We are pleased to announce the names of the winners of the GIANNI BERGAMO CLASSIC MUSIC AWARD – Competition for harpsichord 2014:

1st prize:

Vincent Bernhardt, France

2nd prize:

Olga Pashchenko, Russia

3rd prize:

Helga Varadi, Hungary

Jury 2013
Maestro Gianni Bergamo, conductor

Gianni Bergamo was born in Milan, Italy in 1941, attended primary school in Italy and Liceo in Switzerland. After a degree in Economy (1964) at the Catholic University of Milan, he dedicated himself to the study of music with Tissoni (harmony and composition), D. Maffeis (organ) and N. Sanzogno (orchestra conducting) at the Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy.
From 1964 to 1994 has been a businessman with his own import-export, real estate and finance companies, though at the same time he has remained close to music and to its world.
In 1990 he created the Cultural Association “Gli Amici Cantori”, first as a chorus alone, then later accompanied by an orchestra. He has given many concerts in Italy with them, preferring the symphonic-sacred repertoire (masses, oratories, passions, etc.).
At present, he lives in Santiago del Chile.

Bob van Asperen

Bob van Asperen (Amsterdam, 8 October 1947) is a Dutch harpsichordist and early keyboard instrument performer, as well as a conductor. He graduated in 1971 from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he studied the harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt and the pipe organ with Albert de Klerk. Since then he has been performing extensively in Europe and the rest of the world, both as a soloist and as an accompanist/conductor

In addition to his live performances, he has recorded repeatedly for several labels, including Sony, EMI, Teldec, Virgin, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, specialising in the keyboard repertoire of the 16th – 18th centuries, such as the harpsichord works of Froberger, J. S. Bach and Handel. One of the most important discography projects he has undertaken is the complete keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach and also the complete sonatas of Catalan composer Antonio Soler (Astrée, 1992). Various other projects are under way, while many of his recordings have been awarded with prestigious prizes, such as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d’Or.

Bob van Asperen has taught at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, while for the past thirty years he has been giving master-classes in Europe, USA and elsewhere. In addition to his teaching activities, he has also contributed as a musicologist and editor of several modern editions of works by J. S. Bach and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, as well as other early Dutch composers.

Fabio Bonizzoni


Fabio Bonizzoni, one of the leading Italian harpsichordists and organists of his generation, graduated in organ, organ composition and harpsichord at the Royal Conservator
ium in The Hague in Ton Koopman’s class.

After having played for several years with some of the most important orchestras specializing in early music (Amsterdam Baroque, Le Concert des Nations, Europa Galante), from 2004 he exclusively devotes himself to his activities as soloist and director, in particular of his own orchestra “La Risonanza”.

Furthermore, he is harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland) and in Italy at the Conservatory of Novara; he is founder and president of the “Associazione Hendel”, a society devoted to the studies of Handel’s music in Italy.

As a soloist he has been recording for many years for the Spanish label Glossa. His discography includes works by Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Salvatore, Giovanni Picchi, Francesco Geminiani, Bernardo Storace, Domenico Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach (Goldberg Variations and the Art of Fugue). His last release as a soloist is devoted to the two books of toccatas by Girolamo Frescobaldi.

In 2010 he has completed with La Risonanza the project of recording the complete Italian Cantatas with instruments by G.F. Handel: this project has been defined by Gramophone magazine the most important of the decade, and 3 of the 7 CDs  have been awarded the prestigious Handel Stanley Sadie Prize. The last disc issued, « Apollo e Dafne », is winner of a Gramphone Award in 2011.

His activity is also enriched by some commitments as guest conductor; in particular in April 2011 he conducted the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milano in the new ballet “L’altro Casanova”.

Lorenzo Ghielmi

Lorenzo Ghielmi has devoted many years to the study and interpretation of music from the Renaissance and the Baroque as organist, harpsichordist and conductor. He gives concerts throughout Europe, in Japan and in America, and he has made many recordings for radio (BBC, WDR, MDR, Radio France, NHK) and for an extensive discography.

His recordings of Bruhns, Bach, Handel concertos and the concertos by Haydn for organ and orchestra have been awarded the “Diapason d’or”.

Lorenzo Ghielmi is the author of a book on Nicolaus Bruhns, and several studies on the art of the organ in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as on the performance of the works of Bach.

He teaches organ, harpsichord and ensemble music at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano, in the Istituto Musica Antica.

Since 2006 he has been Professor of Organ at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel.

He is organist of the Ahrend organ in the Basilica San Simpliciano, Milan, where he has performed the complete organ works of JS Bach.

He has served on many juries of international organ competitions (Toulouse, Chartres, Tokyo, Bruges, Freiberg, Maastricht, Lausanne, Nuremberg), and has been entrusted with conferences and specialised courses in many music institutions (Music Academy of Haarlem, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, Hochschule für Musik in Lubeck, New England Conservatory in Boston, Academy of Music in Krakow) .

He has also supervised the construction of several modern organs, including the monumental instrument in Tokyo Cathedral.

Lorenzo Ghielmi is the director of the ensemble “La Divina Armonia”.

Christophe Rousset


Christophe Rousset, the founder of the Les Talens Lyriques and an internationally renowned harpsichordist, is a musician and an orchestral conductor inspired by a passion for opera and the exploration of the European musical heritage. After harpsichord studies at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus, and subsequently at the Conservatoire Royal in The Hague with Bob van Asperen (winning, at the age of 22, the prestigious First Prize in the 7th Bruges Harpsichord Competition), followed by the creation of his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991, Christophe Rousset has a perfect grasp of the rich wealth and diversity of the baroque and classical repertoires.

Having initially attracted the notice of the international press and record companies with his extraordinary talent as a harpsichordist, he soon went on to make his mark as a young and gifted conductor, earning invitations to perform with his ensemble at venues throughout the world (among them De Nederlandse Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Opéra de Lausanne, Teatro Real, Theater an der Wien, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Aix-en-Provence and Beaune festivals).

Alongside this, he has continued to pursue an active career as harpsichordist and chamber musician, performing and recording on the most beautiful period instruments. His complete performances of the works for harpsichord of François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, d’Anglebert and Forqueray and various recordings of pieces by J. S. Bach (Partitas, Goldberg Variations, Concertos for harpsichord, English Suites, French Suites, the Klavierbüchlein) are considered to be landmark references. Performing on the instruments of the Musée de la Musique, he has recorded three CDs dedicated to Pancrace Royer, Rameau and Froberger. The albums “Suites” by Louis Couperin, “Fantasy” by J. S. Bach (Aparté) and the CD devoted to Louis Marchand and Rameau (Ambronay), have won him the acclaim of the press. His most recent record, devoted to works by Duphly (Aparté) was recently awarded the distinctions “Choc” from the review Classica and a “Diapason d’or” from Diapason.

Teaching is also an aspect with major importance for Christophe Rousset, who conducts and organises master classes and academies for young people (Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, CNSMD Paris, Académie d’Ambronay, Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroques, Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Britten-Pears Orchestra) and he devotes himself with great energy, alongside the musicians of Les Talens Lyriques, to introducing young secondary school pupils in Paris to music.

Christophe Rousset also has a career as guest conductor (Liceu Barcelona, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera of Wallonia, Orquesta Nacional de España, among other orchestras) as well as the active pursuit of musical research, producing critical editions and the publication by Actes Sud of a study on Rameau in 2007.

Christophe Rousset has been awarded the French honours of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite.

The winners 2013

Jorge Gijón Sánchez, 1st prize


for the piece The Fly

Jorge Gijón Sánchez was born in Granada (Spain) in 1982. In 2005 he obtained a degree in composition in Granada at the Conservatorio Superior Victoria Eugenia, under the guidance of Francisco González Pastor. In 2003 he graduated in Educational Science with a specialisation in music. He later earned a degree in History and science of music at the University of Granada.

He has taught composition since 2006: at present at the Maria de Molina Professional music conservatory in Úbeda (Jaén, Spain). This was confirmed in July 2010, by winning a public competition.

He currently studies conducting with Octav Caleya and Nicolás Pasquet, cello with Jose Antonio Salazar, and piano with José Luis Hidalgo.

Among his compositions are a Concerto for violin and orchestra “Don Juan-‐Mefistófeles” (2004), “Tempus fugit” (2006) for large orchestra and “Las Trompetas de Jericó” for brass instruments (2010). He has also elaborated works for chamber music, electroacoustic music, and made diverse arrangements.

He plays piano, cello and accordion in jazz and Latin music groups and similar Spanish stiles.

Warren Lee, 2nd prize


for the piece House Rules 

Graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest of honors, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the “Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich”. Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with “superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation”, Warren’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms, from the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing to Kettering in Tasmania, and from New York to Colombo, Sri Lanka. 16

In 2009, he was named a “Steinway Artist”, joining a distinguished roster of concert pianists in the world; and in 2012, received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the performing arts and exemplary contribution to the community.

An avid composer and arranger of different genres, Warren’s choral compositions have been gaining recognition internationally, some of which published by Porfiri and Horváth (Germany) and Pavane Publishing (USA).

Warren devotes much of his time off the stage advancing various education initiatives. He is currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School in Hong Kong, and is co-currently a guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, an adjunct faculty member of the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, and a visiting artist in various universities and conservatories worldwide. His solo album, “From Bach To Gershwin”, released in 2008 on Universal Music (Hong Kong), has received critical acclaim for its contribution to music education. His second album, “Ebony and Ivory” for the Naxos label is due for release in December 2013.

Łukasz Urbaniak, mention


for the piece Goodnight, goodnight 

He was born in Bydgoszcz, on the 16th of January 1980, a composer, a music theorist, a pianist and a teacher. In 2003 he graduated from Secondary Music School in Bydgoszcz, where he mastered his skills in Rafał Krokowski’s piano class. From 2003 to 2009 he studied composition in Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz with Professor Marek Jasiński. He has also a master degree in Theory of Music. Both of the departments he finished with honours.

He is a graduate of law at the Departament of Law and Administration at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He founded the Composition Competition for students from secondary music schools in memory of Professor Marian Gordiejuk, and a student artistic and scientific club at the Department of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. There he co-organised and took part in composers’ concerts and interdisciplinary scientific meetings (Con-Front-Akcje- concerts together with debates organized in the City Gallery of Bydgoszcz, 2006-2008). In 2008 he got the President’s of Bydgoszcz Scholarship for his artistic and management activity. In 2011 he created his own private music studio, in which he works as a teacher and manager. Łukasz Urbaniak in his artistic interests is concerned with sacrum which originates directly from the Judaic and Christian traditions.

He was awarded several prizes, i.e. I Prize in 1st National Choral Composers Competition For Passion Work, in Bydgoszcz, for De profundis for mixed choir a cappella, 2004; II Prize (I prize was not awarded) in the 15Th Adam Didur Open Composers Competition in Sanok for Three Songs for soprano and piano, with the lyrics of Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, 2007; II Prize in the 17

3rd National Choral Composers Competition for Passion Work in Bydgoszcz for Crucifixus for mixed choir a cappella, 2008; two main awards in National Composers Compositions For Choral Song A Cappella in Legnica for Gloria for female choir and Te Deum Laudamus for mixed choir, 2008; II Prize in the 5th International Composers Competition “Musica Sacra” in Częstochowa for Exaltabo te Domine for mixed choir a cappella, 2009; II Prize in the Composers Competition “Fides et Ratio” for his Laudate Dominum, for mixed choir a cappella, 2009; II Prize in the 7th International Composers Competition for Psalmus V, for mixed choir a cappella, 2011; I Prize in 2nd National Composers Competition For Liturgical Choral Work for In te Domine speravi, for mixed choir a cappella, 2011.

Łukasz Urbaniak’s compositions were performed in Poland and abroad, and recorded.

Dale Trumbore, mention


for the piece Cantate Domino 

Hailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies”, composer Dale Trumbore’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and internationally by ensembles including the Kronos Quartet, ACME, and the USC Thornton Symphony.
Trumbore has received awards for her compositions from Chanticleer, Center City Opera Theater, the Harmonium Choral Society, Lyrica Chamber Music, the Society for Universal Sacred Music, and VocalEssence. She has received commissions from organizations including the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Esoterics, the Millburn High School Symphony Orchestra & Miller Chorus, Six Degree Singers and WomenSing. Trumbore has also been awarded a Copland House Residency Award, the Artist in Residence Grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and the American Composers Forum Subito grant. Trumbore’s dual interest in language and music leads her to collaborate frequently with contemporary poets, and Trumbore’s works for voice have been recorded by the New York Virtuoso Singers (Toward Lasting Peace), Six Degree Singers (Six Degrees of Composers), and soprano Gillian Hollis (Snow White Turns Sixty). Trumbore’s choral work The Whole Sea In Motion is published by G. Schirmer’s Dale Warland Choral Series.

A New Jersey native and current resident of Los Angeles, Trumbore holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Donald Crockett and Morten Lauridsen, and a dual degree in Music Composition (B.M.) and English (B.A.) from the University of Maryland.

Trumbore’s music can be found at www.daletrumbore.com

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