Jury board:


Praised for her “combination of tenderness and vivacious energy” (San Francisco Chronical) and “sheer virtuosity” (LA Splash), Canadian pianist Jani Parsons has established herself as a musician of warmth, brilliance, versatility, and vivid expression. An active soloist and chamber musician, Jani is the founding pianist and executive director of Latitude 49, a mixed chamber ensemble recently in residence at Princeton University, and the pianist of the Lumina Duo alongside oboist Merideth Hite Estévez.

As an avid performer and supporter of living composers, Jani has worked directly with many composers including Steve Reich, Christopher Cerrone, John Zorn, Stacy Garrop, Marc Mellits, Roshanne Etezady, Augusta Read Thomas, Jared Miller and Shulamit Ran and has premiered upwards of eighty new solo and chamber works. A sought-after chamber musician, Jani has appeared with the Pittsburg New Music Ensemble, members of Bang On a Can All-Stars, Eighth Blackbird, and New Music Detroit as well as members of the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Performances across North America include the Chan Centre for the Arts (Vancouver, British Columbia), the Banff Centre for the Arts, Detroit Symphony Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Ravinia Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and at various educational institutions including the New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Southern Mississippi University, and Northwestern University among others.

Jani has an extensive catalogue of professional recordings, most recently including Latitude 49’s sophomore album, Wax and Wire released on the New Amsterdam Label in February 2020. She is featured on Lumina Duo’s album Beau Soir: French Music for Oboe and Piano on the MSR label and Latitude 49’s debut album Curious Minds hailed as an “Impressive debut” by Bandcamp Daily’s Peter Margasak. She has recorded on the Tzadik label and Çedille Records and has been featured on CBC radio, and WFMT in Chicago.

Jani studied with Lorraine Ambrose at the Vancouver Academy of Music (B.M. in Piano Performance), and at the University of Michigan under Arthur Greene, Christopher Harding and John Ellis (M.M. and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy). She holds a performer’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T.) and a certificate of theory pedagogy from the University of Michigan. A passionate teacher, she has taught many award-winning students and presented pedagogical research across North America, most recently at the 2021 MTNA National Convention and the 2021 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. A series of excerpt books that she co-authored with Christopher Madden is set to be published in 2022 through the NCKP. Jani is a highly sought-after clinician and has given masterclasses across Canada and the United States and served on faculty at the Fresh Inc. Summer festival, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and the Piracicaba International Piano Festival in Brazil. Her academic career began at Baylor University where she was recognized as an OVPR Rising Star for her potential for research and early-career development, and she has recently relocated back to Canada to begin a position as Assistant Professor and head of the piano program at the University of Calgary’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.


Pianist and teacher, recognised as ‘’the Artist of Austria’'.

Artistic director of the International Gloria Artis Festival , President of the International Music Association Gloria Artis in Vienna. 

Member of the board of the Polish Diaspora Forum in Austria.

Mrs Padjas graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow studied with 

prof. Irina Sijalowa - Vogel.

From over than 30 years Mrs Padjas lives in Vienna where she pursues lively pedagogical activities, having her own music school in Vienna she teaches and promotes talented students and pianists especially form Poland .

Her students are top prize winners on international competitions in Austria ,Italy, Russia, Poland .

Having her International Music Association Gloria Artis Mrs Padjas helped many pianits having their artsitc carrer begin , baiscally promoting their talentes in Austria. Mrs Padjas serves as jury member in many International Piano Competitions such as International Chopin Piano Competition in Vienna, International Piano Competition Chopin plus in Kraków and International Piano Competition in Moscow , Trzciana , Kielce and many others.

 In September 2009 She received the prize ‘’ Meritorious for Polish culture’’ for her musical and educational contributions

Jadwiga Padjas (Austria) 

Jani Parsons (Canada)

Zdziasław Łapiński (Poland)

Born in Kraków in 1956 he began playing the cello at the age of 7, gaining his diploma at the High School of Music (presently Academy of Music) in Kraków in 1979 and continued his studies at Yale University. In 2012 he finished postgraduated studies MBA Higher Education Management in Poznań.

He was a prize-winner of several national and international cello and chamber music competitions – in Evian, Florence, Poznań, Łódź.

He gave concerts as a soloist and performer of chamber music in France, Italy, Switzerland,

Yugoslavia, USA, Brazil, Germany and Malta among the others.

In 1979 he joined „Capella Cracoviensis” Chamber Orchestra. In 1981 he was appointed Principal Cellist of Krakow Radio&TV Orchestra and from 1989 to 2012 he hold the same position at National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

In 1992 he founded Cello Ensemble „ CANTABILE ” and hold position of Artistic Director.

From 1997 he was also Artistic Director of Chamber Ensemble „ Primo Allegro ”.  

Since 1981 until present days he teaches cello in Academy of Music in Kraków where he held position of Head of Cello&Double Bass Department. Besides giving masterclasses all over the world he also judges many international competitions and was appointed as a Visiting Professor of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

In 2008-2012 he was the Vice Rector for International Cooperation and in 2012-2016 he hold position of Rector of Academy of Music in Cracow.

In 2012-2016 he was the Vice President of the Association of Baltic Academies of Music – ABAM.

From 2016 he is a member of Council of AEC – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musiques et Musikhochschulen,

Patricia Shih is recognized as one of Canada’s preeminent musicians as soloist, educator, and first violinist of the Borealis String Quartet. At 14, her mentor Josef Gingold described her as "one of the greatest talents that I have ever taught. Her great technique, inborn musicality, sense of style and virtuosity are unequalled." Since her Carnegie Hall debut in New York, Patricia has appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in Canada and with leading orchestras worldwide such as the Royal Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Mexico National Orchestra, Singapore and Seattle Symphonies, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio. She has performed as soloist in some of the world’s great venues such as the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Wigmore Hall in London, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Liszt Akademy Hall in Budapest, amongst many others, and has received rave reviews for her magnificent performances often comparing her to some of the great violinists of the past. On the Biography Channel, a half hour documentary on Patricia's career was televised across North America. Patricia made her first public debut at the age of 4 and has won numerous awards from an early age. She won the Grand Prize at both the CIBC National Music Competition and the Seattle Young Artists Competition in the USA.

As an educator, Patricia has been on faculty and as Artist in Residence at the University of British Columbia and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for over a decade. Patricia was recently honored as a “Distinguished Fellow of BC” for the applauded presentations and lectures given as a Visiting Scholar at Green College@ UBC. Patricia is also on faculty at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy and has given innumerable masterclasses at internationally known institutions, most recently at the Szymanowski Academy in Poland and the Hochschule of Mainz in Germany.


Patricia has sat on the jury panel of many competitions and festivals including the Ekhardt-Grammate National Competition and on the Canada Council for the Arts. As a philanthropist, Patricia and the Borealis have devoted their time and art by playing hundreds of performances as part of the Health Arts Society and Concerts in Care. The Borealis also raises the awareness of young composers in the annual Jean Coulthard Quartet Readings by promoting works especially written for the event. She also performs charity concerts for many causes including Children in Need, the Red Cross and Tsunami Relief amongst others.

Since 2019, Patricia became an Associate Professor of Violin at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and was honored as guest soloist with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra at the TMEA in San Antonio, Texas. While she is not practicing the violin, Patricia can be found practicing her cooking skills, biking and hiking in the mountains of BC and more recently, in the nature parks of Waco, Texas.

Patricia Shih (Canada/USA)

Łukasz Błaszczyk (Poland)

Łukasz Błaszczyk is an outstanding Polish violinist, soloist, chamber musician and teacher.

He received aducation from excellent teachers, such as Iwona Wojciechowska, Zakhar Bron, Aleksander Kramarov, Marina Jashvili.

He graduated with a distinction from the Academy of Music in Lodz and the Music Conservatory in the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Enschede.

Winner of numerous awards in national and international violin and chamber music competitions. The highlights of his career were the awards granted in the European Broadcasting Unions’s Competition in Ljubljana and the 11th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań, where he also received several special awards. These successes launched ŁukaszBłaszczyk’s world wide careeras a soloist and chamber musician. He pay esspecial attention to the promotion of Polish music.

His numerous and varied artistic achievements have been recognized with the Award of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Silver Cross of Merit and the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 1999 ŁukaszBłaszczyk took part in Krystian Zimerman’s grand world tour as one of thec oncertmasters of the Polish Festival Orchestra. He has served on the juries of a large number of national and international competition and taugh numerous violin masterclasses and workshops.

In 2005-2014, he was the concertmaster of the National Opera in Warsaw. ŁukaszBŁaszczyk is a founder and artistic director of the PRIMUZ Chamber Orchestra, with which he give sconcerts at numerous festivals and concerts in Poland and abroad.

As present he is a professor and Head of the Chair of Strings Instruments Faculty of the Academy of Music in Lodz. His current and former sudents have frequently won main awards in national and international violin and chamber competitions. In 2018, he was appointed Member of the Council of Art  Education in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Anna Brezeniova (Slovakia)

Anna graduated from the Conservatory in Žilina (Slovakia), and the Academy of Arts in Banská . She is a prize winner  of several international competitions in Slovakia and abroads. 

Anna is an active performer, She is a member of several orchestras, for exemple the brassbands of the Brass Music of Slovakia. She is the founder and artistic director of the chamber ensemble AdHoc Orchestra since 2010, for which she creates original arrangements of classical and popular music.

She performs regularly in Slovakia, as well with the famous Trio Avante which has many concerts in Slovakia,  the Czech Republic and Spain. Beside her acitivities as a solo and chmaber musician, She has been participated in several masterclasses with famous clarnettists such as Ronald Šebesta, Nora Skuta, Benjamin Bayl, Igor Františák, Jiří Šlégl. 

She runs her own  clarnet studio  at the Conservatory of Art  Ferko Špáni since 2013 and at the Conservatory in Žilina since 2017.






























Tiziano Rossetti ( Italy) 

Tiziano Rossetti has performed over five hundred concerts in Italy and abroad, and has won more than sixty first-place international awards. The talented pianist has successfully mastered some of the most challenging and difficult pieces ever written in the history of the piano. Unsurprisingly, critics have described him as one of the greatest virtuosos of his generation. The twenty-nine years old musical prodigy was born in Copertino,Puglia and studied at the Conservatory of Lecce before attending the "Verdi" Conservatory in Milan. Under the tutelage of his mentor, Maestro Cristiano Burato, Rossetti perfected his technique. Rossetti refers to himself as a virtuoso pianist. This particular musical style concentrates on explosiveness, technique, and passion. His favorite composers are Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Among the most challenging pieces he has performed are Liszt's Transcendental Etudes and Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto (the famous Rach 3). A few years ago, he performed a romantic concerto at the Monferrato Classic Festival in Piedmont. The music he chose was dedicated to his love, Simona. After listening to Rossetti's performance, one journalist writing about the event described the passionate pianist as having "fingers of steel, a heart of burning lava, and the courage of a lion." Among his famous professors there are: Aldo Ciccolini, Natalia Trull, Arie Vardi, Roberto Cappello, Enrico Pace, Rolfe Plagge and many others. He is the founder and director of the Tiziano Rossetti International Music Academy in Lugano, Switzerland, a world-famous Academy with hundreds of students from all over the world. In the next months, he will take part to a great concert tour in China, Russia and United States

Miroslaw Hanaček ( Slovakia)

Miroslav Hanáček graduated from the Conservatory in Žilina (Slovakia), and the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia) and obtains his masters from the Academy of Music in Kraków (Poland).

He runs his flute studio at  the Conservatory of Music in Žilina, beside his pedagogical activities he is also an active performer, he regullary appears  as well as soloist and with different orchestras.

Mirosław is a member of the State Chamber Orchestra of Žilina, the AdHoc Orchestra, and the AdLibitum baroque music ensemble. He has performed with the Avante trio at many concerts in Slovakia, in the Czech Republic and Spain. His students are winners of several international flute competitions.

In 2021 Mirosław has got his d PhD from the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica under the guidance of the world known Czech flutist prof. Václav