JUDGES

Meet the Panels of world class musicians

Mark Berman
piano / Jazz
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Mark Berman

An internationally renowned pianist, composer and arranger, Mark Berman has written music for, and played and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Phoebe Snow, Gladys Knight, Carole King, and others. He is on-camera bandleader and conductor for season 3 of the Emmy Award-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Berman writes and produces music for television and film, and is a powerful presence on Broadway, conducting orchestras and playing lead piano and keyboards. His first violin concerto will premiere in 2022.

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Pierre Beaudry
guitar / Baroque
David Coleman
trumpet

Coleman has taught and performed nationally and internationally for nearly 4 decades as a solo, chamber, commercial and orchestral musician. His career has taken him from Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall, from Seattle to Sarajevo, and from the mountains of West Virginia to the glaciers of Iceland, premiering new works by major composers and garnering numerous accolades.

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From International to Virtual Concert Halls, Award-winning Australian pianist Ka Long (Chris) Au is always passionate and dedicated to bringing the gift of music to your ears through refinement and sincere communication

Whilst studying at the Colburn School and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, he was privileged to work with artists such as John Perry, David Louie, Ory Shihor, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, and Robert McDonald

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Soo Bae
cello
Jong-hun Bae
conductor
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Conducted throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, Jong-hun Bae is renowned for his excellence in breathing new life into the traditional repertoire, presenting new works by living composers, and charismatic state presence. To see full bio open here

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Michał Szostak
organ
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Award winning pianist Donna Weng Friedman enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, producer, curator and app developer.   Her new EP Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, featuring exclusively AAPI/BIPOC artists, aims to promote understanding and tolerance and combat racism, with all proceeds donated to supporting the AAPI community.

In collaboration with WQXR, Ms. Weng Friedman created and produced Heritage and Harmony, a virtual concert video series in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.  She is the co-creator and co-host of HER/MUSIC;HER/STORY, a mini-series on WQXR as well as a concert series that shines a light on women composers, past and present

Peter Askim
conductor
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