FOUR NOTES INTERNATIONAL
PIANO COMPETITION 2022
Uros Todic - Artistic Director of FNIPC
Serbia / United Arab Emirates
Pianist Uros Todic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. In his early years, his artistic prowess quickly attracted attention. He started his music education at the age of five and during his Master studies he was identified as a bright and enthusiastic pianist and holder of many awards from competitions, festivals, projects and became a teacher who is known for his remarkable teaching methods and approach. During his performing career he was recognized as a young pianist of mature musicality and imagination, superior technique, and a heartwarming sound.
Uros is performing actively as a soloist, accompanist and in chamber ensembles. In 2018 Uros is becoming a co – founder of Four Notes Music Training Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE and in 2021 creator and artistic director of the first Four Notes International Piano Competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Today, Uros is a piano teacher who advocates for the development of a new system of music education in Middle East and the creation of more opportunities for students. So far, his students won numerous first, second and third prizes in international competitions as well as Laureate prizes. Uros was awarded several times for his pedagogical achievements.
Brian Field’s music is an eclectic fusion of lyricism and driving rhythm that brings together elements of post-romanticism, minimalism and jazz that Gramophone notes “has a winning melodic flow and harmonic translucency,” and Fanfare comments “stretches tonality to and beyond its limits, but always in a soaring, lyrical manner.” He has received a host of awards, including a McKnight Foundation Fellowship, the Benenti Foundation recording prize; First Prize, Briar Cliff Choral Music Competition; and First Prize, Victor Herbert ASCAP Young Composers’ Contest among dozens of others. Mr. Field began his musical endeavors at age eight with the study of piano, and began his first serious compositional efforts at sixteen, earning his undergraduate degree in music and English literature from Connecticut College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
At Connecticut, he studied composition with Noel Zahler, piano with the Polish pedagogue Zosia Jacynowicz, organ with John Anthony, and harpsichord/figured-bass realization with Linda Skernick. Devoting himself to composition, Mr. Field continued his musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York City where he was awarded his Master of Music degree. At Juilliard he was a student of Milton Babbitt. From Juilliard, Mr. Field attended Columbia University, earning his Doctorate. At Columbia, he was a President’s Fellow and studied composition with George Edwards and Mario Davidovsky. Mr. Field’s compositions include music for television and stage; solo acoustic, chamber, ballet, choral, vocal, electroacoustic and orchestral works. His compositions have been performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aleksandra Radosavljevic was born in Sarajevo. She studied in the classes of renowned professors Aleksandra Romanic at the Music Academy in Sarajevo, and prof. Mirjana Vukdragovic at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she also completed her postgraduate studies.She performed numerous of concerts at home and abroad, as a soloist and within chamber ensembles. Aleksandra Radosavljevic works as an full professor for the Piano at Slobomir P University ( Academy of Art) in Bijeljini. She also works as piano professor at Music School Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac in Bijeljina. Her students have won a numerous awards at the International competitions all over the world. She is a member of the international juries and holds numerous master classes at home and abroad. Since 2011. she is the Artistic Director of Slobomir International Music Competition in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Anthony Tam, pianist, examiner, competition juror, pedagogue, clinician holds the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from the National College of Music, London and the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Victoria College of Music, London. At the same time, he is also the holder of the piano performance diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board and the University of West London. He is appointed as a member of the Academical Board of the National College of Music and becomes the first non-British to be chosen to join as a member in the College's history of more than 120 years.
He is also the first Chinese to be appointed as a music examiner for both the National College of Music and the Victoria College of Music. In 2012, he was further appointed as a senior examiner for the National College of Music, London and will be responsible for further administration of the College. Anthony Tam, pianist, examiner, competition juror, pedagogue, clinician holds the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from the National College of Music, London and the Fellowship Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Victoria College of Music, London. At the same time, he is also the holder of the piano performance diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board and the University of West London. He is appointed as a member of the Academical Board of the National College of Music and becomes the first non-British to be chosen to join as a member in the College's history of more than 120 years. He is also the first Chinese to be appointed as a music examiner for both the National College of Music and the Victoria College of Music. In 2012, he was further appointed as a senior examiner for the National College of Music, London and will be responsible for further administration of the College. He was the past examiner of the British Columbia Conservatory of Music, Canada. In 2017, he joins as a music examiner for the Con Brio Examination Board. He is the first and only one worldwide to hold the position as a music examiner for four different examination boards at the same time. He has wide experience in assessing piano examination candidates. On top of being as a music examiner, he is appointed by National College of Music to be the piano duet examination syllabus coordinator and from 2014, he was also responsible for coordinating and rewriting the piano syllabus. He is a member of the American Liszt Society and through some contribution, he has earned the title as a 'Lisztian". He is also a member in good standing of the Australian Guild of Music and Speech. He is an associate member of the European Piano Teachers Association. In 2018, he is named as the Hong Kong President of the World Piano Teachers Association. He is also invited to join as the juror in piano competition and composition competition organised by the World Piano Teachers Association.. In 2020, he is named as the Chief Examiner of the Italian Music Assessment Board System which is an examination board based in Italy.
Born, raised and totally trained in Hong Kong, he started to take up piano lessons when he was at the age of 5. He appeared on television one year later performing a whole programme of Beethoven. His teachers included Madam Kam-Mui Deng and Madam Wo-Ping Law who were famous pedagogues in Hong Kong. He also studied briefly with Mr. Colin Kingsley. He has played in masterclasses given by the American pianist Malcolm Frager and the great Shura Cherkassky. Under the full recommendation from Madam Law, he has got a chance to learn under Cherkassky for some time.
He is a pianist, teacher, juror and clinician and has been on the jury of some local and international competitions. He was the Jury Chairman of the Steinway PIano Competition in 2014 and was the President of Jury of the Mozart International Piano Competition. He has also judged the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Competition in USA and last year, he was the President of Jury of the Euterpe Competition in Italy and in 2018, he has judged an international piano competition in Venice organised by the Debussy Society. This year, he will judge the Merci Maestro Competition in Belgium. He is also the Artistic Director of the Neapolitan Masters Competition in Asia. He has concertised in many countries including UK, Canada, USA and some countries in Europe.
Since obtaining the Doctorate degree in Music Education, he has taught in many countries. He is a sought-after teacher in many Asian countries and is a teacher with many award-winning students. He has given lectures, masterclasses, workshops for different organisers on different occasions. He is keen on presenting teacher training programmes for music teachers worldwide. Years ago, he was appointed as a representative of the Victoria Piano Summer School in Canada. In 2015, he was appointed as the Director of International Studies (Pedagogy and Masterclasses) of the Ultimate Music Theory of Canada. UMT will issue a series called "Masterclasses by Anthony Tam' in the near future.
He is also the Hong Kong Director of the Cambodia Support Group (Canada) which promotes music education in Cambodia. He travels to Cambodia on a regular basis to give intensive courses to teachers and students.
Right now, he is on the way to create a new piano summer school programme in the city of Kimberley, Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Brahms specialist Arne Sahlen. He is now the Artistic Director of the PianoFocus Summer Camp in Canada. He is also a column writer in music education and music learning for some child-related publications and is interviewed widely on different occasions by the press. He is also a writer writing on subjects about piano education in different magazines. His book about music study has been published by Dynamic Publications in 2020.
Marija Maksimova is a pianist and well recognized piano and chamber music pedagogue who has received more than 330 international and national awards with her students. Half of them are first prizes, special awards and Laureate.
Maksimova is the winner of the "Best pedagogue" award given by the Association of music-balet pedagogues in North Macedonia. Since 2019 Maksimova is a holder of the title "Best teacher in Ex - Yugoslavia" from the Association "ANN_EX_YU", formed by the educational leaders in the region.
In 2013 she is awarded with a Diploma for Honors in Italy, Honorable Teacher Diploma in Belgium 2020, Extraordinary teachers diplomas in Serbia, Italy, France, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Slovenia, Albania. In 2015 she received the biggest Award “St. Nicholas” for exceptional professional achievement, given by the Municipality of Stip, North Macedonia. Also, she received the Award "Oscar of the East" from Association of Journalists of the East for Piano pedagogy, 2018. She is the winner of the award "8th November", an award of the Municipality of Stip and Mayor for an achievement in the education and art as a pedagogue and an artist.
During her pedagogical career, Maksimova has received many recognitions in France, Slovenia, Italy, USA, Hungary, Belgium, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kosovo and North Macedonia like certificates for excellent pedagogical results on music competitions, diplomas for progress and development in music field, contribution to the discovery and development of young talents, certificates for attending seminars by eminent pianists, participation in the creation of the piano teaching program of the Ministry of Education in North Macedonia, participation in professional lectures organized by EPTA, participation in the training for new interactive teaching methodologies and e-Learning. Her students regularly perform on many concerts, festivals, competitions. She was also a mentor of lectures for new teaching methods, organized by USAID and Macedonian Ministry of education.
Marija Maksimova is a member of jury on International and State competitions such as: Giovani Musicisti - Treviso (Italy), Monegros88keys - Sarinena, Spain, "Golden Keys" 2019, International Youth Music competition - USA, "Rocky Mountains" - Toronto (Canada), National competition (EMCY), “Davorin Jenko” in Belgrade (Serbia), "Fantast"- Becej-Serbia, “Mihailo Vukdragovic” - Sabac (Serbia), "Uljus"-Smederevo,“Slobomir” – Bjelina (Bosnia& Hercegovina), "Petar Stojanovic" – Ub (Serbia) "Vladimir Djordjevich" – Jagodina (Serbia), "Sergej Mihajlov" – Stip, North Macedonia, "Musical Lace" – Slovenia, Mozart – Online music competition and many more.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dario Zombra was born in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1988 where he finished his primary and secondary music school as one of the most promising students of his age.
Following that, he enrolled at the Music Academy Slobomir P University of Bijeljina and earned his Bachelor degree in the class of Doc. Mr. Aleksandra Radosavljevic. Additionally, he was taking classes for Composition under the direction of Prof. Svetislav D. Bozic. A few years later, he enrolled at Slobomir P University's Academy of Arts and completed his Master degree studies in piano performance under the direction of prof. Dr. Jokut Mihajlovic.
In 2016-2017 while living and working in Toronto (Canada), he regularly attended consultations at the Royal Academy in Mississauga, and a few months after returning to BIH, he completed a Master degree studies in Harmony, under the tutelage of Professor Svetislav Bozic.
He took part in seminars and masterclasses conducted by many professors, among whom should be mentioned: Prof. Aleksandra Romanic (Germany), Prof. Grigorios Zamparas (Greece), Prof. Jokuthon Mihajlovic (Serbia), Prof. Arsen Arkic (BiH), Dragan Sobajic (Serbia), Djordje Stanetti (Croatia), Aida Gavrilova (Spain) and many others.
Many of his concerts in BiH and Serbia have included classical, jazz, blues, and original compositions. He was the leader of the ethno group of SKUD "Semberija" from 2013 to 2014. The ethno group led a successful tour of Germany in September 2014.
A member of the expert and organizing committee of SIMC (Slobomir International Music Competition), he has been organizing the "Fête de la Musique" in Bijeljina since 2011 to 2013. Additionally, he won the "Certificate of Appreciation" Rotary Club, Bijeljina, Rotary Club International District 1910, Rosario Rotary Club, Br*ko District, Brezovo Polje in 2017, and the Music Education Center "Lege Artis" Tuzla.
He has composed instrumental and vocal choral music, jazz and popular compositions, as well as original music for plays, notably for the play "Prometheus" directed by Sasa Ikanovic, for which he received the Special Award for Original Music at the 54th "PRKOS" Festival in Knjazevac, Serbia.
Currently, Dario Zombra is employed at the Elementary Music School of the Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the Academy of Arts, Slobomir P University of Bijeljina (BiH) as an associate professor in undergraduate and master studies: Piano Practicum, Chamber Music, Counterpoint, Piano Accompaniment. He was the executive producer of "Prometheus" and "Fate" produced by Slobomir P University, Studio Sistem and Youth Theater Zvornik, and directed by Sasa Ikanovic.