Peter Waas – Germany

Peter Waas was born in 1950. From 1965 his teachers have been Heinz Vogler, Leipzig, Jakow Sak, Elisso Wirssaladse and Tatjana Nikolaewa at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, Amadeus Webersinke at the Academy of Music Dresden. Since 1993 Peter Waas is currently professor for piano at The Liszt School of Music in Weimar. Mr. Waas was the first director of the Institute for keyed instruments and ancient music since its establishment in 1999. His concert career as soloist and chamber musician mostly develops in European countries and Asia. Mr. Waas is the founder and artistic director of the Internatioonal Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists 2005 which will again take place in the years 2008 and 2011 in the age groups 13, 14-16 and 17-19. He also gives masterclasses in various European countries and China.


Marina Young – USA

Marina Young received her musical education at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Russia (then USSR). After graduation, she taught piano at the world-renowned Gnessin School of Music for the Gifted, a school of which many graduates (including some of Ms. Young’s students) went on to become noted musicians and winners of major international competitions. At the same time, Ms. Young continued to perform solo and chamber music and lectured regularly on pedagogy, technique, pedaling, and other subjects. In 1980, Marina Young emigrated to the United States.  The same year, she began teaching at the Hebrew Arts School (now the Lucy Moses School) in Manhattan. In 1983, she joined the faculty of the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, where she mostly taught graduate and doctoral students. Several of her students became winners at various competitions. Ms. Young has also regularly given solo recitals at several colleges and in other venues, and has performed as a soloist with the New Jersey State Orchestra and Monmouth Symphony Orchestra. Her activities have also included several lectures on tone quality and technique, as well as master classes and judging several piano competitions. She has received many awards for teaching excellence.


Natela Mchedlishvili – USA

Born in Moscow, Russia, Natela Mchedlishvili began her musical studies at the age of six at the Special Music School for gifted children in Tbilisi, Georgia. She continued her education at the Georgia State Conservatory and graduated with a doctorate degree. Her teachers were Veronica Tumanishvili and Nodar Gabunia. While studying, Ms. Mchedlishvili won several regional and national competitions and performed in major concert halls of Tbilisi, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yerevan, Baku, and other cities of the former Soviet Union. .At the same time, she started her teaching career at the conservatory. Since 1994, Natela Mchedlishvili lives in New York with her husband and two sons. She teaches at the Special Music School of America, which is the only professional pre-conservatory school for gifted children in the country, the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance, and Manhattan School of Music Preparatory division. She has worked as a judge for many competitions within the U.S. and Europe. Among her students are prize-winners of Montreal International Piano Competition, Liszt International Piano Competition, All-Russian Piano Competition, and Stravinsky Competition.