14–25.08.2017 Astana, Kazakhstan

Jury

Vocal / Competition

Lyubov Kazarnovskaya

Being a "star" in Russia since 1989, the young singer began her international career by making her debut at the Salzburg Summer Festival to where she was invited by Herbert von Karajan, Kazarnovskaya performed "Requiem" by Verdi under the direction of Riccardo Muti. This performance marked the beginning of her meteoric career, which later led her to opera houses such as the Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Lyrik Chicago, Teatro Colon, Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, La Scala.

Gintautas Kėvišas

Gintautas Kėvišas took up the management of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in July 2002. He was general director of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society from 1988 to 2000, and Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania from November 2000 to July 2001. He has been director of the "Old and New Monte Carlo" concert agency since 1993. He is also active as a consultant to various international festivals and manager of various international art projects. He is the founder (1997) and artistic director of the Vilnius Festival. His work as an international impresario has resulted thus far in over 80 collaborations with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Kaunas State Choir in South America (Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires), South Africa, Egypt, and Europe. He also organized tours of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Kaunas State Choir to the world's foremost venues and festivals with participation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jessye Norman, Maurice Andre, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, and Julian Rachlin, as well as those of the LNOBT Ballet Troupe under Mstislav Rostropovich to Germany, Greece, Japan, Great Britain (Barbican Arts Centre, London) and the USA (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington). At present Gintautas Kėvišas is associate member of the ISPA and EFA, member of the Curatorial Board of the "Philharmonic Society of Nations" Orchestra, member of the Artistic Board of the Nordland Music Festival, and Chairman of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Council. Among his distinctions are the honorary citizenship of New Orleans, the 5th Class Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, the Officer's Cross of the Order "For the Merits to Lithuania", the Royal Order of Norway, and the artistic award and honorary membership of the Min-On Concert Association, Japan. In 2015 the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski awarded G. Kėvišas with the Officer Cross of the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Poland, for his long-time effort and cultural activities that bring the nations of Poland and Lithuania closer together. In 2016 he was also bestowed the Officer's degree of the Order of the Star of Italy, and in that same year was announced as the honorary consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Lithuania.

Shakhimardan Abilov

Shakhimardan Abilov is a laureate of the State Reward in Kazakhstan and the Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He is also a soloist at the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Abai, professor at the National Academy of Music named after Kurmangazi. Academician at the International Academy of Arts, Holder of the ”Kurmet” order, the “Slava” order by the International Academy of Arts in Moscow, Honored Citizen in the Pavlodar region.

Metin Turan

Artistic Director and solist at the Ankara State Opera and Ballet. Tenor, Metin Turan sang leading roles in many opera, operette, oratorio such as: Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), Ağrı Dağı Efsanesi (Gülbahar) (The Legend of Mount Ararat), Carmen, Il Trovatore, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Zaide, Straszny Dwor (The Haunted Manor), Turandot, Les Contess d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann),Il Tabarro, Andrea Chénier, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron), Otello, La Traviata, Van Gogh, Kerem, Nabucco, Yusuf ile Züleyha (Yusuf and Zulaikha), Tannhäuser, Cem Sultan, Rusalka, Attila. Metin Turan performances both in Turkey’s different cities and abroad (Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, Germany, Finland, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and others).

Gennady Kabka

Gennady Kabka is a Docent of vocal and conducting faculty NMAU of P.I.Tchaikovsky, Ph D doctor of philosophy, the leading soloist of the Municipal Theatre of Opera and Ballet and a member of the National Union of Ukrainian music and the International Teachers Association "Art and Education of the XXI century." Gennady Kabka held master classes in Ukraine, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Armenia, China, and others.

Constantine Orbelian

Born in San Francisco to Russian and Armenian emigré parents, Constantine Orbelian made his debut as a piano prodigy with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 11. After graduating from Juilliard in New York, he embarked on a career as a concert pianist appearing with major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Russia. His recording of the Khachaturian piano concerto with conductor Neeme Järvi won “Best Concerto Recording of the Year” award in the United Kingdom.