Carmel Music Society Biennial Piano Competition

Finals • Saturday, June 4, 2016 • Sunset Center, Carmel, California

Guest Adjudicators

Carmel Music Society welcomed three distinguished artists as judges for the 2016 Finals:


Heidi Hau

Heidi Hau, pianist  Winner of the CMS 1999 Competition

Heidi Hau has performed in recital venues throughout the world including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the National Concert Hall and the John Field Room in Dublin, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the San Juan Bautista in Gijon, Spain. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, American Philharmonic, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Stanford University Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.

Heidi has also received numerous awards, including winning first prize in the 1990 Piano Competition of the Soviet/American Youth Festival of Music in New York, the 1993 Silver Lake International Piano Competition, the 1994 Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the 1996 French Piano Institute sponsored by the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the 1998 Carmel Music Society's Piano Competition. She was also a finalist in the 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition in New York, the 2003 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, and the 2004 China International Piano Competition. She is on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Anatole Leikin

Anatole Leikin, pianist

Musicologist, pianist, and music critic, Dr. Anatole Leikin is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  His scholarly works on such topics as Romantic performance practice, Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Granados, structural and hermeneutic analysis, and early tonality have appeared in various musicological journals and essay collections worldwide.  His books The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin and The Mystery of Chopin's Préludes were recently published by Ashgate Publishing (UK).

Professor Leikin has extensively performed as a solo and chamber pianist, fortepianist, and harpsichordist; he has also recorded the piano music of Scriabin, Chopin, and EMI/Cope. He currently serves as an editor for The Complete Chopin - A New Critical Edition (Peters Edition London).


Jung-Ho Pak, conductor

Jung-Ho Pak

Described by the New York Times as a conductor who "radiates enthusiasm" and the Los Angeles Times as "a real grabber", Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. In 2007 he was named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra (second largest in Masschussetts to the Boston Symphony Orchestra).

In 2012, Mr. Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognized for its innovative programs and business model. Since 2003, he has been Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Mr. Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002), Mr. Pak led the orchestra from bankruptcy to an unprecedented financial success.

As a nationally recognized educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, the Soviet Union, South America and Asia.  Mr. Pak is also a frequent speaker on television and radio, as well as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.