Wonder Keys Competition Jury
Vassily Lobanov
Chairman, Russia-Germany
Worldwide pianist and composer, Vasily Lobanov was born in Moscow. He studied piano with legendary Heinrich Neuhaus and Lev Naumov and composition with Sergej Balassanjan and Alfred Schnittke.

Alfred Schnittke, one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, said of Lobanov, "There are talented composers and there are talented pianists, but seldom do those two talents converge in such brilliant proportion as they do in Vassily Lobanov …"

Lobanov initially began making concert appearances abroad in 1978, performing in the music metropolises of Europe, in the US, in Japan and South America with such conductors as Gennady Rozhdestwensky, Heinrich Schiff, Juri Bashmet, Christoph Poppen, Kurt Lewin, Alexander Lasarev...

He performed in a piano duo with Svjatoslav Richter, a piano trio with Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman and still, today remains a member of a piano quartet alongside Victor Tretiakov, Juri Bashmet, and Natalia Gutman. He concertized with many other renowned artists, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Elmira Darvarova, Marc Kaplan, Eduard Brunner, Kolja Blacher, Charles Neidich, Kim Kashkashian...

1997-2012 he was the Professor for piano at Musikhochschule Cologne and currently he is the Professor in Zurich at the Kalaidos University and at the Schloss Akademie Germany.
Solomon Volkov
Solomon Volkov is a Russian-American world famous culturologist whose work focuses on Russian cultural history and its colorful figures. Many of Solomon Volkov's writings draw on his professional training as a violinist and musicologist, and he has written books—some structured to document conversations—about such cultural figures as Dmitri Shostakovich, George Balanchine, Nathan Milstein and Joseph Brodsky.
Rudolfs Vanks
The eminent Latvian pianist Rudolfs Vanks won many prizes at international music competitions, including the first prize with special mention at the Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris. He has performed as a soloist, as well as a chamber musician in Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland, France, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Armenia and Singapore. He has made solo and chamber music recordings in WDR radio and Latvian radio 3 studios. Currently he is the head of the piano department at the Latvian National Art college's Emīla Dārziņa music school.

He is regularly invited to be a jury member in the international competitions.
Togrul Huseynli
Togrul Huseynli ranks amongst the rising piano stars of Azerbaijani classical music. He has performed in
major venues in Azerbaijan, Russia, Belorussia, Georgia, China, Germany, also with famous Orchestras
like Jerusalim Symphony Orchestra, Ranaana Simfonietta, Orquesto Simfonica de Galicia, Kiev
Virtuoses Symphony Orchestra e.t.c. He is a prizewinner of many international important competitions.

Currently he is also teaching at the Cologne University of Music.
Anna Prabucka-Firlej
Dr. Anna Prabucka-Firlej, Piano (Poland) - Professor, Head of Chamber Music Department, Academy of Music "Stanislaw Moniuszko", Gdansk. A chamber ensembles of her class won more than 200 rewards and distincions on international and national competitions.

Board Member, European Chamber Music Teachers' Association. Director, Johannes Brahms International Chamber Music Competition, Gdansk.

Director, International Piano Duo Festival, Gdansk.Founder and Member of the Gdansk Piano Trio. She gives master classes in various countries as Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Belorussia, Finland, Moldova, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia, Chile, Peru and Tahiland.

She is a member of jury international and national competitions (Germany, Greece, Sweden, Lithuania, Byelorussia, Poland).
Sînziana Mircea
Romanian pianist Sînziana Mircea, Young Steinway Artist, regularly performs on some of the most important stages in the world. At just 20, she made her debut at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Her sold-out debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York took place at the age of 24 years, being rewarded by the American public with standing ovations.

In 2016 she won the recital prize of the International Piano Academy in Miami and in 2014 she became the first Romanian pianist to receive a scholarship from the Van Cliburn Foundation and TCU School of Music at the PianoTexas Festival & Academy.She won the 1st Prize at the "Golden Classical Music Awards" International Competition, which brought her back on the prestigious stage at Carnegie Hall in November 2019. Also in 2019, she won two 1st Prizes, "Salzburg" and "Amsterdam" at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.

Sinziana Mircea is the founder of the MuseArt Academy in Romania.
Ekaterina Derzhavina
Ms. Derzhavina was born in Moscow. Her studies were first at the Specialized Gnessins Moscow Music school, then at the Gnessins Russian Music Academy, where she also finished the post-graduate course. Her Professors were Yuri Polunin, Valeria Polunina and Vladimir Tropp.

In 1992 Ekaterina won the First Prize at the "J.S.Bach" International Piano Competition in Germany. From 1993 she was teaching in the piano department of the Gnessins Russian Music Academy, then
since 2003 she has been a Professor at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

Ekaterina has appeared in such concert halls as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Place des Arts in Montreal and many other renowned venues. She's given master-classes in Germany, Russia, the USA, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Her performances have been recorded on the radio of Moscow, Cologne (WDR), Saarbrücken (SR), Berlin (Deutschland Radio), and Montreal (Radio Canada).

In 1996 Arte Nova Classics released her disc with Goldberg-variations by Bach, which received the 1999 "Choc du Monde de la Musique" award in Paris. Ekaterina's 2CD-set with the piano works by Nikolai Medtner (Phoenix Edition) received the French Diapason d'or award in January 2009. In February 2013 the German label "Profil" released her 9CD-set of the complete Piano Sonatas by Josef Haydn. This edition was nominated for ICMA in 2014 and has received "Choc de Classica" in 2016. The set of Bach works (2 CDs) that includes all French Suites, the French Overture and some other pieces came out at "Profil" in September 2015 and has got a lot of enthusiastic reviews, as well as CD with rarely played piano works by Alexey Stanchinsky (released in
2017) and complete works for violin and piano by Nikolai Medtner with Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (released in 2018).

Dr. Angela Chan. Ph.D.
Recognized as the great-grand student of Alfred Cortot (from the lineage of Frederyck Chopin), Dr. Angela Chan is an accomplished concert pianist who has performed extensively worldwide. She has toured countries including Canada, Europe, the United States, China and Hong Kong, and has been featured internationally on the Discovery Channel (Canada), Global TV, CBC, the Australian Television Network, CJAD, CJOH, RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) and other major media networks. Dr. Chan's works have also been featured in Maclean's Magazine, La Scena Musicale, Montreal Gazette and the National Post of her unique pedagogical approaches.

Angela Chan holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Education from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec; and she is the founder and Director of Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, an internationally recognized institution for its fine quality and reputation. Dr. Chan is also head of the piano pedagogy division at Lambda School, providing professional and career development opportunities for piano teachers.

Dr. Chan has a wealth of experiences in helping students achieve their maximum potential, and has groomed numerous child prodigies in her career. In her 35 years of extensive music and psychological research, Dr. Chan has unraveled the mysteries of effective and efficient teaching and learning. As a consequence, within short periods of study with Dr. Chan, many of her students have demonstrated phenomenal progress. Dr. Chan's students have won first prizes in national and international piano competitions and have been invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as in Amsterdam (Holland), Rome (Italy), Vienna and Salzburg (Austria), Brussels, Luxembourg, China, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.

Dr. Chan's students have been highly successful under her guidance - they have been accepted by prestigious universities in the US and Canada, including the New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York, as well as McGill University in Canada.

Dr. Chan is also the author of the new Lambda piano method series developed to help pianists progress at an accelerated pace. Dr. Chan's book A Guide to Musicality - The Art and Science on her research and experiences with innovative pedagogical approaches was published in July 2020.

Recognized internationally as an outstanding pedagogue, Dr. Chan has been invited to adjudicate a number of major competitions in Canada, China and in the US, including the Shanghai E-Competition in China, Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition, Quebec Music Competition, Canadian International Music Competition, Appassionato International Music Festival, Quebec Ontario Music Festival, Richmond Hill Musical Festival, New Brunswick Music Festival, and others.

Dr. Chan is also retired senior examiner and clinician of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Dr. Chan serves as pedagogical consultant to the iScore Project – an online pedagogical platform co-developed by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Concordia University and Queen's University. Dr. Chan has lectured at Concordia University, and she also serves as artistic and pedagogical consultant for a number of music and arts organizations.

Currently, Dr. Chan is pedagogical consultant to an innovative pedagogical project in China in the provinces of Shanghai and Guangzhou. She is also founding director and chief examiner of the Grand Maestro International Music Examination Board.
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