Jury 2014

Theodora Pavlovitch is a Professor in choral conducting at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music and at Sofia University. In 1986 and 1991 she was as choir-master of the professional Chamber Choir with Bulgarian National TV-choir. Since 1991 she is a conductor of Vassil Arnaoudov Sofia Chamber Choir and since 2005 she is also a permanent conductor of Classic FM Radio Mixed Choir.

Prof. Pavlovitch is a regular member of Juries at international choral competitions, a conductor and a lecturer at music events in 24 European countries, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Argentina. She lead a Masterclass in conducting at the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan. In 2007/2008 she conducted a Session of the World Youth Choir, honoured by UNESCO with the title Artist for Peace, recognizing the WYC’s success as a platform for intercultural dialogue through music. Since 2008 she is a Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), a Chair of the Artistic Committee of the World Youth Choir (since 2010) and has been included in ‘Who is Who in choral music’ – an edition recognized by the international choral community.

AMBROŽ ČOPI (1973) was born in Bovec (Slovenia). Having completed the Secondary Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana he went on to study composition and piano at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and in 1996 graduated in the composition class of Dane Škerl; he completed his post-graduate studies in the class of Uroš Rojko. His compositions received awards at numerous composer competitions. His compositions are included on copyrighted CD’s: Lyrical Aquarelles (by the Academic choir APZ Tone Tomšič, conducted by Stojan Kuret) and Birdies were still dreaming (ČarniCe, conductor Stojan Kuret), as well as on various CDs by national and foreign choirs. His compositions were published by the publishing houses Astrum, DSS, and Sulasol. For his outstanding achievements during his study Ambroz Copi was awarded the Young Musician Award in 1995, in 1997 he won the Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana and was upon merit awarded the Bovec Municipal Award in 1997.
Since 1999 he has been teaching aural, harmony, counterpoint, fundamentals of composition and chamber music at the Art Grammar School in Koper. He also conducts the Youth Mixed Choir of Art Grammar School Koper, the Youth Mixed Choir of Conservatory of Music Ljubljana and the Chamber Orchestra “Vladimir Lovec”.
Already at the time of his study he founded the Chamber Choir Iskra Bovec (1992), which he led and conducted for ten years with great success. In 1998 he took the conductor’s position in the newly founded Nova Gorica Chamber Choir (till 2004) and in the Mixed Choir Obala Koper (till 2007); since 2004 he has been the conductor of the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska. The choirs brought him 12 gold medals from national competitions and 18 first places and several gold awards from competitions in Italia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prague, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Greece, Austria, Spain and USA.
For his interpretations he was awarded several special prizes; he further received prizes for exceptional achievements with the choir, and was selected the best conductor of the competition. In 2009 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Primorska for the achievements with the APZ UP choir. Among his great successes are also his music tours to Iceland, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, England, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As professional adjudicator and member of the competition juries he is regularly invited to various choral events and competitions, and as a lecturer he is involved in choral music seminars at home and abroad.

PhD Valentina Georgieva is a conductor, a music pedagogue, a leader of children’s vocal groups, a president of the Association “Musical world-Balchik”, a creator and artistic director of the International choir festival “Chernomorski zvutsi”.

In 1994 she graduated the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, where she studied conducting with the Associate Professor Nikola Lipov.

In the period 2000-2002 she specialized choral conducting under professor Liliya Gyuleva at the National Academy of Music ”Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia.

Received her PhD in 2013 at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia for the topic “The songs for homogeneous formations by Stefan Dragostinov, recreated for mixed choir” with director of studies professor Elisaveta Valchinova-Chendova DsC.

PhD Valentina Georgieva is an active participant in international choral – conducting courses, a member of jury in national and international festivals, winner of the “Socially active person of the year” in three consecutive years.

As a conductor of “Chernomorski Zvutsi” mixed choir (since 1998) PhD Valentina Georgieva annually has taken part in numerous competitions and festivals in Spain, Greece, Macedonia, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Romania and she is a prize winner at national and international forums.

As a leader of “Chernomorski zvutsi” mixed choir, she has three CDs released in 1998, 2004 and 2011.

Leaning on the tradition of Bulgarian choral performing arts PhD Valentina Georgieva keep the values and build the new history of hundred years old choir “Chernomorski zvutsi” in accordance with the trends in the worldwide choral art.