YOUNG PIANIST OF THE NORTH JURY 2017
BERND GOETZKE, GERMANY
"One of the most illuminating master teachers I have ever encountered", wrote concert pianist Zsolt Bognar after attending the Beethoven course led by Bernd Goetzke, the last pupil of Benedetto Michelangeli, at the Wilhelm Kempff Academy in Positano, led by Bernd Goetzke. “With Professor Goetzke’s teaching, one senses the presence of a long and time-honoured tradition of centuries of European art and culture - and an opening of the eyes, ears and heart. I felt the presence of not only the Kempff traditions in Beethoven, but the sonic and artistic world of Michelangeli as well.”
One of Germany's leading teachers and musicians and a prize winner in international competitions in Paris, Milan, Epinal, Athens and Brussels, since the age of 13 Bernd Goetzke studied with Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. His concert repertoire includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and the twentieth century music.
Professor Goetzke is the Head of the internationally acclaimed Concert Soloist Programme at the university, where he initially was appointed as a lecturer at the age of 25. His students regularly gain awards in international competitions and establish successful performing careers. He founded the Institute for Gifted Children, affiliated to the university – the first of its kind in Germany, and served as its director between 2000 and 2012. In 2013 Bernd Goetzke accepted the invitation to teach the Beethoven course in Positano, which in the past he attended, as a participant, under Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau. The course, which accepts only eight pianists each year, was established by Kempff and first taught by him and Alfred Cortot in 1957.
Bernd Goetzke holds master classes in Germany and internationally and regularly serves on the juries of the major international piano competitions. Recently Professor Goetzke completed the German translation of 450 letters by Debussy.
ANNA JASTRZEBSKA-QUINN, POLAND
Anna Jastrzebska-Quinn is a well known Polish pianist, a professor of piano at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and a long-term dean of the keyboard faculty at the university.
Born in Poland, she graduated with distinction from the National Higher School of Music in Warsaw, as the university was formerly known, and the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland. She studied the piano with such outstanding artists and inspiring pedagogues as Jan Ekier, the editor of Chopin's works for the authoritative Polish National Edition, in Warszaw; Harry Datyner, himself a pupil of Marguerite Long and Edwin Fischer, in Geneva; Nikita Magaloff, Gyorgy Sebok, Anton Cuerti and Menahem Pressler in Canada. She is a winner of international competitions, such as Palma de Majorca, Santander and Barcelona, and a number of national piano competitions in Poland. Chopin’s music has always held a special place in her extensive piano repertoire. In recognition of her art, for seven years she was a scholar of the F. Chopin Society in Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and Art. Since her debut in 1974 with the National Chamber Orchestra while still a student, Anna Jastrzebska-Quinn has played in most of European countries as well as in Canada, China, Thailand and Uruguay. She has made recordings of solo, chamber music and piano concertos with orchestras for the radio and television in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Canada and published CDs with works by Chopin, Ravel and Ciurana in Spain.
Professor Jastrzebska-Quinn is an active and much in demand pedagogue. Her international graduate and postgraduate students win awards in leading competitions and are recipients of artistic scholarships. She has held master classes, seminars and lectures in music centers in Poland, Russia, Spain, Austria, England, China, Thailand, Singapore and Uruguay and has served on juries of international competitions. She acts as a consultant for the Artistic Education Centre and is an expert at the Ministry of Education in Poland.
JOHN TREHERNE , UK
John Treherne is a pianist, harpsichordist and composer. For over 30 years he has led the national award winning Gateshead Music Services and received the Member of British Empire honours (MBE) in recognition of his input in the development of music performance and education in the country.
As a performer, John Treherne has played throughout Europe and the Americas, both with a chamber ensemble and as a soloist, and has made numerous recordings. He is the author of symphonies and concerti, children’s musicals, orchestral movements and songs.
For many years John Treherne has conducted a young musicians’ orchestra in Gateshead. The orchestra has been invited to 19 overseas tours and also has performed in events, and at leading venues in the region, such as the Sage Gateshead, The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle or Gibside Chapel in Rowlands Gill.
An examiner for the ABRSM for over two decades, J. Treherne was course leader for the CT ABRSM diploma. Examining work still takes him regularly to Ireland, Scotland and the North of England.
John Treherne has been instrumental in bringing to prominence the musical heritage of a locally born composer William Shield after discovering an original edition of his comic opera, Rosina, in the Gateshead public library some years ago. The William Shield Festival is now in its second year, taking place in Whickham near Newcastle upon Tyne.