The Contest Artistic Directors


Benjamin Schwartz
Assistant Artistic Administrator,
Boston Symphony Orchestra

As Assistant Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Schwartz contributes to several aspects of the orchestra’s artistic planning, including the programming and coordination of BSO Prelude concerts at Tanglewood, community chamber music concerts in Boston, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players concert series at Jordan Hall, in addition to all of the orchestra’s Symphony Season and Tanglewood concert planning. He also works closely with BSO cultural and educational partners on events organized to celebrate and explore significant highlights of the orchestra’s seasonal repertoire. Ben also collaborates with BSO Music Director Laureate Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Administrator of the Saito-Kinen Festival, where he bears primary administrative responsibility for the artistic planning of the festival. Outside of his various administrative responsibilities, Ben performs actively as a cellist, showing a particular passion for contemporary music, appearing regularly as member of the Callithmpian Consort, for which he also serves as executive director.

Bernd Goetzke
Professor at the Hannover Musikhochschule

At 13-year-old, Bernd Goetzke started studying at the Music University Hanover. He completed his concert examinations with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. Goetzke’s numerous prizes at international competitions include Athens, Brussels, Epinal, Milan and Paris. He has collaborated with Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He is a highly sought after juror of large international competitions.

Professor Goetzke also deserves great credit for promoting youth. He founded the IFF (Institut zur Früh-Förderung musikalisch Hochbegabter).

Chloe Herteleer
Music Programming Director at De Singel Music Complex in Antwerp (Belgium)

Chloë Herteleer (°1976, Ghent, Belgium) has been a music programmer at deSingel International Arts Campus since the Spring of 2003. DeSingel is a multidisciplinary arts centre in Antwerp, which organises over 100 concerts, master classes and lecture recitals each season. Before 2003, she worked for the Flanders Festival in Brussels and Ghent and for the classical music radio channel Klara. Chloë graduated in Musicology and Cultural Studies at the Universities of Ghent, Leuven and Frankfurt am Main. During her studies, she taught music history and piano at several music academies in Flanders. She has been a passionate piano player since she was nine – although never professionally. In recent years, she has been taking private lessons with Luk Vaes in Ghent, Jozef De Beenhouwer in Antwerp and Irwin Gage in Zürich. She finds it important to keep developing her piano playing skills, not only for her own pleasure but also for professional reasons, as it helps her select artists and ensembles in preparation for concert series. Chamber music and lieder recitals are the genres closest to her heart.

John Perry
Professor, Keyboard Studies, USC Thornton School

Mr. Perry has won numerous awards including the highest prizes in both the Busoni and Viotti international piano competitions in Italy and special honors at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. Since then he has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim. Also a respected chamber musician, Mr. Perry has collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists.

In addition to his position as professor of music at the USC Thornton School, Mr. Perry is also visiting artist teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a member of the faculty of the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, the Idyllwild School of the Arts in Idyllwild, California and frequent guest faculty at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada. During the summer he is an artist-teacher at the Aspen Music Festival. He has recently released recordings of three major American works for piano solo: Paul Cooper’s Sinfonia, Sam Jones’ Sonata for Piano, and the Piano Sonata of Donald Keats.

Kate Monaghan
Associate Director of Programming Lincoln Center

Kate Monaghan, Associate Director of Programming Lincoln Center, is responsible for programming various series of recitals and chamber music, lectures, and film. For the Great Performers series, she programs Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts, identifies collaborators for Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great? series, and coordinates a wide-ranging music-on-film series. She programs pre-concert lectures for Great Performers concerts and Mostly Mozart Festival events, and she has organized highly successful panel discussions for the White Light and Mostly Mozart Festivals. At Mostly Mozart, she is responsible for the popular pre-concert recitals series, featuring a mix of established soloists and younger artists. She is also responsible for written materials related to Lincoln Center’s programming, including involvement in Playbill programs and website content.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Fordham University.

Volker Stenzl
Member of Stenzl Piano Duo

Piano Duo Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl rank amongst the best piano duos of the international music scene. Winners of the second Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition and ten further international competitions, their extensive career has taken them to almost all European countries, to North and South America, West Africa, Japan, China and Hong Kong in the major concert halls throughout the world.

In January 2009, Gustavo Dudamel invited them to perform Mendelssohn´s E major Double Concerto with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. In December 2010 the Stenzls made their first Russian tour, playing recitals in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nischnij-Novgorod.

In 1996 Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl were appointed Associates of the Royal Academy of Music London“. They are professors at the Universitites of Music in Stuttgart and Rostock (advanced piano duo studies - many of their student teams are international prize-winners themselves) and give masterclasses in many countries. In addition they serve on the juries of renowned national and international music competitions.

They record on the Ars Musici label.

Wu Ying
Professor and Dean of the Piano Department, Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Wu Ying, an outstanding Chinese pianist, graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in 1976 and then furthered his piano study with virtuoso Badura-Skoda in Austria after gaining his master’s degree. He graduated from the Vienna State Music Academy in 1984 and then became a tutor of China Central Conservatory of Music. Now he is the professor and Dean of the Piano Department at Beijing's Conservatory of Music. Over the past years, Wu Ying has been frequently invited to the great concert stages and perform with the renowned symphony orchestras around the world.



The Application for the 13th Competition will be released in the summer of 2016






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