Jury 2020

Nicholas Milton
Daniel Gauthier
Michel Lethiec
Ralph Manno
Timothy McAllister
Frøydis Ree Wekre
Radovan Vlatkovic
Raimund Wippermann

Nicholas Milton

Chairman

Nicholas Christopher Milton, born 1967 in Sidney is an Australian conductor and violinist. He is presently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Go?ttingen Symphony Orchestra (Germany) and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as well as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Michigan State University, the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School. He holds four Master degrees, in Violin, Conducting, Music Theory and Philosophy, and a Doctorate in Music from the City University of New York.

He is one of the most outstanding Australian Conductors working today.

His awards include the Queen Elisabeth Silver and the New York Masters Award in conducting.

He is the only Australian conductor ever nominated for a Grammy award. And wasthe youngest ever appointed concertmaster of a major Australian orchestra. Milton won the 1999 Symphony Australia Conductor of the Year Competition and was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and the Advancement of Music.

Nicholas Milton‘s discography includes about 50 CD recordings.

Daniel Gauthier

Saxophone

Daniel Gauthier born in Canada was appointed to a professorship at the Detmold Academy of Music in 1997. In 2003 he moved to the Cologne Academy, where he holds Germany’s only professorship in the field of classical saxophone.

Daniel Gauthier studied in Canada and France. After first prizes in saxophone at the Montreal Conservatory and Bordeaux Conservatory, he earned a doctoral degree in interpretation at the University of Montreal.

At the age of twenty-four Gauthier became the first saxophonist to win the Grand Prize in the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition. In addition, he was a prize-winner at the Ancona Inter- national Music Competition in Italy and received scholarships from the Canadian Art Council and Quebec Ministry of Culture.

Gauthier has performed in Canada’s major cities as well as in Washington (D.C.), Newport, Tokyo, Osaka, Buenos Aires, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Verona, Istanbul, Athen, Ljubljana, Istanbul, Amsterdam and Salzburg.

Gauthier is active in the fields of traditional and contemporary music. He has premiered a number of compositions and collaborated with a lot of composers like Franco Donatoni and Hans-Joachim Hespos. He presented master classes in almost all European countries and also served as a jury member on all most important saxophone competitions.

Since 2000 Gauthier has been a member of the International Saxophone Committee. He received two times the famous German CD Award “ECHO Klassik”, with the Alliage Quartett in 2005 (“Una voca poco fa”) and as soloist in 2006 (“Spirito latino”). He appeared several times on different European TV net works.

Michel Lethiec

Clarinet

The clarinettist Michel Lethiec is considered to be one of the most eminent figures in the world-wide classical musical scene. Born in France he teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Nice Conservatoire and gives master classes all over the world.

He is the Artistic Director of the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.

He has appeared with numerous famous orchestras such as the St-Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonique de Radio France etc.. Devoted to contemporary music he has played premier performances of numerous pieces including concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka.

His recordings include about twenty compact discs, among which are two Grands prix du Disque.

Ralph Manno

Clarinet

With only being 29 years old he became professor for clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and is leading one of the most successful masterclasses for clarinet in Europe. He is one of the leading clarinettists of his generation and is performing as soloist on many international festivals and concert halls.

After his studies in Cologne he received national and international scholarships as the "Studienstiftung des Deutsche Volkes" and the "Herbert-von-Karajan- Academy" of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and he was prize winner of the "Deutsche Musikwettbewerb". Already at the age of 20 he became the soloclarinetist of WDR Orchestra Cologne before Sergiu Celibidache called him to join the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

As soloist he has been performing with renown orchestras on national and international concert stages and festivals such as Suntory Hall- Tokyo, Lincoln Centre – New York, Téatro Colon– Buenos Aires etc. He dedicates himself with great enthusiasm to chamber music. He is giving concerts and master classes regularly in the USA, Japan, South America, Australia and Europe.

Ralph Manno's discography is huge and contains most of the famous compositions for clarinet by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann as well as 20th century composers from Hindemith, Strawinsky, Messaien, Bartok etc. "Phenomenal intensity" writes the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" about Ralph Manno's clarinet playing. "Highlights of classic" is the headline of the "New York Times".

Timothy McAllister

Saxophone

Timothy McAllister is an American classical saxophonist and educator. Born in 1972, he gave his solo debut at age 16 with the Houston Civic Symphony. As a teenager he attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He studied saxophone with Donald Sinta and conducting with H. Robert Reynolds at the University of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Music (1995), Master of Music (1997), and a Doctor of Musical Arts (2002). As of 2014 he has been appointed to the position of Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance a title held previously by Donald Sinta and Larry Teal.

He has premiered over 200 new works. In 2013, he premiered Saxophone Concerto dedicated to him by the composer John Adams with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

He is the Soprano Chair of the world-renowned PRISM Saxophone Quartet. He also regularly performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Timothy McAllister has been hailed as a “virtuoso ... one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation” (The New York Times) known for “wondrous dexterity” (Gramophone Magazine) and a “beautifully rounded tone” (The Ann Arbor News).

Frøydis Ree Wekre

Horn

“Through a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading horn players, as a professor and celebrated cultural personality, Frøydis’s work has been of tremendous value to the art of horn playing and its repertoire of contemporary music.“

She studied Horn in Sweden, Russia and the US. Her principal teachers were Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitali Bujanovsky. Froydis first won a position with the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, then in 1961 she joined the Oslo Philharmonic and became co-principal in 1965. In 1991, she retired from the orchestra to be professor of horn and wind chamber at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

She is an active lecturer and participates in juries at international competitions. Her book “Thoughts on playing the horn well” has been translated into several languages. Frøydis Ree Wekre has been an honorary member of international Horn society since 1994, where she served as president for two years.

Radovan Vlatkovic

Horn

One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatkovic has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and popularising he horn as recording artist and teacher.
Born in Zagreb in 1962 he completed his studies with Professor Prerad Deticek at the Zagreb Academy of Music and Professor Michael Höltzel at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany. Radovan Vlatkovic is the recipient of many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Premio Ancona in 1979 and the ARD Competition in Munich in 1983 – the first to be awarded to a horn player for fourteen years.
From 1982 until 1990 he served as Principal Horn with the Radio Symphnoy Orchestra Berlin under Maestros Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy, from 1992 to 1998 he held the post of Horn Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. 1998 he became Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum Salzburg. In May 2008 he premiered the Horn Concerto written for him by Krzystzof Penderecki together with the Bremen Philharmonic and the composer conducting.
In 2014 Vlatkovic was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM), an honour bestowed upon only 300 distinguished musicians worldwide.

Raimund Wippermann

Raimund Wippermann studied music teaching, sacred music and choirmaster at the University of Music in Cologne and Duesseldorf. Postgraduate studies at the conservatory in Stockholm followed (amongst others with Professor Eric Ericson); several years’ engagement as church musician; 1991 appointment as Director of Music at the dome in Essen where he was entrusted with the direction of the dome choir and the formation of the girls’ choir.

Since 1997 is Raimund Wippermann professor for choir conducting at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf where he already started as a teacher in 1990. A special emphasis of his work as professor is the choir master teaching of students of sacred music.

Since August 2004 he has been the director of the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.

Raimund Wippermann is the founder and artistic director of the chamber choir Cantemus. From 1995 until September 2000 he was also choir master of the Städtischer Musikverein in Düsseldorf.

He has been a prize winner of the German choir competition with his chamber choir Cantemus in 1990 in Stuttgart and the first price in the 8th German choir competition 2010 with his girl choir of the Dome in Essen.