David Slater – President of the Jury – Australia

David Slater is an experienced conductor, having worked under Stuart Challender, former Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted student, amateur and professional orchestras and choirs throughout the world, and many seasons of musical theatre. Mr Slater founded and directed a number of award-winning music organisations which include contemporary music ensembles, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and musical theatre companies. 

He is a regular guest conductor of orchestras and choirs, workshop conductor for schools, music camps and festivals, and conducts masterclasses in many parts of the world, most recently in Austria, Latvia and Russia. In 2016-2017 he has worked with Barnsley Youth Choir (UK), Beecroft Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Chamber Choir of Harbin University (China), Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (USA), Guangzhou Radio and Television Children’s Choir (China), Kreisler Strings (Australia), New Jersey Youth Symphony (USA), OJPA Orchestra of Alicante (Spain), Open Arts Choir (Northern Ireland) and Zhong Zheng String Orchestra (Taiwan).

Mr Slater is an Australian composer and a Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre. He studied at the University of Sydney followed by post-graduate studies in Germany. His work, twice short-listed for Australia’s richest composition award, includes many genres from the concert hall to TV, film and advertising. It encompasses solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music from professional to student levels. He receives regular commissions and his work is performed throughout Australia and on every continent.

Mr Slater has over 35 years’ experience as a music educator at tertiary and secondary level with 25 years as Director of Music in elite schools. He has taught and lectured in 3 Australian states, has been a consultant on music curriculum and given seminars in several countries. He is passionate about the place of music in society and in education, and has promoted the creation, study and performance of great music throughout his career. 

He is sought after as a performance adjudicator, having worked with many organisations, festivals and eisteddfods. Positions have included final year examiner in three Australian states and jury member for festivals around the world. These include the World Choir Games in Sochi (Russia), the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna (Austria) the Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo de’Medici International Choral Festivals in Florence (Italy), the European Choir Games and Choral Grand Prix of Nations in Riga (Latvia) and the Queen of the Adriatic Sea International Choral Competition in Cattolica (Italy).

He has won many major awards for composition, conducting and services to music in the community, including the Symphony Australia Prize, the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network and Australia Day awards for services to music in the community. He has published articles on music and music education and is Australia’s representative to the World Choir Council.

 

Fabio Pecci – Member of the Jury – Italy

Fabio Pecci, studied violoncello at Ravenna’s officially recognized “G. Verdi” Music School graduating with brilliant results. As a cellist  his busy concert activity has led him to perform in theatres and concert halls in Italy and abroad. He has been awarded prizes in many competitions and has recorded seven CDs for Tactus, Bongiovanni and other labels. He founded and directs “Le Allegre Note” treble voice choir and “Note in Crescendo” youth choir, with which he has also performed in prestigious theatres. With these two choirs he has over 400 performances, audio and television recordings to his credit. With them he also recorded three albums which include his own choral arrangements. With Note in Crescendo he has held concerts in Berlin, Saint Etienne (Lyon) and in Czech Republic. With Le Allegre Note he also took part in the production of ‘Te Deum’ by H. Berlioz, held in Bologna in October 2008, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, and was responsible for the preparation of the treble voices in Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’. Treble voice trainer and chorus master for the production of ‘Tosca’ staged for the 2010 New Year in Rimini, he was responsible for the treble voices in the production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ in many theatres, as well as for ‘Carmina Burana’ by C. Orff, with the soloists of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. An enthusiast of children’s vocalism, he also directs the activity of Rimini’s “Piccole Voci di Carla Amori” and “Una Canzone per Crescere” at Valconca Comprehensive School. As choir director, he has received awards and gained recognition in National and International Competitions. Since 2013 he has been a member of the  Artistic Committee of A.E.R.CO – The Regional Choirs Association. Teacher at the “Spring Festival” by FENIARCO in Montecatini 2016,  as conductor of the youth choir “Note In Crescendo” he represented the  Emilia Romagna region at the National  Choral Festival at ‘EXPO Milano 2015’.

 

Won Cho – Member of the Jury – Canada

Canadian-Korean Bass Dr. Won Cho is in demand as an opera singer, voice professor, opera director, adjudicator, and conductor worldwide thanks to his energetic voice, strong stage presence, musicianship, teaching accomplishments, and diverse education. 

His performance and teaching activities led him to Canada, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, and many cities in the US, working with many universities, conservatories, orchestras, opera companies, festivals, conferences, and choral groups. His appearances in the last few years were in Montana, Georgia, California, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Alaska, Luxembourg, France, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, and his native Korea.

His recent solo performances have been in Turandot with Opera Naples FL, Recital with The Korean Society of Women Composers, Messiah with Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Roméo et Juliette with Opera Tampa, Korean Art Song recital in Tampa, The African American Art Song Alliance’s Annual Conference, and a lecture-recital on the Spirituals in Alabama. In 2017-2018 season, he performed with Alabama Symphony Orchestra again in their Messiah & Bach’s Magnificat and concerts in Italy, Germany, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and New York. His upcoming engagements are several lecture-recitals on the Spirituals in Korea, Lecture-Recitals on Korean Songs in Kazakhstan, concerts in China and at Italy’s Assisi Music Festival.

He is also an accomplished voice teacher and opera director with over 30 operas and opera scene under his directing and producing credit. Dr. Cho studied voice, opera, and conducting at Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, and University of Memphis. His teaching credentials included Artist-Faculty at Vianden International Music Festival & Nei Stëmmen International Voice Institute in Luxembourg and Yanbian University in China as well as master classes in several universities in the US and abroad. He has served as a faculty at University of Northern Iowa (Voice), State University of New York in Fredonia (Voice / Opera), University of South Florida (Voice/Opera), and is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.