Markus Hinterhäuser (Head of Final Jury)
Markus Hinterhäuser was born in La Spezia in Italy and has studied piano at the Academy of Music in Vienna, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and attended master-classes given by Elisabeth Leonskaja and Oleg Maisenberg. He has performed as a pianist in orchestral concerts, as a recitalist and also in chamber concerts in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at La Scala Milan.
In recent years Markus Hinterhäuser has concentrated on the interpretation of contemporary music, especially works by Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Feldman and György Ligeti. Hinterhäuser has made several radio and television recordings and CDs of the entire piano works of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern and worked on musical-theatre productions.
Markus Hinterhäuser is now responsible for planning the concert program of the Salzburg Festival, an appointment he officially took on in October 2006. From the 2013/14 season, Markus Hinterhäuser takes over the role of Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen.
Agnieszka Duczmal (Final Jury + Head of Semifinal Jury)
One of the most famous Polish female conductors, Agnieszka Duczmal, will be the Head of the Semifinal Jury at this weekend’s semifinal. Shewas born to a family with musical traditions and in 1971 she graduated with distinction from the State Higher School of Music in Poznań where she studied conducting in the class of Professor Witold Krzemiński, then as a conductor in the Poznań Opera where she prepared the Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, a premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto and Sergey Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.
When she was still a student, Agnieszka founded a chamber orchestra in 1968, which was transformed into the Polish Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra in 1977, and then into a Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio ‘’Amadeus’’. Since the very beginnings of the Orchestra Agnieszka Duczmal has been its managing and artistic director.
In 1982 she was awarded the title of "La donna del mondo" (The woman of the world) by the Saint Vincent International Culture Centre in Rome under the patronage of UNESCO and the president of Italy for outstanding cultural, artistic and social achievements. She was the first female conductor to perform at La Scale in Milan. Up until 2010 she has recorded 47 records with the "Amadeus" Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and over 9500 minutes of music for Polish Radio. She has recorded more than 100 concerts and musical programmes for Polish Television, e.g. in the "Stereo and in Colour" series and "Agnieszka Duczmal's guests", five hours of music for Télévision Française 1, and a one-hour programme with Polish music for Japanese television NHK. For many years she has promoted young talented Polish musicians in series of concerts.
Christian Eggen (Semifinal + Final Jury)
Christian Eggen began his conducting career in 1981 as leader of the Ny Musikk Ensemble, having already established a highly successful career as a pianist in Norway and abroad. In 1984 he represented Norway at the Biennale for Nordic Soloists, and his recording of Carl Nielsen’s piano works was received to critical acclaim. Eggen then made his international breakthrough as a conductor during the World Music Days in 1990 and he rapidly became one of the Nordic countries most prominent conductors, especially favoured for his performances of contemporary music. In 1993 he became artistic director of the Oslo Sinfonietta, and since 1988 he has been conductor of the Cikada ensemble.
Christian Eggen was the focus of international attention in 1999 following his performance of Kurtágs Steele with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and he collaborated with leading contemporary music ensembles as well as leading symphony orchestras. In 2008 he made his debut with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala at the Teatro alla Scala, with his long list of recordings including such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic in London. Christian Eggen has been awarded the Norwegian Music Critics Prize, the Spellemann prize, the Lindeman prize and the Oslo Bys Kunstnerpris in recognition of his contribution to music in the city of Oslo. In 2005 he and the Cikada group received the Nordic Council Music Prize, and in 2007 His Majesty King Harald 5 appointed him Commander of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.
Carol McGonnell (Semifinal + Final Jury)
Carol has performed in the inaugural concert of the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and appeared in the Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series and has also performed as a soloist in numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Camerata Pacifica, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert.
She has been broadcast on RTE, Lyric FM, BBC, WQXR and NPR. She has performed at theMarlboro and Mecklenburg Festivals, among others. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti.
She is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, and involving Museums such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, J.P. Getty in LA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Carol has been on faculty at the French American Academy at Fontainebleau and the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School of Music.
Radek Baborák (Final Jruy)
Radek Baborák is one of the most exceptional horn players,winner of ARD Munich, Geneve and many other international competitions and aformer principal horn player for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He will be a judge in the grand finale, which will be broadcast live from Vienna on Friday11 May 2012.
Aged just eight years old Radek started to play the horn thanks to professor Karel Krenek in his hometown of Pardubice, which was in the then Czechoslovakia. His teacher led him to winning all the national competitions of the time, and at the age of 12 Radek became an absolute winner of the Concertino Praga (1989).
From 1989 to 1994 Baborák continued his studies at The Prague Conservatory with renowned Czech horn player, prof. Bedrich Tylsar. In 1992 Radek finished third at the annual Prague Spring festival’s competition and was also awarded with the UNESCO Grand Prix as well as many other international prizes including a Classical Grammy Award in 1995.
Since 1996 Radek has been a key member of the A_atus Quintet with whom he won his second ARD prize, and in the meanwhile started his own Radek Baborák Ensemble (consisting of the horn and a string quartet). In the year 2000 Baborak became the principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he played as the soloist at the Salzburg Easter Festival. . As a soloist he still performs with the Berlin Baroque Orchestra, and remains a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet.
Franz Bartolomey (Semifinal Jury)
Franz Bartolomey will be on the judging panel for the semifinal in Vienna, and comes with a wealth of international experience.
Born in Vienna, Franz Bartolomey studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Prof. Richard Krotschak and privately under Prof. Emanuel Brabec. Over his long and distinguished career he has been awarded numerous prizes, including in international competitions in Budapest 1963, Moscow 1966 and Vienna 1967.
Franz Bartolomey is the principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bartolomey name has been synonymous with the them for three generations, with his grandfather having been solo clarinettist and his father a violinist). Several television, radio and CD recordings document Franz Bartolomey’s work, and he has also recorded for NAXOS and BMG. Since 2004 Franz has also been the principal Cellist of the Luzern Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.