2022 JUDGES

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Hailed as an "Exemplary Leader" by the New York Times for leading members of New York Philharmonic and Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, violinist DANIEL ANDAI has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist in major concert venues in over 50 countries. He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions and soloed with orchestras around the world.

Daniel Andai was concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded multiple Billboard rated SONY Classical CD’s. He has guest conducted, performed as soloist, and held the concertmaster position with the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) since 2010. He has appeared as guest concertmaster with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of New York Philharmonic and Miyazaki Festival Orchestra (Japan), and worked closely with members of major string quartets, symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras from around the world.

Dr. Daniel Andai is Dean of the Music Division at New World School of the Arts (Miami, Florida) where he is the Chief Academic Officer, responsible for operating a music partnership between Miami Dade College, University of Florida, and Miami Dade County Public Schools. He is Artistic Director of Killington Music Festival (Killington, Vermont), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Alhambra Orchestra in Miami. Previously, he served as violin professor and Marialice Shivers Endowed Chair in Fine Arts at University of Texas in Edinburg and served on faculties at Miami-Dade College and New World School of the Arts, in addition to over 30 summer music festivals. During this time, he has worked some of the world’s greatest classical and pop artists.

Daniel Andai is an alumnus of University of Miami (DMA), Manhattan School of Music (PS & MM), Lynn University (BM).

Conductor ENRIQUE DIEMECKE is Artistic General Director of the famed Teato Colón in Buenos Aires, where he began his rise to musical leadership as Music Director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.  He continues at the helm of the Philharmonic an unprecedented 16 years on.  Since February of 2017, Maestro Diemecke has overseen all artistic activities of opera, concerts and ballet in the Teatro Colón.  In October of 2021 he starts his 33rd season as Music Director of the award-winning Flint Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. 

 

Maestro Diemecke has been Music Director of the National Orchestra of Mexico, the Long Beach Symphony, and the Bogota Philharmonic.  Early in his career he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia and Resident Conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  Maestro Diemecke is a frequent guest of orchestras throughout the world, most notably the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, French National Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Orchestre de Paris, Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony, Simón Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, l’Orchestre National de Lorraine, the National Orchestra of Montpellier, the Valladolid Symphony, the ORCAM Madrid, L’Orchestre de Isle de France, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, and Minnesota.

 

An experienced conductor of opera, having served as Music Director of the Bellas Artes Opera from 1984-1990, Maestro Diemecke led more than 20 productions in the storied theater of his native Mexico City.   Maestro Diemecke made his operatic debut at the Teatro Colón in the 2007-2008 season with a new production of Werther, followed by performances of Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre Dame with tenor Roberto Alagna in Montpellier, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon and awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de l'Academie du Disque Lyrique of 2013.  He has most recently led productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 2018 and 2019 respectively, at the Teatro Colón.

 

Enrique Diemecke comes from a large family of classical musicians.  He began to play the violin at the age of six, studying for many years with the legendary violinist Henryk Szeryng.   Diemecke attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and continued his studies with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors on a scholarship granted by Madame Monteux.

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MICHAEL KLOTZ has established an international reputation as a performer and pedagogue of the viola. Klotz made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of 17 and has since then appeared as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra principal worldwide. Michael Klotz joined the Amernet String Quartet in 2002 and has toured and recorded commercially with the ensemble throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Romania, Colombia, Belgium, and Spain. His festival appearances have included Seattle, Newport, Caramoor, ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Mozaic, Great Lakes, Cervantino, Festival Baltimore, Festival Mozaic,Piccolo Spoleto, Sunflower, Martha’s Vineyard, Skaneateles, Virginia Tech Vocal Arts and Music Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Beverly Hills, Music Mountain, Bowdoin, Madeline Island, and Miami Mainly Mozart. Michael Klotz is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double Master’s Degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School. At Juilliard, he was the recipient of the Tokyo Foundation and Gluck Fellowships. His principal teachers and influences include Zvi Zeitlin, Lynn Blakeslee, Lewis Kaplan, Toby Appel, Peter Kamnitzer, and Shmuel Ashkenasi.