Jury Members of the International Cochran
Piano Competition 2019
Yejin Gil is an award-winning pianist. The main emphasis of her work is put both on the classical and romantic repertoire as well as on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her debut CD with works by Chin, Ligeti, Boulez and Messiaen won the 2014 “Coup de Coeur” award of the Académie Charles Cros.
She has worked with composers such as Unsuk Chin, Pierre Boulez or Philippe Hurel and performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Staatskapelle Halle and Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau. In 2014 she was the artist in residence at the Impuls Festival in Brussels, Berlin, Magdeburg and Halle. She released her second CD with the music of Mussorgsky in 2015. In 2016 she made her debut under the baton of Kent Nagano with Messiaen’s “Turangalîla” on the stage of the Hamburg State Opera.
Yejin Gil presented various programmes as a soloist, among others at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Thüringer Bachwochen and the Konzerthaus Berlin. She worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Hans Rotman and Steven Sloane, as well as in chamber music projects with Jörg Widmann, David Adorjan, Nora Chastain and Martin Funda. She focuses on works by Messiaen, Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt and Bach, as well as newly commissioned works by contemporary composers. Additionally, she recorded a Scriabin album in 2017.
Yejin Gil started her musical education at the Seoul National University and continued her studies, supported by a grant of the Lions Club, at the Folkwang University Essen with Prof. Bernhard Wambach and Prof. Michael Roll. During her studies she participated in selected competitions, including the Korea National Competition (first prize), the Köhler-Osbahr-Wettbewerb (first prize) and the Orléans Concours International (winner and only finalist with four main prizes). She lives and works in Berlin.
Stuart Isacoff, a pianist, composer and writer, is the founder of Piano Today magazine in America, of which he was editor for nearly three decades. Mr. Isacoff is the author of the highly acclaimed Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization, A Natural History of the Piano, and When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath. A winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal as well as to many music periodicals.
He has given lectures and piano performances at numerous venues, including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and others, as well as at such scientific institutions as the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Bradbury Science Museum and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
His compositions, arrangements, editions and instructional texts have been published by G. Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes (London), Carl Fischer, Music Sales Corp., Warner Bros. Music, and Ekay Music, Inc. He has served on juries at the Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer, and Liszt competitions.
Stuart Isacoff’s piano recitals often combine classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, demonstrating the threads that connect musical works created centuries and continents apart.
Roberto Prosseda’s sensational discovery of new works by Mendelssohn made the headlines in Europe and led to several Decca releases. His albums have won much acclaim in the press, including the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique Classique, the Diapason d’Or and Chamber Music CD of the Month in the UK’s Classic FM magazine. He has performed regularly with some of the world’s most important orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic or Moscow State Philharmonic. With the Gewandhaus Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, he recorded live the 3rd Piano Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn, released on the Decca International label in 2009.
Other than Mendelssohn, of whose piano music he is considered to be one of today's leading interpreters, Prosseda’s performances of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin have been particularly praised. As an active proponent of Italian music he also recorded the complete piano works of Petrassi and Dallapiccola.
In 2011 Prosseda gave his debut on the pedal piano, performing the Concerto for Pedal Piano by Gounod in the modern world premiere. He has given more than 50 concerts with the instrument, rediscovering original compositions by Schumann, Liszt and Alkan. Several composers, including Ennio Morricone, have written new pieces for pedal piano for Roberto Prosseda.
Prosseda is very active in musical divulgation. He wrote the book “Il Pianoforte” for Edizioni Curci (2013) and made three documentaries dedicated to Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt (Euroarts).
International award winning British cellist (b.1988) Jacob Shaw gives acclaimed concerts across Europe, USA and Asia in venues including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Berlin Konzerthaus or Royal Albert Hall. He is Professor of Cello in Barcelona, Spain at the Academia Marshall, where he occupies the “Cassado Chair”.
With a vast repertoire and fresh approach to classical concerts, Jacob often tours his “Radical Classic” project in which he combines classical music with other mediums such as food, drink, dance, art, and more. His passion for collaborating with different cultures and musical genres has led to projects with indie, jazz, folk, traditional and electronic musicians. Jacob often instigates outreach projects, last year this included performances in two prisons, an orphanage, a hospital and a refugee center.
In 2018 he opened the world’s first permanent center and retreat for cellists which serves as the base for his foundation Scandinavian Cello School (established 2016 to support, educate and promote young cellists).
Jacob often works as a consultant, most recently for Maddalena Del Gobbo / Deutsche Grammophon in Vienna as the artistic leader on a worldwide release of ”Maddalena and the Prince”. His first album ”DEBUT” received rave reviews worldwide, and Remy Franck, director of the International Classical Music Awards, wrote - No doubt: Jacob Shaw is one of the most charismatic and distinctive performers I have heard in the last time.
Jacob Shaw is a Pirastro Artist and endorses Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin
The only resident full-time concert pianist in Australia, Gil Sullivan studied with Murray Perahia and Paul Badura-Skoda. He has performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States, giving recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Berlin and Vienna Konzerthäuser. He is one of the few pianists in the world performing all of Mozart’s piano works. His discography includes piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Schumann with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, among others. He regularly records for the ABC’s National FM Radio and the Hong Kong Radio and performs live on both of these networks. A distinguished teacher, he is a faculty member at the Elder Conservatorium (Australia) and has frequently given lectures and held master classes at the Seoul Art School, University of Oxford, London’s Royal Academy and Royal College of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and South Carolina University. He is an active propagator of Julian Cochran’s music.