Alexander Einarsson (Sweden)

Was born in Sweden in 1978. He has studied Church Music at the Academy of Music (Lund University) and in the Conducting Class at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Alexander is working in Malmo as Choir Conductor and Organist at the Church of St. Petri. He continually works with his ensemble Petri Singers. Also conducting a Church Choir (mixed with 40 singers) and a Youth Choir (mixed with 25 singers). In 2008 started working with a small String Orchestra (Malmo Chamber Orchestra). Alexander is with regularity invited as a guest conductor with different choirs and orchestras in the region. He won the Eric Ericson scholarship award and special scholarship award of Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in the category of choral and orchestral conductors.

Alexander Humala (Republic of Belarus)

Graduated Belarus State Academy of Music in 2007. Studied choir conducting under Vladimir Minin, Stephen Cleobury, Tonu Kaljuste. In 2008 choirmaster the Belarus Radio Choir. Assistant of conductor the Wroclaw Opera House (in 2009), the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (in 2012). Winner, 1st premium at the 5th International Choral Conducting Competition "Toward Polyphony" (Wroclaw, Poland, 2011).Winner, 1st premium at the 4th International Choral Conductors Competition (Riga, Latvia, 2009).Laureate of the Grand-Premium of the Special Fund of the President of Belarus on support of talented youth (2010, 2012) Awarded premium "Gaude Polonia" from Ministry of Culture of Poland (2009, 2012). Awarded the "Huygens" scholarship provide by The Netherland Minister of Culture for excellent students (2010). Conducted such choirs as: Latvian Radio Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir etc. orchestras as: Lithuanian State Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London "Sinfonietta", Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Academy Symphony Orchestra etc. A. Humala is studying orchestra conducting in Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Since 2013 Humala is the chief conductor of the Belarus State Symphony Capella "Sonorus" in Minsk.

Anastasia Belyaeva (Russia)

Was born in 1984. Anastasia studied choral conducting with Stanislav Lykov at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (graduated in 2009, with honours). In 2012, Anastasia completed her postgraduate studies at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At present, Anastasia works with six children’s choirs. In 2009, she became the head of an older children’s choir at the Children’s School of Arts No16. Under her leadership, the choir has been awarded prizes at several national and city contests. As a guest conductor, Anastasia Belyaeva has appeared with Preobrazhenie Chamber Choir, Kazan Conservatory Choir and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Choir. In 2011, Anastasia got a special mention at the Young Choirmasters and Choral Coaches Competition and was awarded a prize at Best in Trade Competition held for Moscow music teachers working at children’s schools of music. Anastasia Belyaeva is an assistant to professor Stanislav Lykov and is currently working on her thesis Semion Kazachkov and Kazan School of Choir Conducting. She has published several articles in Muzykovedenie (Musicology) journal and is preparing for publication a biography of Semion Kazachkov, a prominent Russian choral conductor.

Andreas Meier (Switzerland)

Was born in Basle, Switzerland, in 1980. He started his musical education with the "Knabenkantorei Basel". After college, he studied singing with Professor Michel Brodard and school music II, both at the "Musikhochschule Luzern". After this, he studied choral conducting with Professor Dr. Alois Koch. He took master classes with Margret Honig, Bernard Haitink, Johannes Prinz, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Anders Eby, Frieder Bernius, Georg Grün and Ralf Weikert. At the moment he is studying orchestral conducting at the University of the Arts in Zurich with Marc Kissóczy. Additionally he’s following a postgraduate study in choral conducting at the "Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst" in Graz. On the opera stage, he sang among other parts Aristeo in Orfeo ed Euridice by J.J. Fux (Swiss première). For two seasons, he sang the part of Alfred in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Andreas Meier conducts several choirs and teaches at the Kantonsschule (VIth-form College) in Baden.

Denis Chausov (Republic of Moldova)

Denis graduated from the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Moldova. He graduated from the department of choral conducting in the class lecturer B. Cholak (2001) and Professor T. Zguryanu (Master) in 2004 and the Department of opera and symphonic conducting with Professor M. Sechkina and Professor G. Mustea in 2011. Since 2002, working as a teacher at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Moldova. Conductor of the youth choir "Cantemus" (winner of international competitions in Moldova, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia and Poland). Also conducting the Chamber Choir of the correspondence department of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Moldova. Since 2012 he is the second conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of the National TV and Radio Company "Teleradio-Moldova" In 2011, he received a special award "Best Conductor Choir" at the 29th International Youth Choir Festival (Tzelje, Slovenia), and a special prize "Hope of competition" to 1st International Competition of symphonic conducting (Kishinev, Moldova), in 2012 he received a special prize for the best conductor's performance at the 34th May International Choir Competition (Varna, Bulgaria).

Dina Venedictova (Russia)

Dina Venedictova was born in 1985 in Kazan city, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Graduated Kazan State Conservatoire (Academy) cum laude in 2009. Since 2010 Dina is the graduated student o f the Kazan State Conservatoire (Academy) – with her art leader A. Zapparova. Since 2009 she is teaching in Kazan Music College as a choirmaster. Since 2012 she is the artistic director and conductor of the Mixed Choir of College.

Donka Miteva (Germany)

Donka received her Degree in Orchestra Conducting from the R. Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf. She also studied at Accademia Chigiana with Mo G. Gelmetti, and took courses with K. Keisler, J. Panula and B. Zander. She worked with the Munster Symphony, Nord Czech Philharmonic, Savaria Symphony, the Rheinische Symphoniker, the Burgas Opera and Orquestra do Algarve. 2007 – 2011 Donka Miteva is a conductor at the State Opera in Munster, working on "Tristan and Isolde", "Manon", "Turandot" , "Rigoletto", "Aida", "Parsifal" ,"Boris Godunow", "Nabucco" and others. Donka Miteva is appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of Collegium Musicum Berlin as of October 2011.

Eun Hye Cho (Germany)

Eun Hye was graduated College of Music "Hanns Eisler", Department of Choir conducting (Berlin, Germany, 2012). She is assistant of Humboldt Philharmonic Choir in Berlin and Large Choir of Collegium Musicum Berlin since 2012. Assisant of "Berlin Philharmonic Choir" and "University Choir of the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" since 2011. Eun Hye also is conductor of "Korean Women’s Choir" in Berlin. She was graduated Master Course in Kammerchor in Saarbrücken under the leadership of Georg Grün and Philharmonischer Chor Berlin under the leadership of Jörg-Peter Weigle. In 2012 Eun Hye was awarded the fellowship in the German national sponsorship program for choral conductors "DIRIGENTENFORUM".

Janis Almanis (Latvia)

Student of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (choir conducting cathedra). Artistic director, conductor of female choir "Noktirne", conductor of male choir "Silvicola", conductor of mixed choirs "Vivat" and "Vaivari". Was a conductor of mixed choirs "Ogre" and "Intis". Singer of profesional mixed choir "Ave Sol". Was a participant of 6th international competition for young choral conductors in memoriam of F. Liszt in Budapest, Hungary (2011). Took a 1st place in E. Melngailis Latvian young choir conductors competition (2008), 3rd place in T. Reiters 2nd International young choir conductors competition (2007) and Latvian young choir conductors competition (2006).

Jurgis Cabulis (Latvia)

Student of Jazeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (choir conducting cathedra, educator Andris Veismanis) since 2012. In 2010, Jurgis founded a chamber choir "Veja Balss" in Carnikava, where he is working as an artistic director. In August 2011, he received an offer to work with "Swedbank Choir". Since November 2012, Jurgis performing the choir master duties in Riga Dome Cathedral Boys' Choir. He is the member of the Latvian Choir Conductors Association since 2012.

Krastin Nastev (Spain)

The Bulgarian native conductor Krastin Nastev made his first steps in the realm of music at the Plovdiv Boys’ Choir. Later he graduated the Music school with oboe and piano and continued studying fundamentals of conducting with Krikor Chetinyan at the Music Academy of his hometown. The Master degrees in choral and orchestral conducting he obtained from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. For six seasons he was assistant conductor and chorus master of the Opera house of Plovdiv and of the Opera house of Antalya. In that time the University of Akdeniz invited him as lecturer in conducting. He participated in various master classes led by the conductors Mark Shanahan, Bruno Aprea, Alan Hazeldine, Georgi Dimitrov, Vasil Kazandjiev, Ivan Anguélov, Miroslav Popsavov. Krastin Nastev was finalist by the competition "Mariele Ventre" in Italy and for the Academic Bach Competition in Bulgaria. Currently he is conductor at Teatre del Cercle (Barcelona, Spain) and works with "Ad Libitum" Men’s Choir and "Coral Nova de Cornella".

Oscar Paya Prats (Spain)

Was born in Spain and received the Master degree in choral conducting in 2010 at the Advanced School of Music in Valencia. He was selected and participated in the Berliner International Masterclass 2012 with Simon Halsey, Jeffrey Douma and Marguerite Brooks working with Berliner Rundfunkchor. He participated in the same year in 1.Internationale Meisterklasse Musikfest Erzgebirge with Hans-Christoph Rademman working with Dresdner Kammerchor. He also participated in many improvement courses with conductors such as Johan Djuick, Martin Schmidt or Laszlo Heltay. In 2010 he prepared the choral parts in Singing Messiah conducted by Harry Bicket. He assists regularly to r ehearsals with Winfried Toll, Morten Schuld-Jensen and Christoph Spering in Germany. Óscar Payá Prats is the main conductor of L’Almodí chamber choir and collaborates with important Spanish early music ensembles such us Capella de Ministrers. In Europe, he collaborated as a choral singer with Vox Humana (Basel) and Chorus Musicus Köln.

Sergey Nesteruk (Ukraine)

In 2012 he graduated from the Kiev National Music Academy of Ukrainenamed after P.I. Tchaikovsky, Department of choral conducting (professor L.Н. Venediktov). Since 2010 Sergey is a choirmaster of the professional mixed choir of Orthodox Church in Kiev. In 2005-2007 He was Choirmaster at the Cathedral Catholic Church in Zhitomir. Since 2011 I work as a singer in Choir of Kiev National Academic Operetta's Theatre. Also He sings in professional vocal ensemble of early music "Vox anime" and chamber choir "Credo". In 2006 won Gran-Prix in 2th National Competition for Young Choral Conductors, (Nizhyn, Ukraine). In 2011 I took part in 4th National Competition for Choral Conductors (Kiev). Sergey was an active participant of Master-classe of European Academy for Choral Conductоrs (Graz, 2012) with Prof. Johannes Prinz.

Taum Karni (Israel)

In 2006 Taum graduated magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University with a BA in choral conducting and musicology. She continued her studies with Aharon Harlap, serving as his assistant with the Kfar Saba Chamber Choir. Since 2007, Taum has studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Jos Vermunt. She has attended master classes with Grete Pedersen, Eric Ericson and Tonu Kaljuste. Taum conducts the instrumental ensemble Wild Blossom Amsterdam, which presents music in theatrical and surprising ways. Taum is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Fund scholarships in choral conducting. From 2010 Taum was a Master student at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm. From 2012 she is a conductor of "Meitar Ensemble" and Singers Ensemble "Carmina". Also she is a singer of "Israel Choir Gary Bertini".

Wing Wun Ip (Austria)

Wing Wun a conductor, pianist and singer. She currently enroll in the Conducting Diplomstudium at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. With an Associate Instructorship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies, Wing Wun received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Indiana University Bloomington, where conducted the IU Symphonic Choir, Children’s Choir, and some student composition premieres. She also worked with the IU International Vocal Ensemble, opera chorus, All-campus Choir, and the Monroe County Women Chorus. Wing Wun was a conductor at the Hong Kong Children’s Choir. Wing Wun have been member of Wiener Singverein, Chorus Sine Nomine, World Youth Choir and Opera Hong Kong Chorus. She took the Special Prize (for the most authentic performance of a Hungarian Piece) on 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors (Hungary, 2011). Participated in the master classes Gustaf Sjökvist and Patrik Andersson at the Lund International Choral Academy (october, 2012) and Masterclass with Helmuth Rilling at Singfest 2012 (august, 2012, Hong Kong), was a guest conductor of Hong Kong Oratorio Society.

Yuval Weinberg (Germany)

He studied singing with Danna Glaser and Marina Levitt and began his Orchestral conducting studies with Yi-An Xu at the Buchmann-Mehta school of music in Tel-Aviv University, where he received an excellence scholarship. Yuval is a guest conductor at the Israeli Li-Ron choir, which he has conducted in concerts and competitions throughout Europe and Israel, including the Johannes Brahms int. competition (Wernigerode, Germany), where they won a gold medal, in addition, he conducts 'Ensemble EOS Berlin', which specialises in the performance of sacred choral music and chamber music from the 18th century. In 2010 he was appointed by the Israeli Ministry of Culture as the founder and conductor of the Ramat-Gan Boys‘ choir, simultaneously Starting the Ramot Girls‘ choir in the city of Bat-Yam. Yuval currently studies choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik 'Hanns Eisler', Berlin, there he is taught by Jörg-Peter Weigle. He has attended conducting masterclasses and lessons by Volker Hempfling, Peter Broadbent, Timothy Brown, Andre De Quadros and Stanley Sperber.

Zofia Borkowska (Poland)

Zofia was graduated The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Departament of Choir Conducting and Music Education in 2004. She received the complementary education (courses) in International Workshop for Choir Conductors "Legnica Cantat" with Frieder Bernius (Germany), Aleksander Tarasenko (Ukraine) and in VIII International Symposium of Choral Music in Gdańsk (Poland) in 2007. Zofia is conductor of the "Choir of the Copernicus Science Centre" in Warsaw and of the "Choir of the Center for Thought of John Paul II". She is winner of 1st award on XI National Choir Festival "Cantio Lodziensis" (Lodz, 2009) and on XIII National Choir Festival "Cantio Lodziensis" (Lodz, 2011), Golden Cup (Grand Prix) of Peter the Great (St. Petersburg, 2010), 1st award and Special award on 5th National Lent’s Song Festival (Bydgoszcz, 2011). Also Zofia have the Silver Diploma on 43rd National Choir Festival "Legnica Cantat" (Legnica, 2012). She was conducting teacher and conductor of the workshop choir during the International Music Workshop in Ivyanets (Belarus, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

Zoltan Devity (Hungary)

Zoltan was graduated Ferenc Liszt University of Music (Budapest, Hungary) and High School of Music "Hans Eisler" (Berlin, Germany) Department of Choir conducting, Singing and Music teacher. He is conductor of "Budapest Youth Choir" and "Hungarian Barock Ensemble" (Budapest, Hungary) since 2011, "ELTE Bartók Béla Chamber Choir" (Budapest, Hungary) since 2012. Was a conductor of "Palestrina Chamber Choir" (Taiyuan, China, 2009-2010), "Golden Sail Chamber Choir" (Beijing, China, 2010), "Jiaoda Children Choir" (Beijing, China, 2010). Also he is a singer of Hungarian Radio Choir, Victoria Chamber Choir, St. Efraim Byzantyne male choir and others.

The additional participant - the winner of the regional competition

Anton Maksimov (Russia)

Anton has studied choral conducting at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Prof. Koudriavtseva. In following years he has continued his training, eventually receiving an assistant professor position with the same institution. At the same time Anton was appointed as a choral conducting teacher at the Petrozavodsk Conservatory and also served as a choral conductor with the St. Petesrburg Boys College of Choral Music, which he has also extensively and very successfully toured with around Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, Germany and China. Having started in 2007 he serves as a guest conductor of the "Gracias" Orchestra and Choir, South Korea. At present Anton’s main position is a senior teacher of the choral conducting department. In May 2009 he has received the 1st Prize at the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music "Hajnówka 2009" in Poland, as well as winning the Grand Prix at the International CREDO competition in Tallinn in 2011.