Viseu International Piano Competition


The Jury for the 4th Viseu International Guitar Competition is composed of 9 elements from 6 different countries. We are proud to have immense talent and experience in this panel and we are sure the decision of this year’s winner is in good hands.

Marian Rybicki (França/Polónia)

Competition Artistic Director and President of the Jury

Jorge Martins (Portugal)

Festival Artistic Director

José Carlos Sousa (Portugal)


Aquiles delle Vigne (Argentina)
Iryna Polstiankina (Ukraine)
Ewelina Panocha (Poland)
Paolo Baglieri (Italy)
Manuel Araújo (Portugal)
Luísa Tender (Portugal)

Marian Rybicki

Jury Details

As a pianist and as a teacher, Marian Rybicki brings together two renowned traditions, having studied at both the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw (class of Zbigniew Drzewiecki) and the Paris Consevatory (class of Pierre Sancan).
After a highly successful career as performer, primarily in Eastern Europe, he moved to Paris where he dedicated himself to teaching. Since 1979 he has led one of the most reputable piano classes at the École Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot and has taught master classes in countries throughout Europe and Asia as well as in the United States.
Many of his students have won prizes in major international competitions including Chopin in Warsaw (1990 and 2005), Santander (First Prize 1978), Leeds (First Prize 2009), Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud (First Prize in 2004), Hamamatsu (First Prize in 2012), Arthur Rubinstein Tel Aviv (First Prize in 2014), Bucharest-George Enesco (2014), Busoni, Porto, Geza Anda, Geneva.
In addition, Mr. Rybicki serves on the juries of international competitions, among them Beijing (1999 and 2014), Moscow (Chopin Young Pianists and Scriabin), Shanghai, Tokyo (PTNA), Bolzano (Busoni), Kiev (Horowitz), Monte Carlo, Porto, Tbilisi, Jaen.
From 1975 until 1995 Mr. Rybicki was the music advisor for the Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires in Paris.
In 1993 he became the artistic director of the Animato Association in Paris. In this role he has established several new international competitions, among them: Grand Prix Animato” (Paris), Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition (Casablanca and Rabat), Prix du Piano Interlaken Classics (Bern), Nuits Européennes du Piano (Luxembourg).
For his many achievements, Marian Rybicki was awarded the Golden Cross of the Ordre de Mérite.

Paula Sobral

Jorge was born in Oporto in 1954, the city where he did his studies, having concluded the Piano and Singing Superior Courses at the Oporto Music Conservatory, in the classes of Hélia Soveral and Fernanda Correia, respectively. At the same time he completed his degree in Economics at FEP.
He completed his piano training attending several seminars, training courses and courses oriented by M. Rybicki, J. Fassina, C. Helffer, M.F. Bucquet, V. Perlemüter, S. Costa, Constantin Illiescu, among others.
Having dedicated himself exclusively to Music, he integrated the Contemporary Vocal Music Group of Porto, participating in the recording of several records, radio and television programmes and in numerous concerts and festivals in Portugal, Spain and Germany (Berlin). As a member of the Instrumental Group of the Oporto Musical Workshop, he has participated solo, as an accompanist or in different instrumental formations in all festivals held in Portugal and Spain, and also in Germany and Colombia. He has given Concerts and Recitals, not only as a soloist but also with names such as Oliveira Lopes and Palmira Troufa, among others, all over Portugal, Spain and France.
He developed an intense teaching activity in the Oporto Music School, in the Oporto Professional School of Music and in the Viseu Regional Conservatory where he continues to be a teacher, being Coordinator of the Piano Discipline Group and integrating the Pedagogic Council. He completed his Professional Practice, with a high professional classification, at the University of Aveiro. He has seen his students win prizes in National Competitions and even obtained Superior Diplomas at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
In recent years he has regularly integrated juries of International Competitions (International Competition City of Porto, Grand Prix Animato in Paris, Piano Campus in Pontoise, International Music Competition of Morocco, Giuliano Peccar Prize in Gorizia-Italy, Rhodes Competition in Greece, Asia-Pacific Competition in Macau, Hong Kong-Asia Open Piano Competition, Figueira da Foz International Prize, among others). He is part of the jury of the National Music Competition of Morocco (Piano), being president of the delegated Jury, together with Abdel Rhaman El Bacha. He founded the International Meetings of Young Pianists in Viseu and held, with Marian Rybicki, Summer Academies at the Regional Conservatory of Viseu.
He is Artistic Director and President of the Jury of the International Piano Competition of Viseu.

José Carlos Sousa

José Carlos Almeida de Sousa was born in Viseu – Portugal, in 1972. He began his musical studies at the Conservatório Regional de Música Dr. Azeredo Perdigão in his hometown where he completed the general Composition course in 1995.
In 1996 he continued his studies at the University of Aveiro where he completed his degree in Composition in 2000.
He studied composition and electronic music with Evgueni Zoudilkin, João Pedro Oliveira and Isabel Soveral. He also attended several composition and electronic music seminars oriented by the composers Jorge Antunes, Alain Sève, Tomás Henriques, Flo Menezes, François Bayle and Emmanuel Nunes.
In June 2005 he concluded, in the University of Aveiro, a master in music with a specialization in composition, under the theme “The Timbre and its Metamorphosis in the Compositional Process of Electroacoustic Music”.
He has taught at the University of Aveiro and at the Piaget Institute in Viseu.
He was, together with Paula Sobral, organizer and artistic director of the International Festival and Competition of Classical Guitar of Sernancelhe, until its 15th edition.
Since 2008 he organizes and is the Artistic Director of the International Music Festival of Viseu’s Spring.
In 1995 he won the first prize of the 1st composition contest of the conservatory where he studied, with the children’s work for piano, “Almofada”.
In the Electroacoustic Composition Competition “Música Viva 2000”, he was awarded an Honourable Mention. In April 2001 he was awarded a prize with his work “Viagem” in the said competition, integrated in Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture.
His latest works are the result of commissions from various national and international institutions and his music has been played in several Portuguese cities and at various music festivals: Festival Música Viva (Portugal), Primavera en La Habana (Cuba), Aveiro Síntese (Portugal), “33e Festival International des Musiques et Créations Electroniques” (Bourges – France), Concurso e Festival Internacional de Guitarra (Sernancelhe – Portugal), 14th World Saxophone Congress (Slovenia), “Guitarmania” – International Festival of Classical Guitar (Almada – Portugal), Palencia Guitar Festival (Spain), Festival Dias de Música Eletroacústica (Seia – Portugal), “Síntese” – Contemporary Music Cycle of Guarda (Portugal), Santo Tirso International Guitar Festival (Portugal), Viseu International Spring Music Festival (Portugal), 8e Festival International Guitar’Essonne – (Paris – France), Dias de Música Eletroacústica no Santa Cruz Air Race (Portugal), VIII Festival de la Guitarra de Sevilla (Spain), Tempo Reale Festival 2018 Florence (Italy).
He is currently a composition teacher at the Conservatório de Música de Viseu, also holding the position of Pedagogical Director of the Conservatory since 2004.

Aquiles Delle Vigne

Born in Argentina, Aquiles Delle Vigne gave his first recital at the age of 8. Already under the artistic guidance of Claudio Arrau, whenever the latter traveled to South America, he won the Grand Prix “Alberto Williams”. This award opened the doors of the most important concert halls of the continent for him. Later, he completed his training in Europe with Prof. Eduardo del Pueyo and Georges Cziffra.
He accomplished more than 25 tournées in Japan, 10 in Australia, the United States of America, Mexico, Hong Kong, Korea, and all South America. Today he is invited to the most important Festivals and performs in the most important halls in the world, like Gstaad, Paris, Salzburg, Madrid, Euro Festival in Seoul, Beethoven Festival under Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Hager, Georges Octors, Alberto Lysy, Lee Dong-ho, Bogo Leskowitch, Vladimir Kim, Emiel Simon, Edvard R. Tchivtzel, André Vandernoot, Edgard Donneux, Kamen Goleminov, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Jesus Medina, Claudio Santoro, Henrique Morelenbaum, D. Marinescou, Laurent Petit-Girard, and with leading orchestras of the world.
Considered also as a top teacher in the world, Aquiles Delle Vigne gives Masterclasses at the International Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, was Visiting Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Professor Extraordinaire of the National University in Taipei. He is also regularly invited at the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools in New York, the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and the Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory, the Central and China Conservatories of Beijing, the Toho University in Tokyo, the Hochschules in München, Karlsruhe and Hamburg, the Universities in Seoul, Sydney, Melbourne, Pretoria, Baltimore, Texas, Indiana, Osaka, Kyoto, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Lucca, Bergen…
He is a member or Chairman of the panel of Judges at the most important international Competitions on all five continents: Sydney, Pretoria, Cincinatti, Xiamen, Georgia, Turin, Paris, Texas, Casagrande, Masters in Monte-Carlo, Roma, and Warsaw.
His vast discography with EMI His Master’s Voice, BASF Harmonia Mundi, BMG-RCA Victor, Naxos, Pavane and EMS received outstanding praise and distinction. His performance of the Preludes by Olivier Messiaen for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican earned him tremendous praise from the composer.
Aquiles Delle Vigne just finished the complete recording of the 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven, added to other integrals like Liszt’s Etudes, Ravel’s chamber music and Beethoven’s Piano Concerti.

Iryna Polstiankina

Iryna Polstiankina is a pianist and Honored Artist of Ukraine.
She serves as Executive director of the International Competition of Young Pianists in Memory of Volodymyr Horowitz and President of International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Horowitz competition.
She is also Head of the educational and methodical department, associate professor of the faculty of musical art of the R.Glier Kyiv Academy of Music.
CEO of the International Festival “Kyiv Summer Music Evenings” since 1999, the International Festival “Virtuosos of the Planet” (Kyiv 2006-2010), the International “Summer Academy of Music”, Kyiv since 2000.
She was responsible for arranging the International Festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Volodymyr Horowitz Kyiv – New York – Moscow, 2003 with the participation of the Horowitz competition Prizewinners and Maestro Mykhail Pletnev.
Iryna arranged concert tours of Horowitz competition’s Prizewinners in Ukraine, Russia, USA, Greece, Georgia, Korea, Croatia, Norway, France, Italy, Japan. etc.

Ewelina Panocha

Soloist, accompanist and pedagogue. She graduated from the Tarnów School of Music in Jarosław Iwaneczka’s piano class. She continued her musical education under the guidance of Ewa Bukojemska at the Academy of Music in Kraków, which she completed with honours in 2004. Then she took up a job as a teacher and accompanist at the Music School Complex in Tarnów. She is a laureate of piano competitions in Antonin and Krakow, among others, and a scholarship holder of the Prime Minister’s Council in 1997-1998. She accompanied at the International Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst and Karol Szymanowski Violin Competition in Wrocław (2012). In 2016 she was awarded 4th prize in the Concours Musical de France, and in 2017 she was a semi-finalist in the International Jean Françaix Piano Competition in Paris. She has participated in the Week of Talents festivals in Tarnów and Kąśna Dolna and Emanations.
In 2016, she recorded August Duranowski’s Fantasia Op. 9, which, together with other works by this composer, was included on the Acte Préalable label’s album. She also studied at masterclasses with Janusz Olejniczak, Elżbieta Tarnawska, Waldemar Wojtal, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Boris Berman and Andrzej Jasiński, among others.

Paolo Baglieri

Paolo Baglieri is one of the most prominent personalities of his generation. Acclaimed as “a pianist that perfectly mixes his personal view with the composer’s ideas”, he is the winner of many international piano competitions.
He has performed in Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Palestine, Israel and Chile for over 300 concerts in some of the most important concert halls: Taormina, Catania, Lucca, Rome, Turin, Pistoia, Bologna, Verona, Castle of Galeazza, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Brussels, Castle d’Ursel, Haifa, Jerusalem, Madrid, Santiago of Chile among others.
He has been the piano professor at the Conservatory of Music of Jerusalem and he taught in Pavia and Siena Conservatories in Italy. Invited as jury member of international piano competitions, as Treviso, Paderewski International Piano Competition, Enschede, Campillos, Mayenne, Bruxelles, Brasov, Madrid, Yerevan, Clavicologne, Malta International Piano Competition, German Piano Open Competition of Berlin, Eurasian Music Games of Astana, International Music Competition Moscow Piano Open, Premio Musicale “Làszlò Spezzaferri” of Verona, Transylvanian International Piano Competition, Lyon International Piano Competition, ​​​​MozARTe International Piano Competition, among others.
Currently he holds the position as President and Artistic Director of the prestigious italian academy Talent Music Master Courses of Brescia. He is Artistic Director of Talent Music Summer Courses&Festival. He is Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the “Brescia Classica International Piano Competition”. Since the academic year 2018/2019, Paolo Baglieri is faculty member at Talent Music Master Courses of Brescia and gives masterclasses all around the world.
Born in Italy and graduated at Catania Conservatory, he took his following degrees at “Codarts – University of Arts” of Rotterdam and at Ecole d’Enseignement Superieur de Musique, de Danse et d’Art Dramatique “Schola Cantorum” of Paris. Major influences in his musical development were studies with Pavel Gililov, Gabriel Kwok, Benedetto Lupo, Boris Petrushansky, and Sergio Perticaroli.

Manuel Araújo

Manuel Araújo was born in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1983. He started his musical studies at the age of 5, privately, with teachers Norma Graça-Silvestre and Felipe Nabuco Silvestre.
He continued his studies in Holland in 2002, under the guidance of Aquiles Delle Vigne, graduating “Cum Laude” at Codarts, Rotterdam Superior School of Arts.
He also studied occasionally with musicians such as Mikhail Voskresensky, Angela Hewitt, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Ronald Brautigam, Gabriel Kwok, Helena Sá e Costa, Sequeira Costa, Fausto Di Cesare, Luiz de Moura Castro, Emanuel Krasovsky, Enrico Pace, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Holzmair and Choong Mo Kang.
He made his professional debut in 2000, after being unanimously awarded the 1st. This award was dedicated to Helena Sá e Costa and the jury was presided over by her.
He has won first prize in several competitions in Portugal, France, Holland, Spain, Belgium, Japan and Italy, namely the Premier Prix of the 89th Concours International Léopold Bellan de Paris and the 34th Yokohama International Piano Concert, as well as S. Sebastião (Spain), Mascia Masin and F. Zadra (Italy), Primavera Pianistica (Belgium), Codarts Virtuoso Piano Competition (Holland) and the Special Luso-Brazilian Prize Maria Campina.
He has also received awards at the Interfest International Piano Competition (Macedonia), the RDP Young Musicians Prize and the Portuguese Musical Youth Prize.
He has received special prizes from the jury in the International Competition City of S. Sebastião (Best interpretation of Scriabin) and in the International Music Competition “Riviera del Conero” (Young Talent).
He was one of the 36 finalists of the International Piano Competition of Australia in Sydney, a semi-finalist, among all instruments, of the prestigious Vriendenkrans Concours of the Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and one of the 3 finalists, also among all instruments, of the New Talents Prize Ageas/Casa da Música 2017. He was a semi-finalist and obtained the Prize “Best Portuguese Participant” at the XVII International Music Competition “Vianna da Motta” in 2010.
He has performed in Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Israel, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Brazil, Austria, Macedonia, Japan and Taiwan.
His performances at the Imperial Hermitage Theatre and Briantzev Theatre in S. Petersburg, the Stadsschouwburg and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Lucent in The Hague, the Theatre of Jerusalem, the Philips Hall of the Stadsschouwburg in Eindhoven, the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, the Theater De Vest in Alkmaar, the Schouwburg of Rotterdam, Utrecht and Leiden, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall and the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center in Taipei.
He has also performed at Sala Suggia in Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Museum, S. Luiz Theatre, S. Carlos Theatre, Grande Auditório CCB. Carlos, Grande Auditório CCB, Auditório da Fundação Serralves, Sala Gótica do Hôtel de Ville de Brussels, Teatro Nacional de Bitola, Wiener Zaal and Solitar of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Salla Filarmonica de Trento, Concertgebouw De Doelen in Rotterdam, Altes Handelsboerse and Mendelssohnhaus in Leipzig, Palácio de S. Clemente in Rio de Janeiro. Clemente in Rio de Janeiro, the Felicja Blumental Music Centre in Tel Aviv and the Seymour Centre in Sydney.
Between 2006 and 2009 she cooperated with the choreographer Ton Simons and the company Dance Works Rotterdam, in the productions Human Figures and Moving Being, in a partnership that presented the first book of J. S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier in the main halls of all cities in the Netherlands.
He dedicates himself regularly to the dissemination of Portuguese musical heritage. He has given first modern auditions and world premieres of works by Frederico de Freitas, J. D. Bomtempo, Nicolau Ribas and António Fragoso. He was dedicated to Alexandre Delgado’s “Bamboleio”.
He has performed live for Euroradio (EBU), Kol Ha Musica IBA (Israel), RTP2 and Antena 2, and ABC Classic (Australia). He has recorded albums for the Codarts label, with works by Prokofiev and Stravinsky, and for the António Fragoso Association.
He was invited to perform in the Festivals of Sintra, Mafra, Cistermúsica, Quatro Estações de Vidago, Primavera de Viseu, Euro-Mediterraneo (Calabria), Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg, Openlook S. Petersburg, Forum Internacional Torrelodones, Cap Ferret, Festa na Baixa CNC and at the Rotterdam Operadagen, where he performed the integral presentation of Liszt’s opera transcriptions, interpreting Reminiscences de D. Juan.
As soloist, he performed with the Sinfonia Rotterdam, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Rotterdam Ensemble, Orquestra Filarmónica da Macedónia, Orquestra Clássica de Espinho, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Sinfónica Esproarte, Orquestra Sinfónica do Atlântico and Orquestra Filarmonica di Stato “P. Constantinescu” of Ploiesti (Romania), among others, under the direction of Lior Shambadal, Conrad van Alphen, Marc Tardue, Anton Nanut, Manuel Ivo Cruz, Sergio Alapont, Roberto Beltrán, José Ferreira Lobo, Ahmed El Saedi, Gustavo Delgado, Artur Pinho Maria, Roberto Misto, Gustavo Delgado, Enrique Bátiz and Claudio Cohen.
He was assistant professor of piano at the Superior School of Music of Rotterdam (Codarts), at the Schola Cantorum of Paris and has been invited to give masterclasses and conferences for the Kawai Omotesando of Tokyo, the Chinese Culture, National Chiao Tung and Chung Yuan universities of Taipei, Forum Musikae Madrid, Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa, Universidade de Coimbra, Esproarte. He has been a jury member of important competitions such as the Taiwan International Piano Ensemble Competition, Fujairah International Piano Competition and StayHome International Piano Competition.
He is co-founder, board member and teacher at the International Music Academy “Achilles Delle Vigne”, the Coimbra World Piano Meeting and the Sardoal International Piano Meeting.

Luísa Tender

Luísa Tender was born in Porto, where she studied piano with Anne-Marie Mennet, Pedro Burmester and Helena Sá e Costa. Between 1997 and 2000 she was a student of Vitalij Margulis in Los Angeles; and later of Irina Zariskaya, at the Royal College of Music in London, where she obtained a Master of Music degree. She was also a pupil of Marian Rybicki and received the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution in piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
Her first CD (Bach and Forward, author’s edition, London 2009) was Choice of the Month in the British magazine Classical Music. His second CD, Página Esquecida, a double CD with Portuguese works for cello and piano with Bruno Borralhinho (Dreyer & Gaido, Berlin, 2009), also received the highest praise in Music publications (Fanfare, Strings Magazine, Das Orchester, among others). He recorded the integral of the piano sonatas of J. D. Bomtempo (Naxos/Grand Piano, 2019), a work that received great prominence in the specialized international press (Ritmo, Music Web International, Stretto, Musikalifeiten). The Spanish magazine Ritmo dedicated a long cover article to her entitled “Tiempo para Bomtempo – Luísa Tender”. Luísa also published, in coauthorship with Manuel Pedro Ferreira, a multimedia didactic album: O pescador de sons (Lisbon, CESEM, 2019). Regarding one of her concerts, the London Independent described her as “a natural Beethovenian”.
She was for two academic years, guest assistant at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo do Porto (ESMAE). She currently lives in Lisbon and is Piano Teacher at Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas de Castelo Branco (ESART). She is President of the General Assembly of EPTA-Portugal (European Piano Teachers Association).
Luísa Tender was, during the years of her training, a scholar of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Royal College of Music. She is a researcher in the area of Education and Human Development at CESEM (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa).