Indonesia International Young Music Olympics jury panel consist of ditinguished performers and educators, as well as being well-known personalities in the musical world; professionals who are equipped with the knowledge and experience in encouraging new talents in the music world. The jury panel evaluates based on technical aspects, quality of interpretation, and absolute musicianship of performance.
Niccolò Ronchi, Italy
Described as “one of the most exciting pianists of the new generation” and “a young musician who really reflects all the real qualities of a true artist” (Genova, Amici del Teatro Carlo Felice), the Italian pianist Niccolò Ronchi is highly appreciated by both critics and audiences for his incredible virtuosity, great expressiveness and the communicative power of his interpretations. Despite his young age, he has already gained recognition in very many international contexts and can already boast a successful career.
After having won the “International Chopin Piano Competition” in Rome, Niccolò distinguished himself from 60 competitors from all over the world and started a busy concert career which allowed him to perform in some of the most prestigious theatres and concert halls in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, England, the United States, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. He performs both as a soloist, in chamber music groups and with orchestras, and numbers over 250 recitals and concerts, in which he has always gained unanimous praise of critics and public alike.
Niccolò started playing the piano at a very young age and graduated with honors, top marks and distinction. He then perfected his skills under the guidance of the Ukrainian Maestro Leonid Margarius (a pupil of Regina Horowitz, sister of the famous Vladimir). This was a particularly fortunate encounter for Niccolò, since it enabled him to absorb the glorious Russian piano tradition.
Niccolò, finally, has brilliantly achieved his Artist Diploma at the '' National Academy of Santa Cecilia " in Rome, under the guidance of world-renowned concert pianist Maestro Benedetto Lupo.
Niccolò started at an early age taking part in his first national and international piano competitions and execution prizes, immediately distinguishing himself, both on the national and international piano scene. His track record to date includes almost 70 placements at national and international competitions, 51 of which were first prizes.
Despite his young age, Niccolò has been teaching with passion for more than fifteen years. He recently accepted the offer of a piano professorship at Taranto Music University in Italy and he is frequently invited to give master-classes and seminars for important classical music institutions all over the world as well as some of the most prestigious universities in the US.
He is frequently invited to take part in important international piano competition both as a juror or as president of the jury.
“… It is truly astonishing to see how – in sections requiring extreme virtuoso skills, and in which the physical limits of the piano are reached – this young pianist can nevertheless give the impression of being capable of reaching beyond those limits, and doing it with the utmost ease. Thus, like it or not, there is little else to do, except to sit there dumbfounded.” (Il Piccolo newspaper, Trieste)
DR. Chan Wei Tuck, Malaysia
Chan Wei Tuck has performed and collaborated with pianist Lucas Wong, flutist Roberto Álvarez and Zephyr Flute Ensemble, and violinist Andrzej Grabiec, Goh Chia-Chien, and Tomislav Dimov. He has also appeared in concert performances as a member of the West Virginia University's Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, University Choir, Men's and Women's Choir, and the Choral Union. In addition, he has accompanied choir ensembles and vocalists in masterclasses, recitals, state and national level competitions in Malaysia. Other solo and ensemble performances were at Ehrbar Hall, Bösendorfer Hall at Mozarthaus Vienna, the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University, and Le Quadri Ballroom at UCSI University.
Wei Tuck also composes music during his free time. In 2019, Intrigue for piano was awarded Third Degree Diploma in the Golden Key Piano Composition Competition 2019 - International Professional category and was premiered at Ehrbar Hall, Vienna, Austria. Also in the same year, Raindrop for piano was premiered in the Pensacola ComposerFest XV at Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Pensacola State College. In 2018, three pieces for violin and piano, Reunion, Reflection, and Romance, rearranged for flute and piano, was premiered at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.
Wei Tuck earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from West Virginia University. He was awarded the Fine Arts Scholarship for his undergraduate studies and a graduate assistantship in piano technology for his doctoral studies. His principal piano teachers were James Miltenberger, Christine Kefferstan, and Lee Yin Hwa. His musical formation was further enhanced in masterclasses by Tan Siok Lian, Ng Chong Lim, Scott Beard, Lisa Emenheiser, Julie Bees, Stephan Möller, and Murray McLachlan. He studied electroacoustic composition with David Taddie. He is a member of the World Piano Teachers Association, Malaysian Composers Collective, and life member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society.
Klaus Nugraha, Indonesia
An award-winning artist, Klaus Nugraha has received prizes and accolades from International Young Artist Piano Competition (Washington DC), Pittsburg State Concerto Audition (Kansas), Conero International Piano Competition (Italy), and Zodiac Music Academy and Festival (France). He was named Indonesia Presidential Scholar by the former head-of-state Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
As an active performer in the classical scene, Klaus has performed solo recitals in the United States, France, Singapore, and Indonesia. Klaus has premiered music written by Nico Muhly, Viet Cuong, Sunbin Kevin Kim, and Alfonso Peduto, and has presented recitals in Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Catholic University of America, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, and Singapore’s Asian Civilization Museum.
Klaus recently completed his doctoral studies with Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from New England Conservatory and National University of Singapore - Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he studied with Victor Rosenbaum and Albert Tiu. Klaus attended Bowdoin, Chautauqua, and IKIF festivals under merit scholarships, and has worked with Julian Martin, Steven Osborne, Yong Hi Moon, Alexander Korsantia, and Robert McDonald in public masterclasses.
Therese Wirakesuma, Indonesia
Therese Wirakesuma has lived in Indonesia for over 35 years. Originally from the state of Montana USA, she completed degrees in Music Education and Modern Languages from Montana State University in 1983 after a one year exchange to Germany where she met her late Balinese husband Putra Wirakesuma. She obtained a Master's Degree in Arts Education in 2006 from Deakin University Australia. Therese was the Strings and International Baccalaureate Music teacher at Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Lippo Village Tangerang Indonesia from 1994- 2014. She began her training in the Suzuki Method in 2009, completing many short courses with SAA teacher trainers as well as Asia Region trainers. Therese is a member of the ARSA board of directors (Asia Region Suzuki Association) and the ISA board of directors (International Suzuki Association). She is one of the founders of the Suzuki Music Association of Indonesia, the Jakarta/ Tangerang Community Music Center Foundation and Be Sharp Foundation which provides free Suzuki lessons to underprivileged children in Jakarta and Bandung. Therese currently lives with her children in Bali and teaches Suzuki Method online to private students of all ages and levels.
I believe that music and the philosophy of Dr. Suzuki can be a beacon of light, bringing meaning and direction to the lives of individuals, families and communities during these challenging times. Through music we develop many wonderful character qualities that shape children to become fine sensitive and resilient human beings. This was Shinichi Suzuki's dream for 'music to save the world'. Looking forward to meeting you online!
Zhao Tian, China-Singapore
Violinist Zhao Tian joined Singapore Symphony Orchestra in November 2018. Previously, he was a member of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Maryland, USA) for two years. He recently performed “Brandenburg concerto” by J.S Bach with Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, he was invited to perform “Scottish fantasy” by Max Bruch with Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Orchestra. In 2015, he led the Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra under the baton of Grammy nominated conductor George Manahan in a recording and New York Premiere performance of “Dangerous Liaisons” by Conrad Susa. In 2016, he served as concertmaster of The New York International Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. In 2018, He has toured with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to UK for concert at Proms.
An active chamber musician, Zhao Tian has participated many acclaimed music festivals including Aspen, Music Academy of West and Texas Music Festival. His collaborations include Glenn Dicterow, Gil Shaham, Pichas Zukerman, Lucie Robert, David Takino, American String Quartet, Takács Quartet. In 2014, he performed as the first Chinese member of the Seji Ozawa Chamber Orchestra in Japan.
Alongside of violin performances, Zhao Tian is also a passionate teacher. He teaches at Orchkids Program in Baltimore as well as the Brooklyn Music Studio in New York City. In 2019, he took a role as string project leader at Raffles Music College in Singapore and is a music faculty at Tanglin Trust International School in 2020.
Zhao Tian began his violin study with his father and enrolled in Sichuan Conservatory of Music at the age of 8. He continued his studies in Singapore as a full-scholarship student at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. In 2014, he was selected as an exchange student to the Peabody Institute of Music. He received two
Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music in Violin Performance and Orchestral Performance. His included Glenn Dicterow, Lucie Robert, Lisa Kim, Qian Zhou, and Hu Weimin.
Zhao Tian’s numerous honors include the 1st prize of the Fuchs Chamber Competition (U.S), 2nd prize of the Canetti violin Competition (FRANCE), Prize winner in Hong Kong International Music Festival Concerto Competition (CHINA), and 1st prize in Southwest Regional National Violin Competition (CHINA)
He plays an 1864 Justin Derazy violin generously loaned by Mr. & Mrs. Rin Kei Mei.