2010 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.

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Mr. Jakov Jakoulov

Jakov Jakoulov is an author of three ballets, five instrumental concertos, five string quartets, music for over 20 theatrical, TV and cinema productions and numerous symphonic, chamber and choral works. In recent years Jakoulov’s music has been presented by London’s New European Strings Orchestra, Boston Symphony Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, “Future Classics” Series with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts, Armenian National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, among others.

Recipient of six Annual Awards of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Doctor of Music of Boston University, Elected Member of National Honor Music Society, Jakov Jakoulov has international reputation with commissions and performances of his works in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Armenia, Russia, Israel as well as the United States.

.In 1987 Jakoulov left Moscow to begin to work in Munich, Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Since 1990 he lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a former member of the faculties of Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky, Boston University and Community Music Center in Boston.

Jakov Jakoulov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition of Boston University. His teachers have included Theodore Antoniou and Lukas Foss.

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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.                          

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