The Screening Jury will review the Disklavier/Video Recordings, narrowing the field to 24 contestants, who have been invited to Minneapolis and St. Paul for the 2006 International Piano-e-Competition.
Screening rounds will take place at Sundin Hall at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota during the dates of Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2006. The rounds are free and open to the public.

 

Rees Allison

Accomplished performer and academic Rees Allison is Professor of Piano and Chair of the Music Department at Hamline University. Allison came to the United States in 1965 as a Fulbright Commission and English Speaking Union scholarship recipient after completing his undergraduate study at London's Royal Academy of Music. Since attaining a Ph.D. at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1970, Allison has continued to perform as well as teach. Currently, Allison performs with The Musical Offering and with The Hill House Chamber Players, and has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

 

     

Edmund Battersby

Edmund Battersby, American born and trained, is a pianist of international reputation. He has performed with many of the country's top orchestras including Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New Jersey Symphonies and has played recitals in major capitols around the world. He has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Koch International, Marco Polo and most recently Naxos. A versatile chamber musician also, he has played with groups such as the Tokyo Quartet, Orion Quartet and at festivals including Library of Congress, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Mostly Mozart (NY) and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

An active recitalist, Mr. Battersby made his London recital debut at Wigmore Hall and his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. His many tours have taken him to major cities in the United States, Europe, Great Britain, the former Soviet Union, and Africa. He is a member of the distinguished piano faculty of Indiana University, Bloomington.

 

     

Alexander Braginsky
Chair (nonvoting)

Alexander Braginsky was born and educated in Moscow. At the age of six, he began 12 years of studies with Alexander Goldenweiser, a close friend of Leo Tolstoy and a classmate of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. After Goldenweiser's death, Braginsky entered Tchaikovsky Conservatoire to study with Theodore Gutman.

Braginsky's repertoire extends from Baroque to avant-garde. He has performed more than 20 world premieres, most of which were works commissioned and written for him. He concertized extensively in the former USSR, Israel, England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, People's Republic of China, Spain, France and the United States. Braginsky has recorded for a variety of record labels, and has performed for radio stations worldwide.

Braginsky serves as professor on the faculty of the International Music Summer Course in Vienna, Austria, and has given numerous master classes. Currently, Braginsky teaches at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he is Professor of Piano. He also is the Artistic Director of the Musicians in Debut International (MIDI) as well as the President and Artistic Director of the International Piano-e-Competition.

 

     

Alvin Chow

Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as orchestral soloist and recitalist. In addition, he has performed extensively in duo-piano recitals with his wife, Angela Cheng, and his twin brother, Alan. A native of Miami , Florida ,he graduated as Co-Valedictorian at the University of Maryland , where he was a student of Nelita True. Mr. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School , where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler.

Mr. Chow has performed in such major concert halls as the Kennedy Center in Washington , D.C. , Orchestra Hall in Chicago , Weill and Steinway Halls in New York City , and the Mozarteum in Salzburg , Austria . Presented as soloist in such cities as Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Detroit and Miami, Mr. Chow has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, among others. He has been heard in national broadcasts on National Public Radio's “Performance Today” and on CBC Radio in Canada .

Mr. Chow has presented masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States and abroad, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Taichung University in Taiwan, Colburn School in Los Angeles and Indiana University, among many others. During 1987-88 he was the first Fulbright College Visiting Artist in Piano at the University of Arkansas . Formerly a professor at Southwest Missouri State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, he is currently on the artist faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

 

     

Paul Pollei

International ambassador for piano music, Paul Pollei , native of Salt Lake City , continues his energetic efforts as Founder-Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation which sponsors festivals and international competitions. The original festival-competition was his brainchild and because of his vision, work, specialized knowledge of competitions, and musical contacts through the world, the Bachauer Competition continues to enliven a love of music in Utah and people everywhere. Dr. Pollei has been a jury member for many national and international competitions throughout the world and has served as a member of juries in Japan , China , Australia , throughout Europe , and in all states of the United States . He is founding member of the American Piano Quartet, devoted to research, performance, and re-publication of music for two pianos/eight hands. The quartet has performed in concert worldwide and continues an active research, performing and recording career.

Dr. Pollei is the devoted teacher to many prizewinning students and is a frequent lecturer for teacher workshops and masterclasses in America and throughout the world. He often writes about the issues of piano pedagogy and piano training for professional journals in the United States . He is the author of PEDAGOGICAL TIPS FOR PIANO TEACHING and ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE FOR THE PIANIST: AN ORGANIZED AND SYSTEMATIC METHOD OF TEACHING PIANO TECHNIQUE.

In addition to his administrative work with the Bachauer Foundation, Dr. Pollei is very active in the work of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Music Teachers National Association, and the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

 

      Sontraud Speidel (Germany)

Sontraud Speidel, who won the J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington D. C. at the age of 18, is a prolific performer and recording artist. Speidel, who has given recitals in both solo and chamber music, has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel and Asia. The first performer to record the piano works of Fanny Hensel, Speidel has recorded over 20 CDs. Her recording of all works for two pianos by Max Reger, together with Evelinde Trenkner, won the first prize of "Audiophile Reference" in the solo instrument category. Awarded the SIlver Cross for special cultural achievement by the city of Vienna, Speidel's teachers include Branka Musulin, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Geza Anda and Stefan Askenase. Sontraud Speidel currently serves as Professor of Piano at the State Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Speidel regularly conducts master courses in Austria, Greece, Israel, Brazil and Korea, and has served as a juror of many international competitions.
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