2019 World Choral Conducting Competition

11 – 15 July 2019 | Hong Kong

Candidates

(CV as of July 2019) 

Pascal ADOUMBOU (France)

Pascal ADOUMBOU (France)

Assistant choir conductor, Spirito/Orchestre National de Lyon (2019-) Finalist, London International Choral Conducting Competition (2018) Artistic Director, InChorus (2018-) Assistant Conductor and Principal Choir Director, Orchestre National de Lille (2017-2018) Grant holder, Atelier médicis/Ministère de la Culture – France (2016-2017) Graduate, Master in choral conducting, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (2015)

Jack APPERLEY (UK)

Jack APPERLEY (UK)

Graduate, Masters in Choral Conducting (Distinction), Royal Academy of Music, London (2018) Graduate, Bachelor of Music, University of Birmingham. (2016) Second Prize, London International Choral Conducting Competition (2018) Music Director of the Imperial College Chamber Choir, London (2018-) Assistant Chorus Master of the London Symphony Chorus (2017-) Music Director of Concordia Voices (2017-)

Linas BALANDIS (Lithuania)

Linas BALANDIS (Lithuania)

Doctor of Arts (choral conducting), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (2018) Conductor and Artistic Director, Cadet’s Choir “Kariūnas”, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania Conductor, Šauliai State Chamber Choir “Polifonija” Choirmaster, Theater Mixed Choir, Choir Conducting Department, Lithuanian Academy of Music Choirmaster and Assistant of Prof. Vytautas Miškinis, Boys and Youth Choir “Ąžuoliukas” Winner, 3 International Choral Conducting Competitions in Belarus, Poland

Julia Selina BLANK (Germany)

Julia Selina BLANK (Germany)

Guest Chorus Master, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (2020) 1st Prize, London International Choral Conducting Competition (2018) Graduate, Master in Choral Conducting, Norwegian Academy of Music (2018) Scholar, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats (2017-) Assistant Conductor, Norwegian Soloists´ Choir (2016-2018) Founder and Artistic Leader, Jewelry Store San Diego (2015-)

Katherine CHAN (Australia)

Katherine CHAN (Australia)

Director of Choral Activities, Northeastern University (2018-) Assistant Conductor, Back Bay Chorale (2018-) Guest Conductor, Xi’an Symphony Chorus, Xi’an, China. (2019) Graduated, Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting, University of Minnesota (2017) Finalist, ACDA National Graduate Conducting Competition (2017) Conducting Scholar with Helmuth Rilling, Oregon Bach Festival (2011)

Masis Aram GÖZBEK (Turkey)

Masis Aram GÖZBEK (Turkey)

Founder & Artistic Director, Boğaziçi Jazz Choir, Boğaziçi Youth Choir and MAGMA Choirs Lecturer, Choir Classes, Opera Department, Haliç University Conservatory (2019-) Jury Member, the 40th International May Choir Competition, Varna, Bulgaria (2019) Jury Member, the 64th European Music Festival for Young People, Neerpelt, Belgium (2018) Young Conductor Special Award, 35th International May Choir Competition, Varna, Bulgaria (2014) Guest conductor, 11th European Festival of Youth Choirs, Basel,

Petra GRASSI (Italy / Slovenia)

Petra GRASSI (Italy / Slovenia)

Master (w/ “summa cum laude”) in Choral Conducting, Conservatorio di Musica “Francesco A. Bonporti”, Trento, Italy Conductor, VIKRA, DEKOR Chamber Choir and Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy 3rd Prize & Audience Prize, International Competition for Young Conductors, Torino, Italy (2015) 1st Prize, Le mani in suono, Arezzo, Italy (2015) 1st Prize, Zvok mojih rok, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016) 1st Prize & Best Conductor, Naša pesem Choir Competition, Maribor, Slovenia (2018)

Evgeníi IVANÓV (Russia)

Evgeníi IVANÓV (Russia)

Graduate, Nizhny Novgorod Choir College (2013) Winner, Choral Conducting Category, All-Russian Olympiad of Music Schools Students and Colleges (2013) Graduate, Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory M.I. Glinka (2013-2017) Student, Master of Choir Conducting, St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture (2017-2019) Artistic Director and Conductor, Harmony Youth Choir named after I.V. Roganova (2018-) Best Conductor and Overall Winner (with ”Harmony” Choir), International Choir Competition “Rainbow” (20

Benjamin Theophilus KIRK (UK)

Benjamin Theophilus KIRK (UK)

Graduate, Master in Orchestral Conducting, Estonian Academy of Music (2018) Graduate, Master in Choral Conducting, Royal Academy of Music (London) (2015) Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Tallinn Chamber Choir (2017-2019) Chorusmaster, Choeur de Radio France (2019) Chorusmaster, Swedish Radio Choir (2018) Chorusmaster, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (2018)

Heeseong LEE (South Korea)

Heeseong LEE (South Korea)

Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music, University of Southern California, U.S.A (exp. 2022) Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Yonsei University, South Korea (2016) Bachelor of Music in Church Music, Yonsei University, South Korea (2013) Co-Conductor, University Chorus, University of Southern California, U.S.A (2018-) Grand Prize, Jubilate Choral Conducting Competition, South Korea (2016) Grand Prize, The National Chorus Choral Conducting Competition, South Korea (2015)

Alexandra MAKAROVA (Russia)

Alexandra MAKAROVA (Russia)

Master in Choral Conducting, St Petersburg State Conservatory (2016) Bachelor in Choral Conducting, St Petersburg State Conservatory (2010) Chief Conductor, Festino Chamber Choir (2009-) Conductor, St Petersburg Polytechnical University Chamber Choir (2013-) 1st Prize, Boris Tevlin International Competition (2013) Best Conductor, Florilege Vocal de Tours International Choir Competition (2018)

Cathrie YUEN (Hong Kong China)

Cathrie YUEN (Hong Kong China)

Graduate, Master in Choral Conducting, University of British Columbia (2018) Graduate, Bachelor of Art in Music, Trinity Western University (2015) Associate Conductor, Choral Program, Trinity Western University (2019-) Artistic Director, MGV Lyra Men’s Choir (2017-) Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia (2016-2018)