Competition Faculty and Staff

Competition Faculty and Staff

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  • Nina Svetlanova - Juror-Finals

    Nina Svetlanova is a Russian-American concert pianist and educator. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1983. She has been a professor of piano at New York's Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music since the late 1970s. Before her teaching career, she was known as a concert pianist and collaborative artist, being the main pianist to work with Armenian mezzo-soprano Zara Dolukhanova.

    Svetlanova graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Heinrich Neuhaus, who she studied with from the age of 16 to 23 (1948–1955), during a seven-year period. Prior to that, she had been a student of Grigory Kogan and Sofia Kogan at the Gnesin Music College, where she studied since the age of five (1937–1948).

    Upon graduation from Moscow Conservatory (class of 1955), she became Opera Konzertmeister (opera coach) in the famous Bolshoi Theatre. Later she became a pianist in the official roster of the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Association, called Moskonzert, which was the main bureau responsible for all concerts in the USSR. As a Moskonzert pianist, Svetlanova toured the world playing with instrumentalists and ensembles and working closely with Zara Dolukhanova.
    She moved to New York City in 1975. Her most prominent students are Josu de Solaun Soto, Hyung-ki Joo, and Brian Zeger, Artistic Director of Juilliard's Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

  • Miyoko Lotto - Juror-Finals

    Born in Japan, Miyoko Nakaya Lotto began her music studies at the age of 5 at the Toho School of Music. Having studied in Chicago with Saul Dorfman, and in Tokyo with Aiko Iguchi, Ms. Lotto won Third Prize at the age of 17 in the prestigious Mainichi-NHK Music Competition of Japan.
    Ms. Lotto completed her B.M., M.S, and Post-Graduate Degrees at The Juilliard School. After just 3 years, she was chosen by her mentor, Sascha Gorodnitzki, to become his assistant. She went on to teach at the same institution for 18 years as an assistant to Sascha Gorodnitzki.

    Ms. Lotto was a Finalist in the Kosciuszko Chopin, the Concert Artist Guild, the Young Concert Artist, and the Italian F. Busoni International Piano Competitions; she won Second Place in the Juilliard Orchestra Concerto Competition and First Prize in the Sterling Staff Competition. She has performed throughout the U.S and made her New York City debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1970.
    She has given master classes in Japan, the U.S., Israel, China, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Spain, and has served as a juror for the Gina Bachauer, the Hilton Head, and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions. During the summers Ms. Lotto is on the faculty of Euro Arts Festival in Germany, the International Academy of Music in Italy; and the Cliburn Summer Institute, the Summit Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Program in the US.

    Miyoko Lotto has been on the faculty at NYU and currently teaches at SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program. Her students have been prizewinners at the prestigious Leeds, Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer, Hamamatsu, and the International Chopin piano competitions.

    Ms. Lotto worked as a music consultant and editor with pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim in creating the documentary “Barenboim on Beethoven”, which was the Grand Prix winner in the 2008 Cannes Music Festival. Ms. Lotto also was the moderator for a documentary film, “Mahler: The New York Years”, interviewing Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Mahler specialist, Henry de La Grange.
    Miyoko Lotto is Vice-President and Director of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Foundation and is currently writing a book on Sascha Gorodnitzki.

  • Roberta Rust - Juror-Finals

    Roberta Rust has concertized to critical acclaim around the globe, with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecilia Meireles, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, Havana’s Basilica, and Seoul's KNUA Hall. The 2019-20 season includes solo recitals in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, Singapore, and the Philippines.

    Hailed for her recordings on the Centaur and Protone labels, Rust has appeared with the Lark, Ying, Serafin, Amernet and Fine Arts String Quartets and at Miami's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Philippines Opusfest, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Festival Miami, Long Island's Beethoven Festival, and France's La Gesse. Her concerto appearances have included engagements with the Houston Symphony, Philippine Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, New World Symphony, and orchestras in Latin America.

    She served as Artistic Ambassador for the United States, was awarded a major National Endowment for the Arts grant, and also received recognition and prizes from the Organization of American States, National Society of Arts & Letters, and International Concours de Fortepiano (Paris).

    Dr. Rust serves as Artist Faculty-Piano/Professor and head of the piano department at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2016 she received the "Deanne and Gerald Gitner and Family Excellence in Teaching Award." She has given masterclasses throughout Asia and the Americas and at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, the Manila International Piano Masterclasses Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival, and the Fondation Bell'Arte International Certificate for Piano Artists program.

    Rust has served as a competition adjudicator for the New World Symphony, the Chautauqua and Brevard Festivals, and the Colburn School's Music Academy. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned performer's certificates in piano and German Lieder from the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
    A student of Ivan Davis, Arthur Balsam, John Perry, and Phillip Evans, she received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Miami.

  • Jonathan Bass - Juror-Finals

    Pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been featured on National Public Radio, and his first CD was praised by Gramophone Magazine.

    He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, made his New York debut at Weill Hall as First Prize-winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, and has performed recitals internationally in China, Israel, Lithuania, Japan, Poland, Russia, and Spain. Collaborative highlights include guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood and at Jordan Hall in Boston, recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein, and recitals with many past and present members of the Boston Symphony.

    As pianist of the Walden Chamber Players, founded in 1997, he has performed extensively in residencies and concert series throughout the country. His other awards include first prize in the 1989 American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition and first prize in the 1984 American National Chopin Competition. He was also awarded the Bronze Medal and the Mozart Prize at the 1987 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition.

    Jonathan Bass is a professor of piano at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

  • Grigorios Zamparas - Juror-Finals

    Grigorios Zamparas has received critical acclaim for his versatile performing career as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician in Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Austria, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, and the US. Newport Daily News called him “..sensational..,” American Record Guide commented on his “…formidable technique…,” and Fanfare called him “ straightforward, crisp, and fluent.”

    He is a frequent guest at numerous festivals worldwide, having performed several times at the prestigious Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI), the Mainly Mozart Festival (Miami, FL), The Artist Series of Sarasota, and The Salon of the Arts (Sofia, Bulgaria), among others. He has been featured as a soloist in more than thirty different piano concertos with orchestras such as the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Boston Neo-Politan Chamber Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony, Togliatti Philharmonic (Russia), the Sofia Soloists (Bulgaria) and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic of the Czech Republic, to name a few.

    He is a Professor of Music and head of the piano program at The University of Tampa, in Tampa, FL. At UT he was the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship or Creative Work Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. Zamparas began studying music at the age of seven in Greece, where he received his first piano degree from the Lamia Conservatory in 1995, studying with the distinguished Greek pedagogue Yorgos Manessis. He holds a DMA degree from the University of Miami where he studied with pianist Ivan Davis, and degrees from Indiana University (MM), University of Indianapolis (BM), and the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Greece. He has recorded six albums for Centaur Records, including the complete piano concertos of Anton Rubinstein. Grigorios Zamparas is a Yamaha Artist.

  • Dr. Megan Walsh, Piano Competition Chair

    Dr. Megan Walsh maintains an active career as a concert pianist, teacher, adjudicator and workshop presenter. She has performed throughout the United States, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and Serbia. Dr. Walsh has presented workshops for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) state and national conferences, for the College Music Society (CMS), and for the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA). Dr. Walsh served on the piano jury for the Slobomir International Music Competition in Slobomir, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and was the first American juror selected for the program. Dr. Walsh received her Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami where she studied with Dr. Rosalina Sackstein. Read more>>>

  • Rosa Villar-Cordova Scott, Piano Competition Co-Chair

    Rosa Villar-Córdova Scott’s pursuit of expressive pianism has caused her to be noted as an artist of unique abilities. Since her debut with the National Orchestra of Peru at the age of twelve, her talents as a pianist and collaborator have brought her to stages across America, Europe, and South America. Especially of note are her performances as soloist with orchestras in both South America and the United States.

    The Peruvian-Spanish pianist has been an award recipient in many competitions. These include prizes in the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters (Florida Chapter), the Central Florida Symphony Concerto Competition, the NYU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Tutte le Corde (Music after 1950) among others in the United States. Also, in her native country of Perú, she has received recognition for her accomplishments by garnering first prize in the National Concerto Competition and receiving the Southern Perú Corporation Music Award.

    In 2010, she married brilliant pianist Marion Scott and moved to Miami where she studied under scholarship in the Artist Diploma program at the Frost School of Music with professor Tian-Ying. Together with her husband, she is co-director of the Miami Music Series in Palmetto Bay. Her students have received numerous awards and scholarships to major music programs in the nation. She is the Music Director at Holy Rosary - St. Richard Catholic Church and a faculty member at the University of Miami’s Frost Preparatory School of Music.

  • Dr. Marion Wilkinson Scott, Concert Pianist

    Dr. Marion Wilkinson Scott made his debut at the age of 14 under the baton of Roger Nuremberg. In 2006 his musicality and technical prowess earned first prize at the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition and second prize at the Zimmerli Foundation International Piano Competition. Dr. Scott was also named the winner of the 2010 International Piano Competition hosted by the Steinway Society of Massachusetts. He has given concerts both nationally and internationally.

    In addition to solo performance, Dr. Scott is an enthusiast for chamber music playing and has performed in noted concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kilbourn Hall, and Crouse Hall. He has also performed at Music Festivals such as the Brevard Music Festival, the renowned Pianofest in the Hamptons, and the Joseph Gingold Chamber Music Festival among others. He actively performs with his wife, Rosa Villar-Córdova Scott, as a piano duo. Dr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Frost School of Music. He is currently the Principal Organist at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and Co-Director at Holy Rosary – St. Richard Catholic Church where he conducts the annual performance of Handel's Messiah.

  • Oona Gonzalez, Sr. Program Coordinator

    Oona Gonzalez began her piano studies at the age of 4 with Dr. Mary Vyner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the age of 14, she was awarded a scholarship to study piano at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she studied with Yoshikazu Nagai and James Giles. She continued her studies at the University of Miami on a full scholarship, studying with Rosalina Sackstein and receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Read more>>>