Jury – First round

Berkes Kálmán 2013 fotó Havasi Melinda_Kálmán Berkes
Kálmán Berkes graduated as a clarinetist at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest. After founding the Budapest Wind Ensemble that worked under his guidance, he joined the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra that was conducted by him until 1992. Since 1992 he teaches at Musashino Music Academy in Tokyo. Between the autumn of 2004 to December 2006 he was the permanent guest conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with his partners, György Pauk and Jenő Jandó, he was awarded with Grammy Gold in 1995. Since 1 April 2009 he has been the art director of Győr Philharmonic Orchestra. More information
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BoganyiTibor_Tibor Bogányi
Tibor Boganyi is spending his 7th season as Chief Conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra. The restless innovation, his spirit and dynamics drives him to build an orchestra which stands up to international comparison of the leading orchestras of Europe. He established his international reputation as Chief Conductor of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra between 2002-2006.
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1_1Ertüngealp Alpaslan
Alpaslan Ertüngealp was born in Istanbul, where he graduated from the German School and continued his studies in Budapest at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. He founded a chamber orchestra, the “Academia Hungarica” with the finest musicians of the Hungarian orchestras. Alpaslan Ertüngealp was the artistic assistant to Claudio Abbado from 2011 until his death. 
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KEsselyák2Gergely Kesselyák
During his years as an undergraduate he took part in Yuri Simonov’s Master classes twice. He won third price at the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma (1994) and at the
Hungarian Television International Conductors’ Competition in Budapest (1995). In 2005 he was awarded the Liszt Prize. Since 2011 he has been Director of the Bartók Plus Opera Festival. More information


小林研一郎2_(撮影:満田聡)Ken-ichiro Kobayashi
Ken-ichiro Kobayashi is one of Japan’s most well known conductors. Ken-ichiro Kobayashi studied composition and conducting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1974, he received both the first prize and the special award at the first International Conductors’ Competition of Hungarian Television in Budapest. Kobayashi is also an emeritus professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Tokyo College of Music, and Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary. He is also ambassador of Culture, Hungary.  
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okovacs_szilveszter1_foto_emmer_laszlo_arcképSzilveszter Ókovács
Szilveszter Ókovács (born in Veszprém, Hungary, 31 12 1969) opera singer, vocalist, singing teacher, director of the Hungarian State Opera. After graduating from high school in his hometown, he started his studies at the Faculty of Law and at the Music Academy simultaneously, getting degrees at three departments in 1997. In addition to his career as a singer, he became successful public and media personality. Between 2001 and 2005 he worked as communication manager at the Hungarian State Opera; since 2011 he has filled the position of general director of the Budapest Opera House, taking part in producing educational programs, publishing articles besides singing, playing the piano and the trombone. Mr Ókovács is a member of the jury of Eva Marton International Singing Competition, the head of the jury of Simándy National Singing Competition. He is married with four children.