Sumy, April 10-14th, 2018
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Yuri Didenko (Russia)

Associate Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko, Associate Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory has performed solo recitals and collaborated with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Austria.

Mr. Didenko is a winner and prizewinner of numerous competitions in Great Britain, Italy, USA, Belgium. In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award For Special Achievements in Culture.

Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. In his class many talented students who are winners of various international competitions.

Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works. He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio.

Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan, UAE, Germany, Spain, Malta, Italy, USA, South Korea, and China. He gives master classes for children and students. Such communication with the growing generation of young musicians allows him to select for his class of talented students.
He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions in  various categories, from children to adults (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Malta, Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey, Spain, Israel.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmaninov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation. In 2014 he was appointed a Vice-president of the International Rachmaninov society (Germany). From 2015 hi is guest professor of College of Music in Dezhou University (China). Yuri Didenko is also the organizer of the Rachmaninoff competition in Moscow.

Xian Jie Jay Zhu (China)

Professor Central Conservatory of Music, Piano Academy in Gulanyu (China).

Mr.Xian Jie Jay Zhu was born in Shanghai and his career has been associated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music .In 1962,he entered the Music School attached at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as a piano performer he worked with the Shanghai Philharmonic Ensemble since1972. He completed his masters degree in 1981 in Shanghai Conservatory of Music and taught in the piano department for six years before he moved to Canada.

Mr. Zhu had recital in Shanghai Spring Festival in 1980, he also played piano concertos with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra .As a chamber music player he performed with other musicians in Europe and North America , include Plague Spring Festival and tour in Russia. His tour in San Francisco and New York was impressive .The music critic of < San Francisco Examiner> acclaimed Zhu was sensational: sensitive to the artist and to the music, stylishly accurate.

In recent years He has been a jury in many piano competitions such as CCTV Piano Competition in Beijin,2nd Concours International De Piano <Ville de Gagny> in France. His book < Pan on the Keyboard> was published in 2014.He translated the book <A Life in Music> by Daniel Barenboim is re-printed many times. Mr. Zhu is a vice-chief editor of the <Piano Artistry> magazine. Since 2012,he has been teaching at the Central Conservatory of Music, Piano Academy in Gulanyu, and is a Guest Professor at Xiamen University.

Dario Mannino (Italy)

Artist Manager in Mamusic agency in Florence.

Artistic director of A.Gi.Mus.

Dario Mannino took graduation in Palermo at Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini and also a degree in Musicology and Music History with votation of 110/110 (thesis with Professor Paolo Emilio Carapezza).

He played with orchestras but he is very active as artistic manager and music consultant. In this role in 2008 he worked at International Music Festival Accademia Mahler in Basilicata with principal musicians of Berliner Philharmoniker and other orchestras from Europe.
From January 2010 to February 2011 he was the Artistic Directions coordinatorat Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence. And he worked also in the team of Music Festival Estate Regina in Montecatini Terme. Then he collaborated at Teatro Massimo Foundation in Palermo for some productions. In 2011 he was the audition coordinator for singers in the international agency Atelier Musicale in Bologna while since 2012 has taken the role of Artist Manager in Mamusic agency in Florence.

He was also artistic director of A.Gi.Mus., association for young musicians. 

Natalia Gorezkaya (Ukraine)


Vice rector of the Kharkov National Ivan Kotlyarevsky University of Arts, Professor of Special Piano department.

In 1971, Natalya Gorezkaya entered Odessa State Antonina Nezhdanova Conservatoire where she studied under Professor Ludmila Ginzburg. Continued her studies at Kharkov Institute of Arts under the guidance of Professor Natalia Melnikova. After graduation from Kharkov Institute, she followed the postgraduate course at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under the guidance of Professor Dmitri Bashkirov. She took part in many national and international festivals as a member of piano duets and ensemble player. Among her students, there are prize-winners of regional, national and international piano competitions and festivals. Natalia Gorezkaya served as a jury member in numerous piano and ensemble competitions. She gives master classes and takes part in summer courses. She is a member of Ukrainian Artist Society.

Tatiana Shemelina (Ukraine)


Head of Special Piano Faculty of the Sumy Dmitry Bortniansky High School of Art and Culture.

Tatiana Shemelina completed Sumy musical college in the class of N. Ldova. In 1969, she went on to study at the I. Kotlyarevsky Kharkiv State University of Arts in the class of professor N. Eshchenko. Since 1974, she has worked as a teacher at Sumy Dmitry Bortniansky High School of Art and Culture and is presently a senior teacher and concertmaster of the higher category. Among her students have been those that went on to graduate at the P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev, I. Kotlyarevsky Kharkiv State University of Arts and as teachers of musical schools of the region and of Ukraine. Frequently she has been the chairman of the jury of regional competitions of pianist students of schools of artistic education of the region. She opened the Tanfeleva (Sumy) competition for pianists and carried out competitions between various childrens musical schools.