Member of the jury - Member of the artistic committee
Diane Andersen, who was taught by Stefan Askenase, also received valuable advice from the Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer. She has a brilliant career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, and gives concerts all over the world in legendary concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Rudolfinum, the Concertgebouw, the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts), and La Fenice; she has worked with eminent conductors such as Bruno Maderna, Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Georges Prêtre, and Otto Kamu. She has been awarded a number of distinctions and prizes: International Steinway Artist, the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Trophée Fuga (UCB), the Harriet Cohen International Bach Medal, and the Classical Music Award (Midem). Her vast discography includes the complete works of a number of composers (e.g. Jongen and Pierné) and world premieres of works by neglected or unknown composers. She has premiered contemporary works, several of which have been dedicated to her, and her artistic life has been enormously enriched by close contact with illustrious musicians such as Kodály, Tansman, Nono, and Gertler (a partner and friend of Bartók). Diane Andersen is President of EPTA-Belgium Wallonie-Bruxelles and is an emeritus professor at the Royal Brussels Conservatory. She currently runs master classes in North and South America, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, and Europe. She is regularly invited to serve on the juries of international competitions.