The competition is judged by an international panel of performers and promoters.
Tobias Wolff is Managing Director of the International Handel Festival, Göttingen.
Having studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as viola in Essen and Düsseldorf, Tobias Wolff worked as a cultural manager and freelance music journalist for newspapers and radio before joining the Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen (Altenburg/Gera) as chief dramaturge and director of marketing. On graduating with an MBA from the Leipzig Business School (HHL), he was appointed Director of the International Handel Festival Göttingen in 2011, since when he has built up its international reputation.
Tobias Wolff has a particular interest in music education, the discovery of young talent and the development of new unconventional formats. He is a regular juror at international competitions and passionately pursues various teaching and mentoring activities. Since 2014, the International Handel Festival Göttingen has been a partner of the European scholarship programme, eeemerging.
Carole Cerasi is one of the foremost early keyboard players of her generation. In the last 25 years she has established herself at the very front rank of performers and recording artists in her field. Her many performances have received great critical acclaim and her recordings have garnered an impressive series of awards.
Carole has given recitals throughout Europe, performing in major festivals, as well as in Japan, Singapore, Colombia, Canada and the States.
Known for her expressive and virtuosic intepretations, fluidity of phrasing and refined touch, she has delighted audiences and critics alike in repertoire extending from Byrd, Froberger, the French clavecinistes, Bach and sons, to Haydn and early Beethoven.
A highly respected teacher, Carole is Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players. Her playing has been described as “incandescent” (Music and Vision), “radical” (The Independent on Sunday) and “indecently beautiful” (Toronto Post). She has an unusually varied performing life with ensembles large and small, and her seventeenth century interests have led to critically acclaimed recordings of solo music from the ML Lute Book, and songs by Lawes, Purcell and Dowland for Hyperion Records.
In 2011 she was nominated for Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for best instrumentalist and became an artistic advisor to the York Early Music Festival. In 2017 she won a Grammy award with Ian Bostridge (Shakespeare Songs, Warner Classics) and a Gramophone award with viol consort Phantasm (Lachrimae, Linn). She has a growing commitment to new repertoire for her instruments and has given premiere performances of solo and chamber pieces by James MacMillan, Benjamin Oliver, Heiner Goebbels and Rachel Stott.
Bart Demuyt is Director of the Alamire Foundation and of AMUZ (Antwerp).
Initially he pursued careers both as a professional singer with numerous early music ensembles and as a musicologist at the KU Leuven. He subsequently became the Artistic Coordinator of Musica, before becoming General Director of the Flanders Festival Bruges and Artistic Director of the Concertgebouw in Bruges. In 2008, Demuyt returned to the University of Leuven as Director of the Alamire Foundation and was appointed Innovation Manager of Musical Heritage in 2016.
Since 2009, he has also been General and Artistic Director of AMUZ (Flanders Festival Antwerp). He is the Chair of the Arts Flanders Advice Committee, the Director and former Chair of REMA (European Early Music Network), the founder of the Huis van de Polyfonie and the Library of Voices, and curator of the international travelling exhibition, ‘Petrus Alamire, Polyphony in the Picture’ and the festival ‘Voices of Passion’ in Leuven.
Philip Hobbs is Chief Producer for Linn Records Ltd. He has worked as a classical recording producer and engineer for more than 25 years with many of the world's leading artists and ensembles.
His work covers a broad spectrum of repertoire, from the Sarod Player Amjad Ali Khan to Sir Paul McCartney, but a great deal of his work has been in the area of historically informed performance and he has enjoyed long collaborations with many renowned ensembles including The Dunedin Consort, The Tallis Scholars and Phantasm.
Recent projects include Monteverdi Vespers with the Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt, the complete Brahms Symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati and Castello Sonatas with the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Richard Egarr.