Adjudicators 2013

OPC HONORARY CHAIRPERSON

 

DR. LESLIE HOWARD

Annual re-engagements on 5 continents and a 130-CD discography attest to the burgeoning popularity of Leslie Howard, established worldwide as a concert pianist, composer, conductor, chamber musician and scholar. A citizen both of Britain and Australia - born in Melbourne but resident in London since 1972 - Dr. Howard has earned an extraordinary claim to immortality, having accomplished a feat unequalled by any solo artist in recording history - his 97-CD survey (for Hyperion) of the complete piano music of Franz Liszt. Accomplished within 14 years, it encompasses 300+ world premieres, including works prepared by Dr. Howard from Liszt’s still unpublished manuscripts, and works unheard since Liszt’s lifetime. This monumental project merited Dr. Howard’s entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, 6 Grands Prix du Disque and - all presented to him by the President of Hungary - the Medal of St. Stephen, the Pro Cultura Hungarica award, and a mounted bronze cast of Liszt’s hand.

At an internationally telecast ceremony from Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed on Dr. Howard “Member in the Order of Australia” for his “service to the arts as piano soloist, composer, musicologist and mentor to young musicians.” Highlights of Dr. Howard’s 2004-2005 concert season included an extensive Asian tour, with recitals and master classes throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

His triumphant return to America included his highly anticipated recital at the 2005 International Keyboard Institute & Festival in Manhattan, for which he received accolades from the New York Times. Dr. Howard also realised his dream to conduct Liszt’s monumental Oratorio Christus in a rare and much-praised revival in Leicester.

 

 

JURY CHAIRPERSON 2013

 

TINA FRABOTTA ZUCCHELLINI

Tina started her musical studies at a very young age training at the Conservatorio L. Cherubini in Florence where she obtained her diploma in Pianoforte under the guidance of E. Scarlino.

She then completed various postgraduate studies, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Conservatorio di Lucerna in Switzerland with maestri C. Zecchi, G. Agosti, A. Cortot, Orzoscki and Frager. She has achieved, and continues to achieve, with the approval of the musical public and critics, a very strong artistic presence in Italy and abroad, both as a soloist and as piano duo. She has given numerous chamber performances as well as concerto performances in many Italian cities for notable associations such as the "Amici della Musica" and for many German musical associations. She has participated for many years in the Festival di Roma, directed by Maestro Fritz Maraffi.

Tina has been recorded live by R.A.I., by Televisione Italia and has composed some works for solo piano as well as for piano duo. She is regularly called to form part of the jury of national piano competitions, moreover being invited frequently to hold courses for different associations where she can display her passion for teaching.

Since 1979 Tina has held tenure as Head of Piano at the Conservatorio of La Spezia and during the academic year 1991-1992 she was conferred the position of Director of such Conservatorio.

 

 

ADJUDICATORS 2013

 

Coady Green

Coady Green is acknowledged as a major rising talent on the international concert circuit, having been described as “a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, and “accurate and exhilarating”, (Musical Opinion, London), with “a strong and versatile technique capable of the most delicate colouring and tonal brilliance, rising to the challenges of extreme virtuoso demands with relish” (The Advertiser, South Australia).

Coady Green began piano studies at the age of three, in South Australia. He studied with Wayne Hancock, Noreen Stokes and Graham Williams (a student of Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen). After winning a large number of national awards in his early youth, including the National Yamaha Youth Piano Competition, he relocated to Victoria to study at the University of Melbourne. He gained his Bachelor of Music Performance and Masters of Music Performance, both with first-class honours, on scholarship from the University of Melbourne, studying with Professor Ian Holtham.

In 2005, Coady Green began preparations to relocate to Europe to study with Professor Peter Feuchtwanger in London and Professor Günter Reinhold (a student of Alfred Cortot, Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen) in Germany. He has been awarded almost all the most prestigious cultural awards that his native Australia has to offer. These included first prize in the City of Sydney National Piano Competition, one of Australia’s most prominent piano competitions, a Winston Churchill Fellowship Award, a British Council Award, the Trevor Prescott Memorial Award from the Masonic Foundation, a Sir Ian Potter Cultural Prize, two awards from the Australian Council for the Arts and the South Australian Arts Council, the Ormond Exhibition from the University of Melbourne for the most outstanding postgraduate student and an award from the Opus Fifty Charitable Trust. He was twice the recipient of a prize from the Geoffrey Parsons Trust, London (2008, 2012). In 2008, he was a prize winner at the International Two Piano Grieg Competition in Norway and a recipient of a Phonographic Performance Company of Australia award. In 2011 he was the recipient of an award from the Tait Memorial Trust, London. Since early 2006 Coady Green has been based in London.

He regularly performs in Europe and abroad and has given critically acclaimed recitals throughout Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Italy, China, Africa and Australia, in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg, and Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields, London.

He is active as a chamber musician, particularly in the field of piano duo. He performs regularly and extensively with pianist Leslie Howard. He has an internationally acclaimed piano duo with Australian pianist Leigh Harrold and in 2010 and 2011 performed to audiences of up to 7000 at the renowned HIFA festival in Zimbabwe. He regularly performs with tenor Neil Latchman, soprano Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz and has performed with the celebrated UK-based Allegri Quartet and the BBC Singers.

In January 2012 he performed with renowned Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin at Royal Festival Hall, London, for the opening of the London Philarmonic Orchestra’s Prokofiev Festival. He is undertaking a performance PhD at Goldsmiths College, The University of London, where he is also on staff as a teacher of piano performance and lecturer in classical music performance.

In 2013, he will record three projects in London – the complete solo piano études of Anton Rubinstein, a CD of Russian songs for tenor and piano and a CD of South American, Cuban, Trinidadian, Tobagonian and Mexican songs for tenor and piano with Neil Latchman.

Please click here to find out more about Coady.

 

Mattia Ometto

The winner of a vast array of national and international prize both in Europe and United States, Mattia Ometto is quickly establishing himself as an artist whose gifts hark back to the Golden Age of classical piano performance, gift that reflect an artistry that is formed in equal parts by the inspiration derived by his Venetian background, and the influence of his studies in Paris with the legendary Aldo Ciccolini, and in Palm Springs with the American virtuoso Earl Wild.

Mr. Ometto performs regularly in Europe and United States. During the 2008-2009 season he has appeared in recitals in Paris at the Théatre du Rond Point des Champs Elysées, in New York City at Carnegie Hall, in California at Redlands University and in Venice at Gran Teatro la Fenice. The 2009- 2010 season saw him appear both in recital and as soloist with orchestra in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Des Moines, Chicago and Boston. As part of his 2011 North American tour Mr Ometto appeared as Soloist in Los Angeles with the Lyric Symphony orchestra, and again in New York where he returned for the third time at Carnegie Hall.

In 2012 he did two major debut as a soloist in Berlin and Ankara with Academic Baskent Orchestra conducted by Ertug Korkmaz. An avid chamber music player, Mattia Ometto collaborates with internationally acclaimed colleagues like the pianist Leslie Howard, the bass Andrea Mastroni and the soprano Francesca Scaini. Live broadcast of Mr Ometto's performances and interviews have been heard on numerous radio stations, such as Rai International, Radiotre, Raitrade, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Radioclassica, Radio Romania, Iowa State Radio, Kanal B Ankara, WGBH Boston.

Born in Padua in 1982, Mattia Ometto graduated summa cum laude from the Venice Conservatory of music where he studied for ten years with Anna Barutti. Very active also as a teacher, he teaches the preparatory school at Vicenza Conservatory and gives master classes at the Accademia Filarmonica di Camposampiero and (as a visiting artist) at Drake University in Des Moines (Iowa). Furthermore, has been appointed Associate Director of the A&B Festival of Music in New York and is the Artistic Director of the “Guido Alberto Fano” International Piano Competition in Padova.

Soon to be released is the complete set of César Franck “Melodies” that Mr Ometto recorded for Brilliant Classics with the acclaimed soprano Francesca Scaini.

Find out more about Mattia here.

 

Daniela Manusardi

Daniela participated as a judge in Round 1 of the OPC 2013.