Introducing The Jury for 2017

The 2017 Jury includes Competition Director and chairman Frank Wibaut (UK), Robert Palmer (USA), Olivier Gardon (France) Bernd Goetzke (Germany), Ewa Poblocka (Poland), Deniz Arman Gelenbe (Turkey/France) and Aquiles Delle Vigne (Argentina)

Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury
Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Frank Wibaut is an International Soloist, Chamber Musician and recording/broadcasting Artist, in major concert halls in more than 30 countries throughout the world. With his repertoire of more than 75 concerti, he has performed with all the major British orchestras, BBC orchestras and many orchestras around the world. He has recorded for EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, Regis, Polydor, Hugo (Hong Kong), Bongiovanni (Italy), HNH (USA),etc. He also performs with many of the worlds leading instrumentalists.

Among his many first prizes are: The Chappell Gold Medal (RCM), The Royal Overseas League, the London Chopin Competition and the BBC Piano Competition etc.

As a much sought after pedagogue, he was Professor of Piano at both the Royal College of Music (where he was both a Junior and Senior Scholar) and the Royal Academy of Music, where he also became Head of Post Graduate Performance Studies. He is now a Senior Piano Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and a Visiting Professor in several countries. During the summer he is a Professor and performer at the Mozarteum Summer Academy (Salzburg) and the Nice Summer Academy and gives Masterclasses throughout the world.

His teachers have included John Barstow, Cyril Smith, Gordon Green, Bela Siki, Nadia Boulanger and Andre Tchaikowsky etc.

He was appointed Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition in 2012 . During September 2016 he will be a judge for the Japan Music Competition. This is the oldest major competition in Japan. In 2017, he has also been invited to be Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the inaugural London Fairfield International Piano Competition at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon

The Royal Academy of Music have awarded him their highest honour for his outstanding service to Music.


Robert Palmer’s career spans three continents, with solo, orchestral and chamber music appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Following his critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1979, Palmer embarked upon a performing career that brought his artistry to many of the major concert halls of the United States and abroad, including several performances in both Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York, the Grand Theatre in Shanghai, Chiang-Kai Chek Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea.
Robert Palmer enjoys a highly successful teaching career. His students, prize-winners in national and international competitions, hail from throughout the world. Palmer has appeared at many summer music festivals and he has served on the jury of numerous international/national piano competitions.
Palmer’s many awards include prizes in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the United States Information Agency National Piano Competition. He is the Mauzy-Porter Distinguished Professor of Piano at Ball State University, United States.


Aged ten, Olivier Gardon gave his first concerto performance playing Bach Concerto in D minor in the Opera de Nice. Previously the young prodigy had been noticed by Hungarian pianist Lily Krause who encouraged him for a career in music.  He was trained at the Conservatoire de Nice and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. His teachers have included Mme Audibert-Lambert, Pierre Sacon, Jean Hubeau, Jean Fassina, Geza Anda, Lili Krause and Gyorgy Sebok.  Olivier gained numerous awards in competitions including… Magarite Long, Queen Elizabeth, the Viotti, Monza, Senigallia and Casella. Recognition also came from Fondations de la Vocation and Alex de Vries. Olivier teaches at the Conservatoire a rayonnement regional de Paris and gives Masterclasses in the Mozarteum Summer Academy, Salburg and, in Japan, Seoul, United States,Villacroze, Nice, Courchevel and Leipzig.


Polish pianist, juror and pedagogue, laureate of international piano competitions in Vercelli (1977), Bordeaux (1979), and Warsaw (1980). She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in almost every European country, and also in both Americas, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia.

Ewa Pobłocka was a soloist for many world premiere performances and first recordings of the works of Polish contemporary composers, including A. Panufnik, Lutosławski, Szymański and Mykietyn. She performed Panufnik’s Piano Concerto in the presence of the composer in 1990; a year later she recorded it with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 she recorded that concerto again with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. On the same album she plays the piano concerto by Lutosławski.

Furthermore there are almost 50 records in her phonographic output, covering the solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary.


One of Germany’s leading teachers and musicians. He studied with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover University of Music and Drama aged 13. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli regarded him as his last pupil. He was a prizewinner in international competitions in Paris, Milan, Epinal, Athens and Brussels.

He is a professor at the Hanover University of Music and Drama and was appointed as a lecturer at the age of 25. He founded the Institute for Gifted Children, affiliated to the university – the first of its kind in Germany, and was Director between 2000 and 2012.

From 2013 Bernd Goetzke taught the Beethoven course at the Wilhelm Kempff Academy in Positano, where he studied under Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau.

He is head of the internationally acclaimed Concert Soloist Programme in Hanover. His students regularly gain international awards and many establish successful performing careers. He holds master classes internationally and regularly serves on Juries of international competitions.


Born in Argentina, Aquiles Delle Vigne gave his first recital at the age of eight. At seventeen, a student of Claudio Arrau, he won the Grand Prix Albert Williams, the top competition in South America. This award opened the doors to the most important concert halls of the continent. Later he studied with Eduardo del Pueyo and György Cziffra. His invitations to tour are from major Conductors, Festivals, Concert Venues and the leading Conservatoires throughout the world, including the Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy. He also serves/Chairs on Juries of the worlds major piano competitions.

His vast discogrophy is on EMI HMV, BASF Harmonia Mundi, BMG-RCA Victor, Pavane and EMS and he recently completed all Beethoven’s piano sonatas and Ravel’s chamber music with piano.


Deniz Gelenbe pursues an international career as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She has performed with the Japan Philharmonic, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and with several other orchestras in Europe, USA and in Asia. She adjudicates/chairs international piano competitions, and gives masterclasses in UK, China, Japan, Spain, USA and France and teaches at Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice, at Chethams, and in Brescia during summers.

Deniz has recorded for Albany, Hungaroton, Musician’s Showcase, Arcobaleno and Akmuzik labels.

She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Cecile Genhart, Adele Marcus and Gyorgy Sandor.

Former Head of Keyboard Department, Deniz, currently is Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and at Schola Cantorum in Paris.