Jury of the festival

 

Jacek Sykulski

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Composer, conductor, and choirmaster, PhD in music (b.1964, Poznań, Poland). Since the 1990s, Sykulski has received numerous commissions for major works which have received their premiere performances under his direction at significant venues internationally (USA, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland). Sykulski was conductor and artistic director of the Academic Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań from 1996 to 2010, and in 2003 was appointed director of the Poznań Boys’ Choir. Under his leadership, these choirs achieved new levels of artistry and earned international acclaim. Sykulski is the receiver of the Great Seal of the City of Poznan Award and Gloria Artis, awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Lyudmila Litsova

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Professor, Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation, Head of Department of Academic Choir Conducting and Art director of Saratov State Conservatory Academic Choir, Art director of Saratov Provincial Choral Music Theater, Laureate and Grand Prix winner of international competitions of choral music.

Jury member of many international competitions, author of articles on problems of choral education and performance. Initiator, organizer and Art director of Open provincial festivals and competitions of academic choirs "Golden lights of Saratov", as well as Choral Assemblies "Golden Lights of Saratov", organizer of creative laboratories and workshops "Singing Choirmaster", "Conducting Choirmaster", Interregional Competition of Conductors-Choirmasters "Choral province", as well as choral workshops. Lyudmila is one of the conductors of All-Russian workshop "National Youth Choir" which performed at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

Inna Shorokhova

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Dean of the Faculty of Musical Art, Professor of the Department of Conducting and Academic Singing of Kemerovo State Institute of Culture, Artistic Director of Academy Choir Theater and International Festival and Competition «Sibiriada». Since 1999 he has been working at Kemerovo State Institute of Culture, being a member of international educational programs (universities in China, Poland, Austria, Serbia). Inna is the founder and artistic director of Open International Easter Festival "Chorovoye veche Sibiri" (“Choral veche of Siberia”) and International Festival and Competition "Sibiriada", which since 2012 has been the center for the development of gifted children and youth in the field of musical art. In 2010, under the leadership of Inna Shorokhova, the Creative School was founded, on the basis of which City Children's Singing Festival «Prekrasnoye - dalyoko» ("Beautiful is far away") is held annually. For 19 years, Inna Shorokhova leads Choir Theater "Academy" of Kemerovo State Institute of Culture. The collective has won the highest award of the World Association of International Festivals and Competitions, as well as the Grand Prix and victories in international competitions.

Sergey Smirnov

Sergey is an Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Professor of Choral Conducting Department of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, art director of the children's choral studio "Kamerton" (“Tuning fork”) of Chkalov Palace of Children's (Youth) Art, Art director and conductor of the youth choir “Vozrozhdenie” (“Revival”). Sergey was awarded "The Best Conductor" diplomas at international competitions and is the author of a number of choral pieces collections for female, children's and mixed choirs, the author of folk songs choral arrangements. He is a permanent member of the jury of leading International Choir Competitions in Russia, leads workshops in conducting and working with a choir, and provides methodological assistance to choir collectives leaders in Russia.