2015 Jurors


Irina Morozova, pianist

Irina Morozova


Music critics the world over continue to praise pianist Irina Morozova as a “truly gifted artist who plays with exceptional intelligence, refined musicality, virtual flawlessness of technique, and an impeccable sense of style”.  Irina Morozova made her New York debut with a solo recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1996 after winning the Artists International Auditions.  Critics raved, “Morozova possesses astonishing beauty of sound and power of ideas… she is the sort of pianist who can turn a simple phrase into magic.”  Since then Irina Morozova has given numerous solo recitals throughout the U.S., Germany, Russia, Chile, China, and Australia.  She has made solo appearances with Berlin Radio Symphony, the South Carolina Symphony, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the New American Chamber Orchestra, among others.  A passionate chamber music player, she has performed with Saint-Petersburg Quartet, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras.  Irina Morozova’s  performances were broadcast on Russian radio and TV, KPAC (Texas), WFMT (Chicago), ABC (Australia),  BBC, and featured in the Film America’s “Music in the 20th Century” TV series. Ms. Morozova has participated for many years in the International Keyboard and Institute Festival in New York, the Cremona International Music Academy in Italy, and the InterHarmony festival in Germany/Italy. She presented master classes and workshops around the world and adjudicated numerous international and national competitions.

Irina Morozova was a top prize-winner of the New Orleans, the Frinna Awerbuch, and the San Antonio International Piano Competitions.  Her CD of virtuoso transcriptions of Gershwin works, including a unique recording of the solo version of Concerto in F, was recently released by Samum Publishing. 

Born to a musical family, Irina Morozova began her musical studies at the Leningrad Special Music School for Gifted Children and graduated with honors from the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music where her major teacher was Galina Orlovskaya.  Studying with Prof. Vladimir Shakin at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, she performed in the major concert halls of Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, and many other cities in the former Soviet Union. 

Ms. Morozova received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Dr. Arkady Aronov and where she is a Piano Associate faculty.  Since 1996 she has been on the faculties of Mannes College of Music and the Special Music School at Kaufman Center in New York.




Vladimir Valjarevic, pianist


A dedicated chamber musician and soloist, pianist Vladimir Valjarevic has been praised for his “caressing legato,” “silk-on-velvet seductiveness” (Fanfare Magazine), “beautiful lyricism and ... wide variety of tones and colorings, perceptively applied with care” (All Music Guide). He has also been called “an outstandingly responsive partner and superb tonalist” (The Strad).  His performances have taken him to the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Sumida Triphony Chamber Hall in Tokyo, Leiszhalle in Hamburg, Conservatory Hall in Geneva, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche in Berlin, Concert Hall "Bulgaria" in Sofia, Conservatory of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, the Southwest Virginia Festival for the Arts, French and Swiss Embassies in Washington, D.C. In New York, he has performed at Bargemusic, “Concerts at One” at Trinity Church, “Meet the Virtuoso” at the 92nd Street Y, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, the Yamaha Salon, the United Nations, and the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, among others. Valjarevic has collaborated with many contemporary composers in projects including commissions, recordings and world premieres. He has recorded for Labor Records, Romeo Records, Centaur Records, and MSR Classics.

Valjarevic teaches piano at Mannes College The New School for Music (College, Prep, Mannes Next divisions) and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He was the teaching assistant to Pavlina Dokovska for over a decade and still continues close collaboration with her in teaching and performance. Valjarevic also lectures on piano literature at Mason Gross School of the Arts and piano pedagogy at both schools. His festival affiliations include Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, and both Pianophoria Festival and the Center for Music Excellence (CME) in New York City.

Valjarevic studied in his native Bosnia, at Mannes College The New School for Music (BM & MM), Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (DMA) and at Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His primary piano instructors are Pavlina Dokovska, Pascal Devoyon, Susan Starr and Planinka Jurisic-Atic. While in Geneva, he received clavichord lessons from Nicole Hostettler at the Centre de Musique Ancienne. Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove in England, the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, the Apeldoorn Festival in the Netherlands, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Texas, the International Keyboard Institute and the Beethoven Institute in New York, Kneisel Hall in Maine.



Alexandre Moutouzkine, pianist

Winner of The Jury Discretionary Award at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and Astral Artist.  On the occasion of his early participation in the Van Cliburn International Competition, where he won the Special Award for Artistic Potential at age 19, the music critic of The Dallas Morning News stated that Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine "played Brahms' Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I've ever heard them.  At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance." Since then he went on to win top prizes in more than 20 international competitions, including the Naumburg, Cleveland, Montreal, New Orleans, Iturbi in Valencia, Maria Canals in Barcelona and Arthur Rubinstein in Tel-Aviv.  He also won the Astral Artists' 2009 National Auditions.  Alex has performed as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Radiotelevision  Orchestra of Spain, among many other orchestras around the world. Highlights of the upcoming season include Mr. Moutouzkine’s performances and master classes at 8th Beijing International Piano Festival, Musicfest in Pergia (Italy), Forum Musicae in Madrid,  Euro Music Festival and Academy in Halle (Germany), International Piano Festival in Havana,  Piano Festival in Tel Aviv, and performance of complete solo piano works of Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Carnegie Room series in NY. Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master’s degree and post-graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. He holds undergraduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy. Most recently Alexandre received a “Distinguished Alamni Award” from Manhattan School of Music and was appointed its faculty member in September 2013.


Laura Goldberg, violinist


Laura Jean Goldberg, violin, is a dynamic and performer and teacher, a member of the Chamber Music Faculty at The Juilliard School in the pre-college division, and curator of concert events in venues around the world. A Juilliard graduate, Ms. Goldberg has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and won top prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, and Banff International String Quartet competitions as a founding member of the Cassatt  Quartet. A current board member of the Dvorak American Heritage Association and ACMP, the Chamber Music Network, Ms. Goldberg is also the director of ArtsAhimsa…music to promote nonviolence, an organization that presents concerts worldwide.  Ms. Goldberg also teaches at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts center for girls in Lenox, MA, and she directs the ArtsAhimsa Music Festival at Belvoir Terrace, a chamber music workshop for amateur chamber music players.

Rosemary Rossi, singer


Rosemary Rossi,  is an opera singer, classical voice trainer, and piano teacher in the New York Metropolitan area. She also serves as Music Department Chair at the prestigious Ursuline School in Westchester, New York. Rosemary manages full-time vocal and piano training studios at both the Ursuline School and at her home in Bronxville, New York. Rosemary graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and obtained a Masters degree in music with specialization in opera and classical voice from Mannes College for Music.  Rosemary was recently presented with the Saint Ursula Award from the Ursuline School. Her recent performance was in “La Traviata” with the New Rochelle Opera.





Tereza Lee, pianist
Born in Brazil and raised in Chicago, Tereza Lee started playing the piano when she was nine.  At age 16, she was awarded a scholarship at the Merit School of Music to study with Edna Koren and Sylvia Wang.  As first prize winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition, she appeared as a soloist with the CSO, performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1.  In New York, she has appeared as a soloist at Steinway Hall, Barge Music, and Lincoln Center.  Tereza performed with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra after winning a school-wide competition, the first freshman in the school’s history to do so. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, under the instruction of Nina Svetlanova.  Tereza Lee performed her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall on May 17th, 2009 – a concert presented by Artists International Presentations, as part of its annual solo competition.
Tereza is also a DREAM Act activist, and one of her many dreams is to share her passion for music through education.  She is a teaching fellow at the Manhattan School of Music and a faculty member at MSM Sunday.