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Meet our jury members

Jury Members 2021



"A pianist with wonderful firm, clear touch” (New York Times), “fascinating interpreter" (Tagblat, Germany), “artist of depth and virtuosity” (The Time Argus, USA), GOLDA VAINBERG-TATZ performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (the Tchaikovsky Grand Hall in Moscow), Shanghai Symphony, Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  St. Kristoforas chamber orchestra, Kaunas State Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania,  Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan, Cincinnati Symphony. As a recitalist and chamber musician she was heard  in Europe, Russia, Israel, USA, Canada, and China, including numerous collaborative recitals with the Vilnius (Lithuania) String Quartet.

She was a guest artist in Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Vilnius Festival in Lithuania, St. Petersburg Palaces Festival in Russia, Puigcerda Music festival in Spain, International Academy in Italy, Shanghai Conservatory International Festival, and the Shanghai Himalayas International Piano Festival, (performing, with Andre-Michel Schub and Shanghai Philharmonic, the Mozart two-piano concerto.)

Golda Vainberg-Tatz received her musical education in native Lithuania at the Čiurlionis School of Arts, Israel’s Rubin Academy of Music  at Tel Aviv University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School.  She won the first prize in the Lithuanian State Competition for Young Pianists, full scholarships with distinction from the America Israel Cultural Foundation, Maurice Clairmont awards in Israel, top prizes in Young Keyboard Artists Competition in Michigan, the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, Chopin Competition finalist in New York, the Prix- du Disque from French Piano Institute in Paris, the Palm Beach Invitational International Competition.

An associate faculty member at the Juilliard School, she serves on the faculty of the Pre-College Division at Manhattan School of Music, the Young Artist program at Kaufman Center, New York City, Puerto Piano International Festival (, Adamant Summer Music School in Vermont, and Morningside Music Bridge summer program.
She has been  giving master classes at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Conservatory, Čiurlionis School of Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania), judging auditions and competitions, including the First Olga Kern International Piano Competition, Malta International Piano Competition 2018, Chopin National Canadian Competition in 2019, DMA recitals at Manhattan School of Music and concerto competitions at the Juilliard School Pre-College division. Her students have won  national and international competitions.

Ms. Vainberg -Tatz is a Steinway Artist, her recordings include "The Portrait" (a solo  recital, on FPI label) French violin-piano sonatas with Raimundas Katilius (VSCD label, Lithuania), Mozart piano concertos with Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Consonance label, USA).   Her CD with piano music by Robert Schumann (3D, France) received highest critical acclaim by Fanfare and American Record Guide magazines.  Moisei Vainberg's piano Quintet with Vilnius String Quartet was released on Delos Label.

In 2003 she was appointed by Mme. Rosalyn Tureck to serve as the director of the Tureck International Bach Competition in New York


Yegor Shetsov

Yegor Shevtsov is a solo pianist, writer, chamber musician, recording artist, collaborator and educator. His performances have been singled out for their “Mozartean elegance,” “perfect lucidity” in The New York Times and “superb musicianship” in The Miami Herald. His recent engagements have included appearances at Bergen International Festival (Norway), Fajr Festival (Iran), Lincoln Center (USA), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), the National Theater in Taipei (Taiwan), Ultima Festival (Norway) and Auditorio de Ciudad de León (Spain), as well as collaborative and solo recitals in Italy, United Kingdom, and across the United States.

His recording of the piano music of Claude Debussy and Pierre Boulez was selected by as one of the top 25 classical albums of 2013. He is prominently featured on several recent recordings, Reiko Füting’s Gelöschte Namen (September 2015), Red Light New Music’s Barbary Coast (July 2015), Dmitri Tymoczko’s Rube Goldberg Variations(2017) and James Newton’s The Manual of Light (2018).

Since 2019, Yegor Shevtsov has been is a fulltime member of Arktisk Filharmoni, an innovative chamber orchestra located in Bodø, Norway.

Yegor Shevtsov’s most significant artistic associations have been with Red Light New Music, a ground-breaking contemporary music collective; Mark Morris, a world-renowned choreographer; New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy founded by Michael Tilson Thomas; American Ballet Theatre, one of the world’s premier ballet companies; Mischa Bouvier, an award-winning baritone; avant-garde composers Reiko Fueting, Yoav Gal, Andrew Noble and Scott Wollschleger. He has also appeared in concert with members of many renowned ensembles, such as the American String Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Talea, International Contemporary Ensemble, Bang on a Can, red fish blue fish, Alarm Will Sound, Argento Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble and Manhattan Sinfonietta, among others. Among the composers who have heard Yegor Shevtsov perform their works are Pierre Boulez, John Luther Adams, Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and George Crumb.


David Derrico

David Derrico is an International Violist who performs orchestral, chamber, and solo concerts around the world.


David has been a violist of the Barcelona Symphony and National Orchestra of Catalunya since 2017. An integral part of the Barcelona music scene for the past 5 years, Mr. Derrico performs regularly in Barcelona’s L’Auditori as well as the Palau de la Música Catalana. He has performed extensively around Catalunya inSpain and Europe. As a member of the orchestra, he performs multiple concerts in the Barcelona Symphony Chamber Music series each year. David records annually with the Barcelona Symphony and Naxos Records. 


His career has taken him to perform across the United States, Japan, Korea, Spain, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. He has performed with many of the world's leading musicians including Glenn Dicterow, Valery Gergiev, Leonidas Kavakos, Kurt Masur, Julian Rachlin, Leonard Slatkin, and Frank Peter Zimmerman.


Having spent his formative college years in New York City, David has performed in many of NYC’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to the historic Apollo Theater to Radio City Music Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was Invited to perform chamber music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center. A major part of his musical education has encompassed performances in a variety of genres and styles, including NYC Jazz clubs, alongside artists such as Pink Flamingo, and opening for Blondie at Terminal 5. David has recorded commercials for Samsung, several classical and pop albums, music videos with Young the Giant for MTV, and movie soundtracks including DreamWorks Pictures film “The Hundred-Foot Journey”.


Mr. Derrico was born and raised in Florida and moved to New York City as a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Music in Classical Viola and a Masters of Music in Orchestral Viola Studies. He studied with prominent NYC Violist Karen Dreyfus and former New York Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Irene Breslaw.

During his summers at Music Academy of the West, Donald McInnes was an influential figure in his growth as a violist. David spent an integral part of his musical life studying chamber music with members of the American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, and Takács Quartet.


Ji Eun Jinny Lee

Ji Eun (Jinny) Lee is originally from South Korea where she started studying the piano and violin at the ages of four and nine respectively. As a teenager, she competing in a variety of competitions while also performing with the Korean Broadcasting Service (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, Keumcheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Siheung Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. 
After graduating from Seoul Arts High School, she moved to Paris to obtain several degrees including her DEM from the Conservatory of Paris, her DEMS from the Conservatory of Versailles, and her Diplôme de Concertiste from La School Cantorum Conservatory. She then received a honorary AD Degree from the Trinity College of London, thereafter attending the Manhattan School of Music on a scholarship for her MM degree. After her MM, she returned to Korea to earn her Doctorate of Music Arts (DMA) from Yonsei University with her thesis on Stylistic Analysis Study on String Works of Guillame Lekeu.
Ji Eun has performed at numerous venues and programs including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall. In addition, she won the 3rd place award at Concours FLAME, 2nd place at Concours International Leopold Bellan, and a 1st place at the NYAIC Competition. After winning the 1st prize at NYAIC, she participated as a jury panelist for the string section. 
She studied under Professor YoungMi Cho, DongSuk Kang, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Curtis Macomber, Daniel Phillips, Quatuor Ysaÿe, and with the American String Quartet.
Ji Eun is based in NYC/NJ and plays on a Antonio Gagliano violin.​

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