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 6th Competition “Anton Eberst” (in alfabetical order):
- JÁNOS BÁLINT (Hungary)
- HAN GUOLIANG (China)
- LJUBIŠA JOVANOVIĆ (Serbia)
- LAURA LEVAI AKSIN (Serbia)
- NATAŠA MARIĆ (Germany)
- MATEJ ZUPAN (Slovenia)
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.
Han Guoliang has been described as “one of the most prominent flutists in the world.” He graduated from the Central Conservatory School of Music in Beijing, studying there under Wang Yongxin. In 1988 he won a scholarship to study a Masters Degree at the Boston University School for the Arts. After graduating, he was active among many American orchestras, winning prizes in several national and international flute competitions. He has studied under the famous flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and other world-class teachers.
In recent years, Han Guoliang has performed in Europe, Australasia, the US and Asia. He has given solo concerts, worked as flute professor at the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music, and performed as the principal flutist for the Chinese National Symphonic Orchestra. With this orchestra he has performed with world-class masters Charles Dutoit, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, Li Delun, Michel Plasson and others, both in China and abroad.
In the last 20 years he has recorded many outstanding records and worked with several famous modern Chinese composers. He has also been invited to be an adjudicator and standing artist at music competitions both at home and abroad.
Han Guoliang is currently flute professor at the Central Conservatory of Music and prinicpal flutist of the China National Symphonic Orchestra. He is also President of China flute Association.
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.
Laura Levai-Aksin (Serbia) was born in Subotica. She graduated and completed her master’s studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the studio of Professor Marijan Egić. She continued her studies in Paris in the class of Professor Claude Lefebvre and Professor Patrick Gallois. She further enriched her knowledge by attending numerous master classes held by renowned soloists and pedagogues.
She has received a number of first and special prizes at competitions in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. She was a Laureate title winner of the Young Yugoslav Music Artists Competition in Zagreb, and a first prize winner for the interpretation of contemporary music at the International Review of Composers in Belgrade.
She has performed as a soloist with a number of symphonic and chamber orchestras in the country and abroad. She has held a number of recitals in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Greece, and Israel.
She has taken part in a number of prestigious festivals: NOMUS (Serbia). Zagreb bienalle (Croatia), Opatija Music Festival (Croatia), Music Festivities in Subotica and Sombor (Serbia), Summer Festival in Herceg Novi (Montenegro), Theatre City Budva (Montenegro), Belgrade Flute Fest (Serbia), BELEF (Serbia), Europhonia in Zagreb (Croatia), Sabato Serra in Torino (Italy), Kotor Art Festival (Montenegro), Parisian Fall (France), Berlin Modern Art Festival (Germany), European Avant-garde Festival in Lepzig (Germany), Festival d’Avignon (France), Bekesi Flute Festival (Hungary), Festivals in Patras and Afitos (Greece).
Laura Levai Aksin has served as a solo flutist in the Opera Orchestra of the Serbian National Theatre, the 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 acted as a member of the Formatio and Theatre Jel ensembles, as well as the Orlean Flute Orchestra.
She is a member of the flute trio Density and the wind quintet Synergia 5. For the last three decades, Laura has been cooperating with pianist Iris Kobal.
She has made recordings for a number of radio and TV stations in the region, including Hungarian TV, Czech TV, RTV Dortmund and RAI. The publishing houses Recommended Records from London, EOS from Graz, and Visio Mundi and SKC from Novi Sad have published compact discs of her performances.
She is currently teaching flute as a full professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. She has given a large number of master classes and served as a jury member at numerous domestic and international competitions and festivals.
Nataša Marić was born inNovi Sad,Serbia, where she completedIsidorBajićMusicSchool in the studio of Radmila Rakin-Martinović. In 1992, she graduated from the Novi Sad Academy of Arts under Marijan Egić. After studying inKarlsruhe (Germany) with Renate Greiss-Armin, she pursued her education inBasel (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 inBayreuth(Germany) in 1997 and inBasel(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 atMainzMuzicAcademyat the invitation of Professor Dejan Gavrić. Mrs. Marić currently teaches at the Geneva Conservatory of Music.
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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