Chairman of the jury
Sergei Yekimov (Russia) is the Winner of the Government of St. Petersburg Prize in the field of culture and arts, Head of the Academic Choir of the Faculty of Arts of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, Artistic Director of the Institute of Culture Concert Choir and Women’s Choir of St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. S.Yekimov is member of the Russian Composers’ Union and the Union of Concert Artists of St. Petersburg, Artistic Director of the International Choral Festival «The Singing World» (St. Petersburg), laureate of international competitions, Associate Professor. S.Yekimov is the author of choral and orchestral works, instrumental and vocal ensembles, spiritual and secular music a cappella, vocal cycles, piano and choral pieces for children, music for plays, Russian folk songs arrangements for the choir, popular tunes, romantic ballads and popular songs. Since 2012 S. Yekimov has been teaching at the Choral Conducting Department of Saint Petersburg Conservatoire.
President of the Championship
Valery Uspensky (Russia) is People’s Artist of Russia, Professor. Head of Academic Choir Department, St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, artistic director of the Students Choir of the Conservatoire. Valery Uspensky is head of Academic Choir Department at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and directs the Students Choir. Member of the Presidium of All-Russian Choral Society, Honorary Rector of Khabarovsk State Institute of Culture and Arts, the permanent chairman of the jury of the International Choir Competition and vocal ensembles “The Singing World” named after Yuri Falik. Valery Uspensky is organizer and artistic director of the I Youth Choral Festival, chamber and symphonic music.
Members of the Jury
Christian Balandras (France) — founder and conductor of the Tours University Orchestra and, from 1971 to 1983, conducted the Grand Theatre Choirs for opera and operetta, 16 years, he was the Director of the Florilège Vocal de Tours, President and Artistic Director of the Chœurs Lauréats Festival in Vaison-la-Romaine which invites every year the Best Choirs in the world, France has awarded Mr Balandras the Palmes Académiques.
Alexander Solovyev (Russia) is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatoire, Dean for International Students Work, member of the Scientific Council, Assistant Professor of Modern Choral Performing Arts of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. A. Solovyev is the official representative of Russia in the Council of the «World Choir Games», organized by the «Interkultur» International Association; A. Solovyev has been the Principal Guest Conductor for the Educational Bridge Project Festival Choir (Boston, USA) since 2012; since 2013 he has been Guest Conductor for the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus (Taiwan). A. Solovyev is also Artistic Director of the International Open Festival of Arts «To the Victory Day», Artistic Director of the International Autumn Choral Festival named after Professor B.G.Tevlin; Artistic Director of the Tula State Choir (from 2016). Winner of the Grant of the President of the Russian Federation in the field of culture and arts.
Blanka Juhanakova (Slovakia) is Professor, MgA, ArtD. She is currently a senior teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Blanka has chaired the Choir Singing Committee of the National Center of Education in Slovakia, she has served as a member of the Concert Artists´ Committee for the Music Fund and served on the Council of Arts and Sciences at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Since 2014 she has been also a senior teacher at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.
Evgeny Ustinskov (Latvia) is a conductor, composer, doctor of pedagogical sciences, head of the department of choral conducting at the Daugavpils S. Broks Music School, artistic director of the Silver Bells International Festival of Sacred Music, one of the principal conductors of the All-Latvian Song Festival and the School Youth Song Festival, and award winner of international competitions.
Honorary members of the jury
Archbishop Ambrose of Peterhof
Vicar of St. Petersburg diocese, rector of the St. Petersburg Orthodox Theological Academy.
His representative on the jury:
Priest Elias Makarov, first deputy chairman of the Department of Religious Education and Catechesis of the St. Petersburg diocese, Executive Secretary of the Council for Culture of the St. Petersburg diocese.
Special Prize «For The Best Performance of Sacred Music»
Agapitova Svetlana Yurievna, Ombudsman for Children’s Rights in St. Petersburg, Ph.D., a member of the St. Petersburg Union of Journalists, the USSR Master of Sports in swimming.
Special prize «The best children’s choir»
Nadezhda Lineva is President of the NGO «Women and the economy of St. Petersburg», Vice-President, Member of the Board of the Russian public organization «Women in Business», Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the St. Petersburg training center «The Okhta Center of aesthetic education», Director of the first international competition of young visually challenged musicians «Above the Self».
Special Prize «For high performing skills»
Orlanа Zapolskaya — member of the Executive Committee of the St. Petersburg regional chapter of the «UNITED RUSSIA» Party, Advisor to the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg.
Special Prize «For the successful activities aimed at moral education and patriotic training of youth»
Renat Nigmatullin – radio engineer, programmer.
Sponsor of the Championship Grand Prix
Galina Grinchak is director of the State budgetary educational institution St. Petersburg training center of extended education for children «The Okhta Center of aesthetic education».
Special Prize «The Hope of Russia»
Viktor Pleshak is composer, Honored Artist of Russia, member of the Board of Trustees of the Okhta Center of Aesthetic Education, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the First International Competition of visually challenged musicians.
Special Prize «For contribution to the development of choral art»
Marina Konovalova is choirmaster, Head of the department of folk art of the State budgetary culture institution «House of Folk Art» at the Committee for Culture of the Leningrad region, head of the All-Russian Choral Society Chapter in the Leningrad region, awarded the public service medal «Glory of the Fatherland».
Special Prize «For outstanding achievements in the field of choral art»
Maria Komleva is training counselor of the choral disciplines teachers’ section of the Municipal for Education of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, head of the «Rassvet» choir at Music school No. 4, winner of the diploma of the Ministry of Culture and the trade unions.
Andrey Dumchenko is prize and diploma winner of All-Russian contests, head of the Municipal Training Center for managers of children’s choirs as extended education, composer, choir leader of the younger children’s choir at «Iskra” choral studio, artistic director of the children’s choral studio «Cantabile».
Natalia Mitina is Director of the V.V. Andreev Orchestra and organizer of the International Music Festival «The Andreev Orchestra and Its Friends».
Special Prize «For contribution to peace»
Alekseeva Elena is director of the St. Petersburg State budgetary institution «Krasnogvardeyskiy Cultural and Leisure Center.
Special Prize «For the Will to Win»
Veselova Anna is member of the Union of Concert Performers, member of the Union of professional writers, Director of the «Union of Artists» Publishing House, Deputy Chairman of Russian public organization «Women in Business» in St. Petersburg.
Special Award “For the preservation of the Russian singing school’s traditions”
Dmitry Schirin is Head of Piano Department of St. Petersburg State University of Culture, Director of the St. Petersburg Center for Spiritual Culture Development, honored worker of science and education, Doctor of Education, Professor, Artistic Director of festivals and competitions «Re-Ligo», «Gloria» and «Polyphonica», «Bartolomeo Cristofori», laureate of international competitions.