Helena Ha-Young Sul, a dedicated and established concert pianist and teacher / coach, is regularly invited as a jury member and teacher in master classes and piano competitions nationally and internationally.
The Swedish-born concert pianist Helena Ha-Young Sul has her roots in Korea and Japan.
Her passion for arranging events and activities for young musicians has established events including the Gothenburg Piano Festival in Sweden and the Music institutes. As a music director, she invites musicians from all over the world.
Her first official appearance, at the age of 7, was to win the first prize at the Steinway International Piano Competition in Hamburg, Germany. She then won gold medal and prizes in Berlingske Tidende in Denmark, Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Germany and Ljunggrenska Music Competition, Kil's piano competitions in Sweden and the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm.
At the age of 15, Helena Ha-Young entered the ROYAL DANISH MUSIC ACADEMY in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her first teacher was her mother, Inga Törnblom and Marianne Jacobs. Other teachers were Tom Ernst, prof. José Ribera (solo piano), Amalie Malling, Anne Öland (chamber music), Friedrich Gurtler (comp).
She graduated in 1998 with the highest grades in solo piano and chamber music.
Helena Ha-Young Sul
Founder & artistic director
Jury August 27-28
In 1998 she entered the Master Degree (per Postgraduate Performance Course) and studied for 2 years at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC LONDON, England. Her teacher was prof. Christopher Elton. In 1999-2000 she had also entered the Pianoteaching program with Vanessa Latarche.
In 2000 she continued at the CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE DE GENÈVE, Switzerland in Classe de Virtuosité and studied for 3 years with prof. Dominique Merlet and contemporary music with Jean-Jacques Balet. She graduated with the highest grade Diplome de Soloiste. During her studies, Helena Ha-Young participated in several international master classes such as Tel-Hai International Piano Master Israel with teacher Pnina Salzman and was awarded top scholarships from, among others, the Royal Academy of Music and the Lions Rotary Club, Sweden.
She was selected as a Young Artists at the University of Texas at Forth Worth, USA and was awarded Pianist of the Year, Skåne 2000. In Forth Worth, she collaborated with Stanislav Ioudenitch, José Feghali, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Tamas Ungar. Other masterclasses were in Darmstadt with prof. Hans Leygraf. Later with Liisa Pohjola (Finland), Romuald Sztern, Per Tengstrand and Iliya Itin (Sweden) Paul Badura-Skoda and Charles Rosen (UK).
Helena Ha-Young has participated in many national and international piano festivals, including International Piano festival in Eindhoven, Holland, Steinway & Sons Festival in Berlin, Germany, Piano en Saintonge, France, Festival Archipel, Switzerland, Helsingborgs Pianofestival and Båstads International Chambermusicfestival, Sweden In 2011 she performed works by Liszt and invited selected pianists to this event Liszt anniversary at Stenhammarsalen at Concerthouse, Sweden and the concert was recorded by Swedish Radio P2.
She has appeared on TV and Radio (BBC, DR radio, Swedish Radio P2, Suisse Romande and Swedish Television). Helena Ha-Young is also an interpretation of new contemporary music and is performed with Ensemble Contemporain in Switzerland, new music performed as Betsy Jolas, Lionel Rogg and Rolf Martinsson (especially dedicated to the piano piece Acquarius for her) and latest Sofia Gubaidulina successfully had a composer herself.
Among the concerts she has performed piano concerts such as Mozart Pianoconcerto no. 19, no. 21 and Beethoven Triple Concert with the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Tchaikowski No. 2, Mendelssohn No. 1 and Grieg with, among others, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Arild Remmereit, Tommy B. Andersson, Olaf Henzold, Michael Tabachnik and Owain Arwel Hughes.
Helena has over 30 years of experience as a solo pianist and chamber musician and has performed in Sweden, Denmark (1998-99 a concert with Beethoven sonatas and a concert work by Chopin in the Tivoli Concert Hall) other concerts have been given in Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland, United States, China and South Korea. Most recently, there have been successful solo concerts in Montenegro and Budapest.
As a sought-after coach and educator, she also travels to various summer courses and universities to teach masterclasses. She works as a teacher in Gothenburg and arranges Music Mind Games, a pedagogical way to learn music theory. Other major interests are interior design and art.
Since 2010, she is the founder and artistic director of the Gothenburg Piano Festival in Sweden. www.goteborgspianofestival.com
Erik T. Tawaststjerna
Master class 26 August
Jury 27 August
Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Ta-va-sher-na) is a professor of piano at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
He began his musical education in Helsinki, took private lessons in Moscow and graduated from the Vienna Academy of Music where he studied with Dieter Weber, and from the New York Juilliard School, where his teacher was Sascha Gorodnitzki.
He also holds a Ph.D. from New York University, where he studied under the direction of Eugene List. He has participated in master classes given by Wilhelm Kempff and Dmitri Bashkirov. He has played concerts around the world.
He has performed as a soloist with major orchestras in Finland and performed concerts No. 2 and No. 3 by Rachmaninoff, among others. He played the first Finnish performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" in 1981. In 1990, he was invited to give a performance for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Mr. Tawaststjerna has made several recordings, including a series of 8 recordings of Jean Sibelius' complete piano music on the BIS label. He has been teaching at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki since 1982, where he was appointed professor of piano in 1986. Many of his students have won top prizes in international piano competitions and several of them have advanced to professorships.
Mr Tawaststjerna's expertise has been used in the juries for several competitions, such as the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth, the Dublin Piano Competition, the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, the London International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head Piano Competition, the New York International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, Weimar Liszt competition, José Iturbi competition in Valencia, Isang Yun competition in South Korea, Prokofiev competition in St. Petersburg. Petersburg, Ciurlionis competition in Vilnius and Mozart competition in Zhuhai, China.
He has given master classes at the Guildhall School of Music in London, the University of the Arts in Berlin, the Tokyo College of Music and the University of Vienna. He was named "Professor of the Year" in 2006 by the Finnish Professors' Association.
Master class 26 August
Jury August 27-28
Giuliano Adorno graduated in Piano under the guidance of Maestro Antonio Di Cristofano, specialized in Paris at the Ecole Normale "A. Cortot" and later in Madrid with Maestro Leonel Morales. He has obtained prizes and awards in over 30 national and international piano competitions: "Accademia delle Muse" in Camaiore; "City of Pietra Ligure"; "Pinerolo city of cavalry"; "FIDAPA", Pisa; "City of Albenga"; "Giulio Rospigliosi", Lamporecchio (PT), "Terme di Saturnia", Saturnia; "Uliveto Terme", Pisa; "Franz Schubert", Tagliolo Monferrato; "City of Cesenatico", "City of San Giuliano Terme" (PI), Mallorca International Music Competition, Mendelssohn Piano Competition (Le), "Anton Garcia Abril "in Teruel, Spain.
He has held concerts for Italian and foreign institutions and played at the Salle Munch and Salle Cortot in Paris; Manuel da Mota Oporto Foundation; Concert Noble and Maison du commune de Anderlecht, Brussels; Sala de Plenos, "Manuel de Falla" Auditorium, Alhambra Castle, Granada; Association of Ars and Music, Valencia; Parador de Xàbia, Alicante; Volkshochschule Reutlingen, Stuttgart; Sinkt Andraa Kirke, Salzburg; Dante Alighieri Society, Bern; Piano Festival of Grosseto, Terme di Saturnia, Theater of Cesenatico, Theater of Marina di Pietrasanta, Mendelssohn Festival (LE), Church of the Ss. Apostoli, Sala Baldini, Domus Talenti, Rome, Sala Monteverdi Cremona, Festival Echos Alessandria, Auditorium of the conservatory of Cagliari, European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona etc.
His latest appearances include a tour in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Chiba) with a program on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Italy / Japan diplomatic relations and a concert at the Lazienki Park in Warsaw for the Chopin Society. His repertoire includes numerous authors, works for piano, chamber music and concertos for piano and orchestra.
He performed Mozart's K246 Concerto with the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, G. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blu as a soloist with the TBSK Orchestra Tokyo and with the State Police Band directed by M. Maurizio Billi, and performed as soloist with the Orchestra Città di Grosseto the Rachmaninov Concerto op.18 and the Concertos op. 15 and op. 58 by Beethoven, in addition to the Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt.
Since 2012 he has been the artistic director of Orbetello Piano Festival and since 2017 he has been the founder and artistic director of Orbetello International Piano Competition. Recently he performed Camille Saint-Saens' Concerto No. 2 with the Sanremo Symphony. He is currently a piano teacher at the Conservatory "F. Ghedini" of Cuneo, Italy
Jury August 27-28
Lunch concert 27 August
Hailed as a “complete musician – a sensitive artist and an extremely talented young pianist”, Congyu Wang is an internationally renowned soloist who has garnered acclaim as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician.
Born in Singapore, Congyu Wang started playing the piano at the age of 3. He was selected for a scholarship that enabled him to attend the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied with renowned French pianists Jean-Marc Luisada and Odile Catelin-Delangle. He later enrolled in the Schola Cantorum (Paris) to continue his studies with Gabriel Tacchino (who had been Francis Poulenc’s only student). Ever since youth, Congyu Wang has enjoyed phenomenal success in international piano competitions, ultimately winning the Grand Prize in Berlin and Bordeaux. His other prizes include Vulaines-sur-Seine, Lagny-sur-Marne, Merignac, Paris, Jakarta, Tallinn and Cle d’Or Reunion. He was featured in the national news journal ‘Zao Bao’ as Singapore’s most promising young artist of the year in 2016.
At the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Slovenia, Congyu was awarded 6th Prize. One of the jury members, François Weigel, believed he should have won, and resigned thereupon in protest. Congyu Wang has since made appearances in over 800 recitals in France, England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Mauritius, South Africa, Reunion Island, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.
Highlights of some of his performances include festival appearances at Château de la Verrerie (France), Ernen Music Festival (Switzerland), the Geza Anda Piano Festival Masterclasses (Berlin), the International Isang Yun Academy (Paris), International Hammer Klavier Piano Series (Barcelona), International Piano Festival (Amarante), Festival Langtang (Reunion Island) and Chopin Fest (Belgrade). Congyu Wang has performed for many important guests internationally – Celebrities, Bankers, Diplomats and Ambassadors including the Prince of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Ambassadors and Consular of France, Singapore, China and Norway.
Congyu Wang has earned a reputation for delivering stunning performances of extremely demanding repertoire. His vast repertoire includes 30 piano concertos, along with the complete solo piano oeuvre of Chopin and Poulenc. Congyu Wang has shared the stage with many well-known musicians, such as Roman Leuleu, Agnes Kallay, Giancarlo de Lorenzo, Elena Xanthoudakis, Grigor Palikarov, quatour arsis etc.
In 2015 Congyu Wang published his first album ‘Charme’ on KNS classical featuring the works of Francis Poulenc to international acclaim. Recently he released his second album ‘Reflets’ dedicated to Claude Debussy commemorating the 100th death anniversary of the French Composer. His recordings are frequently broadcasted on radios internationally – France Musique, BBC radio 3 (UK), Radio Vie (Reunion), Radio Antena 2 (Portugal), Classic 1027 (South Africa), Symphony 92.4 (Singapore) etc. In 2019 Congyu Wang was featured on the movie ‘Une Barque sur l’Ocean’ directed by French director Arnold de Parscau.
Congyu Wang is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Piano Island Festival, Piano Concerto festival and the International Chopin Competition in South Africa. He is ambassador to several charitable foundations - Association des Jeunes Musiciens (Young musicians), Association Koinonia (International Refugees), Grace International Foundation Liverpool (Youth Development). Congyu Wang is a Young Steinway Artist.
Ecaterina Wehlander has been a piano teacher at Lilla Akademien since 2004 and is a pre-service teacher. She also teaches romance and opera interpretation, is responsible for chamber music in high school and pre-college. She is educated at Vadstena Folk High School and at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.
Ecaterina is primarily active as an educator and her students have won both national and international competitions. She has also been on the board of the Swedish Piano Teachers' Association for several years. Was a jury member no later than 2018 at Steinway Piano Festival in Stockholm.
"A basic prerequisite for me as an educator is to shape each individual through joy and inspiration and develop their full potential."
Master class 26 August
Jury August 27-28
István I. Székely
Master class 26 August
Jury August 27-28
István I. Székely is a concert pianist and internationally recognized teacher, professor at the Conservatorio Superior
"Katarina Gurska" in Madrid. He has been invited to give masterclasses at the Bartók Béla Faculty of Art in Szeged, Ádám Jenő Conservatory in Budapest (Hungary), University of the Arts in Graz, Gustav Mahler University in Klagenfurt (Austria), World Teachers Conference in Novi Sad (Serbia), Katarina Gurska Conservatory of Madrid, Forum Musikae (Madrid), International Piano Festival "UIS" in Bucaramanga, Manizales (Colombia), Special School of Music in Apatin, Sombor, Senta, Backa Topola (Serbia), Conservatory of Alicante and Dénia, in International Music Festival in Valencia (Spain) etc. He is a frequent jury member in international competitions such as the Franz Liszt International Competition in Rome (Italy), Takác's International Competition in Oberschützen, Bartók Béla International Competition in Graz (Austria), Bucaramanga (Colombia), IMFV Valencia competition, Ibiza International Competition, "Villa de Xabia" International Competition etc. Winners of several awards in national and international competitions. Since the age of 15 he has given concerts in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. To name a few: Concerts in Russia with the Symphony Orchestra A. Safonov, Subotica Filharomic Orchestra, San Juan Orchestra, Orihuela Orchestra, in Alexandria and New Harmony (Indianapolis, USA), Hungarian Academy in Rome (Italy), in the International Piano Festival in Bucaramanga, International Piano Festival in Barrancabermeja, cycle "International Season in Manizales" (Colombia), "Kolarac" in Belgrade (Serbia), in "Kodály" Institute, "Kodály" School, in "Béla Bartók" Museum, in one of the most important festivals "Zsidó Kulturális Fesztivál" in Szeged (Hungary), concerts in Sweden, Greece, in the festival "Midis-minimes", in "Muziekacademie de Berchem-Sainte-Agathe in Brussels (Belgium) and in Spain in important auditoriums such as the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, the Palau de la Música in Valencia, the Teatro Principal de Alcoy, the congress center "Victor Villegas" in Murcia, in "Adoc", at the University of Burgos, in the International Chamber Music Festival in Calpe, in "Denia Classics ", Aula de la Cam in Alicante, Teula da Auditorium, La Beneficencia i Valencia, i Auditorio de la Diputación, "ADDA" i Alicante, Auditorium Mediterrania i La Nucia among others. he has performed in private concert for Princess of Thailand SAR Chulabhorn Mahidol. His teachers were Aleksandar Madzar, Daniel Blumenthal, Orsolya Szabó, Benjamin Oren, Michael Boguslavski, Mátyás Molcer, Valéria Utasi, Milica Dundjerov in Brussels Royal Conservatory, Jerusalem Rubin Academy, Kodály Institute of Kecskemét, the Conservatory of Subotica and the Music School in Sombor.
He has performed with international artists such as Clara Novakova, Joaquin Palomares, Joan Enric Lluna, Jovan Bogosavljevic, Susanna Gregorian, with the soloists from the Valencia Orchestra, etc. In 2017, he recorded several Chopin studies of exceptional virtuosity of the animated short film Impromptía, directed by Marpromía Lorenzo and produced by Enrique Millán, with the participation of Cultur Arts (Generalitat Valenciana) and the network A Punt Media. Impromptu has been one of the most relevant Spanish animation shorts from last year, nominated for the Goya 2018 Awards. It was premiered at the Alcalá de Henares Emblematic Film Festival, and has so far been screened in more than 50 events in 20 countries, such as the Animation Festival of Annecy (France), Bristol Encounters (UK), Anima Mundi (Brazil) or Animation Nights (New York). Winnings: Best Art Animation at Expression Art Movie Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Best Short Film (exaequo) at Animaze Animation International Festival (Montreal, Canada), Best Experimental Animation Card at International Animation Cardboard Festival - La Tribu (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Best Animation Short Film at Astorga Film Festival (Spain), Best Valencia animation at Cortoons (Gandía) István I. Székely is the founder of the artistic director of the Franz Liszt Center Piano Competition, the Great Masters Piano Competition and the Sombor Philharmonic.
Master class 26-27 August
Jury August 28th
Patrick Jovell is the former President, now an Honorary Member of the Swedish Piano Teachers Association (EPTA).
Educated in Sweden, the USA and France, he has given concerts as both soloist and chamber musician in fifteen countries and has participated in Swedish Television, Swedish Radio and Italian RAI.
As an educator, he has worked as a senior lecturer and associate professor at the music academies in Gothenburg, Sweden and Tilburg, the Netherlands. Jovell's students have received prizes at Swedish and international piano competitions.
As a lecturer and masterclass holder, he has recently been invited to festivals and other forums in Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Estonia, Poland, Serbia and the USA. Jovell regularly participates as a writer and editor for the EPTA Sweden Magazine, Piano Street Magazine and the magazine The World of Piano Competitions.
In this capacity he also received assignments from The Chopin Institute in Warsaw. As an innovator and pianist, Patrick Jovell collaborated with a number of filmmakers in the project "Swedish Piano Films", which led to a nomination by the Swedish Film Institute to compete at the International Film Festival in Venice.
He holds workshops on various topics, from Alexander Scriabin's color hearing (synaesthesia) to today's digitization of music education. Jovell is a former board member of the Swedish Music Council - the National Committee of the International Music Council (IMC/UNESCO). He has enjoyed support from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Swedish Institute, The Wallenberg Foundation and the French Government a.o.