Jury 2021

Marc Tardue
Jean-Louis Capezzali
Dag Jensen
Andrea Lieberknecht
Gabor Meszaros
Ulla Miilmann
Christian Wetzel
Raimund Wippermann

Marc Tardue

Chair

Born to french-italian parents on November 8th 1951 in Chicago Marc Tardue was raised and educated in the United States.

From 1991 to 2002 he was Chief conductor of the symphony orchestra Biel (Switzerland) and from 1999 until the end of 2007 Chief conductor of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (Portugal). From 2012 to 2017 he was Chief conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie. Since October 2018 he is Chief conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

Marc Tardue graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore (Maryland, USA) and did his postgraduate studies in piano with Alexander Lipsky as well as conducting with Frederik Prausnitz. He also studied voice with Marilyn Cotlow and worked as a coach and accompanist in the Masterclasses of Francesco Valentino.

From 1982 till 1985 he was the Principal Conductor of the Icelandic National Opera in Reykjavik.

Marc Tardue was a prize winner of the International Competition for Musical Performers (CIEM) "Ernest Ansermet" for conductors in Geneva and was also awarded the prestigious "Swiss Prize".

Jean-Louis Capezzali

Oboe

Jean-Louis Capezzali is a French classical oboist born in 1959 in Saint-Étienne. Capezzali began learning music at the age of nine with the piano and discovered the oboeat the age of 14, listening to a recording of Vivaldi‘s concerti performed by Pierre Pierlot. After studying one year at the Schola Cantorum de Paris, he entered the classes ”à horaires aménagé musique“ at the CNR in Versailles where he studied oboe with Gaston Longatte.

He won the Gold Medal and the Honorary Prize and obtained the Certificate of Qualificationas an oboe teacher. In 1979, at the age of twenty, he was named first solo oboe of the Concerts Lamoureux. In 1984, he was awarded the first solo oboe at the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He is also a prize winner of the International Competitions of Geneva (1982) and Prague (1986).

Since 1998 he teaches at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon, where he is also head ofthe department of Woods. In 2008 inaugurates a new class at the Conservatory of Lausanne. Jean-Louis Capezzali pursues parallel to his commitments as a teacher, a career as a soloist and chamber musician that led him to collaborate with the best orchestras and chamber of the world. He’s regularly invited to give concerts and master classes in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, USA, Italy and Spain.

Dag Jensen

Bassoon

Dag Jensen was born in Horton, Norway, and began bassoon lessons at the age of 11 with Robert Rönnes. He was principal bassoonist at the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1988 and held the same position at the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1997.

Dag Jensen won the 1st prize at the Norwegian Youth Music Competition and twice won the Coveted ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1984 and 1990.

His numerous solo appearances with renowned orchestras has taken him throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. 2003 he was principal bassoonist in the newly founded Lucern festival orchestra under Claudio Abbado. Seiji Ozawa asked him to join the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra as principal bassoonist.

Chamber music plays an important part in his musical life and he his a member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and the Ensemble Villa Musica and is a regular guest at several music festivals national and international.

His artistic career is well documented on CD. Dag Jensen has been professor at the Hannover Academy of Music and Theatre since 1997. Many of his students have won prizes of national and international music competitions.

Since 2011 he is professor for bassoon at the university for music and performing arts in Munich.

Andrea Lieberknecht

Flute

Andrea Lieberknecht was born in Augsburg. She studied music under Professor Paul Meise nat the academy of music in Munich. In 1988, even before finishing her studies, she became soloist flute player of the Munich Radio Orchestra. In 1991 she changed to the same Position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne. Moreover during the years 1993to 1996 she was the soloist flute player at the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth.

As a soloist and member of a chamber music group she has won many international competitions: i.e., the international music competition “Prager Frühling” in 1991, International Flute Competition Kobe in 1993. With the ARCIS Quintett prize winner of the German Music Competition 1996 and the international competition for chamber music at the ARD, Munich, in Colmar, Belgrade, Tokyo and Trapani.

Recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians and famous orchestras have taken her around the world. Numerous recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity. Since 2002 she has been a professor of flute at the academy of music in Hannover. Since 2011 she is professor for flute at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Her students have won prizes of national and international music Competitions.

Gabor Meszaros

Bassoon

Born in a family with a great musical tradition, Gabor Meszaros studied with his father Janos Meszaros, former student of Karel Pivonka. He also followed courses with Milan Turkovic, František Hermann, Werner Seltmann etc. At age 26 he became principal bassoon at the Balearic Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with various orchestras in Switzerland, Spain and Germany.

Since 1998 he is bassoon professor at the Conservatory in Lugano. He regularly gives master classes in Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, China, Korea and Switzerland, and works also as solo bassoon with different orchestras like the Festival Orchester Basel and the National Orchestra of the Basque Country in San Sebastian etc. In 2000 he was invited as main bassoon for the Millennium Gala Concert of the Nations, which took place at the Lincoln Center in New York and was organised by the UNESCO.

Chamber music is an integral part of his artistic activity. Since 2009, Gabor Meszaros is Artistic Director of the Ticino Musica Festival.

Ulla Miilmann

Flute

Ulla Miilmann was born in 1972 in Denmark. She received her Bachelor of Music at North Carolina School of the Arts in 1992. During her college years, Ms. Miilmann was already selected as representative of Denmark in the European Broadcasting Union “Concerts for Young Soloist”. Ms. Miilmann is a prize winner in several competitions, including the prestigious “Flute-Talk” competition in Chicago and the Danish All Music Competion. In the latter she won a Gold Medal.

Ulla Miilmann is a frequent choice for honours and awards due to her outstandingartistic ability as well as her devotion for the betterment of her community. The highly esteemed “Jacob Gade Award” and the Newspaper Critics Artist Prize cometo mind.

In 1994 at the astonishing young age of 22, Ms. Miilmann became the principal flutist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in Copenhagen as well as on tour to Taiwan.

She has worked as a chamber musican all over Scandinavia with many respected ensembles and soloists. Ulla Miilmann plays a Miyazawa prototype handcrafted platinum flute with goldenmechanism and a Yamaha wooden flute exclusively for baroque Performances.

Christian Wetzel

Oboe

Since 2007 Christian Wetzel is Professor for Oboe at the University of Music in Cologne. In addition to teaching as a professor he tours as soloist and member of chamber music groups giving concerts at re-known festivals such as the "Rheingau Music Festival" the Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach and the "Beethoven Festival" in Warschau.

As oboist he is a founding member of the re-known "Ma’a lot brass-quintett" which has been awarded numerous prizes at various international competitions amongst others ARD in Munich. The essemble performs since more than 20 years at home and abroad worldwide and has won a number of important prizes for its recordings.

During his studies with Ingo Goritzki at the Music University in Hannover Christian Wetzel had been granted as colorship of "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" and has played in the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

After finishing his studies he was solo oboist at the National Theatre Orchestra in Mannheim. From 1997 until 2007 he was fulltime Professor for Oboe at the University of Music and Theatre (Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy) in Leipzig.

Christian Wetzel is giving numerous masterclasses worldwide and is Guest Professor at the re-known Music Universities such the Royal Academy of Music in London or the Music University Vienna where he is teaching young musicians.

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.