2016 Jurors


Irina Morozova, piano

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.



Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

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.


Chung-Hsi Hsieh, piano

Pianist Chung-Hsi Hsieh has performed solo recitals in numerous cities in United States and Asia, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, as well as in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang, Taipei and Tainan.  He has also made solo appearances with Interlochen Arts Academy Symphony Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.  As an avid chamber musician, he often collaborates with principles from BSO, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and members of A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, as well as Iris String Quartet and members of Amphion String Quartet

After winning the Junior Division of the National Music Competition in Taiwan, Mr. Hsieh pursued his music career in the United States, winning top prizes in the Wideman Concerto Competition in Shreveport Louisiana, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan Concerto Competition, Taiwan International Chopin Competition, Miami International Competition, and Corpus Christi Piano Competition. He was a performing artist in the Irving Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

Chung-Hsi Hsieh received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers, State University of New Jersey under the guidance of Susan Starr and Douglas Lundeen. He received his MA and BA from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Seymour Lipkin.  He has taught in the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China, and will join Bravo International Music Academy in San Diego in summer 2016.

Tereza Lee Kirkhum, piano

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.


Elena Lisitsian, piano

Russian-Armenian pianist Elena Lisitsian has made her debut performance at the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory at the age of ten. 
Being influenced by her grandfather, the great baritone of the Bolshoi Theater, Pavel Lisitsian, she developed a deep interest in music early on.  Ms. Lisitsian received her musical training in Moscow under Ms. Plyashkevich of the Gnessin School of Music.  After moving to New York City, she continued her studies with professor Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music.  Ms. Lisitsian has also worked under the tutelage of Elena Tatulyan.

Among her accomplishments are first prices in Chamber Music Competition in Houston, Texas; “Ensemble Competition” and “Forshey” Piano Competition of Steinway & Sons. She has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in Russia, Europe, and the United States.  Her performances include an appearance with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles in Merkin Concert Hall, New York City.  Ms. Lisitsian has been participating in a Progetto Marth Argerich Festival in Lugano, Switzerland since 2011.

Laura Goldberg, violin

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.


David Bakamjian, cello

David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, ensemble player, and recording artist on both modern and baroque cello. In addition to appearances in New York's premiere concert halls, he has appeared several times on National Public Radio and WQXR, and was a winner or finalist in four international chamber music competitions. As a member of the Casa Verde Trio, he completed six critically acclaimed national tours and a month-long tour of China. He has performed as soloist with the Allentown Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Beijing Symphony, Early Music New York, Bachanalia Festival Orchestra, Musica Bella, the Hunterdon Symphony, and the Lehigh University Philharmonic, and he has served as principal cellist for numerous orchestras. On baroque cello, he performs with Concert Royal and the American Classical Orchestra, and he was principal cello of Early Music New York for several years. He is a founding member of the New York Classical Quartet and of Brooklyn Baroque, whose CDs were deemed a “must buy” by the American Record Guide. A dedicated teacher, he directs the Summer String-In, and the Play Week chamber music workshops for adult amateurs. He earned his B.A. at Yale, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at SUNY Stony Brook, and he was a faculty member of Lehigh University for eight years.



Laura Oatts, violin

Laura Oatts got her Bachelors degree in Music Performance at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and Schools for the Arts. At Stony Brook University, she was the first Violinist in the Graduate String Quartet. She has toured with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Soviet Émigré Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet orchestra and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She has played with the American Symphony, the Caramoor Festival Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, American Ballet Theater, the Kammer Guild Orchestra, Musica Aterna (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Manhattan Philharmonic, Musica Sacra, the New York Choral Society and the American Song Book at Lincoln Center. She has worked on numerous occasions under the direction of Lenard Bernstein and James Levine. The Chamber Music Laura has played includes concerts, music festivals, and tours in Europe and the United States with the Astor String Quartet and the Piano Trio St. Gilles, as well as string quartets in television and film appearances. She is involved in a series of Chamber music concerts with the concertmasters of the New York City Ballet in Saratoga. Laura plays with the New York City Ballet, where she has been working for the past 28 years. She is a long time member of the following orchestras: American Composer’s Orchestra (with Dennis Russel Davies and new music director George Manahan), New York Pops (with Skitch Henderson), and the Westchester Philharmonic conducted by Itzhak Perlman. Laura has been a member of five long running Broadway shows: “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Victor Victoria,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Crazy for You,” and the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. In addition, she has played for 35 other Broadway shows on Broadway. Laura has recorded extensively. This includes Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, Film, and Jingles. 

Rosemary Rossi, voice

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.