FOUR NOTES INTERNATIONAL
PIANO COMPETITION 2021
István I. Szekely
Professor at the Katarina Gurska Conservatory in Madrid and Franz Liszt Centre for young talents in La Nucia (Spain). István is a concert pianist and internationally recognized professor who is actively performing and hosting the Master Classes around the world, he is also a member of Jury panels at international competitions and festivals such as the Franz Liszt International Competition in Rome (Italy), the Takács International Competition in Oberschützen, Bartók International Competition in Graz (Austria), Bucaramanga (Colombia), the IMFV Valencia competition, Ibiza International Competition, ,,Villa de Xabia" International Competition and many more.
István was studding with eminent professors and pianists as Aleksandar Madzar, Daniel Blumenthal, Orsolya Szabó, Michael Boguslavski, Mátyás Molcer, Valéria Utasi, Milica Dundjerov at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, Jerusalem Rubin Academy, Kodály Institute of Kecskemét, Conservatory of Subotica and Music School in Sombor. Since the age of 15 he has given recitals in Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia as the winner of many national and international piano competitions. During his professional career he was performing in all world recognized concert halls as a soloist and with orchestras: Concerts in Russia with the Symphonic Orchestra A. Safonov, Subotica Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Orchestra, Orihuela Orchestra in Alexandria and New Harmony (Indianapolis, USA), the Hungarian Academy in Rome (Italy), the International Piano Festival in Bucaramanga, International Piano Festival in Barrancabermeja, cycle ,,International Season in Manizales" (Colombia), ,,Kolarac" in Belgrade ( Serbia), ,,Kodály" Institute, ,,Kodály" School, ,,Béla Bartók" Museum, ,,Zsidó Kulturális Fesztivál" in Szeged (Hungary), recitals in Sweden, Greece, festival ,,Midis-minimes", in ,,Muziekacademie de Berchem-Sainte-Agathe” in Brussels (Belgium), in Spain: Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Teatro Principal de Alcoy, congress center ,,Victor Villegas" in Murcia, University of Burgos, at the International Chamber Music Festival in Calpe, in ,,Dénia Classics", Aula de la Cam in Alicante, Teulada Auditorium, La Beneficencia in Valencia, Auditorio de la Diputación, ,,ADDA" in Alicante, Auditorium Mediterrania in La Nucia as well as private concert for the Princess of Thailand S.A.R. Chulabhorn Mahidol. In addition to his solo career István was also performing with international artists such as Clara Novakova, Joaquin Palomares, Joan Enric Lluna, Jovan Bogosavljevic, Susanna Gregorian etc.
In 2017 István I. Székely has recorded several Chopin etudes of exceptional virtuosity for the sounding of the animated short film Impromptu, directed by María Lorenzo and produced by Enrique Millán, with the participation of Cultur Arts (Generalitat Valencian) and the A Punt Media network. Impromptu has been one of the most relevant Spanish animation shorts of the last year, being shortlisted for the Goya 2018 Awards. It was premiered at the emblematic Alcalá de Henares Film Festival, and so far, it has been screened in more than 50 events in 20 countries, such as the Animation Festival of Annecy (France), the Bristol Encounters (United Kingdom), Anima Mundi (Brazil) or the Animation Nights (New York). Prizes won: Best Art Animation at the Expression Art Movie Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Best Short Film (exaequo) at the Animaze Animation International Festival (Montreal, Canada), Best Experimental Animation Short at the International Animation Cardboard Festival - La Tribu (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Best Animation Short Film at the Astorga Film Festival (Spain), Best Valencian Animation at the Cortoons (Gandía). Currently, István I. Székely is artistic director of the Franz Liszt Center Piano Competition and Great Masters Piano Competition.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Maja Đogo was born 09.05.1984 in Belgrade,Serbia. Her first steps in music began in Ukraine in 1993 , in Dniprodzerzhinsk, as the youngest and most talented pupil in school for talents. After returning from abroad she is finishing elementary music school Vladimir Djordjevic in the class of prof. Jelena Filotich as the best student, then secondary music school ’’Mokranjac’’, where she graduated in piano department in the class of prof. Bozena Griner and prof. Zeljka Vorkapich 2002, in Belgrade, Serbia. Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo,BiH in the class of prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich Đogo is graduating in 2007 with an average score of 9.27after which she is continuing with Master studies in the class of prof. Aleksandra Radosavljevich.
During her education period Đogo was performing and participating in many international and national piano competitions, festivals, concerts, seminars, talent competitions, sections, courses and won awards, commendations, diplomas and significant recognitions. She attended master classes with renowned piano pedagogues: Aleksandra Romanic, Jokuthon Mihailovic (Serbia), Pavel Nersesjan (Russia), Aleksandar Sandorov (Serbia), Yuri Kot (Ukraine), Hinko Haas (Slovenia), Lili Petrovich (Serbia), Aleksandar Serdar (Serbia), Mihail Rezek (Czech Republic).On the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the University of East Sarajevo she was invited by the Rector of the University of East Sarajevo to receive the Plaque of the University and the cash prize for the highest score in her generation and for extraordinary success during her studies at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo, BiH.In addition to solo engagements, appearances are active in chamber ensembles with many colleagues.
For the 10 years of pedagogical work Đogo has achieved remarkable results with their students winning over 80 international awards. She was a member of the jury of many piano competitions, festivals in the country and the region. Đogo got a diploma from the organizers and committee members of the International competition of young pianists in Niš 2012, Serbia for excellent educational results in E, K, L category, discipline piano, k1 duo. She is an active member of the Association of Musical / music and ballet pedagogues FBiH.
Today Maja Đogo is recognized and successful university professor at the piano department of the Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo, BiH.
Dragomir Bratić, Serbia, is a pianist and piano professor at Davorin Jenko music school in Belgrade, Serbia. Bartić has been a member of the Association of Music Artists of Serbia since 2005, from 2008-2015 he was the head of the board of directors of the international competition for young pianists in Šabac, Serbia, director of the State competition of students of music and ballet schools in Serbia from 2011-2020. Since October 2015 Bratic is the president of the Piano section of Belgrade, Serbia.
Bratić was a mediator of conversations in front of the audience with young pianist stars Dmitry Shishkin (Russia) and Shimon Nering (Poland). According to the originality of his approach to working with children, he is considered to be the one of the most talented pedagogues nowadays, the proof of that are numerous awards for his pedagogical work in the country and abroad. Bratic is the author of numerous prestigious master classes with an emphasis on an individual approach to solving problems in musical performance. His students have played in all prestigious halls in Serbia and in the most famous concert halls abroad (Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein in Vienna, Prague, Bologna, Hamburg, Dresden).
Professor Bratić’s students have so far won over 500 first and special awards (laureates) at the national and international competitions in Italy, Slovenia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the United States, Germany and Austria.
As a pianist he is intensively performing with his BG piano duo, and official piano associate of the children’s choir of the Radio Television of Serbia “Kolibri”. Bratić is a member of the jury at almost all national competitions and numerous international competitions in Slovenia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina,North Macedonia, Austria, Georgia, Germany and Poland. According to the choice of the publishing house KLET, he was awarded as one of the 100 most successful Serbian creators in pre-university education.
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 recived 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.