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Juries

There are 5 judges for the Final Round. 

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Mr. Adam Gyorgy
Pianist, Steinway Artist
(Hungary)
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Ms. Lena Ching
Pianist
(Singapore)
Dr. Chua Yun Ying
Pianist
(Singapore)
Dr. Wu Yang
Pianist
(China)
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.

 
Pianist
(Chinese Taipei)
Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying
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Ms. Lena Ching
Pianist
(Singapore)
  • Head of Keyboard Studies, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

  • Master of Arts (Psychology for Musicians), The University of Sheffield, U.K.

  • Postgraduate for Advanced Study (Piano), The Royal College of Music, London, U.K.

  • G.R.S.M. (Hons), Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music, The Royal College of Music, London, U.K.

  • L.R.A.M., Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, U.K.

  • A.R.C.M., Associate of the Royal College of Music, London, U.K.

  • F.T.C.L., Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London

  • L.R.S.M., Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, U.K.

Lena Ching received her early music education in Singapore before going to the Royal College of Music in London for her graduate and postgraduate studies, majoring in both the piano and the harpsichord. She counts herself as part of the privileged beneficiary of her teachers, Victor Doggett, Yonty Solomon, Phyllis Sellick and Ruth Dyson.

Amongst Lena’s passions in life is teaching young people to cultivate a love and an understanding for music and life, as well as to see them excel in their talents and potential so as to contribute to the profession and to society. Since 1986, she has taught, developed and mentored numerous students and young performers from her private studio, from the LaSalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (the School of Music and the School of Young Talents), and also lectured for a period of time at the SIM-University of Buffalo. 

Having been a prize-winning student herself (1st prize at the National Music Competition 1980, and Runner-Up at the Diners’ Club “Pianist of the Year” Competition 1986), her piano students have also won numerous prizes at local and overseas music competitions, and many have become successful musicians or professionals with a deep interest and love for music.

In the midst of a flourishing career, Lena’s continued search for excellence led her to pursue the Master of Arts degree in ‘Psychology for Musicians’ from the University of Sheffield (U.K.), in order to understand better the development and function of human talent and abilities. Her area of research and specialization was on music competitions and how they impact/affect gifted young musicians and high-ability learners. This is one of the outcomes of her illustrious career in teaching and working with musically-exceptional students. 

Her professional experiences have also included numerous opportunities to perform as a soloist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in concerts, auditions, examinations and competitions. Lena was also an adjudicator for the National Piano Competitions in Sarawak and Ipoh (in the 1990’s), the Malaysia National Piano Competition in 2000, DynamicWorkz’s Young Pianist Competitions in 2009 and 2010, and the “Vivace!” Inter-Junior College Piano Duo Competition in 2014. Additionally, she has served as a committee member/ panel member for the National Arts Council in 1996 and 1998.

To date, Lena continues to be greatly inspired and enthused by aspiring young musicians as well as the work of her many colleagues and contemporaries.

Dr. Chua Yun Ying
Pianist
(Singapore)
 
  • Head of Piano Faculty of Singapore Reffles Music College

  • PhD in music from the University of Manchester

  • Masters in Music from King’s College London

  • Bachelor in Music (1st class honours) from the University of Manchester

  • Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music

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.

Dr. Wu Yang
Pianist
(China)
 
  • The artistic director of International Music Culture Association Singapore (IMCAS)

  • The founder of Singapore Finger Waltz Music School

  • Former Lecturer of piano in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), school of young talents. 

  • Ph. D in Piano Performance from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia

  • Master in Music Performance, Piano Accompaniment, Professional Piano Teacher, Chamber Ensemble from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia

Dr. Wu Yang studied in Moscow since very young age. She followed with Professor Yuri Hayrapetyan and Professor Alexdaner Rudin. 

 

Dr. Wu Yang has been invited to perform in Russia, Germany, Italy , Thailand, and she has won prizes in several international competitions, that include: 

  • The Best Teaching Prize, Singapore International Youth Piano Competition (2015)

  • Bronze Medalist, 5th “Paolo Serrao” Music Competition Citta di Filadeltia, Italy ( 2013)

  • Third Prize, All Russian Art Festival for Youngsters, Russia (2013)

  • First Prize, All Russian Music Festival for Youngsters ‘Bely Kit’, Russia (2013)

  • Second Prize, 5th International Piano Competition ‘Johann Baptist Cramer’, German (2009)

  • First Prize, Music Competition for the 100th- Anniversary of Aram Ilitch Khatchaturian’s Birth, Moscow, Russia (2003)

  • First Prize, ‘Russia Music’ Piano Competition, Moscow, Russia(2000)

 

Dr. Wu Yang founded Singapore Finger Waltz Music School in 2014, her students were awarded many prizes in competitions in Europe and Singapore. Dr. Wu became the artistic director of International Music Culture Association Singapore (IMCAS) since 2016. She was one of the juries of 1st and 2nd Singapore International Classical piano Competition and the Seventh and Eighth Asia International Art Competition.

 

Dr. Wu Yang has formerly taught piano in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and had taught piano masterclass in Singapore Raffles Music College (2016).

  • Associate Professor of music department of Taiwan Chia-Yi University

  • Chairman of the Humanity and Art Center of Taiwan Chia-Yi University

  • Ph. D in Piano Performance from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Russia

 
Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying
Pianist
(Chinese Taipei)

~…Touch (in Mozart) is light and elegant...she loaded Rachmaninoff with round and full sound.~

                                                                         Helsingin sanomat.

Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying, a pianist who obtained the education in both Taiwan and Russia, is one of the most active performer, professor and chamber artist in Taiwan.

 

Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying, began her music studies with David Saidenberg, American pianist. Has graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts, where she studied piano performance with German professor Rolf-Peter Wille. In 2006 graduated from the graduate school of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with full marks and achieved higher performance degree under the studio of National Artist of Armenia, Professor Yuri Hayrapetyan, student of legendary Russian pianists Yakov Flier. She has also studied collaborating piano with Iliya Kogan and chamber music with famous conductor Alexander Rudin.  

 

Besides winning numerous competitions in Taiwan, in 2002, Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying won the 5th Prize in Mauro Paulo Monopoli International Piano Competition, Italy. In year 2005, she won the grand prize in the 10th Taipei International Chopin Competition and has been invited to perform in Warsaw, Poland. Her solo recitals were held in Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Thailand, Philippine and USA. Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying also recorded numerous album including solo, piano duo and chamber music.

 

In year 2005, Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying was selected to participate in the “Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes” in Israel, under scholarship. She won a memorial prize and also won a prize by performing a new piece by Israeli composer Michael Wolpe. In this music camp, she worked her solo repertoire with worldwide famous teachers such as Bruce Brubaker, John O’Conor, Alexander Mndoyants, Emanuel Kratsovsky and Alon Goldstein. Besides that, she worked her piano trio repertoire with famous Israeli string players, Vera Vaidman and Zvi Harell.

 

Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying performed piano concertos with NTNU orchestra and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra numerously. In 2007 she performed Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto with Taichung Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she performed G.Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Taipei Philharmony Orchestra in National Concert Hall, Taipei. In 2010, invited as soloist in “2010 Taipei International Chopin Festival”, she played the “Don Giovanni” variations by Chopin with Evagreen Symphony Orchestra, which was the premier performance in Taiwan. She gave recitals in Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Ireland, Thailand, Philippine and USA. Now she constantly plays recitals, chamber music and introduces contemporary music both in Taiwan and other countries.

 

Since 2011, Dr. Yang​ Chien-ying joined as a faculty member of the music department of Chia-Yi University, as an Associate Professor and has been chair of the Humanity and Art Center. She was also the Coordinator of “2016 NCYU Piano Camp”, and “2016 NCYU Art Festival”.