JUDGES FOR THE 66TH WIDEMAN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Alon Goldstein, the 1996 Wideman Gold Medalist, is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles and Radio France Orchestra. He played under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Peter Oundjian, Yoel Levi, Yoav Talmi, Leon Fleisher and others.
Jeffrey Rink has been guest conductor on three continents including Mexico, Japan, Manila, Switzerland, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. Recipient of the 2005 Jacopo Peri Award, he was appointed in 2007 as the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Music at Northwest Florida State College and Music Director of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Rink had an eighteen-year tenure as Music Director of the Chorus pro Musica, and thirteen-year tenure as Music Director of the Newton Symphony Orchestra. He also was Director of Orchestral activities at the Longy School, and completed sixteen seasons as Music Director of Concert Opera Boston. During Rink's eight year directorship of the New England Philharmonic, the orchestra was nationally recognized in three of eight seasons by ASCAP for its adventuresome programming and commitment to new music, having played over twenty premiers. He served as a cover
conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra assisting James Levine, James Conlon, Hans Graf, Robert Spano, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Sir Colin Davis and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. In the spring of 2016, Rink will again lead the Teatro Lirico Europa as well as the Tokyo Amadeus Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony.
Al Mouledous, a student of Cecile Genhart, Walter Gieseking and Alfred Cortot, has been Professor of Piano at the Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, for 46 years. A soloist chamber musician, Mouledous has performed throughout the United States and collaborated performing concerti with conductors Solti, Leinsdorf, Hanson, Mata, Paray, Kletzki and Johanos. He recorded for Mercury and Envoy records.
Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hal. Her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty states in America. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes and has been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes. She is professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music.
The Finals of the 2016 Wideman International Piano Competition were held with the Shreveport Symphony in January of 2017. Alon Goldstein, Al Mouledous, John Perry, Jeffrey Rink and Nelita True were the judges for the first two rounds of the Competition and selected the semi-finalists and the finalists. The finals in January were judged by Al Mouledous and John Perry who were joined by Stanislav Ioudenitch.
John Perry, distinguished artist and teacher, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Cecile Genhart. During those summers, he worked with the eminent Frank Mannheimer. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, he continued studies in Europe for four years where he worked with Wladyslav Kedra, Polish concert artist and professor at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna, and Carlo Zecchi, renowned conductor, pianist, and head of the piano department at the Santa Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome. Mr. Perry is professor at the Glenn Gould School of the oyal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, professor of piano at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, visiting artist faculty at Boston University, and Professor Emeritus of the USC Thornton School of Music.
Stanislav Ioudenitch has garnered notable successes in music competitions including the gold medal at the XI Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. He had previously won the Gold Medal in the 1998 Wideman International Piano Competition.
Ioudenitch has collaborated with a wide range of international conductors including James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Spivakov, Günther Herbig, Pavel Kogan, James DePreist, Michael Stern, Stefan Sanderling, Carl St. Clair, and Justus Frantz, and with such orchestras as the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., Munich Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Fort Worth Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. He has also performed with the Takács, Prazák, and Borromeo String Quartets and is a founding member of the Park Piano Trio.
In addition to concert performances, Ioudenitch has held a lifelong passion for teaching.
Ioudenitch teaches and serves as artistic director at the International Center for Music, Park University. Abroad, Ioudenitch is on the faculty of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and is director of the Lake Como Summer Piano School. He is also Professor of Piano at Oberlin Conservatory.