Judges

Branko Stark

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Branko Stark (1954), composer, choral director and voice teacher, is a teacher at the Arts Academy (University of Split-Croatia) where he teaches vocal technique, singing and acting voice. He has written over two hundred compositions. His speciality is voice theory and its scientific-pedagogic research and works published on this subject.

He holds seminars, masterclasses, lectures and workshops for choral conductors and singers worldwide (Argentina, China, Slovenia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, USA, Korea, South Africa, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapur, Brunei, Latvia, Russia, Czech Republic). Mr. Stark is also a prominent adjudicator for many international choral competitions (Germany, Austria, Croatia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Latvia, Italy, Sri Lanka, Korea,).

He is President of the Croatian Choral Directors Association, leader of the Vocal Academy, and a member of the International Council of the World Choir Games (www.brankostark.com).

Jenevora William PHD

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Dr Jenevora Williams is a leading exponent in the field of vocal health and singing teaching. After a successful career in Opera, Jenevora turned her attention to investigating healthy and efficient vocal function. The combination of academic study and practical experience has resulted in a unique perception for understanding the human voice. She was the first singing teacher to be awarded a PhD in voice science in the UK, and won the 2010 BVA Van Lawrence Prize for her outstanding contribution to voice research. Her research to date has been primarily on choral singers, both children and adults. She is well-known for her imaginative and rigorous training courses for singing teachers in the UK and Europe. As a teacher of singing, she works with professional singers of all ages, as well as working in Vocal Rehabilitation for the National Health Service.

Jan Vicar

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JAN VICAR (1949) devotes himself to composition, musicology, pedagogical and organization work. Apart from other things, he was the editor in chief of the leading Czech music journal Hudební rozhledy (Music Review). He has published a number of scientific studies and theoretical books, lectured at universities in the United States and he founded the international festival of contemporary music, MusicOlomouc. His compositions are performed both in the Czech Republic and abroad and are published on CD and in print. He is a professor at the Department of Theory and History of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and in the Department of Musicology at the Palacký University in Olomouc.

Mro. Joseph Vella

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Joseph Vella is considered to be Malta’s most widely acclaimed composer whose works are even performed internationally. In his works he has touched on a considerable diversity of styles, all ingrained in a personal idiom, all stemming mainly from the 20th Century neo-classical movement. As a conductor, Vella has a very wide-ranging repertoire. His official catalogue of works reaches 110 opus numbers. These include 7 concertos (2 for piano, 2 for violoncello, and one each for violin, flute and bassoon), 3 symphonies, (the last one Symphony No 3 – The Apocalypse Verses – world premiered during the Victoria International Arts Festival on the 14th July 2003), and more. He has collaborated with many orchestras such as the Malta National Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Prometheus Symphony Orchestra of New York, and many others. During his long association with the Malta Choral Society (1970 - 1982), he introduced to Malta some of the most outstanding choral works from the traditional and the contemporary genres.

Since 1970, Joseph Vella has been the musical director of the Astra Opera Theatre in Gozo. Over the past years he has conducted very successful productions of Rigoletto, Lucia di Lamermoor, Aida, Nabucco, Macbeth and other operas. Some of these Operas had the participation of internationally acclaimed artistes like Ghena Dimitrova, Mark Rucker, Cecilia Gasdia and others.