International Choir Competition
Zadar ~ Croatia
May 25th to 28th, 2023

International Jury

JASENKA OSTOJIĆ, Croatia, president

Conductor Jasenka Ostojić is the newly appointed Vice-Rector for Art, Culture, and Inter-University Cooperation of the University of Zagreb. She is full professor at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb. She teaches conducting, as well as courses Choir and Chamber Choir, with which she has realized exceptional vocal-instrumental projects acclaimed by the public, as well as by the music critics. Since 2018/2019 academic year she has also been professor at the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia- Herzegovina), where she teaches conducting and related professional courses. She has given lectures and has held seminars and professional training courses in the country and has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the United States. She has been member of expert juries at conducting, orchestra, and choir competitions in Croatia and abroad (Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Bulgaria). As choir and orchestra conductor she has won tens of national and international awards, among which are two international Grands Prix. She has widely appeared in prestigious festivals in Croatia, in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Greece, and the United States of America. She has conducted first performances of pieces by numerous composers, for which performances she was awarded special awards on several occasions. As conductor, she has worked with the Zagreb Soloists, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Army, Choir of the Croatian Radio-Television, and others. Within the CEMAN project she conducted an orchestra which consisted of students from 11 music academies from nine European countries in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall (Zagreb) and Teatro Verdi (Trieste, Italy) in 2018. She specialised in vocal training of young singers with the Vienna Boys’ Choir (Austria). She was the conductor of Zagreb Boys’ Choir, where she mentored numerous boys soloists, who have appeared in professional productions of national opera and concert houses in the last twenty years. In 2006, she founded Collegium pro arte Croatian society which comprises the renowned Cappella Zinka and Cappella Odak choirs, as well as professional ensembles Odak Camerata and Ensemble Celeste, a musical theatre. From 2012 to 2022 she was the artistic director of the World Choir Festival on Musicals in Thessaloniki, Greece. Recently she has been attracting a lot of attention with her compositions and arrangements. She authored mandatory compositions for all choir categories performed at the 2019 Croatian Youth Musical Festivities in Varaždin. She has been a long-standing member of the Administrative Council, the Programme Committee, and president of the International Jury of the International Choir Competition in Zadar, as well as of the National Jury and the Jury of the Croatian Youth Musical Festivities in Varaždin. She is editor of Anthology of Croatian Choral Music, published by the Zadar Concert Office in 2021.


Dr Antoaneta Radočaj-Jerković, conductor, singer, and university professor, is one of the most distinguished conductors of the Croatian choral scene, who has specialized in working with youth choirs. She entered the world of choral music at the age of seventeen and since then she has been conductor and artistic director of numerous choirs. She graduated in choral conducting, singing, and music education, and she obtained a doctoral degree in choral education. She trained as a conductor abroad, in Germany and the United States, at prestigious music academies such as the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. She is an associate professor at the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek, where she is also Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs.

She has received over thirty awards for her artistic work, in national and international choir competitions, such as the gold medals at international competitions in St Peterburg (Russia), Llangollen (Great Britain), Helsingborg (Sweden), Xiamen (China), Varna (Bulgaria), Sydney (Australia). She was awarded the special award for the best young conductors at competitions in Sweden and Italy. She received the Award of the City of Osijek – the Crest of the City of Osijek for extraordinary contributions in music culture and art. She has recorded for radio and television and has published twelve records, such as the Brevis vocal ensemble – A choral voyage through centuries, published by Croatia Records (2020), Brevis – the Most beautiful Croatian Girls’ Choirs, published by Matica hrvatska (2010), and Bruno Bjelinski: Drops, published by the Croatian Musical Youth, as well as Adalbert Marković: Two Masses, published by Cantus (2022). Here recordings may be found on numerous compilations and many of them have become components of the listening repertoire in the school curriculum, for the subjects Musical Culture and Art of Music.

She was especially successful with the Brevis Vocal Ensemble, with which she appeared at the Carnegie Hall in New York (USA) in 2013, performing pieces by Croatian composers. Equally significant were concerts at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney (Australia) in 2017, at the Grand Philharmonic Hall and the State Academic Capella in St Peterburg (Russia) in 2016. She has prepared choirs and soloists for operas, operettas, and musicals for performances in the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, as well as the operatic ensemble Opera Pannonica at the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek. Some of the most significant performances were Carmen, La Boheme, Tosca, The Little Sweep, Countess Maritza, L’elisir d’amore, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte. She has had several acclaimed soloist performances with the opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, performing as soloist in the operas Gianni Schicchi and The Little Sweep, in the operetta Beautiful Helen, and in the musical The Man of La Mancha. She has published on music pedagogy and choral singing both in the country and abroad. To date, she has published two books, Singing in Music Teaching and Choral Singing in Education. She is a member of national and international panels at choral music competitions and Croatian representative in the World Choir Council.


Csaba Kutnyánszky graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he received diploma in theory of music and choral conducting. With a scholarship, he conducted researche at the University of Bologna in 1998. He has attended several masterclasses. In 2005, he received his doctorate (DLA) degree at Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

He conducts the Female Chamber Choir of Pécsvárad, and up to 2008 the Vox Medicata Mixed Choir of the Medical Faculty of the University of Pécs. With the latter one he won first prizes on five international contests. He founded the UniCum Laude Vocal Ensemble in 1994, with which he has given concerts in numerous European and Taiwanese festivals. He has produced several radio recordings with his ensembles (mostly with the Hungarian National Radio), and contributed as conductor or artistic director in eight CDs.

In 2009 and 2010 he was the leader of the choir conducting masterclass of the Renaissance and Baroque Days in Keszthely. In 2011, he was the chairman of the Artistic Committee of the 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest.

He was invited to take part in juries of international choir competitions such as the Kodály Choir Competition in Budapest, Debrecen International Choral Competition, „Valleys of Dawns” Festival (SR), KÓTA Composers’ Competition, Budapest, Maria Radio Choir Competition, Lege Artis (Tuzla, BIH), Choir Festival and Competition, Sovata (RO).

As full professor he teaches choral conducting and conducting practice at Liszt Academy of Music, he is the head of the Orchestral and Choral Conducting Department, and the chairman of the Doctorate Committee. Since 2011 he has been the Vice-Rector for Education at the Liszt Academy. He is a member of the Presidency of the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras (KÓTA), and the International Kodály Society (IKS)


Composer, conductor and violinist, who studied with the most important musicians of Italy and the world (composition with R. Pezzati, C. Togni, E. Morricone, P. Dusapin; choral music with R. Alessandrini, R. Clemencic, O. Dantone, R. Gabbiani, D. Fasolis, G. Graden, C. Hogset, P. Neumann). He performed at concerts with Coro Giovanile Italiano, Insieme Vocale Vox Cordis and Hesperimenta Vocal Ensemble winning several national and international awards (Arezzo, Cantonigròs, Gorizia, Lugano, Montreux, Senlis, Varna (European Grand Prix), Vittorio Veneto, Tours). In 2007 he won two first prizes at the 5th International Competition for Choral Conductors “Mariele Ventre” in Bologna. In 2016 he won with UT Insieme Vocale-Consonante the 28th edition of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Since 2016 he has conducted the professional choir Coro della Cattedrale di Siena Guido Chigi Saracini.

His compositions are being performed by ensembles around the world and have been published by Carus Verlag, Pizzicato Verlag and others. His choral works were asked and/or performed by Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Joyfull Company of Londen, Philippine Madrigals Singers, St. Jakobs Chamber Choir Stockholm. He won notable awards in international competitions such as Arezzo (1996-1999), Gorizia (1999-2002), Rome (1999), Avellino (2003), Vittorio Veneto (2007). He collaborates with several cultural institutes like EuropaCantat, Feniarco, Incontro Polifonico di Fano, Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo. He is often invited to join the jury at international contests and to teach in international masterclasses. He teaches choral conducting and composition at the Conservatory of Trento and Chigiana Summer Academy (Siena).


Gancho Ganchev graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv where he studied choral, orchestral and opera conducting with Nikola Lipov, Prof. Ivan Spasov and Prof. Kiril Chaplikov. In Plovdiv he was the conductor of the Student Mixed Choir, Student Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber String Orchestra of the AMDFA. Now living in Varna, he has been Chief artistic director and conductor of the Varna Children-Youth Opera and Varna Chamber Orchestra. He has been Chief Expert for choirs and ensembles in the Culture Department of the Varna Municipality and the Artistic Secretary of the Prof. Georgi Dimitrov International May Choir Competition. He has staged many co-productions with the Varna State Opera and has made orchestrations and arrangements for many musical pieces. He was the conductor-producer of over 14 musicals. With more than 1200 appearances (concerts, opera, musicals and other stage performances), the ensembles and choirs under his baton have performed in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Holland, and Canada. He has recorded for the BNR, Radio Varna and CBS Radio – Canada and is regularly invited as a jury member to national and international competitions. He was awarded three Golden Prizes by the Art Centre at the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, and the Shophar Prize by the Shalom Jewish Organization in Bulgaria for his concert activities.

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