CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY Dmitri Bashkirov was born in Tbilisi. He has been a prominent performer since his career was launched as winner of the 1956 Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. Prof. Bashkirov was a student of the legendary Alexander Goldenweiser. He holds a professorship at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. He gives masterclasses and serves as a juror at leading international piano competitions worldwide. Many of his former students are now well-known artists touring the world. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy.