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Jury of the Tartini 2022 competition

Sijavuš Gadjiev, Italy / Russia
Julija Gubaidullina, Moldova / Croatia
Paolo Marzocchi, Italy
Denys Masliuk, Slovenia

Žiga Brank, Slovenia
Emina Smolović, Serbia
Miodrag Bogić, Serbia
Bogomir Petrač, Slovenia

Chamber music for strings with piano
or Chamber music for strings without piano

Žiga Brank, Slovenia
Martin Sikur, Slovenia
Emina Smolović, Serbia
Paolo Marzocchi, Italy
Sijavuš Gadjiev, Italy / Russia

Sijavuš Gadjiev completed his musical education at the Tschaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow as a student of famous teachers such as Bella Davidovich, Boris Zemliansky and Mikhail Voskresensky. At the Moscow Conservatory he obtained the Master of Music degree and was invited to teach in the prestigious Central Special Music School for gifted pupils of the Moscow Conservatory. He taught many highly talented pupils such as Termizan Erzanov, Alexei Nabioulin, Konstantin Masljuk, Viktorija Korčinskaja, etc. who were winners of many prestigious international competitions.
Siavush Gadjiev has held recitals in many cities of the ex Soviet Union, USA and Europe. He performed with Slovak philharmonic orchestra, Rotterdam Chamber orchestra, Philharmonic orchestra Schpor of Kassl, Philharmonic orchestra of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Chamber orchestra of Bratislava, etc. He has calaborated with distinguished musicians such as violinist Wilchok, Vladimir Mendelssohn, the celists Michael Flaksman, Mihail Dančila, Jozef Podhiranski, etc. and with music directors such as Nijazi, Semjon Kogan, Konrad Van Alphen, Kirk Trevor and others. He is a member of the Ljubljana Piano Trio.
He holds special classes for future pedagogues and talended pianists around the world (Los Angeles, Domingos Hills in California, Dortmund, Belgrade, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Academy Franz Liszt in Budapest, many Italian Conservatories of music such as Milano, Pescara, Genova, Trieste, etc.). Since 1994 he has been living and working in Italy and Slovenia.
He teaches piano at the Glasbena matica in Friuli Giulia in Trieste and at the Ljubljana Conservatory of music. He is a jury member of many international piano competitions, amongst them: “Ferenc Liszt” in Budapest, “J. N. Hummel” in Bratislava, “Città di Cantù” and “Premio Benassi” Varallo. He is also the Artistic Director of the “Giuliano Pecar” International Piano Competition in Gorizia.
He is the recipient of the Slovenian Fran Gerbič Award for lifetime achievement and outstanding achievements in the field of pedagogical and organizational training in the promotion of music education.
Julija Gubaidullina, Moldova / Croatia

Julia Gubaidullina was born in Kishinev (Moldova) in a family of prominent musicians. She started playing piano at the age of four and achieved her first major success as a twelve-year-old, performing with the Moldovan Philharmonic Orchestra. Julia graduated "summa cum laude" at the Academy of Music in Kishinev and completed her postgraduate studies in Moscow in 1999, with a master's degree from the prestigious Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky State Conservatory.
She won the 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition (Romania, 1993), and as a soloist, she came to prominence in 1997 by winning the 1st prize at the International Competition in Moldova and the 3rd prize at the Citta di Sulmona International Competition (Italy, 1999). She is the winner of the UNESCO Special Award for Special Artistic Achievements. Julia has performed with leading symphony orchestras and delivered a series of major piano concertos by Bach and Beethoven, Brahms and Franck, Schumann and Ravel, Rachmaninov and Scriabin, under the direction of renowned conductors (V. Doni, M. Secikin, M. Ahmet-Zaripov, Ch. Rehli, E. Leducq-Barome).
In the year 2000, she moved to Sarajevo, where she taught at the Academy of Music and became a permanent member of the ensemble SONEMUS, with which, focussing on contemporary music, she successfully performed in Zurich (2004) and at Zagreb Music Biennale (2005, 2007). Since 2005, she has been living in Croatia, working at the Music Academy, University of Zagreb, as a professor of chamber music. Julia Gubajdullina has been performing in a piano duo with Ruben Dalibaltayan for fifteen years. Together, they co-founded a summer school in Makarska, where she has been holding master classes since 2006. She is also a frequent guest professor at seminars in Croatia and abroad.
Paolo Marzocchi, Italy

Paolo Marzocchi, pianist and composer, was born in 1971 in Pesaro (Italy), where he completed his musical studies.
Whilst he received a classical education, he has always had a natural approach towards music without concerns for any linguistic barriers, dedicating his career to “pure” composition but also writing for the theatre, cinema, radio and experimenting with other languages.
As a composer and performer he has collaborated with numerous internationally acclaimed artists and has been commissioned piano, chamber and orchestral compositions in collaboration with prestigious institutions such as Lucerne Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, Orchestra Verdi and Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the Opera Theatre in Rome, the Venice Biennale, Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, Musica sull’Acqua Festival, Leonore Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro Multiplicidade Festival, the Romanian Radio National Orchestra and the Borderline Moving Images festival in Beijing.
In recent years Paolo Marzocchi has coordinated, numerous experimental projects related to music education and social awareness for the Ministry of Education, University and Research, as well as creating repertoires for orchestras and youth choirs. His production includes several compositions for youth orchestras and children's choirs, together with professional ensembles. These works have attracted the interest of various personalities from the musical world, including composers Salvatore Sciarrino and Peter Maxwell Davies.

He also composed several soundtracks, working with different directors, as Michal Kosakowski, Marco Filiberti, Stefano Franceschetti e Cristiano Carloni, Pietro Marcello.
Amongst his most recent works, noteworthy are the premiere of “Fantasia dell’Assenza”, his new piece for piano, orchestra and glass-harp performed by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra; the musical direction of Guido Barbieri’s experimental project “Le Nuove vie dei Canti” in Lampedusa, performed by local children from the island; his collaboration with the tenor Juan Diego Florez for the recording of the album “Italia”. His work for orchestra “O pazzo desire!” was premiered by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and conducted by Diego Matheuz. Also worth mentioning is his opera “Il viaggio di Roberto” with libretto by Guido Barbieri, which attracted high praise from the director Riccardo Muti and which Marzocchi conducted in early 2017 in Florence with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra (later in Teatro Regio in Parma, in Teatro Comunale in Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna); the experimental concert “Ex Machina” for string quartet, contrabass saxophone trumpet and electronics, featuring the jazz trumpet player Paolo Fresu (Bologna, MAST, 2017); the “Night chant” for voice viola and piano performed by Cristina Zavalloni, Danusha Waskiewicz and Andrea Rebaudengo for Musica Insieme (Bologna, 2018, MITO Festival 2019); the science fiction melologue for string quartet and actor “Mymosh, the Selfbegotten” performed by Quartetto Mirus (Pistoia, 2018); in 2020/21 collaborated with Mariateresa Sartori to the project “The sound of Dante”, for which he wrote “Queste parole di colore oscuro” (Berlin, Venice, Moscow); as a pianist he has been part of the Beethoven/Liszt project by Michele Campanella, together with other seven pianists performing the Liszt trascriptions of Beethoven’s Symphonies for piano (Symphony N.5, Festival Spinacorona Neaples, Rai5 and Pordenone Teatro Verdi).
He is the artistic director of the WunderKammer Orchestra ensemble.

Denys Masliuk, Slovenia

Denys Masliuk was born in the Ukrainian town of Kmelnitski. His parents, both professional musicians, soon recognised Denys’s musical talent. After acquiring a grounding in piano performance in his native country, he continued his education at the Music Lyceum of the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus.
As a student in Minsk he performed numerous times with the national symphony orchestras of Belarus and Ukraine. His virtuosity and his unusually mature and in-depth interpretation also caught the attention of competition judges. He won first prize at the Balis Dvarionas International Competition in Lithuania, second prize at the Vladimir Krajnev International Competition in Ukraine, and second prize at the Irina Zwetajeva International Competition in Belarus.
He completed his studies at the Academy of Music in Minsk with distinction in 2001, going on to win a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Belarus for his musical achievements. He continued his studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, giving numerous commanding performances in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Solingen, Stuttgart, Lindau, Herrenchimsee, Bad Wörishofen, Öschelbronn, Freiburg, Leipzig, Potsdam and Munich.
In 2005 Masliuk won two international competitions in Italy: the Marco Fortini Competition in Bologna in June and the San Nicolo di Bari Competition in Bari in December. In February 2009 he won third prize at the Alexander Scriabin International Competition in Grosseto, Italy. Denys Masliuk has been living in Slovenia for several years and works as a professor of piano at the Grammar School of the Arts in Koper. Many of his pupils have gone on to win national and international competitions, and he is adept at passing his knowledge and experience on to younger generations at summer schools, seminars and masterclasses.
He has given performances in Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Croatia and the Netherlands, and has appeared at all major concert halls in Slovenia, including: the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana, Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Nova Gorica Cultural Centre and Kosovelov Dom Sežana. His recitals have been recorded by the Slovenian national broadcaster.
Denys Masliuk also dedicates a lot of his time to composing. Through his own works he shows an exceptional knowledge and awareness of the range of his instrument, and they frequently appear as delightful additions to his recitals of the classical piano repertoire.
Žiga Brank, Slovenia

Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Žiga Brank currently holds a teaching position at the Academy of Music Ljubljana and at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana. Numerous critics regard his playing as technically brilliant, also emphasising his refined feeling for interpretation and his convincing conveyance of the music to listeners.
In this season he is preparing the release of two CDs - Beethoven's violin concerto and 2 romances (with the RTV Slovenia Orchestra under the baton of S. Kulenovic) and release of the sonatas for violin and piano by J. Brahms with slovenian pianist R. Palčič. His other releases for the Slovenian national label ZKP include E. Ysaye's Solo violin sonatas and the Paganini's 24 Capricci, both reviewed with excellent critics.
Žiga Brank was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he started learning the violin at the age of six. He studied with M. Kosi, later at the College of Music and Theatre Rostock with C. Hutcap. In 2000 he continued his studies with prof. J. Rissin at the Karlsruhe College of Music, where he graduated in 2005. He was later a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Zagreb Soloists and concertmaster of the SNG Opera and Ballet Maribor.
Among the most important performances with orchestras is the 2017 first performance of then newly discovered L. M. Škerjanc's violin concerto with the RTV Slovenia orchestra at the Festival Ljubljana with conductor S. Krečič. As a soloist he performed also with Sarajevo Philharmonic, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra of Košice, Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
His recent chamber music projects include numerous concerts with pianist Petar Milić, cellist Milan Hudnik, at the most important slovenian festivals (Festival Maribor, Festival Radovljica, Festival Tartini, Narodni dom Maribor, Ljubljana Drama)
Žiga Brank plays on violin by C. F. Landolfi, made in 1750 in Milan, previously played by one of the most prominent Slovenian violinists, Dejan Bravničar, between 1957 - 2018.
Emina Smolović, Serbia

Emina Smolović completed her violin studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. Dejan Mihailović. In the class of prof. Jasna Maksimović at the Faculty of Music in Beograd she received her master's degree in violin. She completed specialised studies in methodology of string teaching in the class of prof. Dejan Mihailović, as well as specialised studies in chamber music in the class of prof. Olivera Đurđević at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She graduated in violin at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo under the guidance of prof. Angeli Stankova. Currently she is enrolled in the doctoral study programme in Music Education at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. As a soloist and member of various ensembles, she has given concerts at home and abroad (France, Italy, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Japan). As a soloist, she has performed with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stanislav Binicki Art Ensemble. She has played in many chamber music ensembles. She was a representative of the Serbian Ministry of Defence in the "Mediterranean Youth Orchestra". She played in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Novi Sad, in the Orchestra of the House of the Army of Serbia and Montenegro and in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sarajevo.
In 2008 she published the textbook Methodology of Initial Violin Teaching and in 2012 Principles and Development of the Methodology of Violin Teaching in Russia. Since 2003 she has been a full professor at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac.

Miodrag V. Bogić, Serbia

Miodrag Bogić is a violinist, violin teacher and restorer of string instruments. He completed his secondary music school education  at SMŠ »K. Stanković« and graduated at the Faculty of Music Arts (FMU) and Fine Arts (ALU) in Belgrade.  During his studies he was engaged in the making and renovation of string instruments, acquiring his knowledge from best masters from London, Cambridge and Birmingham, among others J. Kudanowski, A. Whone and F. Leonhard.
In 1991 he founded an art workshop for the restoring and repairing string instruments called "TARISO". For more than 30 years he has successfully collaborated with many renowned musicians, performers and teachers.
As an official master-restorer he collaborates with all important institutions, music schools and academies in the wider region souch as Belgrade, Koper, Zagreb, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Sarajevo, Novi Sad, Ohrid, Podgorica. Since 2015 he has been  the official master restorer of  "Dora Schwarzberg Music Academy" in Zurich (Switzerland).
In 2004 he was awarded the first prize for the most successful presentation of artistic crafts at the International Entrepreneurship Fair in Belgrade. Besides being a craftsman (restorer), Miodrag Bogić organizes conferences on renovation and history of string instruments.
He won numerous awards at violin competitions and festivals. As a soloist, member of chamber ensembles and concertmaster he has performed at home and abroad.
He organized a series of courses and continued his violin master classes with professors D. Mihailović from Serbia, T. Balashov from Russia, Z. Milenković from Italy, M. Dimitrov from Bulgaria, D. Schwarberg from Austria and others.
Since 2010 he has regularly organized violin courses, exhibitions, concerts and seminars in all fields of art in his own art studio called "Galerija Bogić". He regularly runs summer violin schools in Serbia, Macedonia and Slovenia. He was the head of the expert jury of the 2nd International Tartini Competition in Piran. In collaboration with pianist prof. Biserka Marović he  has organized concerts "Giants of classical music for violin and piano" since 2016.

Bogomir Petrač, Slovenia

He began his musical career in Maribor with his parents Miro and Mirko Petrač. He graduated with honours from the Academy in Ljubljana with Prof. Rok Klopčič. He studied with Prof. Grigori Žislin, Michael Schnitzer, Ernst Kovačič and chamber music with the Haydn Trio and Milan Nagy. After graduation, he became a member of the Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He has collaborated with all Slovenian orchestras, as well as with orchestras from Italy and Croatia. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many countries in Europe, North America and Australia.
He has recorded for Radio-Television Slovenija and the Italian broadcaster RAI in various chamber ensembles and has recorded several CDs. Today he teaches at the Music School and the Art High School in Koper.

Martin Sikur, Slovenia

Martin Sikur studied cello with Ciril Škerjanc at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, with Enrico Bronzi and Giovanni Gnocchi at the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro and chamber music with Chia Chou at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He has received several awards and recognitions for his musical work. He studied cello and chamber music with renowned professors (H. E. Deckert, B. Gmelin, W.-S. Yang, M. Ostertag, E. Schoenfeld, T. Brandis, G. Gnocchi). From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He performs as a soloist or chamber musician at home and abroad. He plays in the Ars Musica Piano Trio and the M. ARS String Quartet.
Martin Sikur is a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.