Jury 2017



David Mareček

Has studied piano playing and conducting at Janacek Academy. During his studies he was working at international master courses with renowned and famous pianists and pedagogues. He has performed as a soloist and chamber music player in the Czech republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, France and Finland. He has been teaching the piano since 2003 at Brno Conservatory and in January 2007 he become director of Brno Philharmonic orchestra. At present he is a director of Czech Philharmonic orchestra in Prague.





Marco Fatichenti

Sergio de Simone

Marco Fatichenti is an internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist who has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues across Europe and the United States.His performances include broadcasts by the Spanish RTVE, Irish RTE, Polskie Radio, and several BBC appearances. Active both as recitalist and chamber musician, Marco is also an educator who is committed to promoting music and its societal value among diverse audiences. He is currently researching performance practice of Spanish and Catalan piano schools in early twentieth century at King’s College London.


Jan Jiraský

Jan JiraskýIs a graduate from JAMU ( Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts) in Brno and laureate of international competitions (Beethoven’s Hradec, Smetana Competition – Karlovy Vary, Darmstadt, Noyers, Novi Sad, Kiev). In the course of his master’s and doctorate degree studies he became a sought-after soloist of both Czech and foreign orchestras and a guest of festival stages. He has recorded a number of CDs (ArcoDiva, Radioservis, Antiphona, Musica) and has performed several repertoir cycles, among others 18 Mozart piano sonatas in four recitals, playing both modern and historical instruments. He teaches piano at the Faculty of Music at JAMU and is the head of the keyboard department there. 

Olga Kern

Olga Kern is currently considered to be one of the bestpianists ot her generation. In 2001 she won the eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first female winner in over 30 years. This triumph catapulted her to among the elite of the world piano scene. Today, as a world famous artist, she performs on all the most important stage - in New York at Carnegie Hall, Paris, Japan and many more. Currently she teaches solo piano at the Manhattan School of Music in New York,USA.


Christiana Perai

Christiana Perai

Studied in Graz (AUS) and Oberschützen, also in USA at Eastman school of music. She is a member of the Austrian Art Ensemble, performs as a soloist and in a duo, also plays chamber music. She has been performing in different countries all over the world; has also performed at „Festival for Contemporary music“. Mrs Perai has been a piano teacher at the Universit of Graz (KUG) since 1981.