Participants 2019

Participants of the Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019

Wiktor Bąk

Poland (Nowy Sącz)
Born 1994.

Took part in: I stage

He graduated with honours from the Secondary Music School in the Wojciech Jeliński’s class of tuba. He graduated with a very good result from the conducting of wind orchestras and postgraduate studies in the field of culture manager. In 2015 he took the position of the Chapelmaster of the Children’s and Youth Brass Orchestra in Poniec. The greatest success in the history of the ensemble is its participation and awards won during the 19th International Festival of Wind Orchestras in Giulianova, in which 17 ensembles from all over the world took part. Together with the ensemble, he received the following awards: Best Brass Orchestra, Best Youth Brass Orchestra, Best Conductor of the Festival. In March he prepared orchestras and choirs to perform with world-famous composer and conductor Jacob de Haan. He took part in the First Polish Wind Orchestras Conference in Radom, where he was invited as a speaker.

Mirko Caruso

Italy (Ragusa)
Born 1984.

Took part in: I stage

Was born in 1984. In 2007 he graduated with honors in Master’s degree for Clarinet players. As a composer and arranger for Concert Band he won National and international composition contests: International Composition Competition of Bertiolo (Ud) -First category; National Composition Contest “Massimo Boario” in Torino; his works are edited by Mulph Music Pubblisher. In 2017 he graduated Bechelor’s degree with honors in Composition and Conducting for Wind Orchestra at the Conservatory of Music “A. Corelli” in Messina under the guidance of Lorenzo Della Fonte. He took part in advanced courses with John Corigliano (USA); (Yasuhide Ito (Japan) and Eugene Migliaro Corporon (USA). As a conductor he won numerous awards in National and International competitions for Wind Bands. He currently holds the position of Clarinet and Wind Ensemble teacher at the High School of Music “G. Verga” in Italy.

Jinwon Chang

Australia (Blacktown NSW)
Born 1982 r.

Took part in: I stage / II stage

South Korea born Jinwon was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Korean Sydney Orchestra and Korean Sydney Wind Orchestra in 2010. Jinwon started his musical career as a euphonium player and Brass Band Conductor in South Korea. Moved to Australia in 2008, He Studied Orchestra Conducting and received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music (currently -Academy of Music and Performing Arts). He has TAE 40110 Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment for teaching in University. He is the President of the Sydney Branch of Korea Music Association and Sydney Branch of Korea Brass band Association. Currently a tutor and lecturer at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Conducting, Brass and Ensemble classes). This year, he was a member of the jury the 44th National Brasswind competition in South Korea.

Justyna Chmielek-Korbut

Poland (Bochnia)
Born 1991.

Took part in: I stage / II stage

Conductor, trombonist, violinist, teacher, tambourmaid. Scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Young Poland Scholarship Programme (2015). Winner of special awards for outstanding conducting technique and artistic personality, including the International Orchestra Festival and Competition (Spain, Barcelona 2019) Festival Internazionale Bande Musicali (Gullianova, Italy 2017). Finalist of instrumental competitions (including the 4th Ludwik Lutak National Competition). She graduated from the trombone class of Prof. Zdzisław Stolarczyk and the symphonic and symphonic-operature conducting class of Prof. Stanisław Krawczyński at the Academy of Music in Kraków.

Thomas Claverie

France (Mignaloux-Beauvoir)
Born 1990.

Took part in: Did not start

Originally from the east of France, in a region where the wind band is dominant, Thomas Claverie is cradled from childhood in the world of wind and percussion ensembles. He will never leave this environment again.

After studying trombone at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris (CNSMDP), Thomas Claverie sets himself the direction of ensembles by creating Le Dodecabone, the professional trombone ensemble of the national schools, then named, on competition, at the head of the professional wind band of the military music of Poitiers in 2018.

Student of Maestro Mathias Charton (multiple winner of international competitions and holder of executive prizes, arrangement, composition and writing of the CNSMDP), Thomas has already directed since 2018 more than 20 concerts with this orchestra in prestigious French concert halls, and is invit to conduct wind bands in France

David Llano Diaz

Spain (Ferrol)
Born 1985.

Took part in: I stage / II stage / III stage

David Llano Díaz (Ferrol, Spain) has the Bachelor in Clarinet and Conducting, the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training and the Master’s Degree in Cultural Management. 

He has completed several advanced conducting courses with Marcel van Bree, Jose R. Pascual-Vilaplana, Lazslo Marosi, Cristobal Soler, Enrique Garcia Asensio, Aldo Ceccato and Jan Cober; conducting orchestras such as the Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano), Orchestra of the Universidad Complutense Madrid, Wind Orchestra of the Liceu (Rovereto) and the Military Wind Orchestra of Porto (Portugal). 

He is currently the chief conductor of the Ensemble Aberto, Baroque Essence, Youth Symphony Wind Orchestra of Galicia and the Spanish Air Force Wind Orchestra (Canary Islands).

Nicholas Isherwood

USA / France (Chicago)
Born 1959.

Took part in: I stage

Nicholas Isherwood has sung medieval music with Joel Cohen, baroque music with William Christie, romantic music with Zubin Mehta, worked with numerous composers and improvised with Steve Lacy.He has published several articles and a book The Techniques of Singing for Bärenreiter Verlag. He has recorded over 60 CDs and several DVDs for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Naxos and Stockhausen Verlag. He is professor of singing at the Conservatoire de Montbéliard and of Contemporary Singing at the UdK in Berlin. After conducting choirs and vocal ensembles throughout his career, Isherwood has recently taken up orchestral conducting, studying with Patrick Walliser in Berlin and Christopher Lyndon Gee in Ukraine and conducting the National Presidential Orchestra in Kiev.

Kang Lim

South Korea (Yecheon-gun / Gyeongsangbuk-do)
Born 1997.

Took part in: I stage / II stage / III stage

He is at Andong National University.
He is majoring in percussion and studying conducting.

Daehwan Kim

South Korea (Seoul)
Born 1999.

Took part in: I stage / II stage / III stage

From the age 15 to 18 studied classical compostion in korean art highschool. And then, have prepared 2 years of conducting under prof. Szymon Kawalla’s teaching to enter Chopin University, and just have entered in 2019 year with the ranking 1st.

Oh Hyun Kwon

South Korea (Seong Nam)
Born 1988.

Took part in: I stage / II stage / III stage

  • 2011 Korea Headquarters Army military band Sgt. Full maturity;
  • 2017,2018 Suwon Wind orchestra 20,21st regular concert conduct;
  • 12.07.2017 Fringe Symphony orchestra guest conductor;
  • 04.12.2017 USW TROMBONE CHOIR 3rd regular concert conduct
  • 05.12.2017 Seoul Nowon Neighborhood Elementary school orchestra conduct;
  • 08.2017~02.2018 Seoul Sanggok Elementary school orchestra conductor;
  • 03.2018~02.2019 Seoul Haengrim Elementary school orchestra conductor;
  • 2015 Myongji University a practical music camp instructor;
  • 2016 The national big band, USW TROMBONE Choir member, Pyeongtaek philhamonic orchestra serve as member;
  • 09.2015~02.2019 Yul youth orchestra, Dongtan Aamabile wind orchestra, Korea Christian Union Alternative a middle and high school, Seoul Sinsanggye, Sanggok, Jangwi elementary school Brass instructor;
  • 2019 Miedzywydzialowy zespol Chopin University Warsaw, conduct;
  • 02.10.2019 Chopin University Warsaw, internship;

Shaun Leoi

Singapore (Singapore)
Born 1991.

Took part in: I stage / II stage

Shaun Leoi is a Conductor, Band Director, Music Educator and Flautist. Prior to his career, Shaun pursued a Flute Performance Diploma with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. An avid learner, he has attended Conducting Masterclasses in Europe and in Asia with Douglas Bostock, Apo Hsu, Neil Varon, Tomas Netopil, Mark Heron and Yeh Tsung. 

As a Band Director in Singapore, Shaun is a Committee Member with the Band Directors Association Singapore. He has also achieved high accolades with his School Wind Bands at the Singapore Youth Festival and Singapore International Band Festival. 

Formed in 2018, Shaun is currently the Music Director of nWinds in Singapore. His dedication for presenting quality wind repertory and making wind education in Singapore available to the younger generation allowed him to curate unique performances and organise festivals for the Singapore Wind Instrumental scene.

Marcin Piotr Łopacki

Poland (Warsaw)
Born 1987.

Took part in: I stage / II stage

Pianist, Composer and Conductor Graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (composition and symphonic and opera conducting). Lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw (Faculty V). Tutor and assistant conductor at the Warsaw Boys’ Choir. Conductor of the Ensemblage ensemble. President of the ENSEMBLAGE Foundation. Winner of many awards and scholarships, he gives concerts in Poland and abroad.

Krzysztof Madziar

Poland (Nowy Sącz)
Born 1994.

Took part in: I stage / II stage

Conductor and arranger. Editor of the Polish Music Publishing House. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Kraków, majoring in Conducting (Dr. J. Mentel, 2016) and Composition and Theory of Music (promoter Dr. M. Janicka-Słysz, 2018). Currently, he continues his education at his alma mater in the field of Artistic education in the field of musical art – conducting of wind orchestras (dr hab. S. Strączek’s class). He perfected his conducting skills during courses with such conductors as Valery Kiradijev, Rafał Jacek Delekta, Janis Puris, Tom Brevik, Stanisław Krawczyński. Participant of International Conducting Courses, National Workshops for Wind Orchestra Conductors and Move Your Brass! Workshops, during which he cooperated with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Wieniawa Orchestra, Lydbrook Band. He has given concerts with the T. Moryto Orchestra in Łącko, the Limanowa Chamber Orchestra and others.

Jose Ignacio Petit Matias

Spain (Zamora)
Born 1968.

Took part in: Did not start

He studied horn and percussion at Salamanca and Madrid conservatories. He has worked with different orchestras and wind bands. He worked at several schools of music and conservatories.). He has licienciate with distiction inconducting by the ABRSM (London). He received a scholarship by the (WASBE) to attend the Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsing course at Texas Unversity USA. He attends lectures by Jerry Junkin , Dick Floyd, Timothy Reynish, Phillip Scott… In 2005 he is awarded Best Conductor prize at the XII Intenational Competition for Symphonic Wind Bands Ostrava (Check Republic). In 2006 it is selected to participate in Windmaker Contest in Viena. Nowadays he combines teaching percussion at Zamora Music Conservatory with his job as invitated Conductor and principal conductor of the Orquesta de Vientos de Zamora.

Elina Muntian

Ukraine (Kiev)
Born 1992.

Took part in: I stage

Studied at NMAU of P.I. Tchaikovsky – «bachelor», «master» degree with honors (Kiev). At this moment, I am an assistant conductor of the NMAU (postgraduated education). Teacher – People’s Artist of Ukraine, conductor of the National Opera Ukraine -Volodymyr Kozhuhar. In 2015 -Presidential scholarship. International festival “Musical Premieres of the Season” (Kiev, 2016).In opera studio NMAU -“Aleko” S. Rachmaninov, «Zaporozhets behind Danube» S. Gulak-Artyomovsky, «La Traviata» ( some scenes). 2017 – Orchestral Conducting Course, (Cyprus) maestro K. Diminakis (artistic director of Orpheus Kammerorchestra, Vienna).1-st Competition Citta di Brescia- G. Facchinetti for conductors on modern and contemporary repertoire for ensemble- semifinalist (certificate) and awarded scholarship (Brescia, Italy, 2018). Semifinalist of the 8th Competition of Opera Conductors, (Orvieto, Italy, 2018).

Magdalena Sawicka

Poland (Białystok)
Born 1989.

Took part in: I stage

Born 1989 in Białystok. After graduating from the first and second degree music school in Białystok, she went to Switzerland to study, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music Pedagogy diplomas in violin under Prof. Monika Urbaniak Lisik at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. She then graduated with honours from the same university, studying conducting under Prof. Dominique Roggen. She also took lessons with such conductors as Jonathan Brett, Ali Shakh and Graziella Condratto. So far she has had the pleasure of conducting the Radom Chamber Orchestra, Berner Symphonieorchester (CH) and West Bohemian Symphony Orchester (CZ). He collaborates with various wind orchestras in the German-speaking Switzerland, preparing them for numerous auditions and competitions. He permanently conducts the orchestras Musikgesellschaft Belp and Musikgesellschaft Kirchberg-Ersigen.

Manataka Shibaoka

Japan (Tokio)
Born 1969.

Took part in: I stage / II stage / III stage

Manataka Shibaoka is a native of Tokyo Prefecture, Japan. Studied Tuba at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Faculty of Music from 1987 to 1990. Studied conducting studies again from 2012, and completed conducting special course of Musashino Academia Musicae in 2014. Since 2016, he continues to study conducting as an special student of Tokyo college of Music. Studied Tuba under former NHK Symphony Orchestra Ikumitsu Tado and former Gürzenich-Orchester Köln Eiichi Inagawa. He has studied conducting under Mr. Yasufumi Tokito, Professor Junichi Hirokami and Professor Toshifumi Tashiro of Tokyo college of Music. Currently, while studying at Tokyo college of Music, he has also studied under Mr. Tatsuya Shimono, Music Director of the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra. Born in 1969 in Osaka.

Anna Maria Tabor

United Kingdom (London)
Born 1958.

Took part in: I stage

  • Studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; Composition & Conducting at University of Surrey;
  • Conducting, Pedagogy, Advanced Musicianship: Liszt Academy, Kescamet, Hungary. Masterclasses with Laszlo Heltay, George Hurst, Alexander Polyianichko, Tim Reynish, Mark Heron.
  • Musical Director (former) Brighton & Hove Youth Wind Orchestra.
  • Artistic Director of Southern Winds (Symphonic Wind Orchestra) Kurt Weill: Oil Music, Threepenny Opera & Concerto for Violin. Broadcast concert from RNCM, BBC Radio 3. Directed concerts for Musicians of All Saints, COMA, New Music Brighton, Seaford Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Society (works by new women composers.).
  • Recent performances: Symphonic Wind Orchestra works by Grainger, Holst, John Williams, Hindemith, Strauss, Milhaud;
  • Chicago tour August 2019 included: Arturo Marquez – Danzon No2. Bernstein – Suite West Story, Candide Overture,

Junichiro Watahiki

Japan (Mito)

Took part in: I stage / II stage

Born in Mito, Ibaraki (Japan), studied violin in Tokio, Manchester (UK) and Münster (GER). After he started to play in various orchestras, and to teach at the College of Music Münster as a violin lecturer, he started to study conducting in Maastricht (NL) with Prof. Arjan Tien. For further training he visited masterclasses in Vienna (V. Jurowski), Salzburg (B. Weil), and Szombathely in Hungary (Z. Hamer). In 2019, he conducted in Linz, a mono opera “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1969/1999) by Grigori Frid, and in Aachen “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell. He was also one of winners of the competition in the international conducting masterclass “Conducting Days” (February 2016) in Manchester.

Chris David Westover

USA (Granville, Ohio)
Born 1984.

Took part in: I stage / II stage / III stage

Dr. Westover is assistant professor of music and director of bands at Denison University. He has led wind ensembles, orchestras, and operatic performances at Bethel College (KS), the Univ. of Oklahoma, and the Meadows School of the Arts. He is in frequent demand as a conductor and has received acclaim for his performances–last year he was a winner and finalist in 4 categories for the American Prize in Conducting. His conducting has been described as “elegant, bold, vibrant, inspiring and centered,” by Augusta Read Thomas.

His scholarship focuses on the historical reception and performance practice of the music of Beethoven by 19th century wind bands. His work has been presented at the conferences of the CBDNA, the IGEB, and at Hong Kong Baptist University. His article on Julius Victor Gerold will be published in the forthcoming volume of Alta Musica.

Yang Shu Han

Taiwan (Tainan City)
Born 1979.

Took part in: Did not start

Yang Shu-Han, from Taiwan, had graduated form Graduate Institute of Sound & Image College of Tainan National University of The Art(TNNUA), After graduating form TNNUA with master diploma, as one of the members trumpet players in Ministry of National Defense Symphony Orchestra of R.O.C. ,Taiwan, for his obligated military service. In 2010, admitted to the in-service master program of Graduate School of Fu Jen Catholic University of Music Department to major in wind and orchestra conducting form Pro. Kuo Lian-Chang. For this learning, he reached the completion of a course to pass the qualification exam of master degree. Recently he works on not only wind-band and percussion ensemble literature in teaching career, but also classical music or orchestra to keep keep learning in conducting. Encourage himself to apply conducting courses or contest to promote the ability in conducting.

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