Aarne Saluveer (Estonia)
Aarne Saluveer is one of the most active Estonian figures in the international music scene - a producer, conductor and educator. He serves as founding Artistic Director Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, the President of Estonian Choral Association, a Board member of IFCM, Europa Cantat 2000-2009, a member of the Estonian Music Council and Council of World Choir Games, and a founding member of Estonian Society for Music Education and its first Chairman. He has been heavily involved in the Laulupidu Estonian Song Celebrations since 1993, where he conducts the world biggest joint choir with 30,000 singers to an audience of 100,000. Saluveer has worked as adjudicator and presentator in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and published articles in International Choral Bulletin, Europa Cantat Magazine and others. Mr Saluveer was decorated with the Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia in 2004, and the Arezzo Guidoneum Award in Italy in 2012. Under his leadership the Estonian Television Girl‘s Choir and Children’s Choir have won awards and Grand Prix at diverse choral contests, including Tolosa, Gorizia, Arezzo, Arnhem, Pohlheim and the European Broadcast Union live-competition ”Let The Peoples Sing”. In 2009 he won Grand Prix in Estonian Chamber Choir Competition with the Tallinn University Chamber Choir. He has shared the stage with Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Roxanna Panufnik, Neeme Järvi, Paul Hillier, Urmas Sisask, Imogen Heap, Ana Silvera, and Michael Jackson.
María Guinand (Venezuela)
María Guinand, choral conductor and University Professor, is frequently invited as conductor and teacher in the U.S.A, Europe, Asia and Latin America. A specialist in Latin-American Choral Music of the 20th and 21st centuries, she has won the ‘Kulturpreis’(1998) of the InterNationes Foundation, the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000), and recently the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009). A graduate of Bristol University (England), Guinand studied choral conducting with Alberto Grau. She has studied with Helmuth Rilling, Luigi Agustoni and Johannes B. Goeschl. Ms. Guinand resides in Venezuela, where she directs the Schola Cantorumde Venezuela and the Cantoría Alberto Grau. Her choirs have toured extensively and won many awards. Always interested in new choral music, she has participated in a variety of performances and recordings for the labels Deutsche Grammophon and Nonesuch, including Osvaldo Golijov ́s Pasión según San Marcos and John Adam ́s A Flowering Tree. For over 30 years she has been Associated Conductor and Advisor of Choral Symphonic Performances and Activites of El Sistema( FESNOJIV). She teaches in the Master Degree Program for Choral Conductors at the University Simón Bolívar where she has worked as professor and conductor for 28 years.
Karen Anderson (California, USA)
Martin Benvenuto (California, USA)
Elise Bradley (Canada)
Judit Hartyányi (Hungary)
Judit Hartyányi holds a diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music in Choral Conducting and Teachers’ Training. She is recently retired as an Associate Professor of Orchestra and Choral Conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. From 1972 to 2011, she conducted several choirs, including the Girls’ Chorus of Székesfehérvár, Hungary, which premiered works by many contemporary Hungarian composers and won awards in international competitions. She was awarded the ARTISJUS prize for performers of contemporary music. Since 1995, she has been a frequent visiting professor at Holy Names University. She has served as juror for numerous international choral competitions (France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, USA) and has taught summer courses and workshops in Italy, Slovenia, Ireland, New Zealand, U.K., Malaysia, the Philippines and the U.S. Judit is a Vice President of the International Kodály Society (IKS), and a president of the Arts Council of the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras.