMC Conservatory of Music

    6/2002: Head of General Piano Group.

    6/2016: Head of Basic Knowledge Department.

  • Lecturer of Piano department of HCMC Conservatory of Music

    In 2002, under the guidance of Prof. Tran Thanh Thao, Anh Vu finished Diploma in Piano Performance with Honour at HCMC Conservatoiry of Music and being accepted into Piano Department.

    While being a teacher at Piano Department, HCMC Conservatory of Music, he has led an active concert-live, performing with local and international artists included Patrick Zygmanovsky, Igor Chystoklevtov, Le Ho Hai, Nguyen Thuy Yen, Nguyen Ngoc Giang Quan, Van Hung Cuong. He has performed with HCMC Ballet and Symphony Orchestra (HBSO) under the conducting of Mer. A. Tran Vuong Thach, Jan Stulen, Christian Schumann, David Gomez Ramirez.

    Further more, in August 2009, He was selected to join the Cultural Visitor Program for Young Artist held by US Department of State and Kennedy Center of performing art in Washington DC.

    Not limiting himself just as a pianist, in 2009, Vu accomplished his orchestral conducting after four years of studying under the instruction of Prof. Quang Hai. He has joined conducting-masterclasses with conductor Jan Stulen, Christian Schumann, and performed with HCMC Ballet and Symphony Orchestra. He has finished the Master degree of Orchestra conducting at the end 2012.

    He has performed in HCMC International Piano Festival 2011, 2013 as well as annual Piano Concerts held by Piano Department.