Kerikeri International Piano Competition

2016 Adjudicators

The KIPC Trustees have appointed three highly respected international pianists and teachers as the jury for the 2016 Competition. They bring a  wealth of competition experience which will be recognised by potential KIPC contestants, their teachers and audiences alike.

It is an honour to be able to welcome such a distinguished panel of musicians to Kerikeri in 2016.

Albert Tiu
Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Singapore

Born in Cebu, Philippines, pianist Albert Tiu has been labelled as "an artist of uncommon abilities" by American Record Guide. His latest recording on Centaur Records, "Nocturnal Fantasies", featuring the music of Chopin and Scriabin, received glowing reviews. In Gramophone, Bryce Morrison described it as "performances where heart and mind unite in a deeply affecting union."

After studying with Nelly Castro in Cebu, Nita Quinto in Manila, John Winther in Hong Kong, and Michael Lewin in Boston, Albert studied with Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School where he received the 1998 William Petschek Award. This resulted in a debut recital in Lincoln Center's Tully Hall. In 1996, he won First Prize in the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a laureate of competitions in Calgary (Honens), Santander (Paloma O'Shea), Helsinki (Maj Lind), Seoul (Han Romanson), and the Web Concert Hall online competition.

Albert Tiu taught in the Juilliard Pre-College Division before moving to Singapore in 2003 where he is now an Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. His students have won many prizes in international competitions, and have been awarded scholarships for graduate studies in major institutions.

Albert Tiu was the sole adjudicator at the Kerikeri National Piano Competition in 2010

Professor Eleanor Wong
Senior Lecturer (Keyboard) / Artist-in-Residence Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Eleanor Wong began her musical studies in Hong Kong with Betty Drown and later at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Frederic Jackson and Max Pirani. After winning the coveted Boise Scholarship, Eleanor studied in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter and later in New York with Artur Balsam.

Winner of the silver medal at the Viotti International Competition, Italy, Professor Wong is recognized as one of the foremost piano pedagogues with many of her pupils winning top prizes in international piano competitions. She has given master-classes in China, Korea , Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, South Africa, England and USA.

She is also a frequent jury member in various international piano competitions and festivals. She will be on the Jury of the Leeds 2015 Competition.

Presently, Professor Wong is an Artist in Residence and Senior Lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also a visiting professor at the Shenzhen School of Arts and Wuhan Music Conservatory, and an honorary professor of the Tianjin Music Conservatory.

Professor Jan Jiracek Von Arnim
Professor of Piano at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Austria

"The marvelous Jan Jiracek von Arnim thrilled the world so greatly when we first heard him and he is continuing his brilliant career both in the United States and abroad." VAN CLIBURN

Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

He won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover (Germany), performing a piano concerto by Mozart. Mr. Jiracek has since performed extensively throughout Europe.

A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), Jan Jiracek von Arnim was one of the winners of the tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA).

A graduate of the UdK Berlin, he studied with Hans Leygraf and has performed in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel and Bruno Leonardo Gelber, among others.

In 2001, Jan Jiracek von Arnim was appointed Professor of Piano at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of that school. His students are regular prizewinners at international Piano Competitions. He gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia and Europe.

He is a frequent juror at international piano competitions, e.g. the Tchaikovsky competition for young musicians, London Piano Competition, Lev Vlassenko Competition Brisbane, Lalla Meryem International Piano Competition Rabat, Paderewski Piano Competition and the Dong-A Piano Competition Seoul.

Mr. Jiracek von Arnim is the Artistic Director of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna and Chairman of the Jury of that competition.

In 2012, he received an Honorary Professorship of the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.