Around the Globe Music & Arts

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

Jury panel

Melanie Spanswick Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, and composer. She is a piano professor at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, an Honorary Master Teacher at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong, and she also teaches at Eton College. As an educator, Melanie has examined for the ABRSM, and she adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She frequently gives masterclasses, workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad, including Germany, the USA and the Far East. As a pianist, she has performed and broadcast worldwide, and has given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at many music festivals and major concert halls. As an author, Melanie is published by Schott Music, Faber Music and Alfred Music UK. Her three-book piano course, Play It Again: PIANO, has become one of Schott's best-selling series. Her popular works from piano pieces' collections including Piano Waves, Digressions, No Words Necessary and Snapchats have featured on the repertoire list at Around Globe Piano Music Festival. She is also a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA). Melanie graduated from the Royal College of Music in London with a Master's degree in Performance Studies.

Tau WeyTau Wey enjoys performing unusual yet captivating music. His eclectic repertoire is as likely to include fugues as folk music, sonatas as songs, and rondos as rags. The music he plays branches out into myriad directions, making connections to the sound worlds that people inhabit. Born in Taiwan, Tau subsequently lived in Germany and then in England. After reading music at Cambridge, he studied with Yonty Solomon and Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and with Jacob Lateiner at Mannes College of Music in New York. He was awarded First Prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition. He has performed at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts. Tau is Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School, as well as teaching at Eltham College and at the Kent International Piano Course.

Olga DudnikOlga Dudnik MA studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Ukraine, receiving the Gold Medal for Excellence and wining the Ukraine Piano Competition. She continued studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and was awarded the Premier Prix at the completion, as well as 1st prize at the Arianne Katz and prizes in the Young Soloist of the Year and Hong Kong International Piano Competition. Olga made her Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts with a BBC live broadcast and has appeared with numerous orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music and combines a teaching career with performing across Europe.

Marina PetrovMarina Petrov MA is a classical pianist and piano pedagogue specialising in Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Pianists. In addition, she has contributed articles to EPTA and ISSTIP journals as well as holding seminars, masterclasses and workshops on related subjects at various universities and music colleges in London and Cork.Since settling in London in 1989, she performed solo recitals as well as chamber music and accompanying opera singers in major concert halls across the UK and London, including Regent Hall, St John's at Smith Square as well as other music institutions. Further to performing and teaching career, the versatile Mrs Petrov is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Around the Globe Music & Arts and AGPMF Piano Competition as well as Executive Editor of Around the Globe Music Magazine. As a child prodigy, she has won many national piano competitions in former Yugoslavia that followed by tours, media appearances including TV and Radio Belgrade shows. She has also won a national grant to study further at the renowned Moscow Music Conservatoire, in 1979. Marina's talents are renowned in the British press including The Times and she is listed in International Who's Who in Music since 1992.

Maya JordanMaya Jordan MA, holds a Masters Degree of Music Academy in Belgrade and a PG Certificate from the London College of Music. A winner of numerous prizes, she has performed throughout the former Yugoslavia, Italy, Cyprus, France, Germany and England and recorded for various Radio and TV programmes. Maya's performing career has extended through her interest in bringing music and artists of different countries together. Maya has been co-founder of the project 'Sounds of the Balkans' and Artistic Director of numerous events and projects, promoting Serbian culture and encouraging artists of different origins to work together. For many years she was a Secretary of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. At present Maya is a Secretary of The Serbian Council of Great Britain and has been involved in numerous charity projects (including 'Magic & Toys', 'Ada Art') in aid of Serbian people and children. She is also a Programme Coordinator of the Serbian Month in Great Britain and co-founder / Director of the Around the Globe Music & Arts.