Kerikeri International Piano Competition

Judges for 2018

Joining the judges panel in 2018, KIPC are thrilled to welcome three highly-accomplished, international pianists: Awadagin Pratt (USA), Soo-Jung Shin (South Korea), and Phillip Shovk (Australia).

Awadagin Pratt

Among his generation of concert artists, Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Meet Awadagin here:

Awadagin studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, he recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University after delivering the commencement address in 2012.

Awadagin was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine. He has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Sesame Street. In November 2009, Awadagin was one of four artists selected to perform at a classical music event at the White House that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and performing in concert for guests including President Obama. He has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

He is currently a Professor of Piano at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM.

Soo-Jung Shin

Soo-Jung Shin debuted at the tender age of 14, performing a Mozart piano concerto. She studied at Seoul Art High School College of Music, following on to Seoul National University from which she graduated with top honors. She graduated with honor from the Akademie fur Musik und darstellende Kunst, and studied under Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University as a Fulbright fellow.

Soo-Jung has played with many orchestras around the world, including the London Philharmonic, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, NHK Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, KBS Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Sejong Soloists and Peabody Orchestra.

Soo-Jung Shin was formerly the Dean and subsequently Professor Emeritus of the College of Music at Seoul National University. She has been a jury member for a number of international competitions, has taught at the Vienna Music Seminar and is a co-director of the Yeum Piano Festival. She was on TV for two years with her Shin Soo Jungs Talks on the Piano, a special weekly program produced by Culture and Arts TV. She is a recipient of the Korean Academy of Arts Award and the Medal of Honor (Okkwan) of Republic of Korea.

Phillip Shovk

Phillip Shovk is considered to be one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians, accompanists and pedagogues. Phillip studied at the Sydney Conservatorium High School from where he graduated with the Frank Hutchens Prize for being the most promising performer of his year. He then furthered his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts with highest marks in all musical subjects.

In 1987, Phillip become a Laureate at the Vianni di Motta competition in Lisbon and in 1988 at the Sydney International Competition, where he was awarded the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize and the Best Australian Pianist Prize. He was awarded a Best Accompanist prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994.

Phillip has performed worldwide to great acclaim and has adjudicated at many of Australia’s leading competitions. He has also been a jury member of Concours Animato in Paris, the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and the Singapore National Piano Competition and has taught at the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris, the Australian Institute of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and is presently Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.