Jury 2013

Ognian Vassilev completed his studies at the Music Academy of Sofia in the choral conducting class of prof. Anna Belcheva. Within the period 1977-1991 he established his career in Bulgaria as conductor of the choirs “Rodna pesen” and “Collegium musucum” in Haskovo which won distinctions and awards at competitions in Varna, Cork-Ireland, Altenmitlau-Germany, Gorizia-Italy, Tours-France.

Ognian Vassilev has been conductor of the Women’s Chamber Choir at the Bulgarian National Television and a lecturer at the Music Academy in Plovdiv.

Since 1991 he has worked in Pori-Finland where he is Chief conductor of the Opera and Filharmonic Choir, “Tempori” Mixed Choir, “Sempre” Women’s Chamber Choir end “Balanssi” Girls’ Choir.

With Sempre and Balanssi he won prizes at the competitions in Tampere-Finland, Cantonigros-Spain, Choral Olympiad in Bremen-Germany, Valetta-Malta, Venice-Italy and Prague.

For the season 2011-2012 he was awarded the title “Conductor of Finland”.

Josu Elberdin – Born in 1976 in Pasaia (Gipuzkoa, Spain), began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Pasaia, Pasaia Musikal, from which he received a degree (2001, 2003) as a teacher of piano and singing. He is also graduated in Social Education by UPV (Universidad del País Vasco) in 1997.
Since 1991, he works as an organist at Nuestra Señora del Carmen de Trintxerpe Church (Pasaia).

Since 2000, he works as a Music teacher at the Musical School of Pasaia, where he teaches Music and Movement, Composing Techniques, Score arrangement, Organ, and Piano, and also conducting and cooperating with several choral or instrumental groups.

Both as a choral singer and as a soloist, he has usually joined groups which have obtained awards and excellent press comments.

Josu Elberdin is mainly well known because of his composing works. He has won several composing awards at the Tolosa Music Contest and Lore jokoak composer Contest in Ondarroa (Bizkaia).
He has been commissioned by prestigious choirs all over the world, and has also set compulsory scores for international choral contests as Tolosako Nazioarteko Abesbatzen Lehiaketa, Antigua Abesbatzen Lehiaketa, Ejea de los Caballeros, San Vicente dela Barqueraor Gran Premio de Canto Coral Nacional (Spain).

He has attended to different workshops as a guest conductor and composer inMadrid,Ciudad Real, Araba and for the Basque Choir Federation.

His music is mainly dedicated to childrens choirs, and is performed as musical stories, some of which are accompanied by orchestra. Though his works are mainly choral, he has also a large production of symphonic works, as well as pop-rock and instrumental. He has worked for great artists as Garikoitz Mendizabal or Kepa Junkera.

Valentina Georgieva is a conductor, music teacher and leader of children’s vocal groups.

She is a graduate of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, where she studied conducting with the Associate Professor Nikola Lipov. She subsequently specialized in choral conducting under professor Liliya Gyuleva at the State Academy of Music”Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia. An active participant in international choral- conducting courses, a member of the Executive Board of the Bulgarian Choral Union and currently a PhD student at the New Bulgarian University – Sofia.

As a conductor of “Chernomorski Zvutsi” mixed choir Valentina Georgieva has taken part in numerous competitions and festivals in Spain, Greece, Macedonia, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Romania and is a prize winner at national and international forums. As a leader of “Chernomorski zvutsi” mixed choir, she has three compact discs released in 1998, 2004 and 2011. Full of inspiration, talent and perseverance and relying upon the tradition, she strives to give the choir a contemporary image in accordance with the trends in choral art worldwide.