President of the Jury
Described by The Strad as a “virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament”, equally at home on both violin and viola, London–based Zhislin enjoys an active and illustrious career as soloist and chamber musician. His performances have taken him to over 60 countries around the globe.
Hrachya Avanesyan is considered as one of the most inspiring artists of his generation. In April 2006, when he was a teenager, he won the first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition. In 2008 his talent was recognized once more in the musical world, when he won the prestigious Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark.
"David Cohen has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic and exciting young cellists of today.
Hailed by critics as “Magnificent”, Gramophone, “demonstrates total commitment, combining vitality with expressive feeling in the most spontaneous manner”, the Strad, “an individual, and an exceptionally gifted one,” New York Stereo Review."
David Makhmudov is one of the brightest musicians of his generation. His performing style is distinguished by sincerity, deep expressiveness and impeccable musical taste. Whether it is baroque, romantic or modern music, David Makhmudov has the ability to transmit to the listener the character and idea of the piece.