Jury ’11

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 4th Competition “Anton Eberst” (in alfabetical order):

János Bálint was born in Budapest in 1961. He graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 1984. He is the winner of competitions in Leipzig,  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 is the founder and Director of the Doppler Institute in Budapest. He curently holds professorships at the Musikhochschule in Detmold (Germany), Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest (Hungary) and Music Academy in Kragujevac (Serbia). Each year he conducts between 10 and 12 master classes worlwide.

As a soloist, he has performed in nearly all European countries, as well as in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Israel. He has recorded and published 24 CDs for “Capriccio” (Germany), “Hungaroton” (Hungary) and “Naxos”. In 2008, he was awarded the Franz Liszt Prize by the Ministry of Culture and Education in Hungary – the most prestigious Hugarian award  for music performance.

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Norbert Girlinger was born in 1962. Very early is his life, he became interested in piano, flute and conducting, but over time began to concentrate more and more on the flute. As a consequence he undertook a pedagogical course at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversity in Linz, with the flute as his main interest. He also studied with Prof. Wolfgang Schulz at the Musikhochschule in Vienna and participated in master classes with Aurele Nicolet (Freiburg) and Thomas Pinchof (Melbourne).

In addition to invitations to perform as a soloist, he works primarily in the field of chamber music, where he employs a great variety of flutes from picolo to octobass. In an attempt to find a new sound, he has experimented thoroughly with all manner of materials and, as a result, has begun to play a cylindrical wooden flute, which is otherwise unused in our present day. He is presumably unique in the world as all his instruments are exclusively handcrafted in wood.

He has made recordings for radio and television stations, and has published CD recordings. Since 1989 he has been leading flute classes at the Anton Bruckner – University Linz and teaches master-classes.

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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, China 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 the institution and won The City of Belgrade Award in 2008, followed by the St. Sava National Award for special merits in the improvement of education in Serbia in 2009. He is a permanent member of The New Music Ensemble and the trio Anima (with Nataša Veljković, piano and Sandra Belić, violoncello).  He has maintained a long-time collaboration with the renowned pianist Aleksandar Serdar.

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. Currently, he is the president of Camerata Serbica 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.

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Laura Levai-Aksin was born in Subotica. She graduated and completed her master thesis at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.  She continued her studies in Paris in the class of Prof. Claude Lefebvre and Prof. Patrick Gallois. She improved her knowledge during numerous master classes held by renowned soloists and pedagogues (Jacques Castagnet in France, Aurele Nicolet in Switzerland, etc.). She has received various awards and honours at domestic and international competitions.

She has performed as a soloist with a number of symphonic and chamber orchestras in Serbia and abroad. She has given a number of recitals and played in many chamber concerts in the former countries of Yugoslavia, as well as in France, Belgium, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Greece, Israel, etc.

Laura was a solo flutist of the Opera Orchestra of the Serbian National Theatre, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Camerata Academica in Novi Sad, as well as of the ensemble for new music Musica Viva. During her stay in France, she was a member of the Formatio and Theatre Jel ensembles. She is a member of the flute trio Density and wind quintet Synergia 5. For the last three decades, Laura has been cooperating with pianist Iris Kobal. The publishing houses Recommended Records from London, EOS from Graz and Visio Mundi from Novi Sad published compact discs with her performances.

She is currently teaching flute as a full professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and Banja Luka. She has given a large number of master classes and as a jury member has been present at numerous domestic and international competitions and festivals. Her students have achieved excellent results at domestic and international competitions and have demonstrated exceptional artistic standards at concerts and other performances of note.

The repertoire of Laura Levai Aksin is very rich and versatile, encompassing all the major compositions for flute from baroque to contemporary music. She pays special interest to the works of contemporary authors. She was the first flutist in her country to play a large number of pieces by composers such as J. Rodrigo, K. Stockhausen, P. Boulez, L. Berio, K. Fukushima, R. Dick, L. Andriessen, A. Pärt, R. Shankar, N. Rota, B. Jolas, T. Takemitsu… She has also premiered a number of new works written particularly for her.

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Nataša Marić was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, where she completed Isidor Bajić Music School in the studio of Radmila Rakin-Martinović. In 1992, she graduated from the Novi Sad Academy of Arts under Marijan Egić. After studying in Karlsruhe (Germany) with Renate Greiss-Armin, she pursued her education in Basel (Switzerland), where she obtained a Soloist Diploma as a student of Felix Renggli in 2001.  Afterwards she continued to further her education as a chamber musician (wind quintet) with the clarinetist Wolfgang Meyer.

While still a student in Novi Sad, she won a number of regional as well as national competitions in the former Yugoslavia.  She also received prizes at international competitions in Bayreuth (Germany) in 1997 and in Basel (Switzerland), winning the Sankyo Competition in 1999. Between 1999 and 2001, she served as the principal flutist in the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and, in 2001, was engaged in the same capacity in the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra in Milan (Italy).  Since that time, she has been working as a freelance artist.  She has played in numerous orchestras in Germany (SWR Freiburg, Kammerphilharmonie Heilbronn, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester…). Simultaneously, she began intensely involving herself in modern music and, following numerous perfomances with a number of different ensembles ( Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, Ensemble Ascolta Stuttgart, Collegium Nuovum Zurich, KNM Berlin), she became the principal flutist of the Contrechamps Ensemble based in Geneva in 2006, where she remained a full-time ensemble member until 2011.  She collaborates with a number of esteemed contemorary composers such as Heinz Holliger, Michael Jarell, Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, etc.  Over the past three years, she has been perfoming as the principal flutist and a guest member of Viennaese Klangforum Ensemble.  She is also a frequent guest of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.  Heinz Holliger, Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Nott, Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding and Mariss Jansons are some of the most prominent conductors with whom she has collaborated.  As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at numerous European festivals ( Musica Strassbourg, Wien Moderne, Ars Brusselex, Musik Berlin, Schleswig- Hollstein Musikfestival, Festival Musique d’automne Paris…).

She is also actively engaged in pedagogy.  Since 2006, she has been working as an Assistant of Professor Gunhild Ott in Essen.  During the summer semester in 2007, she was appointed as a guest professor at Mainz Muzic Academy at the invitation of Professor Dejan Gavrić.  Mrs. Marić currently teaches at the Geneva Conservatory of Music.

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Kersten McCall, since 2005 the principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, was born in Freiburg (Germany) and had his first flute lesson at the age of nine.

He has studied with such teachers as Felix Renggli, Renate Greiss and Aurele Nicolet. Between 1997 and 2005 he was the principal flutist of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrucken (Germany). Kersten McCall has won prizes at several competitions, including at ARD Munich, Prague Spring and Kobe (1st prize). He has been invited to serve as guest principal flutist with orchestras such as the Berlin and the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist he has performed with such conductors as Sandor Vegh, Martyn Brabbins, Michael Stern, Petr Altrichter and Ruben Gazaria, and has toured many countries in the Far and Middle East, South America, Russia and most European countries.

In 1996 he founded the ensemble est!est!!est!!! for contemporary music and performance, which has won several prizes in Germany. Kersten McCall is a member of the Linos-Ensemble and the Concertgebouw Chamber Soloists.

Kersten McCall is currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory in Hague.

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Radmila Rakin-Martinović graduated from the Novi Sad Academy of Arts in 1984, and obtained her MA in Flute at the same institution in 1987, with Professor Marijan Egić. Her performance was perfected with Bruno Cavallo. As one of the best students, she participated in numerous competitions and won many awards and prizes, including a total of 16 first prizes. She performed as a soloist and chamber musician (in Duo and with Flute Trio Density). She took part in the most significant music events in former Yugoslavia and performed as a soloist with a great number of orchestras. She has made recordings for numerous radio and TV stations and recorded a CD produced by “EOS” from Graz (Austria).

Her engagement in teaching commenced at the second year of her university studies, in 1981, when she became a flute teacher with the Isidor Bajić Music School in Novi Sad. She is a member of all national flute juries, as well as a member of the international jury at the Petar Konjovic Competition in Belgrade. She has worked as a  professor at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts for the subjects Flute Teaching Methods and Wind Instrument Teaching Methods since October 1999. From 2001 until 2005, she was teaching at the Cetinje (Montenegro) Academy of Music, too.  For the subjects she teaches, Radmila has the title of Associated Professor.

Mr Radmila Rakin-Martinović has been the Principal of the Isidor Bajić Music School in Novi Sad since 1996. Excellent results of the School at every relevant competition (the best music school in Serbia five times in a sequence) were accompanied by celebration of three jubilees: 130th anniversary of Isidor Bajić’s birthday and 90th and 100thanniversaries of founding of the School. Radmila was the executive producer of two CDs published by the School in cooperation with Radio Novi Sad. Isidor Bajić Music School was awarded the most prestigious award in the area of culture and art –  “Vuk Award”, in 1999, as well as the international award for the best image in 2004 New Millennium Award – International Award for the Best Trade Name (Madrid, Spain). Vojvodina Cultural and Educational Association has awarded her with “Cultural Spark Award” for the year 1999. She was awarded the Global Quality Management Golden Badge for the best manager in 2004 (Madrid, Spain). The Annual Award by the Music and Ballet Schools Association in Serbia was given to Radmila Rakin-Martinović in 2004, and Novi Sad City Assembly awarded her the “Novembarska povelja Grada Novog Sada” in 2005, for outstanding results. In January 2006, Mr Radmila Rakin-Martinović has been awarded “Svetosavska nagrada” by the Ministry of Education and Sport of Serbia. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the “Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial” and “Anton Eberst Clarinet&Flute Competition”.

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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 Feđa 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 a Professor at the Academy of Music at Ljubljana University.

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