Rolandas Daugėla (President of the Jury) has studied at the Lithuanian State Music Conservatoire (now Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy) in the choral conducting class. From 1988 to 1992 he was invited to the Lithuanian State Conservatory chamber choir (led by A.Krogertas, T.Šumskas, Č.Radžiūnas), with whom has won many international prizes. From 1986 to 1989 he worked, as choirmaster, with the choir “Sakalas” (leader L. Abaris). Since 1989 he works, as choral conducting teacher, at the Kaunas ‘Juozas Gruodis’ Conservatory. In 1992 he founded the church chamber choir ‘Cantate Domino’. In 1992 he founded the International Choral Music Festival and Competition ‘Cantate Domino’. Since 1998 he gives lectures at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Kaunas Faculty; actually he gives lectures at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy. Since 2006 Rolandas Daugėla gives conducting lectures at the ‘Juozas Naujalis’ Music Gymnasium and ‘Aleksandras Kačanauskas’ Musical School. The choirs of these schools have participated in more than 50 international competitions and festivals in Lithuania and abroad winning the highest awards and prizes. Rolandas Daugėla is a member of many unions. Since 1998 he is the chief conductor of the ‘World Lithuanian Song Celebrations’. Since 2006 he has been a member of the jury in many choral competitions in Lithuania and abroad. In 1998 the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania provided Mr. Daugėla with the 1st degree ‘S.Šimkus’ award for his musical activity and for the promotion of Lithuanian choral music. Rolandas Daugėla is the winner of the 2007 ‘Culture and Art scholarship’. In 2008 Rolandas Daugėla was nominated for the ‘Golden bird’ and was also winner of the ‘Authentic music’ award. In 2011 he was awarded for merit by the city of Kaunas mayor Jonas Vileišis with a ‘brass medal’.
Ilario Muro (Member of the Jury) was born in Vercelli where he studied at the Viotti School of Music. His introduction to singing came at the age of six, when he joined the treble voice choir at San Cristoforo church, Vercelli, under the guidance of the Dominican friars. He was a pupil of the late musician and composer Father Dante Destefanis. He subsequently joined the San Cristoforo polyphonic choir, becoming Choir-Master at the age of just eighteen. He moved to Rimini in 1988 and became Director of the Youth Choir founded three years previously, in 1985, at the parish church of Gesù Nostra Riconciliazione; the choir later took the name Jubilate Deo. Mr Muro attended courses held by Marco Gemmani, by Giovanni Acciai and courses in Gregorian Chant and Semeiotics held by Professors Oscar Chiodini and Massimo Pacifero at the Santa Cecilia Diocesan School of Music, Rimini. Mr Muro has also taken part in each of the annual Rimini International Choral Workshops for choristers and choir directors, held by Andrea Angelini and by Peter Phillips, Director of the Tallis Scholars. With the Jubilate Deo Choir, Mr Muro performs almost exclusively sacred music, specialising in Renaissance polyphonic music. Over the years he has directed the choir in numerous concerts and liturgical celebrations in Rimini and in many other cities in Italy, including St Peter’s Basilica and Santa Susanna church, Rome; Milan Cathedral; Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi and many others. He has taken part in international events including the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome in the Jubilee year 2000 where the Jubilate Deo Choir formed part of the Diocesan Choir which sang Mass in St Peter’s Square. Ilario Muro is the Province of Rimini Deputy Delegate to A.ER.CO, the Emilia-Romagna Choirs Association.
Fabio Pecci (Member of the Jury) 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. Awarded in many competitions, he 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 3 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 Boheme. Treble voice trainer and chorus master for the 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. From 2013 he is a member of the Artistic Committee of A.E.R.CO – The Regional Choirs Association.