Our Jury

The jury includes world renowned choreographers, vocalists, conductors, musicians, producers, music critics from Spain, France, Italy, China, the USA and other countries. The international jury is formed by the organizer of the competition.

Bernardo Latini

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Bernardo Latini is a composer, choir conductor, and educator. A significant portion of his time is devoted to writing music, with a special focus on choral compositions, whether a cappella or combined with orchestra or ensemble.

Teaching also plays a vital role in Bernardo’s activities. He is a faculty member at the National University of La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina and regularly conducts courses and workshops in Latin America and Europe.

Bernardo pursued studies in Composition and Choral Conducting at the Faculty of Arts of UNLP. He further refined his skills in Composition under the guidance of Maestro Bernat Vivancos at the Escola Superior de Música (ESMUC) in Barcelona, Catalonia, and in Choral Conducting with Maestro Marco Berrini in Milan, Italy.

His compositions and arrangements have received 16 awards in National and International Choral Composition or Arrangement Competitions, and his works have been published by prestigious publishers in Germany, Austria, Catalonia, the United States, and Argentina.

Xavier García Cardona

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He teaches piano, music theory and harmony in Academia Barcelona Concertante and is the main conductor of Cor Tessàlia. García has conducted several choirs and orchestras and has been invited to hold seminars, presentations and workshops for choirs and for different choral meetings, festivals and symposiums, both in Spain as well as in other European countries. He was one of the founders and co-conductors of the Revoice International Vocal Ensemble, a choir of singers from more than 25 nationalities, performing in several countries and important festivals and events around Europe.
As a composer he has achieved national and international success winning different prizes, and his works are performed worldwide. He has been invited as a jury member of choral composition competitions and choir competitions.
García obtained a fellowship to participate in the “Start-Up for young conductors” program at the European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel 2016. He was also involved in the organization of the World Choral Symposium Barcelona 2017 and has been a member of the artistic committee of the Catalan Youth Choirs Association. He is currently an active member of the Spanish Association of choral conductors (AEDCORO).

Peter Broadbent

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Peter Broadbent MBE is the founder conductor of Joyful Company of Singers and one of Britain’s leading choral conductors. He has conducted the London Mozart Players, Divertimenti Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southern Sinfonia, the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Apollo Voices and the BBC Singers, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Engagements outside the UK include concerts with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra & Kodály Chorus in Hungary, a broadcast with the National Chamber Choir in Dublin and a European tour with the World Youth Choir in 2006.

He gives workshops and master classes throughout Europe, and was the first Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors. In 2007 he was presented with the Pro Cultura Hungarica Award by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for his services to Anglo-Hungarian musical relations, and in early 2016 was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.

Peter Broadbent was awarded his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List 2022 for services to music.

Jordi Casas Bayer

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He began his musical studies at the Escolania de Montserrat, and later continued pursuing them in Barcelona, where he also studied Law and Philosophy. He founded the Càrmina Choir and was its conductor for more than fifteen years. He also conducted, for two years, the RTVE Choir. From September of 1988 until 1998 he was the musical director and artistic director of the Orfeó Català. In September of 1990 he formed the Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Música Catalana, which he conducted until July of 2011. He has also been in charge of the Comunidad de Madrid Choir from 2000 until July of 2011. In Madrid, he also developed his work as a choir conductor with the Teatro Real Choir, which regularly collaborated with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, between 2004 and 2008.
He has conducted and prepared around three thousand concerts, having the opportunity to collaborate with the most prestigious of conductors, with a great variety of instrumental ensembles, and, at the same time, cultivating all kinds of genres and styles.
He has taught numerous courses on choir conducting, both in Spain and abroad, and has participated as conductor in Europe’s most prestigious festivals (Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Austria) and also in Israel, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, the USA, Argentina, Brasil, China, Morrocco, and Japan. In the summer of 1997, he conducted the Europa Cantat European Youth Choir.
Recently, he has been conductor, for the second time, of the RTVE Choir from September of 2011 to August of 2013. Regarding choir, he is currently an artist in residence of the l’Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, and he assiduously collaborates with the Scherzo Female Chamber Choir as guest conductor.

Susanna Polzoni

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Musician, director,
conductor specializing in Jazz music. She directs choral ensembles of adults, boys and children. She is currently the director of the gospel choir Omaigod. She has a big experience in composition, piano, percussions, violin.

Valérie Beney

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Opera singer,
graduate of the Switzerland vocal school, soprano with extensive experience in solo performances in various opera productions in Europe, regularly performing on the stage of the Vienna’s Opera. She has a large repertory and is often asked to interpret the contemporary repertoire

Roberto Lori

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Choreographer,
profesor, artist of opera and ballet. Author of choreography of many performances in different countries. Head of many master-classes and workshops. Member of jury of popular international competitions.

Bryan Husband

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Singer, actor,
teacher and music examiner. He has performed in Musicals and in Opera Houses around the UK and abroad, and made many appearances on tv, radio, and recordings. He is a tenor, having sung with Luciano Pavarotti.

Moisès Sala

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Pianist, musician,
the creator of one of the best choirs in Spain ‘The Gospel Viu Choir’ with an amount of 90 participants. He teaches on courses of musical creativity at the departments based on at the universities of Barcelona and Girona.

Marina Caro

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A singer,
solo artist and composer, Representative of the modern Spanish show-business in Barcelona. Her songs are in rotation on the most popular radio in Spain and are included in the top 40 songs according to Radio los 40 Principales.

Daniel Candelas

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Choreographer.
His creative career began 20 years ago, since then it has successfully toured in France, Romania, the USA, Holland, Australia. In the years 2013 -2015, he was director of the show “La Siesta”.

Roberta Fontana

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Roberta Fontana is a renowned Modern dance teacher known for her distinctive style, passion, and energy. With over 35 years of experience in the world of dance, she has become one of the most sought-after teachers globally. She shares her expertise and love for dance with professionals and students alike across Europe, America, and Asia.

Mackenzie Crosley

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Artist, teacher,
choreographer,
The CEO & Co-Founder of Soul de Soul Dance Convention. She is the Artistic Director for her Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, GEOMETRY. She is a proud member of CID and has had the privilege of teaching throughout the United States, Europe, Greece and New Zealand.

Montserrat Marti

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Musician, soprano,
educated at the Conservatory at Gran Teatre of Liceo in Barcelona. The first soprano and the choir soloist of the Gran Theatre of Liceo in Barcelona. Soloist of the orchestra «La principal de la Bisbal» and «La Orquesta Maravella».

Javier Rica Godoy

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Dancer of Salsa,
Tango, Flamenco, world-famous choreographer and professor, director of the Latin Jam and UDS schools in LLoret de Mar y Malgrat de Mar.
Champion of Catalonia in Salsa, champion of Spain, presente of Spain on the world competition in Orlanda in 2007.

Marcos Martinez

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He is an experienced instructor of hip hop at various dance conferences and events across Europe, including Rome, Portugal, Germany and more. His experience and knowledge of hip hop dance has made him a highly demanded dance tutor and a favorite teacher among his students. With his passion for the art and outstanding teaching skills, Marcos Martinez is the perfect choice for those who want to learn from the best in the field. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced dancer, you can be sure that Marcos will help you develop your skills, improve your technique and reach your full potential as a hip hop dancer.

Anna Ishii

Anna Ishii
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Principal Dancer, Founding Member of the Ballet de Barcelona,
Choreographer.

Anna, hailing from Japan, began dancing at the age of five at the Yamada Ballet Studio in her hometown. She graduated from the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and later joined the Tokyo City Ballet. After five years with the Tokyo City Ballet, Anna joined the Ballet de Catalunya, where she now serves as an assistant artistic director, principal dancer, and resident choreographer under Chase Johnsey’s leadership.

Anna is a founding member of the Ballet de Barcelona and has portrayed various principal roles with the company. She choreographed “Peter and the Wolf” for the trainee program of Ballet de Barcelona, performed annually. Anna also co-choreographed the second act of “Swan Lake” with Chase Johnsey, featured in multiple Catalunya theaters.

Anna’s choreographic impact extends to the production “Perspective,” which was performed at the Festival Castell de Peralada in 2021. She has coached many dancers throughout her career and conducted master classes worldwide.

Dr. John Hooper

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Professor Emeritus at Concordia University of Edmonton Dr. John Hooper served as Professor and Director of the School of Music. In addition to conducting several choral and handbell ensembles, he taught conducting, choral technique, theory and aural skills, among others. For his work there, he was recently honoured with the 2022 Con Spirito Award by Choir Alberta.

Currently, he is the musical director of Island Voices, an auditioned, mixed chamber choir based in Courtenay/Campbell River on B.C.’s Vancouver Island.

Most recently he served as an examiner for the London College of Music through the University of West London. His work has taken him throughout southeast and south-central Asia as well as Africa and the Middle East. He has served as an evaluator and adjudicator for the Singapore Youth Festival, the Indonesia University Sacred Choral Festival Pesparawi, A Voyage of Songs (Thailand), the North Sumatra International Choral Competition (Indonesia), the City of Hobart (Australia) Eisteddfod, the Hong Kong Handbell Olympics, the Handbells Asia Festival in Malaysia, and several local festivals throughout Alberta.

He has also developed and led professional development seminars in foundational conducting, a guide to rehearsal, expressive musicianship, and techniques for voice and handbells.
His academic focus is on conducting and pedagogy, resulted in a set of three videos, The Art & Work of Choir, designed for the novice choir director, which are regularly broadcast on ACCESS-TV. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Music Alberta Magazine, ACF’s Quires, the Canadian Lutheran, the Manitoba Music Educator, and the ACDA Choral Journal.

He earned his D.M.A. in choral music from Arizona State University as well as degrees in theory and composition from A.S.U. and James Madison University in Virginia. Dr. Hooper furthered his studies under Dr. Richard Sparks, Maestro Frieder Bernius, Maestro Peter Phillips, and Dr. René Clausen through grants from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund.

You can learn more about Dr. John Hooper’s area on the official website. jhooper.ca

Mario Mariani

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Pianist and composer.
He is the author of all the soundtracks for the films Vittorio Moroni and Matteo Pellegrini. Since 2016 he is the artistic director of the piano academy. Supporter of awareness of musical thought and the ability of imagination.

Josep Busquets i Fuentes

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Composer, teacher
and music arranger who has worked for many prestigious music schools in Catalonia. His music has appeared on television and has been performed in theatres in Barcelona and Madrid. He is the Director and teacher in two Music schools.

Joan Casas

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Pianist,
composer and conductor of symphony orchestras, choir conductor, arranger and music critic. Composer for the symphonic orchestra of Barcelona. The Winner of the National Prize among Catalonia.

Joan Carles Capdevila Torné

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Arranger, composer,
singer, member of groups “a capella” and instrumentalist. He works in advertising, dubbing, and teaches in the field of Musical Theater. He has collaborated with several artists and made recordings for films of the Disney and Warner Bros companies.

Josep Soto

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Musician and composer.
Soloist of the musical instrumental ensemble «Quintet». Winner of the most important musical festivals. Grammy nominee and Naras Grammy in 2003 for the best work in “Latino Flamenco”.
CEO and founder of the music school in Lloret de Mar Sis Cordes.

Josep Prats

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Lecturer
at the Theatre Institute and the Liceu Conservatory, associate director of the Spanish Radio Television Choir and guest director of many choirs (like Escolania de Montserrat). He is the holder of the Cantiga Coral (Barcelona) and the Tarragona City Choir (Tarragona).

Darina Kudlaeva

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World Champion
in Contemporary Dance. President of the Latvian Section of the World Art Association WAPA. Certified author of her own method. Choreographer and founder of the DK Dance Theater. Author of international trainings for choreographers.

Peter Bence

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Pianist, World Record
Holder.One of the most innovative, and unbreakable musicians of our time, he is highly motivated by a powerful spirit of creativity and an infinite musical imagination. Substantial pianist, composer, songwriter, arranger, producer and sound designer.

Kanga Valls

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Coreographer,
dancer, recursor of urban dance style in Europe. He studied in the Best hip-hop skhools in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and Paris. Winner of 3 nationals championships, “Nike Rockstar Workout” and TV-program “Kulbik”. Worked with Nike and Reebok

Paco Moreno

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Actor,
professor of acting at the school of the municipal theater of Lloret de Mar.
Works in television, film industry and theater.
At the present time tests premieres of the several famous movies such as “El cuerpo”, “Pelayos” and «Who killed a Bambi?».

José Mª Santamaria

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Choreograph, Art Director.
He has danced in Theatersommer Netzeband, the Staatstheater Schwerin (Germany), the Gran Teatro del Liceo, the Teatro Real and the Berlioz Opera. In 2008 he created his own company. Artistic Director of the Baix Montseny Dance Competition

Elena Snidero

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Choreographer.
Along with Maestro Carlos Gachcho, Maestro Ranko Yokoyama has traveled the world with a grand concert show Programs. At the moment, he continues to teach at the ballet school Cenacolo Arabesque.

Laura Mungherly

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The founder
and director of the a.s.d.c CENTER STAGE since 2007. Graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Member of the regional Dance League Council. She has directed more than 20 shows and countless exhibitions and events for the city and beyond.

Nikoloz Kherkhadze

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Teacher of the history of Georgian choreography, holder of the Order of Honor, founder and director of Georgian choreography ensemble “Lile” at the Union of the Deaf of Georgia and main choreographer at Sukhishvili dance studio.


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