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Gordon Back, Artistic Director

Pre-Selection Jury 2016

Artistic Director Gordon Back – Internationally acclaimed pianist, recording artist, juror and Artistic Advisor of the Hattori Foundation and since 2013 Artistic Director of the Gower Festival. Gordon was one of the youngest ever appointed professors to join the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music (London). He has performed and recorded with Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Aaron Rosand, Josef Suk, Maxim Vengerov, Leonidas Kavakos and Sarah Chang. He became Director of the Menuhin Competition in 2004

Emeritus Chairman of the Jury Erich Gruenberg OBE – Austrian-born British violinist and teacher. Erich has been a leader of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Gruenberg is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has participated as a music competition juror many times. In recognition of his continuing services to music, Erich was awarded an OBE in 1994

Head of Young Talents at Barratt Duet Institute Oslo Alf Richard Kraggerud – Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of the most successful and respected violin teachers in Scandinavia. Several of his students presently enjoy extensive careers, performing with major orchestras, participating in prestigious festivals, as well as appearing frequently in the media. In 1999 he assumed responsibilities for the talent section (pre-school) of the Barratt Due Institute of Music, an institution at the international forefront of musical education