The Competition Jury will be comprised of nationally and internationally recognized performers and teachers. Any member of the jury who is related to a competitor, or has had (institutionally or privately) any sort of teaching contact with a competitor, with or without reimbursement for the tuition provided, and regardless of the number of lessons given, cannot score, mark, or rank that particular competitor. The Jury reserves the right to stop a performance if the competitor exceeds the prescribed duration.
Each competitor will be allowed to communicate with the members of the Jury once the Competition has reached its conclusion. The Jury’s decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.
Jury members for the 2nd Competition “Anton Eberst” (in alfabetical order):
- JÁNOS BÁLINT (Hungary)
- MATOULA CHATZI (Greece)
- DEJAN GAVRIĆ (Serbia/Germany)
- LjUBIŠA JOVANOVIĆ (Serbia)
- LAURA LEVAI-AKSIN (Serbia)
- MATEJ ZUPAN (Slovenia)
János Bálint was born in Budapest in 1961. He graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1984. He is the winner of competitions in Lepzig, Marknuhr Kirchen, and Ankona.
He has been the solo flutist of the Hungarian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, International Pro Mondo Uno Orchestra, and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked as a guest Professor at Respighi Academy in Rome, and also taught at music academies in Szeged (Hungary), Rovigo and Imola (Italy). Since 1998 he has been Artistic Director of the Auer Summer Academy of Music in Vesprem, and he also been serving as Principle of the Doppler Institue in Budapest since 1999. His current professorship at the Musikhochschule u Detmold (Germany) began in 2003, and since 2004 he has also been engaged as a guest professor at Phylology-Art Faculty in Kragujevac.
He frequently leads master classes at Sibellius Academy – Helsinki (Finland), Musichochschule – Vienna (Austria), Trinity College – London (England), Respighi Academy – Rome (Italy), Allegro Vivo Festival – Horn (Austria), Spektrum 87 Festival – Diekirch (Luxemburg), Suver Art Festival – Suvereto (Italy), Passau University (Germany), Turku (Finland), Tokio i Osaka (Japan), Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart, Passau (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Imola (Italy), Taipei (Taiwan), Corea, France, Poland, Romenia, Kragujevac, Novi Sad , Beograd (Serbia), Petrovac, Kotor, Podgorica (Montengro).
He has been a jury member at competitions held in the USA, Japan, Italy, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Serbia. His students have won numerous prizes at prestigious competitions: Altamura Mercadante Competition, Riva del Garda Syrinx Comp, Roma Valentino Bucchi Comp, Prague International Music Comp, Viggiano Lorenzo Comp, Roma Syrinx Comp, Paris Chamber Comp, Paris Rampal Comp, Trapani Chamber Music Comp, Tokio Flute Comp, Caltanisetta International Flute Comp, Timisoara International Flute Competition, Krakow International Flute Competition. He has recorded and published 24 CDs for “Capriccio” (Germany), “Hungaroton” (Hungary) and “Naxos”.
As a soloist he has performed at many of the most important European festivals and concert halls in London, Paris, Rome, Bratislava, Moscow, Helsinki, Salzburg, and Budapest. He has also performed in Israel, the United States, Taiwan and Japan. He has appeared in concerts with esteemed artists such as Ruggero Ricci, Georges Cziffra, Tamas Vasary, Gervase de Peyer, Pierre Pierlot, Andras Adorjan, Ransom Wilson, Susan Milan, Aurele Nicolet, Alain Marion and Jean Claude Gerard, as well as renowned ensembles and orchestras like the English Chamber Orchestra, The Radio Orchestra of Bratislava, The European Soloist from Luxemburg Chamber Orchestra, Kodaly Quartett, and all of the most significant Hungarian orchestras. He furthers an already wide repertoire by performing his own transcriptions. He has won numerous awards for the performance of contemporary pieces written particularly for him. He is the exclusive representative of Pearl instruments in Europe.
Matoula Chatzi was born in Thessaloniki (Greece). At the age of 10, she started studying flute at the Contemporary Conservatory of Thessaloniki with Bertran Cot, Dieter Vogt and Vesselin Belomazov. She graduated with the highest marks possible in 1995, winning a scholarship, and also earning the second prize.
Since 1997 she has been engaged as the solo flutist at the Municipal Symphony of Thessaloniki. For three consecutive years she participated in the International Chamber Music Festival of Paxoi and the Sanny Festival. In 1997 she won the second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of Helexpo.
In 1998 she embarked on her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London through a scholarship from the Alexandra Triandi Foundation and the Paxos Festival Trust. She studied under Professors Sebastian Bell, Jaime Martin and Keith Bragg (piccolo). In 1999 she received her Teaching Diploma, and in 2000 earned a Postgraduate Performance Diploma in flute. She took part in master classes led by Robert Aitken, Alein Marion, William Bennett, Felix Manz. While in Great Britain, she often performed as a member of a duo she founded in additon to teaching at the King’s College of London..
Since 2001 she has been active as a member of the Thessaloniki State Orchestra and as a teacher at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She also served as a jury member at Thessaloniki’s First European Flute Competition, and is a frequent lecturer at international master classes in Kawala and at the Summer Academy of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She is currently a member of the ‘Stepic Trio’ and of the ‘Thessaloniki Winds Quintet’.
Dejan Gavrić was born in Belgrade in 1966. He started playing flute at the age of 11 and gave his first concert only a year later. From 1984 to 1988 he studied at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade. Upon receiving a scholarship to continue his education at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, he became a student in the studio of Professor Matthias Rütters. He graduated from Folkwang Hochschule with honors in February 1991.
As a student he received the First Prize at the Folkwang-Hochschule Competition, as well as the prestigious Folkwang Award for his overall artistic achievements. In 1993, after completing his postgraduate studies with honors at the same institution, he became a Professor at Folkwang Hochschule.
He has won awards at various international competitions, including the Maria Casals Competition in Barcelona (Spain) and the Leonardo De Lorenzo Competition in Viaggio (Italy).
During his studies in Belgrade, he appeared as a soloist with The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and The Belgrade Radio Television Symphony Orchestra on multiple occassions. He has performed at BEMUS Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) and Summer Music Festival (Split, Croatia), and has also made recordings for Belgrade Radio and Television. His engagements as a soloist and ensemble member have taken him to England, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany, Japan, and USA, including appearances at The Marlboro Music Festival, and Hitzacker Musiktagen. He was engaged as solo Flutist at the Theater and Philharmonic Orchestra in Essen, in the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and in the Philhramonic Orchestra in Graz.
Since 2002 Dejan Gavrić has been employed as a Full Time Professor for Flute at the Hochschule für Musik Rheinland-Pfalz.
Ljubiša Jovanović obtained his graduate and post-graduate education from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, where he studied flute under Professor Miodrag Azanjac. During the following two years, he continued his education in Paris in the studio of Professor Chiristian Larde, and received the Diplome Superieur de Concertiste in 1983. His years-long collaboration with one of the greatest contemporary musicians, flutist Aurele Nicolet, resulted in the successful realisation of numerous solo recitals and chamber music performances. The pieces performed ranged from the Baroque to the contemporary era. He has played at the most important festivals of the former Yugoslavia, as well as in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia, Romania, Great Britain, Algeria, Finland, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, South African Republic etc.
Ljubiša Jovanović won the First Prize for interpretation at the International Annual Review of Composers, held in Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad in 1998, The Golden Link for artistic merits in 1992, The Annual Award of the Serbian Music Artists Association in the same year, as well as The Belgrade Cultural Fund Award for the best concerts held in Belgrade in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1992. He received the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Golden Medal on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of this institution, and The University of Arts in Belgrade Silver Medal with Charter for merits in the improvement of teaching processes. He is a permanent member of The New Music Ensemble and the trio Anima (with Nataša Veljković, piano and Sandra Belić , violoncello).
For 25 years he was the solo flutist of the Belgrade Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Belgrade Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is employed as a Full Time Professor of flute at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade and at the Music Academy in Cetinje (Montenegro), where he was engaged as the Head of the Wind Department from 1998 to 2002. Since 2002, he has served as Vice Dean at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade
Laura Levai-Aksin was born in Subotica. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the studio of Marijan Egić. She then continued her studies in Paris under the tutelage of Claude Lefebvre and Patrick Gallois. She has also participated in numerous master classes led by renowned soloists and professors (Jacques Castagnet, A. Nicolet, etc.).
Mrs. Levai-Aksin has performed with a number of chamber and symphonic orchestras, in the country and abroad. She has given numerous recitals, and has appeared as a member of chamber ensembles throughout the former Yugoslavia, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Portugal, Greece, and Israel.
She was engaged as the solo flutist in the Serbian National Theater Opera Orchestra, the Vojvodina Symphonic Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Chamber Orchestra, and in the Musica Viva Ensemble for Contemporary Music. During her stay in France, she was a member of the Formatio and Theatre Jel ensembles.
Mrs. Levai – Aksin is a member of flute trio „Density“ and the wind quintet „Synergia 5“. She has been collaborating with the pianist Iris Kobal for three decades, and since 1999 has also been performing with the guitarist Zoran Krajišnik.
She has won numerous prizes and awards at national and international competitions.
Recommended Records (London), EOS (Graz), Visio Mundi (Novi Sad), and SPh Classic (Subotica) have all published CD recordings with her performances.
She is currently employed as a full time Professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, and the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. She frequently leads flute master classes, and often serves as a jury member at competitions and festivals in the country and abroad.
Matej Zupan was born in Slovenia in 1970. He completed his graduate and post graduate studies at the Academy of Music at Ljubljana University under Professor Fedja Rupel before continuing his education with Professor Mario Ancillotti, also attending masterclasses led by Trevor Wye, Michel Debost, Peter-Lukas Graf and James Galway. He has won prizes at multiple national competitions.
From 1996 to 2008 he was the principal flutist of the Slovenian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a solist and a member of the ARIART Woodwind Quintet, the ACADEMIA ARS MUSICAE Chamber Orchestra, the recently founded Ensemble for contemporary Music MD7, and the Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (Society of Slovenian Composers), he has performed extensively throughout Slovenia, Europe and both Americas. He has recorded for Slovenian Radio and TV, RAI and ORF.
He is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Music at Ljubljana University.