Junior Academy Eppan participants 2018

Angelina Kuznetsova, Russia

Born on 25.04.2001 in St.Petersburg, Russia. She is attending the Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory (prof. Darya Ryabova).
Since she was 10 years old she has been taking part in international piano competitions and festivals as for example the Concorso Internazionale “Pozzolino” in Seregno (First Prize). In 2014 Angelina played, as a soloist, the Mozart Concerto No 23 A-dur with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Besides her solo performances she takes also part in chamber music competitions.

Barbara Tataradze, Georgia

Born on 15.03.2003 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is studying at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School (prof. Natalia Natsvlishvili). In 2017 she won the Second Prize in the 5th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar (II category). She has already participated in numerous concerts and played, as a soloist with the Marinsky symphony orchestra in Moscow. Several of her concerts were broadcast by the Mezzo TV channel and TV5 Monde.

Ben Lepetit, Germany

Born on the 22.10.2006 in Chemnitz, Germany. Since he was 8 years old he has been studying at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar (prof. Grigory Gruzman). He is also studying composition. In 2017 he won the Second Prize in the Robert Schumann competition Düsseldorf (category A) and the Third Prize in the international Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar. Ben has already been on several television shows and played numerous concerts for prominent personalities as for example the German Chancellor.

Galina Nikolin, Serbia

Born on the 07.03.2001 in Belgrade, Serbia. She is studying at the University of Music, Belgrad (prof. Vladimir Milosevic). Galina participated succesfully at more than 40 competitions in Serbia and abroad. In the International Competition „Isidor Bajic“ in Novi Sad she won the Third Prize. In 2017 she won the „Pnina Salzman in memory“ prize for the best student of the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel and was semi finalist of the „Vladimir Kreinev“ International Piano Competition in Moscow.

Koki Katsurada, Japan

Born on 15.01.2001 in Hokkaido, Japan. He is attending the Kitami Hokuto High School in Hokkaido and studies piano with Prof. Satoshi Shigematsu (Professor of the Musashino Music College). Koki is first prize winner of the PTNA Piano Competition and the All Japan Student Music Competition. He is Scholarship Student of the Yasuko Fukuda Scholarship Foundation fo young talented pianists. There he had the possibility to attend masterclasses with international renowned pianists as Pascal Roge or Henri Sigridsson.

Philippe Gang, Germany

Born on 28.06.2003 in Berlin, Germany. He is studying at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf (Prof. Yumiko Maruyama). He is prizewinner of various regional and national competitions and participated at the prize winners concert of the International Robert Schumann Competition for Young Pianists in Chongquing, China (2016). Philippe Gang is prize winner of the international Münchner Klavierpodium. In 2017 he won First Prize in the National Bach Competition in Köthen and the top prize „Gold“ in the Schimmel Competition.

Radu Ratering, The Netherlands

Born on 10.08.2004 in Utrecht, The Nederlands. He is studying at the Academy for Musical Talent Utrecht (prof. Marjès Benoist). He is winner of The Royal Concertgebouw Concours 2017 and the National Princess Christina Concours 2017. As a soloist he played at the Lunchconcert Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2016 Radu performed with the Rotterdam Philharmony Orchestra lead by Igor Gruppman. He attended masterclasses with Diane Andersen and Yingdi Sun.

Sarah Tuan, USA

Born on 29.07.2002 in San Jose, California, USA and studies currently under the tutelage of Ning An. She has won numerous top prizes in the state, regional and international competitions and was also a finalist of the Aarhus International Piano Competition in Denmark. Her accolades include First Prize in Los Angeles International Liszt Competition; and First Prize in the 16th San Jose International Piano Competition. She has also participated in masterclasses with renowned artists as Garrick Ohlsson and John Perry.