First round jury
Jury of the first round will consist of 7 members and it will take place between February 17 - 19, 2020.
Milan Langer, piano (Czech republic)
The pianist Milan Langer graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. At the age of seventeen, he won the Chopin Competition in Marienbad and he also received laureate’s titles and diplomas from a number of prestigious international competitions in Bolzano, Moscow, Santander or at the Prague Spring competition during his studies. His solo recordings of piano works by A. Reicha and V. J. Tomášek gained him attention. He has been a solo piano and chamber music teacher at the Prague Conservatory since 1998. He leads piano courses and seminars in the Czech Republic and abroad. He has been a member of the Czech Trio since 1994, with whom he has recorded a number of award-winning recordings for the Supraphon and Arco Diva record companies and others.
František Novotný, violin (Czech republic)
František Novotný studied the violin at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He then continued his studies abroad under the renowned virtuosos and teachers, Zakhar Bron and Viktor Tretiakov. He has received laureate’s titles and honourable mentions at more than twenty competitions, such as the Concertino Praga, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Prague Spring competition or the Premio Paganini in Genoa. He is the holder of an Award from RAI, the Italian Radio and Television Company, and of the Henryk Wieniawski Medal. He performs his wide-ranging repertoire on significant stages in Europe, Japan and the USA. He is also active as a professor at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts and he teaches at international master classes.
Petr Nouzovský, cello (Czech republic)
Petr Nouzovský graduated in playing the violoncello in Prague, Dresden and Madrid and he participated in master classes led by Mstislav Rostropovich. He often performs at the Prague Spring Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival etc. and he has performed in many prestigious concert venues, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or the Hercules Hall in Munich. He cooperates with significant conductors (Jakub Hrůša, Ondrej Lenárd and Petr Altrichter) and orchestras (the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava). He often performs abroad. To date, he has performed in more than forty countries around the world. He is the holder of the Prague Classic Award for his recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s collected works for violoncello and orchestra.
Irvin Venyš, clarinet (Czech republic)
The clarinettist Irvin Venyš studied at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and subsequently supplemented his education with a yearlong internship at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris. He is the laureate of a number of prestigious international competitions, including the Prague Spring, the Jean Françaix Competition in Paris and the international competitions in Markneukirchen and Bayreuth. His performance range stretches from the classical clarinet repertoire through to demanding pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries (Czech and world premieres) and on to folklore. He is a frequent guest on prestigious stages in a number of European countries, Japan and the USA. He plays for Czech Radio, Czech Television, Mitteldeutsches Rundfunk, Arco Diva, NAXOS or Supraphon. He is active as a teacher and is also the Assistant Dean for international affairs and science and research at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Milan Puklický, music director (Czech republic)
Evert van Berkel, Sveriges Radio, EBU (Sweden)
Anna Fusek, flute, violin (Germany)