2008 ICMEC Grand Prize Jury panel

Ms. Astrid Schween

Ms. Astrid Schween, Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Massachusetts, is critically acclaimed for her solo, quartet, and chamber music performances. She has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. A member of the Lark Quartet since 1989, Ms. Schween has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Istanbul Festival and many others. With her colleagues, she has garnered numerous awards in international competition, the Shostakovich Gold Medal in Russia and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award among them, and commissioned and premiered many of today’s most celebrated composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Julia Wolfe, Peter Schickele and Jennifer Higdon. Recent solo engagements include US recital tours with pianist Gary Hammond and a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, with concerto performances at The Peninsula Music Festival, the Memphis Symphony, Cleveland Institute and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Ms. Astrid Schween also serves on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Center as a Valade Fellow. In 2008, she will release a solo CD for Arabesque Recordings.


Ms Irina Morozova

Ms. Irina Morozova, is a faculty member of Mannes College of Music and the Special Music School Special Music School at Kaufman Center in NYC. She made her New York debut with a solo recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1996 after winning the Artists International Auditions. Since then Irina Morozova has given numerous solo recitals throughout the U.S., Germany, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Chile, China, and Australia. She has made solo appearances with the South Carolina Symphony, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the New American Chamber Orchestra, among others. A passionate chamber music player, she has performed in ensembles with members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras. Her performances were broadcast on Russian radio and TV, KPAC (Texas), WFMT (Chicago), ABC (Australia), and BBC. Every summer Ms. Morozova teaches and performs at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College. Ms. Morozova was a top prize-winner of the New Orleans, the Frinna Awerbuch, and the San Antonio International Piano Competitions. Irina Morozova graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music and Saint-Petersburg Conservatory where her major teachers were Galina Orlovskaya and Vladimir Shakin. She later received Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Dr. Arkady Aronov.

Mr. Gabor Viragh

Mr. Gabor Viragh is a graduate of the Liszt Academy of Music Teacher Training Institute and the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He also completed studies at Berklee College of Music on a professional scholarship and attended the Academie Musicale Ottorino Respighi Festival in Assisi, Italy. Mr. Viragh is a frequent guest clinician and lecturer at numerous colleges, universities and school systems throughout the United States. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as Phil Wilson, Luis Bellson, Bob Berg, Joe Wilder, Claudio Roditi, Igor Buttman. Founder of the Hartt Jazz Trumpet Ensemble, Mr. Viragh actively performs throughout New England in various ensembles including the Steve Lord Big Band and the New England Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Viragh is an Associate Professor of Theory and Jazz Trumpet at The
Hartt School of Music Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.