Sumy, October 5-10th, 2019
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Yuri Didenko (Russia)

Associate Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko, Associate Professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory has performed solo recitals and collaborated with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Austria.

Mr. Didenko is a winner and prizewinner of numerous competitions in Great Britain, Italy, USA, Belgium. In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award “For Special Achievements in Culture”.

Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. In his class many talented students who are winners of various international competitions.

Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works. He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio.

Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan, UAE, Germany, Spain, Malta, Italy, USA, South Korea, and China. He gives master classes for children and students. Such communication with the growing generation of young musicians allows him to select for his class of talented students.
He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions in  various categories, from children to adults (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Malta, Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey, Spain, Israel.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmaninov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation. In 2014 he was appointed a Vice-president of the International Rachmaninov society (Germany). Yuri Didenko is also the organizer of the Rachmaninoff competition in Moscow.

Natalia Gorezkaya (Ukraine)


Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, candidate of pedagogical sciences, professor of the special piano department I. P.Kotlyarevsky  Kharkiv National University of Arts.

In 1971, Natalya Gorezkaya entered Odessa State Antonina Nezhdanova Conservatoire where she studied under Professor Ludmila Ginzburg. Continued her studies at Kharkov Institute of Arts under the guidance of Professor Natalia Melnikova. After graduation from Kharkov Institute, she followed the postgraduate course at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under the guidance of Professor Dmitri Bashkirov. She took part in many national and international festivals as a member of piano duets and ensemble player. Among her students, there are prize-winners of regional, national and international piano competitions and festivals. Natalia Gorezkaya served as a jury member in numerous piano and ensemble competitions. She gives master classes and takes part in summer courses. She is a member of Ukrainian Artist Society.

Krystian Tkaczewski (Poland)


Hailed as “Polish Virtuoso,” Krystian Tkaczewski is pursuing his splendid piano career in USA, Asia and Europe. He had his triumph in having Carnegie Hall Debut in April 2007. Anthony Aibel (critic of New York Concert Review) wrote among others: Tkaczewski was elegant, showed in-depth knowledge, played with passion, showed power-house technic. Reading of Rachmaninov and of Prokofiev was excellent. Szymanowski was exquisitely shaped, showing lovely shadings and contrasts of dynamics. He showed devotion and natural affinity for music of his homeland. Krystian Tkaczewski was born in 1980 in Tarnów, Poland. In 2000 Krystian became a student of Olga Rusina at the Academy of Music in Wroc³aw, from which he graduated in 2004 with a Master of Arts degree. In 2007 Krystian received a graduate diploma. In 2014, Krystian Tkaczewski received Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford in the studio of professor Oxana Yablonskaya. Krystian was also awarded The Honor Regents Award, for the best graduating doctoral candidate of the Hartt School and prestigious induction to Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.

Krystian has been a laureate of over 25 international piano competitions in such countries as: Greece (Athens), Italy, Spain (Madrid), Macedonia, Czech Republic and USA (i.e. Iturbi, Artists International, Bradshaw and Buono, 5 Towns, Joyce Dutka, American Protégé, Web Concert Hall).

Dr. Krystian Tkaczewski was invited to take part in various festivals and recitals.

Krystian has concertized on five continents and 30 countries: USA, Canada, Panama, Mexico, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Phillipines, Vietnam, Syria, Jordan, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Australia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Andorra, Hungary and Macedonia.He featured with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi, Tarnów Chamber Orchestra and the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra, conducted by E. Cumming, £. Borowicz, Z. Graca, M. Gawroñski, K. Górski, M. Kolaska, A. Mackiewicz.Krystian is also highly regarded as the clinician, serving as a guest artist to the Universities and as the lecturer of many master classes in such countries as: USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, China and Poland.His unique presentation on the interpretation of Chopin’s Mazurkas attracted numerous music Institutions around the world. Krystian Tkaczewski is an active member of the Society of Polish Musical Artists SPAM since 2004. Krystian is a founder and artistic director of Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford and the artistic director of Connecticut Chopin Foundation. Krystian Tkaczewski became a new artistic director of International Chopin Festival “Lato z Chopinem”, as nominated by deceased Barbara Hesse- Bukowska. Krystian has been also a founder and artistic director of Paderewski International Piano Competition to start in October 2016 and Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition in Busko-Zdroj. Also in 2016, Krystian launched the new festival and masterclasses in his hometown Tarnow –Ambassador of Tarnow Maestro Krystian Tkaczewski and his guests. The newest project founded by maestro Krystian Tkaczewski is "Future Stars International Piano Competition".

Dr. Tkaczewski has received the prestigious “Extraordinary Ability in Arts” permanent residency in United States of America as one of a small percentage of those who have risen to the top in their field of endeavor.



Venera Salakhidinova (Russia)

is the Head of Piano Department of the Gnessin Music State College and the Head of Piano Division of the Gnessin Russian Academy’s music school.

In 1982 she graduated from Gnessin’s Music State College as a student of Honored Art Worker Of Russia, Rimma Alexandrovna Dieva. She continued her musical education at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music under the tutelage of professor Valentina Evgenievna Zvereva.

Since 1995, Venera has been a teacher at the Gnessin State Musical College; in 2010 she accepted the position of the Head of the Piano Department in Gnessin’s RAM Music school.

Venera has been a jury president and a member of more than 40 children’s and junior piano music festivals, like: “Days of Beethoven in Moscow”, Junior Moscow piano competition “Steps to mastery”, the Open Junior piano and violin festival-competition of Gnessin Regional Open Junior competition of Okhotina, Music and Art festival “Island of Joy”, “Moscow Junior Delphic games”, All-Russian competition “Crystal Tuning-fork” and many others.

Repeatedly participated in the work of art schools for gifted children: Summer art school in Togliatti (2002), the Art school in Ryazan music college (2003), “Master class in Kineshma city” (2008, 2009).

Venera gives lectures and hosts master classes for teachers of Music schools and schools of Art in Moscow, Lyubertsy, Reutov, Mytischi, Krasnogorsk, Vidnoe, Podolsk, Klimovsk, Odintsovo, Tver  and other cities of Russia.

In 2010, Venera organized an annual festival for students of children’s music schools of Moscow and Moscow Region in the Gnessin State College. In 2015, it received the status of the All-Russian Festival.


Liu Chongxiao (China)


Yamaha Artist, an avid recitalist, he has concertized throughout Asia, Europe and America, including the United States, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Bulgaria, South of Korea and other countries, as well as venues in Beijing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Qingdao Changsha and other places in China. He“...marvels of variation technique---down to the finest detail”.

In addition, he has appeared as a soloist with China Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Film Orchestra and Qingdao Opera and Dance Theatre Symphony Orchestra. His recordings such as Schubert “Wanderer Fantasy in C Major” D.760 for Hong Kong Radio 4 and recently released album with works by Liszt and Brahms have been met with critical praise.

Mr. Liu was invited as a guest to give masterclasses and lectures worldwide, including ‘Washington International Piano Festival’,‘Washington International Piano Festival’,‘Lancaster International Piano Festival’ in America, ‘TASTEN Piano Festival’ and ‘Dreieich Music Festival’ in Germany, ‘Concerti di Primavera’, ‘Autunno Musicale’,‘Concerti del Filologico’ and “Concerti nel Cortile di San Francesco” in Italy, ‘Liangzhu Piano Festival’ in Hangzhou China. He also appeared at numerous competitions as a piano judge.

He is an Associate Professor of Piano Department at Wuhan Conservatory and Director of the Middle School Piano Division. Mr. Liu received his BM and MM degrees in China Conservatory of Music and graduated with honors. And then he continued his artistic training in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Prof. Pavel Nersessian as a visiting scholar.




Tsitsino Bichikashvili  (Georgia)

graduated in 1987 from the faculty of piano of the Tbilisi State Conservatory.

She is the founder and the director of the union of Georgian Folklore and Classical Music “Harmony”. 

Ts. Bichikashvili founded and organized many concerts, competitions and festivals in Georgia, Turkey, Lithuania, Armenia and Azerbaijan. She is a regular member of international competitions in Spain, Iran, Kazakhstan and Armenia. She heads the department of Art in private school “ Pegas”. Also, She is the teacher and the manager of festivals – competitions of “ EvgeniMikeladze Central Music School”.