Jury and active Committee


President and Founder of the competition “Resonances”

Mrs. Olga Karnaukhova (Ukraine):
Gold Medal Student of the National School of Music in Ivano- Frankivsk, graduated from the National Music Academy of M. Lysenko in Lviv (Ukraine) , 3rd cycle at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kyiv (Ukraine), Ph.D. musicology, State Diploma ( France ). She is pianist, accompanist and piano teacher in private and public conservatories. She is an ancient student of Ksenia Kolessa, daughter of composer Mykola Kolessa and granddaughter of the great Ukrainian ethnologist, musicologist and folklorist Filaret Kolessa .

President of the Jury

Mr Pavel NERSESSIAN (Russia, USA, Canada) – one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation in Russia. His was won Prizes in every piano competition he has entered, including Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1985, Paloma O’Shea Competition in Santander and Tokyo Competition.
In 2005 he became a merited artist of the Russian Federation. Pavel has been teaching in Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire since 1987. His assistance in professor Dorensky’s studio has been highly successful and acclaimed. He has worked with such talented pupils as N. Lugansky, D. Matsuev, V. Rudenko, V. Igoshina and many others.
In 2013 he became a professor of piano in Boston university.

Jury of the piano competition

– Anastasia VOLTCHOK, piano (Swiss)
« Anastasia Voltchok is a representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Her playing is powerful, vigorous and volcanic. Not only does her technique appear to be boundless but it seems that Richter’s spirit is in the hall. »

Rocco Zacheo, Le Temps, Geneva

This exceptional pianist, versatile artist, seasoned teacher and life-affirming woman, honoured with a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland and a Gold Medal at the Worl Piano competition in Cincinnati in 2003, was born in Moscow to a family of professionnal pianists and has led a life shaped by music, the fine arts and an open world view. Among her mentors and teachers are Larissa Dedova, Rudolf Buchbinder, Andre Watts and Santiago Rodriguez.
Since her orchestral debut with Haydn piano concerto at age 8 Anastasia Voltchok has performed extensively throughout Western and Eastern Europe and the United States to a high critical acclaim.
On tour Voltchok appears with the Marrinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Sao Paolo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta sinfonica de Navarra, Kremerata Baltica.
In recital among recent highlights are performances at New York’s Lincoln Center, Tonhalle Zurich, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Victoria Hall Geneva, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon.
Anastasia Voltchok is guest artist at the Moscow Easter Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival and the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Piano Festival in Bergamo and Breschia, Italy.
Voltchok collaborates closely with conductors and soloists, such as Valery Gergiev, John Neschling, Michal Nesterowicz, Dennis Russel Davies, Roman Kofman, Gidon Kremer and Alexander Toradze.
Voltchok’s performances have been broadcast all over Europe and in the United States.

– Madame Aleksandra ŽVIRBLYTĖ (Lituanie)
Concert pianist, laureate if international competitons, professor at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, organizer of various international festivals, competitions, educational projects in Lithuania and abort. Founder and director of International  M.K. Ciurlionis music Festival is Palanga and Vilnius .Chairmen or  jury member of intl. Competitions in different countries.
Completed her studies at Lithuanian academy of Music and postgraduate studies at the famous P.Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with renowned teachers as Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniov, Nikolai Suk, Olga Steinberg.
Performing  in most countries of Europe, also USA a a soloist, with different orchestras  under direction of Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Juozas Domarkas, Robertas Servenikas, Mindaugas Piecaitis, Alvydas Sulcys, Pavel Berman, Christo Christov, Aleksei Kolobuchin, Oliver Weder and others.
Playing a lot of chamber music , taking part in different interdiciplinary projects, recording  CD wit various solo and chamber music repertoire.

– Mr. Vardan MAMIKONIAN (Armenia)
Mr. Vardan MAMIKONIAN graduated from the Central Music School in Moscow and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Former student of Valéry Kastelsky, himself a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus. Development with Lazar Berman. V.Mamikonian won the World Music Masters Competition in Monte Carlo in 1992. He recorded with the RAI Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio France and others. He was invited into the biggest international festivals as Verbier in Switzerland and La Roque d’Anthéron in France. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs- Élysées in Paris, Kennedy Center in Washington, Musikverein in Vienna and many others.

– Mrs Raminta NEVERDAUSKAITE (Lithuania)
Mrs Raminta NEVERDAUSKAITE concert pianist, Grand Prix Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where she was a student of J.Slesarev and L.Dedova. Concerts as soloist with the orchestra of Lithuania, with the orchestra of Moscow Conservatory. Development with Marcello Abbado, Maria Curcio and many others. Master of Fine Arts with Congratulations of jury. Piano teacher in public conservatories in France. R.Neverdauskaité has made several recordings for radio and national television in Lithuania and the Netherlands.
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– Oleksandr KUKONIN (Ukraine)
Oleksandr KUKONIN concert pianist and piano teacher. He obtained a Master’s Degree Speciality Concert Pianist mention Unanimously and Speciality Teaching mention Unanimously from The «Ecole Normale de Musique» of Paris, teacher Michael Wladkowski.
He obtained a degree from the National Superior Conservatory of Kyiv named after Piotr Tchaïkovsky. and a Master of Music with the qualification «Very Good», teacher Olga Liforenko, Ukraine.
He is an awardee from the «Ecole Normale de Musique» of Paris, also from the Albert Roussel Committee and from the Foundation Zygmunt Zaleski. He is a pianist of the Symphonic Orchestra of Kyiv, Ukraine.
He attended masterclasses of François-René Duchâble (France), Nikolaï Petrov (Russia). Alexandre Kukonin also studied with Tatiana Rumiantseva (Ukraine) and Serguei Markarov (France).
He was awarded the Second Prize during the international competition «Lonigo» in 2009 (in the 18/25-year-olds category) (Italy). He won the First Prize in the International Competition «Forum» (Vienna, 18 to 25-year-olds category). He won the First Prize of the Ukrainian National Piano Competition «Novye Imena» («New Names»).

– Laurence RIGAUT (France)
Laurence RIGAUT studied the piano in Toulouse with Simone Sabatier-Perrier, and obtained the First Prizes of Piano, Chamber Music, and Musical Theory in the Regional Music Academy of Toulouse (CRR de Toulouse)
Then she studied with Jacques Rouvier at the Regional Music Academy of Marseille (CRR de Marseille). Finally she was admitted in Jacques Rouvier’s class in the National Superior Conservatory of Music of Paris (CNSM de Paris). There, she got a first Prize in Piano and the Superior Diploma with the qualification «Very Good».
She also studied Chamber Music with Régis Pasquis, Daria Horova, Christian Ivaldi, Amy Flammer, Itamar Golan and Hortense Cartier-Bresson. She took part in several music festivals, and has namely been invited to the famous Festival «La Roque d’Anthéron» in 1997, to play a duo with another pianist.

– Mr. Patrice Laré (France-Canada)
Mr. Patrice Laré begins his piano studies with Professor Igor Lavrov. At 17, he continued his studies with Pierre Sancan at the CNSM in Paris. A year later, he left for Moscow, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied for eight years in the class of Professor Yuri Slessarev. In 1990, he obtained the State Diploma of the Moscow Conservatory, Master of Fine Arts, and two years later, an Artist Diploma. Through the teaching of his teachers, Patrice Laré has inherited the best traditions of the Russian Piano School represented by H. Neuhaus and S.Feinberg.
He continued his musical studies at the Ph.D. level at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal in the class of Dr. Nathalie Pépin. In 1994, he won with Tchaikovsky’s concerto the first Competition Orchestra of the University of Montreal. Montreal, and in 1998 he received his doctorate in performance under the direction of Marc Durand at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal in the class of Dr. Nathalie Pépin.
Patrice Laré has given several concerts in Russia, Bulgaria, France, Canada and the United States. He collaborates with violinist Maxim Vengerov. He performed as a soloist with orchestra and recital, but also as a duet with his wife, cellist Vélitchka Yotcheva. These performances were highly acclaimed by the public and critics. Passionate of chamber music, he founded with Velitchka Yotcheva, the Montreal Chamber Music Society of which he is the director general. He has participated in prestigious festivals in Canada, France, Bulgaria, Central America. He spent several years teaching in Quebec and Bulgaria.
His discography includes the trios of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, sonatas by Franck and Brahms, and works by Liszt.

Jury of the singing competition

Madame Edith HASCOËT (France) – Soprano
Originally from Lorraine, Edith Hascoët obtained her prizes in Singing, Lyrical Art, Music Education and Flute at the Conservatoire de Nancy.
She then entered the CNSM in Paris and obtained a Prix d’Art lyrique in parallel with a Bachelor of Musicology at the Sorbonne.
Professor of singing in the Paris region, she takes part in numerous concerts and shows with Natalie Dessay, Roberto Alagna, José Van Dam, Thomas Hampson … at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra comique, and Radio France under the direction of Pierre boulez, Kent Nagano …
His solo repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolese’s Stabat Mater, Gounod’s Marguerite de Faust, the Countess of the Marriage of Figaro and the roles of the Operettas of Offenbach and Franz Lehar.

– Mr Roman Strakhov (Ukraine) – baritone
Mr Roman Strakhov, Winner of the international competitions, soloist of National Philharmonic of Ukraine, soloist of opera theater of the National Academy of Ukraine P. Tchaikovsky.
First interpreter of the series of works of Ukrainian chamber music and opera by B.Liatochynsky, I.Ischenko, V.Zubitsky, V. Bibik, I.Laniuk, V.Ptuchkin, I.Stankovitch, V.Gavrik.
Collaborates with leading Ukrainian conductors and music groups: V.Sirenko, R. Kofman, I.Palkin, V.Cheiko, I. Savtchuk.
Performer of Griaznoï’s roles in N.Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “La fiancée du tsar”, Rigoletto’s opera “Rigoletto” by G.Verdi, Robert’s opera “Iolanta” by P. Tchaïkovsky, Of Germon of the opera “Traviata” of G.Verdi and others.


Mr Oleg YATSENKIVSKY, Director of Cultural and Information Center of Ukrainian Ambassy.

– Mr Gennady SASKO – a Ukrainian composer, member of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine, winner of the Prize Art “Kiev” (Prize A. Vedel) in 2010, professor at the Institute of R. Glière in Kiev, director of music publishing for children “Grono”.

– Mrs Tamara NEVINTCHANA – Executive Secretary of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine, Doctor of Philosophy of Arts.

– Mr Kirill KARABITS – a Ukrainian conductor, in May 2013 Kirill Karabits receives Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor award. From 2009 – Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. K. Karabits occurs with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Symphony Orchestra; in the prestigious Opera houses, working with famous musicians like N.Lugansky, H.Grimaud, A.Volodos among others. Kirill is the son of Ivan Karabyts.

– Mr. Jean-Pierre BARTOLI, the French musicologist, professor of musicology at the University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), he was the vice president of the University from 2004 to 2008, he is the author of numerous books and musicological publications. J.P.Bartoli directs the Association “Concerts de Midi” at the Sorbonne where he invited musicians himself, like this year, among other musicians Ukrainian pianist Roman Lopatinsky.

– Mrs. Iryna RIABCHUN – Ukrainian concert pianist and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kiev, doctor of Philosophy, also a graduate of the Royal Carillon School in Belgium. She graduated with honors from the National Academy of Music. In 1991-1996, she lived in Greece, where she gave more than 50 recitals, most of which were recorded in the radio and sent to the TV. In 1999-2002 she lived in Indonesia where she participated in international art festivals: Jack-Jack-Art 2000 Art 2001. Iryna Riabchun began programming “Music and Poetry” which includes the best works of the piano repertoire, she devotes part of his career.

– Mr. Justas Dvarionas (Lithuania) – is a recognized personality and very active in the cultural and musical life of Lithuania. He participated in the jury of national and international competitions such as competition B.Dvarionas Lithuania, Franz Liszt (Germany), Nikolai Rubinstein (France), Gina Bahauer (USA), Pyiabhand Sanitwongse (Thailand), Aarhus (Denmark) other international competitions and master classes. Justas Dvarionas is vice president of the international organization EMCY (European Union of Music Competition for Youth).


President, founder and artistic director : Madame Olga Karnaukhova
Vice-president : Madame Raminta Neverdauskaité
President of Jury : Mister Pavel Nersessian


Communications Officer : Madame Olga Kyrychuk