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Judges

There are 5 judges for the Final Round. 

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Mr. Adam Gyorgy
Pianist
Steinway Artist
(Hungary)
Mr. Benjamin Loh
Pianist
Steinway Artist
(Singapore)
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Dr. Chua Yun Ying
Pianist
(Singapore)
Dr. Wu Yang
Pianist
(China)
Pianist
(Russia)
Ms. Maria Dubrovkina
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Mr. Benjamin Loh
Pianist
Steinway Artist
(Singapore)

A native of Singapore, Benjamin Loh first obtained his B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance as a student of Dr. Marc Silverman.  While a student in Singapore, he studied with the late Mrs. Lucien Wang.

Since returning to Singapore, he has successfully balanced the role of teacher and performer. Many of his students have won prizes in local and international piano competitions, and others have continued their musical training at prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, École Normale de Musique de Paris, Purcell School and Mozarteum University.

 

As a performer, he is often heard in chamber music concerts, and performs locally as well as abroad.

 

He is also very much in demand as a teacher, and has given lectures and master classes in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Italy and the U.S.A.  In South Korea, he was on the faculty of the Asia International Piano Academy & Festival (AIPAF) 2008 to 2014, and was their International Advisor for seven years.  He has also given lectures and master classes at the John Perry Academy of Music, the Hotchkiss Summer Piano Program, the Colburn School, the University of Iowa and the Chicago International Music Competition and Festival in the U.S.A., the Adam Gyorgy Island Academy in Indonesia, the 1st Chung Ang University International Piano Conference & Festival, Eumyoun International Music Festival and DMZ International Music Festival in South Korea, the 1st Bangkok Piano Symposium in Thailand, as well as at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and the Music Fest Perugia in Italy.

 

As an adjudicator, he has been on the jury of the ASEAN Chopin International Piano Competition (Malaysia), International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (Japan), PTNA Competition (Japan), All Japan Piano Concours (Japan), IIYM International Piano Competition (Kansas, U.S.A.),  PianoHouse International Piano Competition (U.S.A.), Asian Youth Music Competition (Hong Kong), Kawai Asia Piano Competition (China), Taiwan-Asia Piano Open Competition (Taiwan), Asia Piano Competition (Taiwan), Philippines Steinway Youth Piano Competition, UCSI – International Piano Festival Competition (Malaysia), and the 1st Korea-Asia Piano Open Competition (South Korea).  In 2016, he was appointed a juror of the World Piano Teachers Association – International Piano Competition (Serbia).

 

In the past, Mr. Loh has held the post of music critic for The Straits Times and The Business Times in Singapore. He was formerly Vice-President of the Singapore Music Teachers Association as well as Head of Music at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore. Presently, he is on the piano faculty of NAFA and the LASALLE College of the Arts, and also maintains an active private teaching studio.  He was also on the Advisory Committee of the Singapore National Arts Council National Piano and Violin Competition.   He is also an Honorary Consultant of The Amigos Music Society of Hong Kong.

 

In 2005, he was given the Special Recognition Award by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) for his contributions to the Singapore National Arts Council.

 

Mr. Loh is a Steinway Artist.

 
Mr. Adam Gyorgy
Pianist, Steinway Artist
(Hungary)

Adam Gyorgy, one of the finest and most innovative pianists in the world.

Adam Gyorgy achieved worldwide recognition when he performed at the opening ceremony of EURO 2012, the UEFA European Football Championship in Warsaw. His unique interpretation

of Chopin’s Winterwind was televised to 300 million people across the globe.

Since becoming a Steinway Artist at the young age of 23, Adam Gyorgy has been a proud ambassador of the brand. The prestigious community of Steinway Artists includes leading classical pianists

and esteemed musicians of the world.

 

Most well-known for the authenticity of his Liszt interpretations, Adam Gyorgy is recognized as a Liszt ambassador in his home country, Hungary. His recitals have been described by the world’s press as ‘sensitive’, ‘playful’, ‘elegant’ and ‘warm’.

A returning artist, Adam Gyorgy made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, with subsequent sold-out performances in 2011, 2012 and 2016. To finish his 2017 US Tour, Adam Gyorgy performed at Carnegie Hall with 3,000 of his New York fans in the audience

on October 22nd, 2017.

Through his extraordinary talent and memorable performances, Adam Gyorgy exemplifies the attributes and objectives of the fine arts. As a pianist, he preserves the tradition of historic classical

artists. He is also innovative when interpreting classical works with his own distinct and creative style, and creates original music with his famous improvisations. Adam Gyorgy’s captivating personality has won him a loyal international fan base among influencers and young millennials.

Bringing an unprecedented modern twist to classical piano performance, Adam Gyorgy filmed his newest music video, A Day in New York, in the monumental New York Grand Central Terminal. His performance attracted observers in the busy terminal and created an unexpected pause in the hectic pace of New York City.

A prolific artist, Adam Gyorgy’s recordings include: Adam Gyorgy Plays Liszt, Bach and Mozart; Adam Gyorgy: Concert in Budapest; Adam Gyorgy plays Bach and Mozart; and Adam Gyorgy Plays the

Piano. In 2015, he released a CD of his 2012 The Carnegie Hall Concert, and a DVD of a live recording of his Budapest Concert.

With 15 years of performance experience on the global stage, Adam Gyorgy has sold-out performances at large venues such as Aula Simfonia (Jakarta), Esplanade (Singapore), The Palace of Arts (Hungary), St. John Smith’s Square (London), Carnegie Hall (New York) and toured extensively in many countries: Belgium, Brunei,

Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mauritius, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

 

Dr. Chua Yun Ying is an established music educator and pianist in Singapore. Currently, she teaches at the Singapore Raffles Music College, where she is the Head of Piano Faculty and the Programme Leader for University of West London degree programmes.

Yun Ying left for Manchester in 1995 to pursue her music studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. After obtaining a Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the University of Manchester, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree at King’s College London. She returned to the University of Manchester in 2000 to pursue her PhD, specialising in the music of Beethoven.

At the University of Manchester, Yun Ying was a recipient of the Hargreaves Fund Prize, awarded to the overall top students in the music department. Yun Ying received full scholarships to fund her doctoral studies - the Overseas Research Scholarship and the University Research Studentship, awarded by the British government and the University of Manchester respectively.

Yun Ying is an accomplished pianist and accompanist, having studied with renowned teachers such as Martina Maixnerova, Renna Kellaway, Colin Stone and Mikhail Kazakevich. She participated regularly in lunchtime recitals in Manchester and has given concerts in Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow and York.

Yun Ying is highly sought after as a music educator, having given masterclasses at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music as well as the Central Conservatory Preparatory School in Beijing in 2016. At the Liszt Memorial Prizes: 2016 Hong Kong – International Piano Open Competition, she received the award of “Excellent Piano Teacher”.  She has also adjudicated in competitions such as the Singapore International Classical Piano Competition 2017 and the Singapore Raffles Cultural and Arts Festival 2018 Piano Competition.

Yun Ying has taught classes at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since returning to Singapore, Yun Ying has lectured at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, teaching music appreciation, music theory and music knowledge classes, as well as supervising research thesis to Bachelor’s degree students. At Singapore Raffles Music College, she is teaching History and Musicianship classes, supervising BMus research projects, and tutoring piano principal study students. Many of her students have successfully completed FdMus and BMus degrees from the University of West London, and some have gone on to pursue Masters degrees.

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Dr. Chua Yun Ying
Pianist
(Singapore)
 
Dr. Wu Yang
Pianist
(China)

Dr. Wu Yang started to learn piano at age of 4. She moved to Moscow to study in Moscow State College of Frederic Chopin at 13 years old, later on in 2003 she followed with Prof. Yuri Hayrapetyan and Prof. Alexdaner Rudin in Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she obtained her master degree in 2010 and doctoral degree in 2013.

 

Dr. Wu Yang has been invited to perform in Russia, Germany, Italy , Thailand, and she has won prizes in several international piano competitions, include 5th “Paolo Serrao” Music Competition Citta di Filadeltia in Italy, All Russian Art Festival for Youngsters in Russia, 5th International Piano Competition ‘Johann Baptist Cramer’ in German, Music Competition for the 100th- Anniversary of Aram Ilitch Khatchaturian’s Birth in Russia and so on.

 

In 2014, Dr. Wu Yang founded Finger Waltz Music School in Singapore and continually explored her teaching career. She has formerly taught piano in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and conducted piano masterclasses in Singapore Raffles Music College and Music College of Ning Bo University. During the years, her students were awarded many prizes in different International piano competitions in Singapore, Europe and United States. Her students had been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York, and also qualified semi-final of Singapore National Piano Competition in 2019. She was awarded "Best Teaching Prize" for her outstanding teaching ability in Singapore International Youth Piano Competition.

 

Dr. Wu Yang became the artistic director of International Music Culture Association Singapore (IMCAS) since 2016. She was also one of the judges of Seventh and Eighth Asia International Art Competition. 

Currently Dr. Wu Yang is a piano lecturer in Singapore Raffles Music College, a member of Singapore Music Teacher Association, and an examiner of International Performing & Visual Arts Examination Board.

 

 

Born in 1980 in Yaroslavl, Russia. Began musical education at the age of four. At the age of 8 performed with an orchestra for the first time.

In 1992 moved to Moscow to study at the Central Music School and then at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Graduated in 2004 and received her M.A. degree in 2007.

Laureated of the International Piano Competitions, including the Third Scriabin International Piano Competition 2004 and the Vendome Prize International Piano Competition 2006.

Since 2006 she has started teaching in Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a teaching assistant in the class of Professor Yury Slesarev, then takes her own class. Over the years, about 20 of her students have received international awards at prestigious piano competitions, including Lisha Zheng, Natalia Sokolovskaya, Vitaly Pisarenko and others. Now she's an assistant professor of piano division chaired by prof. Mikhail Voskresensky.

Conducts concert activities as a soloist and with orchestras, regularly holds master classes in Russia and Europe and works as a jury member in regional piano competitions.

A member of the Rachmaninoff Association.

Pianist
(Russia)
Ms. Maria Dubrovkina