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    Natalia Gutman – President of the Jury

    Natalia Gutman is one of the world’s most esteemed musicians, often referred to by audiences and critics alike as the “Queen of the Cello”. Her prestige is reflected in the many distinguished awards she holds: National Artist of the USSR (1991), the State Prize of Russian Federation (2000), “Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. ...
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    Alexandra Guțu

    Acclaimed in over 20 countries on 4 continents, the Romanian cellist Alexandra Guţu started her musical career at the age of 12, appearing as soloist in front of the Timişoara Conservatory Orchestra. She obtained her Diploma at the Music Academy of Bucharest (prof. Serafim Antropov). Because of her exceptional talent, ...
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    Mirel Iancovici

    Mirel Iancovici was born in Romania. After studying under Serafim Antropov in Bucharest Conservatory and completing with Radu Aldulescu and Paul Tortelier, he won many important international competitions such as: “Gaspar Cassado” Florence, Italy – the First Prize and several special prizes; “Imperial Tobacco Cello Competition” Bristol, U.K. – the ...
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    Julius Berger

    Born in Augsburg in 1954, Julius Berger studied at the Musikhochschule of Munich, Germany under Walter Reichardt and Fritz Kiskalt. Later, he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria under Antonio Janigro (who´s assistant he became from 1979 to 1982) and at the University of Cincinnati, USA under Zara Nelsova ...
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    Frans Helmerson

    Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson studied in Göteborg, Rome and London with G.Vecchi, G. Selmi and W. Pleeth, as well as having had the benefit of the guidance and support from M. Rostropovitch. Frans Helmerson has performed with many of today’s finest conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davies, Neeme Järvi, ...
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    Philippe Muller

    Born in Alsace, Philippe Muller was raised in both the French and German musical traditions of that province. He has kept an open mind to different cultures and pursued a multi-faceted career, performing an extensive repertoire, not only as a soloist, but also as a member of various chamber music ...
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    Marin Cazacu

    Born on September 30th, 1956, at Vidra-Ilfov county, Marin Cazacu studied the cello at the Dinu Lipatti Music Lyceum in Bucharest with professor Ion Urcan, and afterwards at the Ciprian Porumbescu State Conservatoire with the well known professors Serafim Antropov and Aurel Niculescu. Furthermore, he improved his musical skills in ...