2020 Jurors


Originally from Uzbekistan, Tamila came to the United States to study with Oxana Yablonskaya at the University of Hartford Hartt School, where she received her Graduate Professional Diploma and then her Masters degree the following year, while studying with Luiz de Moura Castro.

Tamila has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Spain, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. She has been guest soloist with several orchestras including the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Tamila performs as a member of Clara Piano Trio and also as a duo with her partner, cellist Peter Dzialo. Tamila and Peter recorded two albums on the LPR label, which feature works for cello and piano by Schubert, Haydn, Popper, Bach-Kodaly and the never before recorded cello sonata by Rhene-Baton.

Tamila currently resides in West Hartford, CT, and teaches piano at the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford and Loomis Chaffey School.


Adrina Daurov is a versatile cellist, who performs on world-famous concert stages including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Madison Square Garden, and the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, ranging from classical solo recitals to playing shows with the likes of Alicia Keys, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Josh Groban, Burt Bacharach, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sarah Brightman and the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros. Most recently, Adrian has collaborated with the Swedish folk-rock band First Aid Kit, and also toured with the cello rock band Break of Reality.

After studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Adrian received the Jerome L. Greene Scholarship to study at the Juilliard School with the renowned cello pedagogues Andre Emelianoff and David Soyer, where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Since 2007 Adrian was also appointed the principal cellist of The Chamber Orchestra of New York, and a year later formed his own group - the award-winning Voxare Quartet, with which he toured for several seasons. Adrian's cello playing was heard and broadcast on several radio stations and TV channels like WNYC, WQXR and NTV-America and popular American TV shows such as Regis & Kelly Live, Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Adrian made his New York solo debut at Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center and performed as a soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Daurov is an avid chamber musician and performs as a duo with pianist Spencer Myer. The duo performed at the Smithsonian Museum, The Embassy Series in D.C., as well as at many other established institutions. In 2016, he joined the distinguished United Nations Chamber Music Society, performing several times each season in and around the World Headquarters building.

In recent season, Mr Daurov has been seen performing as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Westerville Symphony, Massapequa Philharmonic and Ridgefield Symphony, and other orchestras. Among the upcoming highlights is the performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Three Meditations from MASS for Cello and Orchestra with the Dayton Philharmonic and Maestro John Mauceri, in celebration of composer’s 100th Birthday.

Daurov' s playing is featured on two recent albums released by the Naxos label, in works by NYC composers Mohammed Fairouz and Grigory Smirnov.

Mary Thorne, voice

Soprano Mary Thorne has been praised as an “engaging soloist, bright and agile.” Highlights from recent seasons include joining New York City Opera in Aleko/Pagliacci at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and appearing as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Theater 2020 which earned an Innovative Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble. Mary also recently debuted the role of Ines in the American premiere production of Donizetti’s La Zingara.

Frequently heard in Mozart roles, Mary sang Queen of the Night in Amore Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, presented by WQXR at The Greene Space. She performed the role of Pamina in Hubbard Hall Opera Theater’s Die Zauberflöte and opened Amato Opera’s final season as Despina in Così fan tutte. She has also sung Susanna, Barbarina, Blondchen, Papagena, and Mademoiselle Silberklang, with New York companies Bronx Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble.

As a concert soloist, Mary has appeared with the New York Choral Society Summer Sings in Orff’s Carmina Burana and with the West Village Chorale Summer Sings in Fauré’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli. She has performed with the Simon Sinfonietta of Cape Cod in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Haydn’s Missa Sanctae Caeciliae. New York City concert appearances include a solo recital on Trinity Wall Street’s Concerts at One series, soloist at Weill Hall with New York Lyric Opera, and first soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Richmond Choral Society. This season Mary joins Philomusica of New Jersey as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria.

Originally from Washington State, Mary received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice from the City University of New York Graduate Center and holds a Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Mary teaches voice and musicianship at The Diller-Quaile School of Music and maintains a private voice studio. She has trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Jessica Aura Taskov, flute

Described as "exquisite" by the South Florida Classica Review, Flutist and native New Yorker, Jessica Aura Taskov is an active orchestral player and chamber musician. 2018/19 engagements include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Nashville Symphony, Principal Flute with DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International), Principal Flute of the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Reading Symphony in PA, New York Concert Artists, and a broadway tour of Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” among others. She has been a soloist with the New Jersey Philharmonic, Ensemble 212, the Purchase Camerata, and was a first prize winner of the 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Other orchestral experience includes performances with the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Seraphic Fire, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Munchner Symphoniker, and others. Summer festivals include Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, Interlochen, and Orford. Most recent recording was “Lines of Color” recorded live at the Jazz Standard in NYC and released on Blue Note records in 2015 and was nominated for a Grammy. Ms. Taskov is on faculty of the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College.