Competition Rules
Competition Jury

Chairman of Jury

Daejin Kim(Korea)
Daejin Kim is one of the most leading pianists and pedagogues in Korea.
He won in 1985 the first prize in the prestigious 6th Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (presently, the Cleveland Competition). In 1986, Mr. Kim made his New York debut and received an exceptionally favorable review from the critic for the New York Times who wrote that "Daejin Kim demonstrated all the accouterments necessary for a successful solo career." Since then, he has performed in recital and with orchestra in major cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

In 1994, Mr. Kim family moved to Korea and since then he has become a prime example of that rare individual who is able to successfully combine both the demanding careers of a concert artist and the most productive teacher.

His master classes have drawn international recognition and at the same time, he has been able to maintain a full schedule of performances such as a historic one-day performance of the complete Beethoven's Piano Concertos(2000) and the complete cycle of the Mozart Piano Concertos(2002-2004).His recent discography includes 2 Piano Concertos by Mozart (K.488 & K.453), which he conducted the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard (Sony Label).

In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded 'the Professor of the Year' Award by the Music Association of Korea in 2006, and recently, he received a decoration for ‘the Artist of the Year’ by the Ministry of Culture in Korea.

Prof. Kim has been on jury member for the prestigious competitions such as the Busoni, the Gina Bachauer, Clara Haskil, the Beethoven (Bonn), the Cleveland, the Hamamatsu, the Paderewski and the Leeds International Competition in 2012. He will be on the jury for the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in 2013.

His students have earned the prizes in the major international competitions as his student at the Korean National University of Arts has won the first prize at the 2005 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition and the first prize at the Leeds International Competition in 2006.

Daejin Kim received a Bachelor's, a Master's, and a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Martin Canin. He has been a member of the associate faculty at the Manhattan School of music. He is currently the Professor of Piano at the Korean National University of Arts and the Music Director of the Kumho Chamber Music Society.

After close collaboration with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra which is one of the prestigious orchestras in Korea, as soloist and conductor for many years, he became its Music Director in 2008.
Recently, Mr.Kim and the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra made a very successful debut concert at the Carnegie Hall and he is now making the complete cycle of Beethoven Symphonies and Concertos.

Jury Members
Douglas Humpherys(U.S.A)

Since winning the gold medal at the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Douglas Humpherys' concert career has spanned more than three decades across four continents.
During recent years, he has performed concerts and taught master classes in many of
the important cities of Asia including Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and throughout the major schools in the Chinese Conservatory system.

In Europe, Mr. Humpherys' performance engagements have included Moscow, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Venice, and Dublin, with additional engagements in Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Serbia. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and during the summer of 2012, he was a faculty member and guest artist with Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur, a project sponsored by the United States Embassy in Argentina. He is listed on the artists' roster of Steinway and Sons.

Mr. Humpherys completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Piano Department.
In high demand as a teacher, he has been appointed to visiting residencies or professorships at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the University of Michigan. His students have won numerous competition prizes including the Honens, Cleveland, Hilton Head, Osaka, and Pacific International Competitions, as well as two recent national first-prize winners of the MTNA/Steinway Young Artists Competition.

Robert Benz(Germany)
Born in former Yugoslavia in 1954, German pianist Robert Benz received his first piano lessons from his father at the age of four.
After being taught by Naoyuki Taneda at the University of Music Karlsruhe, where he also graduated in conducting, Robert Benz went to The Juilliard School New York as a student of Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin.
Robert Benz became famous as the winner of the First prize of both, the International Busoni Competition in Bolzano 1974 and the International Liszt-Bartòk Competition in Budapest 1976.
He started an extensive career as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the world. His recordings include the complete 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven for the label Thorofon.
In 1990 Robert Benz became professor of piano at the University of Music Mannheim.
He decided to withdraw as a soloist and to concentrate on chamber music.
Since 1996 he is the pianist of Trio Bamberg and has performed and recorded most of the piano trio repertoire.
In 2005 he became artistic director of the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists.
Today Robert Benz enjoys an international reputation as a teacher and is regularly serving as a jury member at international competitions.
Eleanor Wong(Hong Kong/China)
Professor Eleanor Wong was born in Macao and pursued her musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, on an Associated Board Scholarship with Frederic Jackson and Max Pirani. Besides winning numerous prizes and awards, Eleanor was one the few students graduated with both the Graduate Diploma (G.R.S.M), and the Recital Diploma as well as top honours: the Walter Macfarren Gold medal and Majorie Whyte Memorial Award for the most outstanding students. As a Boise Scholar, Eleanor studied in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter and later in New York with Artur Balsam.
Winner of silver medal at the Viotti International Competition Italy, Professor Wong broadcasted on RTHK Radio 4 (Hong Kong), WNYC (New York), BBC (UK), and overseas services. She has also given recitals extensively in the United Kingdom (including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London), China, and the United States. Professor Wong is recognized as one of the foremost piano pedagogues with many of her pupils winning top prizes in international and local piano competitions.
IBeing one of the most sought-after teachers, Professor Wong frequently hosted lectures and workshops on Piano Pedagogy and has given master-classes in China, England, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay and USA. She is also a frequent juror for many international piano competitions and festivals.
Presently, Professor Wong is an Artist in Residence and Senior Lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also a visiting professor at the Shenzhen School of Arts and Wuhan Music Conservatory, and is also an honorary professor of the Tianjin Music Conservatory. She is a Steinway Artist, Co-Director of the Hong Kong Summer Music, and the Chairperson of the Piano Teachers' Association in Hong Kong. Professor Wong is also on the Board of Advisors for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), Trinity Guildhall music exam (Hong Kong) and the Dalcroze Society of Hong Kong. In 2007, Professor Wong was elected one of 2007 “Outstanding Leaders” by Singtao Daily in Hong Kong for her contributions to the musical world.
Dai Uk Lee(Korea)
Lee Dai Uk, pianist and conductor, performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten and gave numerous performances in Korea since he won 1st prize from Dong-A Music Competition in 1962. Upon graduation from Kyunggi High School, he was admitted to the Juilliard School as a full scholarship student.
There he received his bachelor of music and master of music degrees, studying with Sasha Gorodnitzki, Rosina Lhevinne, and Martin Canin.

He continued his piano studies with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, while at the same time studying conducting with Frederick Prausnitz, eventually receiving doctor of musical arts degree there.

From 1984 to 2003, he was a professor for piano and conducting at Michigan State University and a guest professor at Kyungwon University from 1990 to 1992. He was a music director of Michigan Chamber Symphony Orchestra, which he founded in 1995. In 2003, he taught as a guest professor at Seoul National University for a year as a Fulbright scholar.

He was a general music director of the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Lee conducted the orchestra of final stage at Isang Yun Competition 2008 in Piano. Recently he has given solo piano recitals at Boston University, University of Florida and University of Kansas. In spring of 2011 he is giving a complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin with violinist Min Kim in Seoul and in the fall, he will be giving a series of recitals with programs devoted to Liszt, commemorating the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. This past spring he performed the second piano concerto of Brahms on two different occasions, once as a part of Seoul Art Center's annual National Orchestral Festival. In November of 2011 he served as the chairman of the jury in the Isang Yun International Piano Competition in Tong Yeong, Korea. Currently he is a professor at Hanyang University in Seoul.

Zhaoyi Dan(China)

Zhaoyi Dan, the famous piano pedagogue, Professor. In 1964, he graduated from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and became one of the faculty members.
Since 1995 he has been engaged in teaching at Shenzhen Arts School. He returned to Sichuan Conservatory of Music as a distinguished professor in 2009 and taught in both schools.

He used to study with Prof. He Huixian, Lin Ruizhi and the famous pianist and piano pedagogue, Prof. Zhou Guangren in succeeion. During more than 40 years of piano teaching, Prof. Dan has taught a group of brilliant young pianists. The most outstanding pianists are Yundi Li, Sa Chen and Haochen Zhang .
They won the world's most important and distinguished piano competitions like International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Leeds International Piano Competition, Van Cliburn Competition when they were only 17 to 19years old.

Li and Chen’s success became a historical milestone in the Chinese piano education. According to the statistics, over decades, his students have won dozens of prizes in domestic piano competitions, 21 students won 59prizes in international piano competitions, 52 students won top 3, in which 23 students won No.1.
Zhaoyi Dan has won a number of domestic and international honorary titles due to outstanding working achievement and teaching results and been invited as the lecturer and judge in a number of international competitions.
In 2011, Sichuan Conservatory of Music cooperated with Shanghai Music Publishing House to publish Piano Educator Zhaoyi Dan, Cultivating World Champion series book, which comprehensively displays the theoretical research and teaching practical results of Zhaoyi Dan in piano education.


Hitoshi Kobayashi(Japan)
  Graduated the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Arts, and studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Munich, Germany. Prize winner of the International Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw 1960. As a concert pianist he performed over 40 piano concertos with major orchestras in Japan and abroad. Also as a chamber music pianist had many concert tours with Leonid Kogan, Josef Suk, Pierre Fournier, Jacque Lancelot and other worldwide famous artists. Jury of the International Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw, International Piano Competition in Geneva, International Piano Competition in Tokyo, Hamamatsu and others.
Honorary Professor of the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Arts (Geidai) Honorary President of the Japan Piano Teachers Association Dean, Professor of the Sapporo Otani University, President of the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan.