Discover the jury which will award the prizes of the 2024 International Choir Competition in Provence.
With more than 30 years of experience and international career, Altamiro Bernardes is a Brazilian conductor, teacher, lecturer and clinician at concerts, conferences, schools, workshops and juror at international competitions. He has performed concerts in Brazil, Argentina, Europe and USA.
His first prize came at the age of 11 when he won the Young Pianists Stimulus Competition. After this he continued his studies and graduated with distinction from “Joao Baptista Juliao” Conservatory. At Tatui Conservatory, he studied harpsichord and after that at the Akademie Voor Aude Muzieck in Amsterdam. He studied conducting and voice at Sao Paulo Baptist College and attended Sao Paulo University “Communicantus” Choral Laboratory.
During his studying years, he was in courses and masterclasses with prominent international conductors. Bernardes is now at Escuela de Dirección de Orquesta, Spain, preparing for the Licentiate Diploma in Orchestra Conducting of the Royal Schools of Music – London.
In 2005 Altamiro Bernardes founded the Academia Concerto – a choral program for professionals and amateurs – where he is the Artistic Director and conductor of the following choirs: Academia Concerto Chamber Choir (professional chamber choir), Camerata Vocal (male choir), Jovem Canto (youth choir) and Academia Coral (mixed adult choir). With the Academia Concerto, Altamiro Bernardes has placed himself as a reference in choral conducting in Brazil.
Maestro Bernardes was at the head as conductor or preparer of major works such as The Messiah (Handel), Beatus Vir RV 597 and Gloria RV 589 (Vivaldi), Magnificat and several Cantatas (Bach), Requiem (Mozart), 9th Symphony (Beethoven), Elijah (Mendelssonhn), The Seven Last Word of Christ (Dubois), Requiem (Faure), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein) Gloria and Requiem (Rutter), operas I Capuleti and Montecchi (Bellini) and Joanna De Flandres (Carlos Gomes).
In 2012 he conducted a tour of 13 joint concerts in 4 states in Brazil with the choirs Septemthillis (Slovakia) and Cantilena (Brazil). In 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of the International Choral Festival “Mundus Cantat” – Poland. In this festival the choirs from Academia Concerto received 6 Diplomas awards and Mr. Bernardes was invited to take part of the jury. In the same year he held the opening concert of the 7th International “Edmund Szymanski” Choral Festival and the Festival “Academia Cantat”.
At present Bernardes is professor at the conducting program and guest director of the Symphonic Choir at Tatui Conservatory – one of the largest and most prestigious conservatories in Latin America. In parallel he teaches conducting for the Conducting Academy at Academia Concerto, Sao Paulo.
Altamiro is also a member of the ACDA – American Choral Directors Association.
In October 2019 Bernardes gave workshops at two of Slovakia’s most prominent conservatories in Prešov and Košice. He also directed the Septemthillis Girls’ Choir as guest conductor at their jubileum gala concert. In November, he was one of 6 maestros chosen from all of Brazil to conduct Mozart’s Requiem in the encounter of the Brazilian New Choir Conductors Association – ABRACO.
Altamiro was recently named Honorary Conductor of K-Orchestra, South Korea. At 21/22 season Altamiro will conducts Mendelssohn’s Symphony n°2 Op. 52 “Lobgesang” in Brazil and conduct in concert and record Kim André Arnesen’s Magnificat in Slovakia.
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Salt Lake Choral Artists in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr Brady R. Allred has developed “an international reputation for excellence.” Under his direction the Salt Lake Choral Artists, a non-profit arts organization of seven choirs and over 300 singers, has achieved critical acclaim for their innovative concerts, Summer Choral Institute program, international tours, iTunes and YouTube presence. Dr. Allred is also an adjudicator in the most important international competitions, and gives Masterclasses on all 5 continents.
Known around the world for “exquisite choral singing,” Dr. Allred’s ensembles have been invited to participate in major festivals and competitions around the world. They won the Grand Prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours (France), the European Grand Prix, and First Prizes at the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition, the Tolosa (Spain) International Choir Competition , and the Concorso Polifonico Internazionale in Arezzo, Italy.
Dr. Allred was also awarded the Conductor’s Prize in Marktoberdorf, Germany. The Salt Lake Vocal Artists represented the USA at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina and have recently toured to Bulgaria, Turkey, Japan, Germany and The Netherlands.
They were also featured performers at the American Choral Directors Association 2015 National Conference and they represented the USA at the first World Choral Expo in Macau, China in November 2015 which included a set of concerts in Hong Kong. They represented the USA at the 2017 World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain and returned to Tolosa, Spain in October 2018 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Tolosa International Choir Competition. They have been invited to the Cantemus Festival in Hungary in August 2022 and the International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana for 2023.
Prior to his full-time appointment as Artistic Director of SLCA, Dr. Allred was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at the University of Utah. He was also the Music Director and Conductor for the Butler Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, Director of Choral Activities at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.
He has been a guest conductor for the Schumann Chamber Orchestra in Italy, the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Vox Gaudiosa of Tokyo, the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Oslo Voices in Norway, the Taipei Youth Choir in Taiwan, the National Youth Choirs of Sweden, Norway and Estonia at the Europa Cantat Festival in Hungary, the Gondwana Choirs of the Australian National Choral School 2016, the Tuks Camerata and Akustika Chamber Choir in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Harmonia Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan. His recent guest conducting engagements have taken him to Birmingham, Alabama, New York City, South Africa, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Bali, France, Indonesia, and Japan.
As a Singer, he has performed with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under Helmuth Rilling. He has served on international juries for competitions in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand and has conducted over one hundred regional and All-State Choirs.
Dr. Allred earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and his undergraduate degree in Theory/Composition and Flute Performance from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, soprano Carol Ann Allred, have traveled and performed extensively as Artistic Ambassadors for the United States Information Agency.
Krista Audere, a singer and choral conductor of Latvian origin, directs several amateur and professional choirs in the Netherlands. Krista is the winner of the Eric Ericson Award 2021.
She is currently the conductor of the VU-Kamerkoor, Kamerkoor Venus, and is regularly engaged as a guest conductor of the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Dutch Radio Choir and Cappella Amsterdam.
Krista Audere is the winner of the Eric Ericson award 2021, the world’s leading competition for young choral conductors.
In the 2023/24 season she has engagements with the State Choir Latvia, the Hungarian Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, the Bavarian Radio Choir, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, the Spanish National Choir, the SWR Vokalensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland and the BBC Singers.
Krista Audere (1989) graduated from Riga Dom choir school where she gained qualifications as a choir master and choral singer.
She then attained the Bachelor’s degree in choral conducting at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music while enriching her musical experience at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. In 2016 Krista obtained the Masters diploma and graduated cum laude at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. As a singer she has collaborated with the Latvian Radio Choir and Cappella Amsterdam.
Krista Audere is a frequent jury member in conducting and choir competitions, as well as giving masterclasses on choral conducting.
Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She obtained her Master in Music Education (Choral Focus) from Westminster Choir College, U.S.A. She is currently a lecturer and choir director at the Faculty of Music at the University of Malaya (UM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA), where she conducts the MIA Ladies Chorus, the Men’s Chorus and the Mixed Voices Choir. Both the Men and Ladies Choruses have won many gold medals and been category winners in various international competitions.
In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about vocal and choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Teachers’ Training Course to Malaysia to improve the standards of local classroom music teaching.
She organized the 24th International Kodály Symposium in August 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia; through this, she hopes to bring more awareness of the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Southeast Asian region. During the pandemic, Susanna organized monthly Kodály Online Hangouts, bringing together music educators from around the world to learn, sing and stay connected.
Susanna is also the Founder and Director of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (MCE), which organised various symposium, national and international choir festival since 2002.
Since 2007, Susanna has been regularly invited by INTERKULTUR, Germany, to be a member of the jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. She has been appointed a member of the Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM).
Susanna is also an active speaker at various music education events, promoting effective music teaching in the 21st century. She currently holds the position of Vice-President in the International Kodály Society, the World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association, and the Malaysian Association for Music Education.
She is also a Board Member of the International Choral Conductors Federation (ICCF) and serves on the Advisory Board of CHORALSPACE, Germany.
Luc Coadou is a French solo singer specialized in the Baroque repertoire for bass voice of the 17th and 18th centuries. He also works as a choirmaster and conductor and directs the “Ensemble Instrumental de Toulon et du Var” as well as the professional vocal ensemble “Les Voix Animées”. Luc will be the President of the Jury for the third time.
Born in the mists of the North, like the Franco-Flemish masters of the Renaissance, Luc Coadou happily passes from the status of singer to that of choir director and ensemble with a constant concern for pedagogy and musicological research. A certain predilection for old repertoires can be found in his university work, he is the author of research on lyrical theater at the time of the French Revolution.
Baritone Luc Coadou began his career as a child singer with the Dunkirk Choir school Les Rossignolets. He studied singing in Lille and perfected with Rachel Yakar and René Jacobs at the Studio Versailles-Opéra.
He sings with many ensembles such as La Chapelle Royale, Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Parliament of Music, La Grande Écurie and Chambre du Roy and Le Concert Spirituel. From medieval music to contemporary creation, its repertoire combines musical research and eclecticism. He has performed at prestigious festivals and many opera houses as a singer.
As conductor, Luc Coadou conducts among others Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Georg Friedrich Handel’s Le Messie, and numerous lyrical works from the 19th century, including little-known operas by Boieldieu, Weber, Chabrier, Viardot, Bizet, Gounod, Pergolèse, Grétry, Delibes, Terrasse and Offenbach.
Singing teacher, he is invited by the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon during masterclasses devoted to Renaissance polyphony and has been teaching since 2000 at the National Conservatory with regional influence in Toulon Provence Méditerranée, after having taught for ten years at the Conservatory. from Caen.
With Les Voix Animées, he explores the vast repertoire of a cappella vocal music and especially that of Renaissance polyphony. By creating the ensemble in 2009, Luc Coadou fashioned a veritable sound “toolkit” allowing him to give life and voice to little-known or even forgotten music of the 15th and 16th centuries. Throughout the ensemble’s programs, the “reborn” Josquin, Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd re-enchant our 21st century ears and mingle with the works of “contemporaries” Karol Beffa, Dimitri Tchesnokov, Tomas Bordalejo, Léo Collin, Raphaël Languillat, Christophe Demarthe and Romain Bastard specially composed for Les Voix Animées.
In 2024, Luc will chair the Jury for the 3rd time at the International Choral Competition in Provence.
Michał Brożek – the conductor, organist, composer, music teacher. He is the graduate of Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice.
In 2009 he graduated from the bachelor programme in two specializations: Music Education and Conducting Vocal and Vocal-Instrumental Bands and also Church Music.
In 2011 he graduated with distinction from the master programme in the following specializations: Conducting the Choir with theoretical and musical courses in the conducting class of professor Iwona Melson and Music Education with theoretical and musical courses.
In 2010 he was a participant of the 13th National Choral Conductor’s Competition in Poznań. During his study period, in 2008, he started a “Cantate Deo” Choir by the Saint Cross Parish in Tychy and in 2013 has become the conductor of the Choir of the University of Economics in Katowice.
He gives concerts in Poland and abroad, including in Italy, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Macedonia and China.
He has won numerous awards and distinctions with his ensembles, the most recent of which include :
– 1st place in the mixed choirs category and the Grand Prix at the 10th International Choral Competition “Music & Sea” in Paralia, Greece (2022)
– Gold Diploma in the academic choirs category (1st place category) and a Special Award for the best performance of a sacred piece during the 17th International Choir Festival “Gaude Cantem” in Bielsko-Biała (2022)
– Golden Diploma and 1st place at the National Choir Tournament Legnica Cantat 53 in Legnica and an award for the best performance of a contemporary Polish composer (2023)
– 1st place in the mixed choir category and 3rd place in the Grand Prix competition at the International Choir Competition in Provence (2023). Furthermore, he has been awarded as the best conductor of the International Choir Competition in Provence 2023 and has therefore been invited to act as Jury Member for the 2024 edition.
Also he has sepeatedly received a special award for the best conductor in others festivals and choral competitions.
Since 2015 he has been the artistic director of the Local Review of Carols and Pastorals in Tychy for primary schools, middle and high schools.
And since 2018, the artistic director of the Metropolitan Choral Festival in Katowice.
He successfully conducted many vocal and instrumental concerts, such as J. Rutter’s Magnificat, G. Faure’s Requiem, J.S.Bach’s Great Mass in B minor, W. Kilar’s Missa pro Pace, and K. Jenkins’ Stabat Mater. He has recorded 4 CDs: Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, carol albums recorded with the “Cantate Deo” Choir and the Choir of the University of Economics in Katowice, as well as the CD Caelesti lumine which contains sacred songs performed by the Choir of the University of Economics in Katowice.