Franco Radicchia (Italy, President of the Jury 2021) obtained his masters in Trumpet, Choral Music and Choir Conducting at the Perugia Conservatory of Music and Instrumentation for Wind Band at the Florence Conservatory of Music. He holds a Degree in Musical Disciplines, Choral Conducting with top marks in Perugia and a Master in Musicology at the University of Perugia and, finally, an advanced Diploma in Gregorian Semiology at the Lugano Conservatory of Music. He studied with leading Orchestra and Choir Conductors in Europe and at the New England Conservatory in Boston. After a few years in which he worked as a performer, as a member of groups with different musical genres and in ‘Duo’ together with the Organ for the performance of Baroque music, he dedicated himself to the direction of choirs, orchestras and bands. He has an intense activity with about 50 concerts per year. He is the founder and director of Armoniosoincanto Female Vocal Group with which he carries out an intense international concert and research activity with early music recordings with Tactus, Brilliantclassics, Amiata Records. Among the recordings it’s valuable to remind the ‘Couperin Masses for the Parishes and Convents’ with Gregorian Chant ‘in alternatim’ for Brilliantclassics, the 12 ‘Bicinia’ by Orlando di Lasso for Tactus, the ‘Canzonette’ at three voices by Claudio Monteverdi and the integral of the ‘Laudario di Cortona n° 91’ for Brilliantclassics. He has also achieved national and international awards with Armoniosoincanto and with the Vivae Vocis Concentus Youth Choir. He is engaged in the study and research of semiology and interpretative problems of Gregorian Chant; he is often invited as a lecturer in national and international masterclass and seminars. He is part of the Board of Directors of the International Gregorian Singing Association, Italian section (AISCGre). For years he has been engaged in basic musical training as a teacher of Theory, Analysis and Composition at the Liceo Musicale of Perugia. He conducts the Vocal Group Tritonus and the Children and Youth Choir of the Perugia Conservatory. He is the President of the Jury 2020 at the Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral festival and Competition.
Susanna Saw (Malaysia, Member of the Jury 2021) is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She obtained her Master in Music Education (Choral Focus) from Westminster Choir College, U.S.A. She is currently a Lecturer and Choir Director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM), University Technology MARA (UiTM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (M.I.A.), where she conducts the M.I.A. Ladies Chorus, which has won many Gold Medals from various international competitions. In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about vocal and choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Teachers’ Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching. She organised the 24th International Kodály Symposium in August 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and through this, hopes to bring more awareness on the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Southeast Asia Region. From 2007 on, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. Susanna has been appointed a Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). Susanna is also an active speaker at various Music Education events promoting effective music teaching in the 21st century. She is also the newly elected Vice-President for the International Kodály Society and the Malaysian Association for Music Education.
Born in Igualada (Barcelona), Daniel Mestre (Spain, Member of the Jury 2021) is one of the leading young Catalan conductors who works regularly with some of the most important choirs and orchestras of his country. He studied at the prestigious Escolania de Montserrat, the Barcelona Conservatory and he got his Degree on Conducting with distinction at the Vienna Conservatory. He has been Chorus Master at Cape Town Opera (South Africa), Assistant Conductor at the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, conductor of the Coro de la Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and the Coral Càrmina and he teaches at the Liceu Conservatory and Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), where he conducts their Opera Atelier, Chamber Choir and Orchestra. He has been invited at international festivals like the Europa Cantat Festival in Pécs (H) and Torino (I) or recently in Argentina, China and Colombia. Daniel Mestre is musical advisor of the World Youth Choir and the Catalan Federation for Choral Music and he has recorded several CDs and for the Austrian, South African, Spanish and Catalan Broadcasting.
Tatyana Zhdanova Aramovna (Russia, Member of the Jury 2021) is Honored Artist of Russia, laureate of awards of the President of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Mayor’s Office in the field of education and culture, the Moscow Grant competitions, Honored Worker of the All-Russian Musical Society. He has 60 years of experience in teaching and research, practical work with choral collectives, has more than 50 scientific and methodological works, is a member of the Presidium of the Moscow Musical Society, a member of the Presidium of the All-Russian Choral Society, executive director of the Moscow City Comprehensive Target Program for Youth Education “Moscow Children Sing”, Director of the International Children and Youth Music Festival Moscow Sounds, Chief Conductor of the Big Consolidated Choir of Moscow Schoolchildren, Editor-in-Chief of the Music, Literary and Artistic Youth Newspaper “Radost”.