Jury 2018


Valeriy Uspenskiy (Russia) is People’s Artist of Russia, Professor. Head of Academic Choir Department, St. Petersburg N.A. Rimskiy-Korsakov Conservatoire, artistic director of the Students Choir of the Conservatoire. Valeriy Uspenskiy is head of Academic Choir Department at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and directs the Students Choir. Honorary Rector of Khabarovsk State Institute of Culture and Arts, the permanent chairman of the jury of the International Choir Competition and vocal ensembles “The Singing World” named after Yuriy Falik. Сonduct master classes with choirs around the world, the chairman of the jury of numerous international and national competitions.

Valeriy Uspenskiy is organizer and artistic director of the I Youth Choral Festival, chamber and symphonic music, which was held from 24 to 29 November 2012 in St. Petersburg, and was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.




Sigvards Kļava (Latvia) is Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992. Since 2000, he is Professor of Conducting at Latvian Academy of Music. Sigvards Kļava is the owner of some Latvian Music Grand Prix; Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Award and the Order of the Three Stars. Since 1990, Mr. Kļava is Principal Conductor of the Latvian Song Festival. He has conducted concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Elba Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, Le Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Cité de la Musique and elsewhere. He is a part of international juries and educational projects. As a guest conductor, Mr. Kļava has worked with the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Netherlands Opera Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, the Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others.


Vladimir Zavadsky (Russia) is Honored Artist of Russia, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Vocal and Choral Art, Head of the Choral Conducting Department of the Ural M.P. Mussorgsky State Conservatory. Winner of International competitions, leader of the Conservatory students’ choir. For several years he was the leader of the symphony orchestra of the conservatory students. Member of the jury of regional, national and international choral competitions. Vladimir Zavadsky is a part-time methodologist at the Center for Arts Education of the Ministry of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region.


Süleyman Tarman (Turkey) is professor, head of Department of Music Education in Aksaray University, Education Faculty. Between 1993–2005 years he worked in Ankara Anatolian High School of Fine Arts as guitar, chamber music teacher and also head of Music Department. From February 2005 to September 2014 he worked as Director of Ondokuz Mayis University State Conservatory and also head of Department of Music Education in Samsun. In 2004 he started to electronic publishing and he established “National Data Bank of Music Education” (Published Books: «Repertoire Books for Youth Orchestras», «Classic & Pop Guitar Method», «Pieces from Turkish Composers», «Ministry of Culture», «11th and 12th Grades Orchestra Courses Books», «Ministry of Education», «Children Songs for New Generations», «Ataturk and Music», «Nasrettin Hoja Children Songs», «Scales, Cadances and Arpeggions for Piano», «Music Pedagogy»).


Eduard Fertelmeister (Russia) is People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Master of Arts of Russia, President of the Nizhny Novgorod M.I. Glinka State Conservatory, Professor, composer, conductor, Honorary Citizen of Nizhny Novgorod. Eduard Fertelmeister is chairman of the Commission for the Development of Education and Culture at the Public Chamber of the Nizhny Novgorod Region; member of the Prize Committee of Nizhny Novgorod; member of the Coordination Board and the educational and methodological association under the Ministry of Culture of Russia; vice-president of the Association of Institutions of Musical Education of Russia; Deputy Chairman of the Nizhny Novgorod chapter of the Union of Composers of Russia; a member of the Culture Commission of the Administration of Nizhny Novgorod, a member of the Board of Trustees and the Art Council of the A.M. Gorky Museum, Academician of the Russian Academy of Humanities. Eduard Fertelmeister was awarded the Order of Friendship, the M.I. Glinka medal, a gold medal and a diploma (Diploma di Merito) of the European Scientific and Industrial Chamber (Belgium) and the Imperial Order of St. Anne of the 3rd degree.



Yakov Dubravin (Russia) is the People’s Artist of Russia, composer, professor of the St. Petersburg Institute of Culture, professor emeritus of the New York Academy of Sciences, President of the International Festival of Choral Art «The Singing World», discipline head of «Children’s Choral Performing Art» at the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Composer. Saint Petersburg publishing house, a member of the Russian Union of Composers and the Union of Concert Performers of St. Petersburg; winner of numerous contests and festivals. Winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize.


Mikhail Gogolin (Russia) is Associate Professor at the Vologda State University, composer, conductor, chairman of the Vologda regional chapter of the Union of Composers of Russia, winner of the State Prize of the Vologda region. He was awarded the title of «Man of the Year — 2012» in the nomination «The Event of the Year» by the «Rendezvous» magazine , and won a Special Mention in the «Golden Book of Vologda» and the State Prize of the Vologda Region for culture.



Ivan Stolnikov (Russia) is Associate Professor of the Choral Conducting Department of the Nizhny Novgorod M.I. Glinka State Conservatory and St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, teacher at the Nizhny Novgorod L.K. Sivukhin Choral College, chairman of the Nizhny Novgorod chapter of the All-Russian Choral Society, chief conductor of the municipal «Nizhny Novgorod» chamber choir, director of Christmas and Easter choirs in Nizhny Novgorod, winner of the Best «Conductor» title of the Yuri Falik International Competition of Choirs and Vocal Ensembles «SINGING WORLD» (St. Petersburg, 2017), winner of all-Russian and international competitions.