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16th "Gheorghe Dima" International Music Competition
July 9th - July 15th 2017 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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President of the Juries

Răzvan Cosmin Poptean (Romania)

Born in Satu-Mare in 1982, Răzvan Cosmin Poptean is currently a university lecturer at the Music Academy ”Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj.

He graduated in 2000 “Aurel Popp” Music High School in Satu Mare, having had Ioan Butuza as his clarinet teacher. In 2005 he graduated the BA programme at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca and in 2007 he finished his MA in prof. Ioan Goilă’s class. It is worth mentioning the major contribution of prof. Francisc Lászlo’s courses on his development as a performer, as well as a teacher.

He was principal clarinetist in the “Clasica” youth orchestra in Cluj-Napoca and since 2008, was the principal clarinetist of Romania’s National Youth Orchestra. In 2013 he became a member of the Transylvanian State Philharmonic Orchestra and since 2014 he is principal clarinetist of the Romanian Symphony Orchestra founded by Cristian Mandeal and Marin Cazacu.

He won numerous awards at national music competitions in 1998, 1999 and 2000, at the Clarinet Fest competition in Cluj-Napoca in 2001, and at the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Bucharest, in two consecutive editions, 2006 and 2008.

As an orchestra member, played in great concert-halls and festivals around the world with renowed artists, such as Cristian Mandeal, Kristjan Järvi, Lawrence Foster, Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Plamena Mangova, Bogdan Băcanu, Amanda Forsyth, Valentina Naforniță, George Petean, Wave Quartet, Peter Sadlo, Emmanuel Séjourné, Aleksey Semenenko, Anna Tifu or Andrei Ioniță.

Since 1997, Răzvan Cosmin Poptean has constantly performed on various philharmonic stages and music festivals in Romania and abroad. His repertoire ranges from the well-known Mozart concert, to 20th Century composers such as A. Copland or W. Lutosławski.



Seiya Ueno (Japan) - CHAIRMAN

Grand-Prix winner of the 2008 Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition
Flutist of the new generation with true talent and virtuosity. 

Born in Tokyo in 1989, Seiya Ueno had started playing the flute at the age of 9, and begins his professional studies in flute at the age of 12. After graduating Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Music and Fine Arts in 2008, Seiya was accepted to enter the Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts. In 2009, Seiya went to France and enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

He has studied with Yuko Yamada, Megumi Horie, Sabine Seyfert, Kazuo Tachikawa, Chang-Kook Kim, Philippe Bernold, Vincent Lucas, Sophie Cherrier and Andrea Lieberknecht.

Mr. Ueno has won numerous prizes including the first prize at the 13th Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition, first prize at the 59th Student Music Competition of Japan, first prize at the 5th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, first prize at the 5th Osaka International Music Competition, the second prize at the 79th Music Competition of Japan, and the first prize in the 8th Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition. He has received special awards from the Matsukata Hall Music Award and the Suginami Prefecture of Tokyo for Cultural Achievements.

Loïc Schneider (France)

If Mozart sometimes admitted to not having a particular attraction for the flute (…..) it‘s no doubt that he had never listened to the enchanting accents of Loïc Schneider… ("Le Journal de Saône et Loire" 23/10/2009)

Applauded by the press, Loïc Schneider has also received the plebiscite of his most distinguished elders in international competitions of high prestige. Laureate of the Rampal Competition (2005) and of the Kobe Competition (2009 ), he has also won  first prizes in 2006 at Beijing at the Nicolet Competition, in 2007 at the Larrieu Competition at Nice and finally at the renowned ARD Competition in Munich in 2010. In Munich he was additionally acclaimed by the public, who awarded him an Audience Prize for the ease of his technique and the quality of his interpretation.

Born in 1981 in Strasbourg, Mr Schneider studied flute at the music school (CNR) of his native town with Christine Turellier, Philippe Jolivet and Sandrine François. He later continued studies with Claude Lefèbre at the CNR of Paris before beginning, as the very first one nominated, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Sophie Cherrier. Before his studies were complete, he had earned a first prize and obtained the position of 1st solo flutist at the National Orchestra of Lorraine at Metz. He occupied this post from 2004 to 2009. He was then nominated 1st solo flutist of the Swiss Romande Orchestra at Geneva by Maestro Marek Janowski.

Sébastian Jacot (Switzerland)

Born in Geneva, Sébastian Jacot started playing the flute at age eight. He studied with Isabelle Giraud and at age fifteen he was accepted into the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève in Prof. Jacques Zoon's class. There he studied until 2010 when he obtained his Master of Pedagogy and Master of Specialized Interpretation both with Distinction.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr Jacot was Assistant Principal Flute under Maestro Edo de Waart at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2008 he has served as Principal Flutist at the Saito Kinen Festival under Maestro Seiji Osawa, and was Solo Flutist at the Contrechamps Ensemble in Geneva from 2010 until 2015.

Sébastian is now Solo Flutist at the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.

He has been invited as principal flute in orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Mozart Orchestra in Bologna under Maestro Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Diego Matheuz, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra and is a regular player with the Munich Chamber Orchestra with whom he also plays as a soloist as he also does with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie and the Osnabrück Theater.

Sébastian regularly plays recitals, gives Masterclasses  and being the eldest brother of six musician siblings, he  is also very interested in chamber music. He has played and taught at festivals all over the world, notably in Switzerland, France, Japan, Taïwan, Singapour and Australia.

Mr Jacot has received many prizes among which the First prize and Audience prize at the famous Kobe International Flute Competition in 2013, the First prize and Best Interpretation of Contemporary creation at the 2014 Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition and also the First prize at the Munich ARD Music Competition in 2015.

Mr Jacot plays one of very few cocus wooden Haynes made in 1999, a 14k custom made golden Parmenon and a silver Miyasawa generously given by the President of the Arts Global, Heather de Haes.

Cristina Bojin (Germany)

Cristina Bojin was borne 1981 in Romania in a family with musical tradition. Both her parents are professional flute players. After initially studying piano for seven years, Cristina started taking flute lessons with her father at the age fourteen. From 2000 to 2006, she was studying flute at the class of  Prof. Jean-Claude Gérard at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. She also participated in master classes with Paul Meisen, Aurèl Nicolet, Davide Formisano and Andrea Lieberknecht.

During her studies in Germany, Cristina was a member of the chamber music organization "Villa Musica” in Mainz and participated in various competitions and festivals such as the 2001 "Prague Spring Festival” and the 1998 and 2003 "Jeunesses Musicales” (2nd and 3rd prize), among other. Cristina also won first prizes in various flute competitions in Romania. In 2006 she was awarded the "Melos” Romanian Music Prize for the best Mozart interpretation of the year.

Cristina Bojin cultivates an active soloist and chamber musician career. She performs regularly with orchestras in Germany, Austria, Italy, Thailand, South Corea and Romania (George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest, the orchestras of Timisoara, Sibiu, Oradea among others) and was playing with conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Misha Katz, Serge Zehnacker, Walter Gugerbauer, Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu. Her concerts were often radio broadcasted nationally in Romania and Germany.

Between 2004 and 2006, Cristina was Principal Flute of the Opera House in Pforzheim and member of "Junge Oper” Ensemble of the Opera House in Stuttgart. Between 2006 and 2010 she was Principal Flute of the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.

Liliana Manoleasa Cadar (Romania)

Liliana Cadar-Manoleasa graduated the Class of Prof.univ. Gavril Costea at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in 2000, with following Masters and PhD at the same institution. She perfected her skills with Aurèle Nicolet (Germany) and Pierre Yes Artaud (France). Between 1998 and 2009 Liliana was a member of the “Transilvania” Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca; right after her graduation in 2000 began her teaching career at her alma mater - “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy.

With a remarkable artistic activity, including numerous recitals both in Romania and also on various european stages (Hungary, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain etc), many concerts as a soloist with renowned orchestras, prizes and awards in national and international competitions, tours in Europe and the United States, national and internationals festivals, radio and TV recordings and not the least first auditions of pieces from the Romanian and universal repertoire, Liliana Cadar-Manoleasa - the flute player - maintains a harmonious balance with her teaching career, employing all her talent and knowledge in guiding her young students in the discovery of the flute’s secrets. She is the creative and managing force behind the “Il Gardellino” Flute Ensemble of the Music Academy, the first and only of its kind in Romania, with an extensive list of concerts and activities.


Tibor Reman (Germany) - CHAIRMAN

The Romanian-Hungarian clarinetist Tibor Reman was born in 1981. He studied at the "Gh.Dima" Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania,later at the "Fr. Liszt" Music University in Budapest, Hungary and at the Universität der Künste Berlin. His professors were György László,Ioan Goilă,Zsolt Szatmáry and Francois Benda.

During his musical studies he was prizewinner at several international competitions,such as: "Jeunesses Musicales" International Clarinet Competition Bucharest,"Wiener Classic Prize" International Woodwind Competition in Austria, Yamaha Germany Woodwind Competition Mannheim,etc..

He also won the scholarschip for the Orchestra-Academy of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra. Starting this period he plays on the german clarinet system.

He started his orchestral carreer as an assistant principal clarinetist in the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He continued as an assistant principal clarinet at the State Opera in Hannover, Germany. He was principal clarinetist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and starting 2010 he holds the prestigious principal-clarinet position of the Berlin State Opera (Staatskapelle Berlin).

With his orchestra he plays in the greatest concert-halls and festivals of the world under the baton of famous conductors like Daniel Barenboim,(chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Berlin),Simon Rattle,Zubin Mehta,Andris Nelsons,Gustavo Dudamel,etc. and he can be heard as principal clarinetist on recordings for CD-labels such as Deutche Grammophon and Decca.

Tibor Reman playes regularly chamber music with internationally renowned musicians and with soloists of leading german symphony orchestras. Highlights of his concert-carreer were duo and trio concerts together with Daniel Barenboim as part of the "Barenboim-Cycles" in the Schiller-Theater Berlin.

Tibor Reman teaches clarinet at the Universität der Künste Berlin and is mentor of the Orchestra-Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin.

He currently lives in Berlin with his wife, the Romanian-Hungarian violinist, Marta Murvai.

Valentin Uryupin (Russia)

Valentin Uryupin is the most acclaimed and successful Russian clarinet player.

Valentin was born in 1985 in Lozovaja (Kharkiv region, Ukraine). He studied at the Central Music School and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His teachers included prof. Evgeny Petrov (clarinet) and illustrious Russian conductor - prof. Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Mr. Uryupin participated in master classes with Charles Neidich, Jacques Di Donato, Nicholas Balder, Roman Guillot, Michel Leteka (clarinet)

Valentin Uryupin is the prize-winner of 21 international clarinet competition in Belgium, Italy, Finland, China, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Russia.

Since 2007, Valentin Uryupin has been an artistic director and conductor of the Arpeggione chamber orchestra (Moscow) and from 2011, he is a guest conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus and principal conductor of the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Spyros Mourikis (Greece)

Spyros Mourikis´ international reputation started when he won the first Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense in 1997. He was also at the same time awarded both the Orchestra’s Prize and the Audience Prize. Born in 1974, Spyros Mourikis studied with Chr. Farantatos and got his Diploma with the Gold Prize at the Athens Conservatory in 1992. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory with Michel Arrignon and Maurice Bourgue, graduating with the first Prize in 1995.
As a soloist he regularly performs with all the orchestras in Greece and has given concerts with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, the European Union Wind Ensemble, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aarthus Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of South – West Germany.
He is solo clarinetist at the Athens State Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado. He has recorded for the Greek, the French and the Danish Radio.
He is today the professor of clarinet at the Athens Conservatory.

Flavius Trif (Romania)

Trif Flavius Dan, PhD (born in 1971) is currently a university lecturer at the Music Academy ”Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj.

Besides teaching, he is a member of the group ”Ars Nova”, the chorus ”Antifonia”, founding member of „Pro Musica Nova”,  leader of the clarinet section in the”Antonin Ciolan” orchestra at the ”Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, and has performed a series of recitals and concerts both in Romania (Cluj, Bucharest, Bistriţa, Piatra Neamţ) and abroad (Budapest, Munchen, Paris, Amsterdam, Bruxelles etc.).

He participated in many music competition, both as contestant and as a member of the jury in woodwind music competitions in Cluj (2007), Bacău (2008), Botoșani (2002), Brașov (2003), Piatra Neamţ (2012, 2013) etc.

Damien Bachmann (Switzerland)

Born in 1991, Damien Bachmann is a swiss clarinetist.

Winner of the « 15th International Gheorghe Dima Clarinet Competition » in 2015.

Damien Bachmann is one of the most promising clarinetist of his generation. He studied with the internationally renowned soloist François Benda in Basel, Paolo Beltramini in Lucerne, Harri Mäki at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Michel Westphal in Geneva. As a source of inspiration he took part in master classes with Andreas Sunden, Thomas Friedli, Wenzel Fuchs, Bernhard Röthlisberger and Lorenzo Coppola.

From an early age, Damien Bachmann received many prizes and special awards in several national and international competitions include the 1st prize and two special prizes of the « 15th Gheorghe Dima Clarinet Competition » in 2015, the 1st prize of the « 1st Béla Kovács International clarinet competition », the 1st prize of the « 38th Concours National d’Exécution Musicale » in Switzerland, the 1st prize and the special Public Award of the « 10th Concours National du Jura », the 3rd prize of the « 10th Concorso internazionale per clarinetto di Carlino », the 3rd prize of the « 1st Czech Clarinet Art Competition ». He’s supported by the « Friedl-Wald » Foundation, the «

Marescotti » Foundation and received in 2013 in Zürich the Prize of the « Pour-cent culturel Migros ». He’s first prize winner 2014 of the Evamaria Schenk Stiftung from Zofingen (CH). In June 2015, he won the highest chamber music prize of the Dienemann Music Foundation in Lucerne (CH) and in 2016 he won the prestigious « Basler Förderpreis » (1st prize) of the BOG Foundation in Basel (CH).

He often plays in chamber music with the greatest artists from his generation in importants festivals and on these occasions to be broadcasted on the swiss radio. He is frequently invited to perform in China, Germany, South Africa, Italy, France. He plays as soloist with the Zürcher Kammerorchester in the Zürich Tonhalle, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, the Argovia Philarmonic, the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Suisse Romande.

Damien Bachmann is member of the Berner Symphonie Orchester for the season 2016-2017 and plays as guest in the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana or in the Basel Symphonie Orchester.

Damien Bachmann is artistic director of the « Puplinge Classique Festival » in Geneva since he created it in 2010.