President of the Jury
Described by The Strad as a “virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament”, equally at home on both violin and viola, London–based Zhislin enjoys an active and illustrious career as soloist and chamber musician. His performances have taken him to over 60 countries around the globe.
Hrachya Avanesyan is considered as one of the most inspiring artists of his generation. In April 2006, when he was a teenager, he won the first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition. In 2008 his talent was recognized once more in the musical world, when he won the prestigious Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark.
“With over 90 concerts a year, Nicolas Dupont (°1992) is one of the most active Belgian chamber musicians of his generation.” (El Diario Montanes)
As a member of the Edinburgh Quartet, Kugoni Trio, Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, Ensemble K and Duo Andaluza, he has premiered over ninety pieces in close collaboration with composers and has made recordings for Belgian, Danish, French, Swiss, Italian, English, Scottish and Dutch radio and television.
Pieter Jansen began violin classes at the age of 7 with Koen Rens at the Academy of Music of Turnhout. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp under Guido De Neve. He was conferred with a Master’s degree summa cum laude. In January 2006, he was awarded the ‘Oranjebeurs’ scholarship.
The creative activity of David Makhmudov is rich and multifaceted. For many years he has been combining solo concert activity, work in the orchestra and pedagogy. Since 2017, David has been a soloist within the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, with which he plays over 60 concerts annually in Belgium and throughout Europe.