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Yuri Didenko

Yuri Didenko (Russia)

Chairman of the jury for Competition for Young pianists «Slobozhanska Fantasy», Internationally acclaimed pianist, winner and prize-winner of numerous international competitions, Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow P.Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 2005, he has is own class. Yuri Didenko is a prizewinner of numerous competitions in Italy, USA, Belgium, his is the winner of the International Concert Artists Competition in Royal Tunbridge Wells (Great Britain). Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: USA, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Greece, Malta, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, South Korea.

Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in many cities of Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Malta, Germany, Poland, as well as USA, South Korea, and China. He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Kazakhstan, Ukraine. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmani¬nov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation. In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award “For Special Achievements in Culture”.


Graf Murzha

Graf Murzha (Russia)

Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, a head of strings in Moscow State classic academy named after Maimonid.

Graf Murzha is generally recognized as one of most brilliant, talented and distinctive Russian-Hungarian violinist. He began studying music at the age of three under the supervision of his father. Then for two years, his teacher has been a professor at the Ural State Conservatory, Wolf Usminsky (Sverdlovsk). In 1982, Graf Murzha entered the Tchaikovsky Central Music School in Moscow, the class of Prof. Irina Bochkova. Even in school, at age of 16, he became the laureate and winner of two famous international competitions: Niccolo Paganini in Genoa (1990) and Vianna da Motta in Lisbon (1991), where he was also awarded a special prize for Chaconne Bartok. Graf Murzha graduated from Moscow Conservatory in 1997, and did his postgraduate studies under the supervision of Professor I.Bochkova in 1999. He was awarded the scholarship of the President Yeltsin, for his outstanding results in his studies. At the same time he finished his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with the Mateja Marincovich; he won Hattory prize in London for outstanding achievements in his studying. During his studies Mr.Murzha became the laureate and winner of numerous international competitions, among them: Demidov International Violin Competition in Yekaterinburg (1993), Tchaikovsky Xth International Competition in Moscow (1994), Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris (1996, France), Pablo Sarasate competition in Pamplona (1997. Spain), Rodolfo Lipizera competition (2000, Gorizia, Italy) , where he received four special awards: for best performance of concerts by Stravinsky, Sibelius, R.Lipizera, and a special audience award, an international competition UNISA (2002, Pretoria, South Africa), and others. In addition, in 1994 G.Murzha was awarded the prize of festival "Juventus" by Council of Europe.

Since 1990 Mr.Murzha gives chamber music concerts, recitals and concerts with symphony orchestra in Russia and Europe in major concert halls: Large and Small Hall of Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Large and Small Halls of the St.Petersburg Conservatory, Gaveau, Teatre de la Ville, Arsenal (France), Concertgebouw (Holland), Palais des Beaux Arts (Belgium), La Chaux-De-Fonds (Switzerland), Liszt Budapest academy ( Hungary), etc. G.Murzha collaborated with conductors such as L.Foster, E.Svetlanov, E.Maksymyuk, M.Ermler, A.Vakulsky, A.Dmitriev, D.Alexeev, M.Yanovsky, Y.Sado, D.Liss, A.Mikhailov, J.Novak, V.Polyansky, Y.Simonov, E.Colomer etc. The repertoire of the violinist is more than 30 concerts with the orchestra, among them are rarely performed works of E.Dohnanyi, H.Badings, G.Dmitriev, M.Nosyrev, B.Bartok. Since 2007 the violinist is the artistic director of the festival "Violin-vagabond" in Yekaterinburg, where he performes the classics, ethnic, klezmer music, jazz. Graf Murzha recorded 3 CDs for the company Harmonia Mundi, collaborated with Alpha, Integral, Hanssler-Verlag, Naxos, Chant du Monde, Classical Records. Recordings of works by Stravinsky, Szymanowskyi, Schnittke, Prokofiev, Ravel and the recording of virtuoso miniatures "Violin vagabond" were highly praised by "Strad" and "Gramophone" magazines, as well as the prestigious awards "Diapason d'Or "and "Choc". Now violinist is working on project with Dohnanyi and Penderecki sextets for the firm Fuga Libera (Belgium).

The violinist partners are pianists: Barry Douglas, Bruno Canino, Christian Zacharias, Alexander Taro, Denis Matsuev, and viola players: Nobuko Imai, Paul Neubauer, Lawrence Power, Lise Berthaud, cellists: Francoise Groben, Marie Hallynck, Andres Diaz, Mark Koppe, Alexander Kniazev, clarinetists: Michele Lethiec, Ronald van Spandonck, horn players: Herve Joulain, Richard Watkins, Francis Orval and other artists. In significant part of tours musician is playing concerts with his regular partner Natalia Gus (piano).

In 2004, G.Murzha was awarded the title "Honored Artist of Russia". Now Mr.Murzha is the professor of Moscow Conservatory. His master classes take place in France, Belgium, Russia, Switzerland and UK. Since 2005, Mr.Murzha is regularly invited the jury of Russian and International competitions. From 2011 Graf Murzha is a head of strings in Moscow State classic academy named after Maimonid.

In June 2010, Graf Murzha won The Gold Medal - Grand Prix at the prestigious Violin Competition «Violin Masters» in Monte Carlo.

Mr.Murzha is playing his own amazing violin made by Bartolomio Obici, Verona, 1683.


Lily Dorfman

Lily Dorfman (Israel)

A distinguished piano teacher and internationally recognized as a master teacher of the art of piano playing, Lily Dorfman has profoundly influenced young pianists in their professional artistic development. She brings to her teaching a deep wealth of knowledge and understanding of the various epochs and genres of keyboard literature, garnered through her intensive musical education in her native Moscow, Russia. She holds a Master of Music degree from the famed Gnessin Academy of Music (Moscow), where she was a pupil of the piano virtuoso, Maestro Arnold Kaplan, disciple of the piano school of Alexander Goldenweiser, well-known and highly respected pedagogue whose own background stems from the great pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, founder of the Moscow Conservatory. She also studied with, and participated in, master-classes of A. Jocheles and H. Neuhaus in Moscow.

Lily Dorfman first began teaching piano at the School of Music in Moscow. Subsequently, she was appointed Head of the Piano Department and founded a special course on the methods of piano playing for beginners and advanced students. Upon immigrating to Israel in 1973, Lily Dorfman first taught at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music, followed by a position at the internationally renowned Givatayim Music Conservatory, which she held for 25 years. She is currently on the faculty of the Buchman-Mehta School of Music of the Univeristy of Tel Aviv, teaching piano and chamber music. Since 2009 Lyly Dorfman is a faculty member in "Mozarteum" international master classes in Sazlburg.

Lily has conducted numerous master-classes, and many of her students serve as members of piano faculties around the world, are winners of international and national piano competitions, study in music academies in Israel, Russia, Germany, England, USA, among others, and are recipients of scholarships awarded by the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.


Michael Bulychev-Okser

Michael Bulychev-Okser (USA)

Michael Bulychev-Okser is an internationally acclaimed American pianist, composer, and producer.

A recipient of “Who’s Who in Music”, “Outstanding People of the 20th century” among other Awards, Mr. Bulychev-Okser performed at the world’s most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris, France), Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv, Israel), Palace (Alexandria, Greece), IBK Concert Hall (Seoul, South Korea), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow, Russia), Tallinn’s Suur Saal at Vene Kulruurikeskus (Estonia), and Centermex Theater (Monterrey, Mexico).

Michael Bulychev-Okser collaborated with most notable musicians: Sergei Stadler, Borislav Strulev, Olga Makarina, Yuri Didenko, Oxana Yablonskaya, Daniel Pollack, Leonid Kerbel, Dmitry Yablonsky, Martin Canin, David Dubal, Jonathan Strasser, Robert Lahrbaumer, and Mikhail Voskresensky.

An extensive performance schedule finds him between Europe and the United States in both solo performances and appearances with orchestras: including Manhattan Philharmonic, Novgorod Philharmonic, Vienna International Chamber, and Parnassos Symphony.

In 2009-2010-concert season Bulychev-Okser performed a series of 8 concerts, featuring Complete 32 piano sonatas by L. von Beethoven. The concerts took place at Barge Music in New York.

Bulychev-Okser divides his time performing worldwide, and organizing international music events: Gershwin International Music competition in New York and Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Professor at New York University since 2003 and since 2014 he is a Professor at Rutgers University at New Jersey (United States of America).


Evgenia Epshtein

Evgenia Epshtein (Croatia)

Evgenia Epshtein was born in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia. She began her violin studies at the age of 6 and completed the High School for Gifted Musicians with Vladimir Milshtein. Evgenia immigrated to Israel in 1990. There she studied with Arthur Zisserman, Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and with Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy, where she received her Master Degree. During her studies at the Academy she won several prizes at the violin and chamber music competitions and took part in the master classes of Isaac Stern, Henry Mayer and Zakhar Bron.

As co-founder of the “Aviv” String Quartet, Evgenia Epshtein is a winner of the 3rd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1999, Grand Prix and 4 Special Prizes), Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2003), Charles Hennen Chamber Music Competition (1999, Netherlands). Other top prizes include “Schubert and Modernity” Competition (2003, Graz, Austria, 2nd Prize and Special Schubert Prize), and Prague Spring Quartets Competition (1998, 2nd Prize). As a member of Aviv she was also proclaimed as the "Best Young Ensemble" by the Culture Ministries of Germany (1999) and Israel (2000), and received the special awards for the Best Musical Ensemble in Israel (2003, 2008).

As a soloist she performed with Reconsil Sinfonieta Vienna, Bucharest philharmonic orchestra, Zadar chamber orchestra, Split symphony orchestra. And several Israeli orchestras, such as Ashdod symphony orchestra, Ashkelon chamber orchestra, Tel Aviv soloists, Ramat Gan symphony orchestra. Recitals in all major Israeli venues and radio broadcasts. She also performed in Stockholm, Paris, Toronto, Ottawa, Guadalajara, Lagos, Vienna, Zagreb, Varazdin, Split,Koper, Prague, London.

Evgenia is a Professor of violin at the Academy of Arts of Split, Croatia since 2012.

Evgenia Epshtein taught as an assistant of violin professor Mr. Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy. She has given master classes in Los Angeles University of Southern California, Salt Lake City Gifted Music School 2010, Mexico Central University of Arts at 2009, Guadalajara and Academia de musica de Lagos, Portugal, 2009.. In 2008, 2009 , 2012 she was invited as a chamber music teacher at the Haydn Musical Academy in Vienna. In 2009 Evgenia was invited as a jury member for the 4th International Haydn chamber music Competition in Vienna. In the summer of 2011 Evgenia taught at the International Summer School Upbeat in Croatia, ISA International Summer academy in Austria and Masters de Pontlevoy in France. In Israel she is a violin and orchestral performance guest teacher in the Raanana Music Centre and Ramat Gan Conservatory. In addition, Evgenia is frequently invited to teach at the prestigious “Keshet Eilon” violin master course. As a member of the Aviv Quartet she has given master classes in USA, Canada, South Africa, Sweden , France and Israel.

In June 2012 Evgenia Epshtein is giving masterclasses in Haydn institute of music. Vienna. And in Graz school of Music. Austria. In June 2013 Evgenia was invited to teach chamber music classes at Prague academy of music. August 2012 she was teaching at Kastela violin mastercourse, Croatia. In Augustt 2012. 2013, 2014 - ISA chamber music academy-Austria, where she always perform with members of faculty at several chamber music events. Last year she went to teach in Schanghai music school and academy in China. And in Slovenia Koper music shool. Evgenia Epshtein is a founder of Summer school “Summer con spirito” in Trogir-Croatia, where she was holding violin and chamber music lessons during a week in August 2013, 2014,2015. Also she is a founder of Winter string school in Vinkovci-Croata-“Winter con spirito”.

In June 2012 Evgenia Epshtein is giving masterclasses in Haydn institute of music. Vienna. And in Graz school of Music. Austria. In June 2013 Evgenia was invited to teach chamber music classes at Prague academy of music. August 2012 she was teaching at Kastela violin mastercourse, Croatia. In Augustt 2012. 2013, 2014 - ISA chamber music academy-Austria, where she always perform with members of faculty at several chamber music events. Last year she went to teach in Schanghai music school and academy in China. And in Slovenia Koper music shool. Evgenia Epshtein is a founder of Summer school “Summer con spirito” in Trogir-Croatia, where she was holding violin and chamber music lessons during a week in August 2013, 2014,2015. Also she is a founder of Winter string school in Vinkovci-Croata-“Winter con spirito”.