Artistic Directors


Robert Benz, Deutschland (since 2005)

received his first piano lessons from his father at the age of 4 years. He studied under Naoyuki Taneda at the University of Music in Karlsruhe (Germany), as well as under Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin at the Juilliard School in New York. He won first prize at both the International Busoni Competition in Bolzano (Italy) in 1974 and in 1976 at the International Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest (Hungary). Concert engagements have taken him throughout Europe, the USA, Korea and Japan. Robert Benz has recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas onto CD and has been the Trio Bamberg’s pianist since 1996. He has also held the chair of Professor for Piano at the University of Music in Mannheim (Germany) since 1990. Since 2005 he is artistic director of the Ettlingen competition.


Naoyuki Taneda, Deutschland (1988-2004)

originated from Kyoto (Japan.) After studying in Tokyo and Vienna he held the chair of Professor for Piano at the State Academy of Music in Karlsruhe (Germany) since 1967. From 1994 until 1999 he taught at the Kyoto City University of Arts (Japan) and then at the Shobi University (Japan). He has made a name for himself through concerts, lectures and seminars both in Germany and abroad and moreover through numerous prizewinners at international competitions who have been emerging from his school for years. Naoyuki Taneda was the artistic director of the International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen from its beginning in 1988 to 2004. Naoyuki Taneda passed away in February 2011.


Composition of the juries (since 1988)

 

 

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Naoyuki Taneda

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naoyuki Taneda

Robert Benz

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Robert Benz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Bonatta

 

 

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Andrea Bonatta

Martin Canin

 

 

 

 

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Martin Canin

Christopher Elton

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Gerhard Erber

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gerhard Erber

Constantin Ionescu-Vovu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Constantin Ionescu-Vovu

Hans Kann

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hans Kann

Daejin Kim

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Daejin Kim

Renate Kretschmar-Fischer

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Hans Leygraf

 

 

 

 

 

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Maciej Lukaszczyk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maciej Lukaszczyk

Wolfgang Manz

 

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Wolfgang Manz

André Marchand

 

 

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André Marchand

Kristin Merscher

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Kristin Merscher

Brigitte Meyer

 

 

 

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Brigitte Meyer

Milena Mollova

 

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Milena Mollova

Germaine Mounier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Germaine Mounier

John Owings

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John Owings

Gitti Pirner

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Gitti Pirner

Ewa Poblocka

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Ewa Poblocka

Eliane Reyes

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Einar Steen-Nøkleberg

 

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Einar Steen-Nøkleberg

Barbara Szczepanska

 

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Barbara Szczepanska

Jürgen Uhde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jürgen Uhde

Blanca Uribe

 

 

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Blanca Uribe

Wolfgang Watzinger

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Wolfgang Watzinger

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Jurors


Andrea Bonatta, Italy

was born in Bolzano. Major influences in his musical development were studies with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, Nikita Magaloff in Geneva, Stefan Askenase in Bonn and Wilhelm Kempff in Positano. He has recorded on CD Brahms‘ complete works for piano as well as several other CDs dedicated to Liszt and Schubert. His book on Brahms‘ piano work is considered a milestone in this field and has been translated into German. Andrea Bonatta has been the artistic director of the ‚Ferruccio Busoni‘ International Piano Competition in Bolzano and vice president of the WFIMC of Geneva. He has played in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Korea, China and South Africa, and takes part in the jury at important competitions (Bolzano, Terni, Vercelli, Utrecht, Dortmund, Weimar, Pretoria, Moscow, Shanghai, Seoul).


Martin Canin, USA

has had a distinguished career as one of the most prominent piano pedagogues in the United States. After his own studies at the Juilliard School with the great teacher Rosina Lhevinne, he became her assistant and subsequently her successor at the school, where he has taught numerous winners of international piano competitions. In addition to his teaching, Martin Canin has performed, given master classes and served on competition juries throughout the world.


Christopher Elton, Great Britain

was born in Edinburgh and studied piano and cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During his studies he won numerous prizes at British and International competitions. He is Head of the Keyboard Department at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His pupils have achieved many prizes at international competitions such as Van Cliburn, Moscow-Tchaikovsky, New York Young Concert Artists, Leeds, Munich, Hamamatsu etc. Christopher Elton is an active jury member in international competitions, at music festivals and television events, and has given concerts in recent years in Europe, USA, Australia and Vietnam. He was appointed a Professor of the University of London in 2003. He is a member of the Ettlingen jury since the first competition 1988.


Gerhard Erber, Germany

originates from a piano making family from Dessau (Germany) and studied music at the State Academy of Music in Leipzig (Germany) under Amadeus Webersinke. He has taught at this school since 1978 and has been Professor since 1990. As a member of the Aulos Trio, the Hanns Eisler Group for Contemporary Music and as a soloist, he has given concerts in Europe, Asia and Central America. He is particularly involved with the music of the 20th Century, as well as the less well-known works of the classical heritage. Through his work with various childrenxs programmes, Gerhard Erber encourages the young generation to listen to music. He initiates the Bach Competition for children at Köthen (Germany) and has been active as a jury member in national and international competitions.


Constantin Ionescu-Vovu, Romanina

was born in Rumania and studied piano, composition and conducting at the Music Academy in Bucharest. He was active at this school as a teacher for over 30 years, and from 1990 until 2000 as Head of the Piano department. He was guest professor at the Keimyung University Taegu (Korea) and at the Nagoya College of Music (Japan). In addition he performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Europe, USA, Japan and Korea. Constantin Ionescu-Vovu has been a jury member at many international competitions, director of master courses and has brought out publications on the various artistic issues of pianism. He has edited piano music of Rumanian composers.


Hans Kann, Austria

was born in Vienna (Austria) and studied piano and composition there. He taught at Vienna State Academy, Tokyo University of Arts (Japan), Darmstadt Academy (Germany), and from 1977 until 1995 at the State Academy of Music in Vienna. Since 1946 he has given concerts in Europe, Japan, USA, China, Russia und South America. He recorded more than 120 discs and many radio programmes, mainly with contemporary music and rarely performed classical works. Hans Kann was member of the jury in competitions at Bolzano and Monza (Italy), Colmar (France) and Tokyo (Japan). Hans Kann passed away in June 2005.


Daejin Kim, Korea (Republic)

holds BM, MM, DMA degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Martin Canin. He won the first prize at the “Robert-Casadesus-International Piano Competition” (now the Cleveland Competition) and has given master classes and performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He received a decoration for ‚the Artist of the Year‘ by the Ministry of Culture in Korea. His discography includes the Piano Concertos KV 488 and KV 453 by Mozart in which he conducted the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard. He is a professor at the Korean National University of Arts and has been a jury member for the most prestigious international competitions. His student, Sunwook Kim won the first prize in Ettlingen (2004), Clara Haskil (2005) and Leeds (2006).


Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Germany

The retired Professor of the University of Music in Detmold studied as a pianist under Conrad Hansen, after beginning her studies originally in medicine. In over 40 years of teaching she has taught pupils from numerous countries, of whom many are now respected teachers at home and abroad. Among her students are many winners of international competitions. Renate Kretschmar-Fischer is director of master courses in various countries and a jury member in international competitions. Renate Kretschmar-Fischer passed away in September 2016.


Hans Leygraf, Austria

son of German/Austrian parents, was born in Stockholm, studied under Gottfried Boon and Anna Hirzel-Langenhan and completed his studies in composition and conducting in Stockholm and Munich. His concert tours led him throughout Europe as well as the former Soviet Union, the USA and to the Far East. He teached in Innsbruck, Darmstadt, Stockholm, Hannover and Berlin, since 1975 as Professor at the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg.. Many prize winning students have emerged under his auspices at international competitions. He directed master classes in many music centers throughout the world. Hans-Leygraf passed away in February 2011.


Maciej Lukaszczyk, Poland

received his musical education in Warsaw and Vienna. In addition to numerous solo performances, Maciej Lukaszczyk has also given many duo-concerts with his twin-brother Jacek in both West and East Europe, as well as the USA. He has expanded his educational activities to include, among others, master classes in Europe and in the USA. In 1970 he founded the Chopin Society in the Federal Republic of Germany (Incorporated Society) and has been the president until he passed away. He is an enthusiastic supporter of up and coming pianists, especially as the initiator of the European Chopin Piano Contest in Darmstadt. In 1991 he received the Federal Distinguished Service Cross 1st Class and in 1994 the Distinguished Service Medal from the city of Darmstadt. Maciej Lukaszczyk died in June 2014.


Wolfgang Manz, Germany

made his studies with Drahomir Toman and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and is prizewinner of international competitions such as Leeds (1981, 2nd prize) and Brussels (Concours Reine Elisabeth 1983, 2nd prize). He has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and RSO Berlin. With Rolf Plagge he has established the piano duo “Duo Reine Elisabeth” and has made recordings for the labels Arte Nova, Chandos, Thorofon and Telos. Between 1986-1999 he taught at the University of Music in Hannover and Karlsruhe. From 2000 he is professor at the University of Music of Nürnberg-Augsburg, 2001-2005 he was vice director of the Nürnberg department.


André Marchand, Germany

started to play the piano at age three and grew up as a member of Dresdner Kreuzchor. He studied in Freiburg and Paris with Carl Seemann, Pierre Sancan, Yvonne Lefébure and Thierry de Brunhoff. At age 27 he be- came Professor of Piano in the University of Wisconsin, at 30 at University of Music Freiburg, and since 1985 in University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. His worldwide activities include Concerto, Solo and Chamber appearances and Guest- Professorships in USA, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, Italy, Greece, Spain etc.. His stu- dents are teaching in important Universi- ties and Conservatories in USA, Japan, Greece, Spain, Korea, Italy and Germany.


Kristin Merscher, Germany

was born in 1961 in Frankfurt/Main and studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pierre Sancan and György Sebök. She performed with many renowned orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Philharmonic and the Munich Philharmonic and played all over Europe, as well as the USA, Canada and the Far East. She recorded for radio and TV stations in Germany and abroad. With Maria Kliegel she released on Naxos Records the complete sonatas for piano and violoncello of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Brahms. Since 1990, Kristin Merscher is professor of piano at the University of Music Saarland, Germany.


Brigitte Meyer, Switzerland

was born in Biel (Switzerland). She studied with Denise Bidal (Lausanne) and Bruno Seidlhofer (Vienna). 1971 she was awarded the „Bösendorfer-Prize“, and was finalist of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Vevey (1975). She performed in international Festivals like Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and Hakuba-Festival Japan and recorded many discs. She especially focuses on chamber music, among others with Martha Argerich, Maria-Joao Pires, Alexandre Rabinovitch and Heinrich Schiff. Since more than 20 years she teaches at the Conservatory Lausanne (Haute Ecole de Musique) and gives masterclasses in Tokyo and Teheran.


Milena Mollova, Bulgaria

gave her first piano recital at the age of six and studied with Emil Gilels and Guido Agosti. She won prizes at the first Tschajkovsky competition (Moscow 1958), M. Long (Paris 1959) and ARD (Munich 1962). Performances and masterclasses in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia. Founder and co-organizer of the BG-Swiss-Music-Festival and head of national and international Vladigerov-Competitions. She holds a professorship at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) in Sofia (Bulgaria) and is there head of the music department. She is also piano professor at the State Academy of Music in Sofia and president of EPTA Bulgaria.


Germaine Mounier, France

was born in Paris and performed numerous concerts in France, Europe as well as in the Middle and Far East. In 1978 she began her career as professor at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique“ in Paris. In addition to that she also taught at the “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris“ and offered courses at the Summer Academy of the “Mozarteum“ in Salzburg. Moreover, students regularly had the opportunity to attend her master courses in France, Germany and Japan. Germaine Mounier was a member of several international contest juries and Vice President of the Chopin Society in Paris. She died in Paris in June 2006.


John Owings, USA

was born in San Antonio and studied in Texas with Dalies Frantz and Karl Leifheit. Further studies with Géza Anda, Wilhelm Kempff, Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. He is head of the piano department at Texas Christian University (TCU). As recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and has been a jury member for many competitions. He received first prize and the Ravel Medal in the Robert Casadesus Competition (now the Cleveland Competition), and TCU’s highest honor – the Chancellor’s Award – in recognition of his performances of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas.


Gitti Pirner, Germany

gave her first piano recital at the age of seven and when she was eight she made her „debut“ with Mozart‘s piano concerto in A major KV 488. When, aged 12, she played this concerto in a West German city the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on what it called an “artistic sensation”. She won the first prize at the international music competition in Geneva and has performed with conductors such as Sergiu Celibidache, Rudolf Kempe, Helmuth Rilling, Armin Jordan und Franz Welser-Möst. Alongside her career as a soloist she dedicates herself to chamber music and song-accompaniment. She has been in the jury for international competitions such as the ARD competition and holds a professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.


Ewa Poblocka, Poland

studied at the Music Academy in Gdansk, and is prizewinner of competitions in Vercelli, Bordeaux and Warsaw. She has performed throughout most of Europe, as well as in America, the Far East and Australia. She has given concert performances with, among others, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw. She has been broadcasted widely and recorded for labels like Deutsche Grammophon and Victor JVC. For her recording of Field’s complete Nocturnes she was awarded the John Field Medal. Ewa Poblocka also enjoys performing chamber music.


Eliane Reyes, Belgium


received her early training from her mother and gave her first concert at the age of five. She studied at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal, Berlin Hochschule des Künste, Salzburg Mozarteum and the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur. Her concert career has taken her to North America and the Far East, as well as throughout Europe. Her recordings have brought various awards and honours. She is professor of piano at the Brussels Conservatoire Royal de Musique as well as Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and a frequent member of international competition juries. In July 2016 she was granted the title „Chevalier des arts et des lettres“ by the French Culture Minister. 1996 she was awarded the first prize (Category B) at the 5th Ettlingen International Competition.


Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Norway


studied with Nicolai Dirdal and Hans Leygraf and won numerous prizes at international competitions. From 1975 to 1981 and again since 1994 he is Professor of Piano at the University of Music of Hannover, Germany. His international career has included solo recitals in Europe, Japan, USA and Mexico. Concerto appearances include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras in Norway. His recording of the Grieg Concerto was chosen by the BBC Saturday Review as the best version of this much-recorded concerto. He recently released the recording of all Grieg‘s piano music on Naxos.


Barbara Szczepanska, Germany

Born in Warsaw, she graduated of the Chopin Academy in Warsaw with Lidia Kozubek and Teresa Manasterska. Postgraduate piano studies with Victor Mierzanov. Concerts in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Spain and Italy. 1998-2002 and 2004-2008 she was vice-rector of the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule für Musik Düsseldorf. Now she leeds there the training center for talented children “Schumann junior”. Visiting professor in South Korea, Taiwan and China. Her students won many prizes in the international music competitions as the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Leeds International Piano Competition and ARD Competition Munich.


Jürgen Uhde, Germany

studied In the thirties at Berlin’s State Academy of Music under Leonid Kreutzer. He began teaching at the Stuttgart State Academy of Music in 1954. Even after his retirement, the professor emeritus continued to offer numerous master courses. He was especially renowned for his piano music publications. In particular his work in three volumes called “Beethovens Klaviermusik” (Beethoven’s Piano Music) and his book “Denken und Spielen” (Thinking and Playing), which explains the relationship of theory and practice in piano playing and was authored in collaboration with Dr. Renate Wieland, were published worldwide. Jürgen Uhde passed away in 1991.


Blanca Uribe, Colombia

born in Bogotá, Colombia, into a family of professional musicians, Blanca Uribe studied in Vienna with Richard Hauser and in New York with Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. She is particularly noted for her interpretations of the 32 sonatas of Beethoven, which she has performed in cycle on several occasions, and the complete Iberia Suite of Isaac Albéniz. She enjoys a career as recitalist and soloist in Europe, South America and the United States. As a chamber musician, she has appeared with the Chicago, Orion and Brentano String Quartets, with Ani and Ida Kavafian and with the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble. For 36 years, she held the George Sherman Dickinson Professorship of Music at Vassar College and is currently Professor of Piano at Eafit University in Medellin, Colombia.


Wolfgang Watzinger, Germany

was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and studied at the Music Academies in Freiburg, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. He has served as Professor of Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1994.In 1971 he won First Prize at the National Piano Competition of the German Music Academies in Frankfurt. In 1973/74 he studied with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. 1980-1994 he was Professor of Piano at the music academies in Berlin and Detmold. He has performed in major European cities, the USA, South Africa, Japan, South Korea and China. With Bruce Berg he recorded the complete Violin Sonatas of Brahms (Centaur Records, 2001). His Solo CD (2004, Genuin Musicpro- duction) includes the Paganini Variations by Brahms and the Reger Bach Variations.