The Cliburn is excited to present our 2017 Cliburn Competition Screening Jury. The screening jury represents some of the foremost minds in music today, and will ensure that the 2017 Cliburn Competition is composed of the finest pianists in the world.
Dmitri Alexeev (Russia)
Dmitri Alexeev was born in Moscow and began to play the piano at the age of 5. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, he was unanimously awarded first prize at the 1975 Leeds International Competition. Mr. Alexeev has performed with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and all five London orchestras, and has appeared in many of the world’s most esteemed venues.
He has worked with such eminent conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, and Michael Tilson Thomas, to name a few. Also in demand as a chamber musician, he has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Barbara Hendricks, and Mstislav Rostropovich, among other noted artists.
Mr. Alexeev has recorded for EMI, BMG, Hyperion, several Russian labels, and Virgin Classics, which released his complete Rachmaninov Preludes, winning the Edison Award in the Netherlands.
Dmitri Alexeev has served as a juror for many prestigious international piano competitions, including the Beethoven, Geneva, Leeds, Santander, and Tchaikovsky, among others. He served on the Cliburn jury in 2009 and 2013.
Michel Beroff (France)
Michel Beroff graduated from the Paris Conservatory in 1966, and the following year won first prize at the first Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition. He then went on to perform with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, under the direction of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Georg Solti, and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. As a chamber musician, he has partnered with Martha Argerich, Barbara Hendricks, Lynn Harrell, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, and Pierre Amoyal.
An exclusive EMI artist for over 20 years, Mr. Beroff has published more than 50 recordings, among them the complete works for piano and orchestra by Liszt, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. For Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the London Symphony Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. He has received the Grand Prix du Disque five times in recognition of his outstanding recording work.
Mr. Beroff currently teaches at the Paris Conservatory and recently expanded his professional activities to include conducting. He served as a Cliburn juror in 2009 and 2013.
Janina Fialkowska (Poland/Canada)
With a career spanning almost 40 years, pianist Janina Fialkowska is recognized for her sterling musicianship and profound sense of musical integrity. She is particularly distinguished as one of the great interpreters of Chopin and Mozart, and has won acclaim as a champion of Liszt as well as 20th-century Polish composers.
Her career was launched in 1974 after winning the Rubinstein Master Piano Competition in Israel. She has since performed with the foremost North American and European orchestras under the baton of such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Georg Solti, and Leonard Slatkin. In the 2015–2016 season, Ms. Fialkowska tours Japan, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as part of her “Birthday Celebration Tour” on the occasion of her 65th birthday.
Her discography includes recordings for RCA Red Seal, Naxos, CBC Records, and Opening Day, and since 2008 she has worked exclusively with ATMA Classique, which has released 11 successful discs so far. She is the subject of two acclaimed documentaries produced by the CBC (1992 and 2013).
She founded the International Piano Academy held at the Bavarian Music Academy, which commences its fourth edition in May 2016, and is sought after for master classes worldwide.
Ms. Fialkowska is an Officer of the Order of Canada and is the first woman instrumentalist to be honored with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music, Canada’s foremost honor for excellence in the performing arts.
James Parker (Canada)
One of Canada’s most sought-after pianists, James Parker’s musical roots can be traced to the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia. He then went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School, and continues the teaching tradition as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto.
Prizewinner of several awards early in his career, Mr. Parker is recognized as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist. He is pianist for Canada’s foremost chamber ensemble, the Gryphon Trio, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. He has appeared as soloist with most of the major Canadian orchestras, and has performed throughout North America and Europe. He has received three JUNO recording awards and many other nominations from his vast discography, and makes frequent appearances on CBC Radio Canada, the CanWest Global Network, and on myriad stations across the globe.
Pamela Mia Paul (United States)
Pianist Pamela Mia Paul has garnered praise both for standard repertoire and her interpretations of 20th century piano concertos. A champion of new work, she has commissioned and premiered several works for piano, including Robert Beaser’s Piano Concerto, which had its world premiere with the St. Louis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin. On stage, she has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Detroit, Dutch Radio, Houston, Minnesota, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Symphony. In both orchestral performances and recitals, she has appeared in such important venues as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Veinna, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
As a chamber musician, she has been invited guest artist at the Aspen, Bregenz, Salzburg, and Music Mountain Festivals. Quartets with whom she has collaborated include the Brromeo, Miró, and St. Petersburg.
Internationally sought after as a pedagogue, Ms. Paul has taught and presented master classes throughout Europe, China, South Korea, and the United States. Her students have won prizes in several major competitions and hold teaching positions throughout the United States and Asia. She is currently Regents Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.