The winners of 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition

Honorary Mentions

Piano duo Scholtes-Janssens (The Netherlands)

Lestari Scholtes (1984) and Gwylim Janssens (1985) have been a piano duo since 2003. Currently they are recognized as one of the most promising piano duos of their generation and leading piano duo from the Netherlands. Their 2009 Carnegie Hall debut, as a part of the IBLA Grand Prize winners' USA tour, was praised as ‘it could well have been 25 or 30 fingers, so big and well integrated was the sound. Terrific duo in top form'. The Duo had given concerts throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Poland, Italy, San Marino, Israel, Chile, Bolivia and the USA, in venues like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.  In 2010, the duo won the Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and they also won the first winners of the Radio4 Talent of the Year 2010. In 2010, the duo won the Concours Musical de France in Paris, the 2nd prize at the International Concerto Competition of the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel, won the International Chamber Music Competition Almere in Netherlands, the 3rd prize in the IV th International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino “Allegro Vivo”, the 2nd prize in the 14th Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Verona, the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition 2008 in Poland, and the Princess Christina Competition 2003 and 2004.  [Interview] [Performance

"It could well have been 25 or 30 fingers, so big and well integrated was the sound. Terrific duo in top form."
Jeffrey James, IBLA Times, New York, April 2009 - about debut in Carnegie Hall.

Takeaki Miyamae (Flute - Japan)

A native of Japan, Takeaki Miyamae is a flutist with unique and unconventional career backgrounds.  He began studying the flute with Toshio Takahashi, Suzuki Flute Method founder, at the age of nine and started to take private lessons with the legendary Marcel Moyse at the age of eleven. In his teens, he gave solo recitals in the U.S. and Canada including the National Flute Association Convention, toured in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand and performed at various concert halls including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the Sydney Opera House.  Following Marcel Moyse’s demise he stopped his professional activities as he lost his great mentor and went into medicine.  After obtaining a medical doctor degree and Ph.D in medicine and working as a neuroscientist for ten years, Takeaki Miyamae resumed his professional music career and studied with Louis Moyse.  He has appeared in television, has recorded several CDs in Japan and has appeared in solo and chamber music performances in the U.S., Taiwan and Japan.  As a flute instructor he has conducted master classes in the U.S. and Japan. [Interview] [Performance]


Duo Sergey Kolesov (Saxophone)   Elena Grinevich (Piano)

Elena Grinevich was born in Moscow in 1983. In 2002, she graduated with honors from the Moscow Academic Musical College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Elena Andreeva. Since, she also studied in the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music under Prof. Sergey Senkov and post graduate course in the accompaniment department under Prof. Tatyana Kandinskaya. She was a prize-winner at a number of international competitions and festivals, which includes, the Moscow government and the Elina Bystritskaya’s Foundation grants. Elena started working as a pianist in the saxophone class of Prof. Margarita Shaposhnikova and took part in many prestigious competitions performing with leading saxophonists where she was awarded diplomas as a distinguished accompanist. In 2010, duo with Sergey Kolesov (saxophone) won the 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Saliery-Zinetti” in Verona, Italy.

Sergey Kolesov is one of the best saxophonists in Russia. He is the first and only Russian saxophonist to win the “Grand-prix” at International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant, Belgium. In addition, he holds three First Prizes for the best performance of the works written especially for this competition, the International Saxophone Competition “Selmer-Paris” in Kiev, Ukraine, and International Chamber Music Competition “Salieri-Zinetti”, Verona, Italy. [Interview] [Performance]


Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar - Greece)

Born in Heraklion, Creta (Greece), he began guitar at the age of seven with the guidance of Vassilis Kanaras. Graduated from the International Conservatory of Athens in 1992, he continued his post-graduate studies on classical guitar at the “Athens Conservatory”, under supervision of Costas Cotsiolis. Meanwhile, he further expanded his theoretical musical knowledge (obtaining diploma in Fuge, under tutoring of Giorgos Sioras) and attended Musicology classes (obtaining diploma from the Musicology branch of the University of Athens, in 1996). He currently working on a PhD from same University. Dimitris has won the 1st prize in the Volos guitar festival, 1st prize in the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria guitar festival in Spain, 2nd prize in the National Conservatory’s composing for guitar contest in Athens-Greece, 1st prize in the Sinaia guitar festival in Romania, and 1st prize in the Chalkis guitar competition in Greece. He has performed numerous recitals in Greece and worldwide; he also performed solo with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kielce (Poland), the Philarmonic Orchestra of Craiova (Romania), the Orchestra of Colors (Greece), the “Camerata” Symphonic Orchestra (Greece), the National Symphonic Orchestra (Greece) and the “Nicolaos Mantzaros” orchestra (Greece).  He currently teaches classical guitar in the Music School of Alimos-Athens, the “Panormonio Conservatory of Athens” and in the “International Conservatory of Athens”. [Interview] [Performance]

Palmas Piano Duo (Italy)

Cristina and Luca Palmas, the brother-and-sister Duo, was formed in 1998. They studied under  Pier Narciso Masi, Trio di Parma  and Sergio Marengoni. In addition, they attended master-classes with Bruno Canino and Szuszanna Sirokay. Individually they perfected their art  with Charles Spencer, Mario Conter, Trio di Trieste, Aquiles delle Vigne, Paul Badura Skoda ,Oxana Jablonskaia, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Alexis Weissenberg, Norman Shetler, Hans Peter Blockwitz, to mention few. The Palmas Piano Duo has won first prizes in numerous national and international competitions and has received special praise by critics (VII Concorso Internazionale Harmoniae, Rome; Concorso Internazionale Dianae Nemus, Nemi; Concorso Internazionale  Paul Harris, Milan; Concorso Internazionale F. Forgione, Verbania; Concorso Internazionaale J. Brahms, Acqui Terme, etc). They performed in Rome, Milan, Padova, Pavia, Cremona, Turin, and Crema. [Interview] [Performance]