Welcome to

9th Steinway/Avanti Future Stars

Piano Competition 2020

MEET THE JURY MEMBERS
Jan Dobrzelewski

A Swiss musician who spent the early portion of his career as the youngest Concertmaster in Latin America, Jan Dobrzelewski began his musical training at the age of four.

He is at home with both traditional and new repertoire, and has premiered works by over 100 composers of a wide array of nationalities. A renowned teacher, he has presented masterclasses at over thirty institutions of higher learning from China to Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, France, Netherland, Arizona, Georgia and California.

Mr. Dobrzelewski has taught on the faculties of the Musik-Akademie Basel, Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, National University of Mexico (UNAM), numerous international music festivals, and for the past ten years served as Director of Switzerland’s prestigious Académie de Musique Tibor Varga and the Haute Ecole de Musique (University for Music) of Lausanne.

Over the course of his distinguished career Mr. Dobrzelewski has performed more than 1500 concerts in thirty-five countries of Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and remains active internationally as conductor and violin soloist.

Qing Jiang

Praised by the New York Times as a “fiery musician” whose playing is “vigorous and passionate,” Chinese-born pianist Qing Jiang enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, and contemporary music. She has appeared in Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Jordan Hall, as well as the UK’s Snape Maltings Hall, and China’s Shenzhen Poly Theater. As a concerto soloist, Jiang
performed under esteemed conductor Oliver Knussen with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, as well as with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Adrian Symphony, the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, and with numerous festival and collegiate orchestras.

Highlights of the upcoming season include performances with the Left Bank Quartet and Arx Duo, Artist Residency at Yellow Barn with Violinist Ying Xue, and debut appearance at Garth Newel Music Center. 

 
Passionate about chamber music, Jiang recently completed a six-city concert tour in China with Roger Tapping, Natasha Brofsky, and Laurie Smukler, and debuted at Music Mountain with the Shanghai Quartet. She has previously performed with Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, and
Gil Kalish, as well as with members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Shanghai, Kronos, Jasper, and Parker string quartets. Her festival appearances include Ravinia, Aspen, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, Aldeburgh, Kneisel Hall, Garth Newel, Changjiang International Festival, MasterWorks, and the Perlman Music Program.

 

Born in Zhenjiang, China, Jiang began studying piano at age three with her mother. After winning several competitions in her native country, she gave her American debut at age 17, as a Chinese delegate of the Tempe Sister-Cities Program. As the first Chinese recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Arts  Scholarship, Jiang holds degrees from Arizona State University, Juilliard, and New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Caio Pagano, Robert McDonald, Wha Kyung Byun, Shuxing Zheng, and Patricia Zander.

 

Jiang is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University, and 

Piano Faculty at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Maine. 

www.qingjiangpiano.com

David Northington

At his debut recital, the New York Times called David Northington “an immensely gifted musician…who combines the technical mastery of a virtuoso with the musical sensitivity of a poet.” Such critical accolades have followed Northington throughout the world in concerts and concerto engagements. His tours have included the United States, eastern and western Europe, Canada, China, and Russia. David Northington’s masterful pianism has won him first prizes in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the East/West Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association’s International Competition, the unanimous Judges Prize at the Fourth Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and selection to the Artistic Ambassador Program sponsored by the United States Information Agency.

 

As an Artistic Ambassador for the United States, Northington has toured extensively in France, Spain and Portugal. In addition to broadcasts throughout Europe on the Voice of America, he has filmed recitals for telecast on French National Television. The national honor society Phi Kappa Phi selected Northington for its 2010 triennial National Artist Award in recognition of his professional artistic accomplishments. Since receiving degrees at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music, David Northington has taught on the faculties of several universities. Amongst his teachers are the legendary Byron Janis, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Raymond Dudley, and John Bigg. Presently he is the Powell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Tennessee School of Music, and has been on the artist faculty of the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy in the summers.

In the summer of 2016 Northington founded the East/West International Piano Festival (www.ewpianofest.com), which was held at Shandong University in Weihai, China in July. In the summer of 2017 the Festival was held in Hangzhou, China at the Liangzhu International Arts Academy. The 2018 Festival was held in China’s ‘Piano City’, Shenzhen. In 2019 the East/West International Piano Festival was held in Seoul, South Korea on the campus of Myongji University, where it will be held in 2020. As Founder/Artistic Director of the Festival, Northington selects a maximum of forty outstanding young pianists to attend the Festival annually. He has given master classes and lectures as well in the major music conservatories and universities in over ten countries worldwide.

 

Dr. Northington has also been the featured guest artist at several state Music Teachers National Association conventions, most recently in Georgia and North Carolina. During the past few years, he has performed two-week residencies, recitals and master classes at Shandong University in Weihai, China, the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, Shenyang Conservatory in Shenyang, China, and the Central Conservatory Middle School in Beijing, China. Dr. Northington has also been given the Artist of the Year Award by the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as numerous Outstanding Teacher Awards from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, where he joins the faculty for one week each year.

 

Mr. Northington has compact disc recordings on the Centaur label of the Chopin Waltzes (CRC2791) and the complete piano works of Aaron Copland (CRC3090, CRC3240).

Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk

Dr. Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk, NCTM, a native of Serbia, completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Serbia and a DMA degree at the Arizona State University.

 

She is a performer, teacher, lecturer, and editor. Radmila teaches piano lessons, piano pedagogy, literature, and class piano. As an extension of her DMA project, she published a CD with the complete works of Marko Tajcevic (Toccata Classics, England) and edited two volumes of his piano music (Schott, Germany).

 

Radmila is an active member of the MTNA association and lives in Mesa with her family. 

Adam Piotr Żukiewicz

Adam Piotr Żukiewicz is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed concert pianist. He has concertized across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Macau, and his performances were broadcast in USA, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, and Poland. Mr. Żukiewicz consistently receives critical acclaim, while his creative programming and interpretations continue to engage and inspire audiences around the world.


As an active soloist and chamber musician, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz performs internationally in USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hong Kong, and Poland. Highlights of recent performances include recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London (UK), Royal Łazienki Theatre in Warsaw, and Chicago Cultural Center (Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series), concerts with the Greeley Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto Concert Orchestra, and Celebrity Symphony Orchestra. Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has performed in some of the most important concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Residenztheater in Munich, Goldensaal at the Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, KKL Luzern, and many others.

 

Mr. Żukiewicz’s musical activities led to a recording of a debut album The Beginnings, celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven, Fryderyk Chopin, Oscar Peterson, and promoting music and cultural heritage of the modern masters Krystian Kiełb (Poland) and Jacobus Kloppers (South Africa/Canada). The Beginnings was released to critical acclaim by the DUX label in November 2018, and selections of the album are broadcast regularly by the Colorado Public Radio Classical in the USA.


Competition successes include several first prizes in competitions in Poland, First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Canada, First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition, and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC. Mr. Żukiewicz is also a medalist of the 2014 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

As an avid performer of new music, Mr. Żukiewicz regularly presents modern works and premieres new compositions: most recently Krystian Kiełb’s Obrazy (Paintings) (2018), Oscar Peterson’s Goodbye Old Friend (arr. Don Thompson/Adam Piotr Żukiewicz) (European premiere), Brooke Joyce’s Lament for Orlando (2016), Stefano Sacher’s La memoria di Medea (2016), Zdenek Trnka’s Cervnova Nokturna (sonata pro klavir) (2015) and John Beckwith’s Follow me (2013) with clarinetist Peter Stoll (recording released on an album Calling by the Centrediscs label).


Adam Piotr Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and was a music scholar at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.

 

Enthused by sharing music, thoughts and experiences of music, Mr. Żukiewicz also enjoys teaching, lecturing, impromptu performances, singing in an amateur choir, and musical discussions with musicians and music lovers alike. Beyond music, he takes pleasure in reading, connecting with people, sports, travel, and nature, which he finds most inspiring.

Mr. Żukiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where he currently resides. He is also a Resident Faculty Pianist at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino (Italy), and a founding member of the Colorado Piano Trio and Max Joseph Trio. In recognition of his teaching, he received the 2017 and 2018 Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award, and was an adjudicator of the 2018 Steinway Piano Competition.

 

For more information, please visit: www.adamzukiewicz.com