Meet the 20th International Choir Festival MUNDUS CANTAT SOPOT 2024 Jury members:

Prof. Anna Fiebig (Gdansk, Poland)
Anna Fiebig is vocalist, chamber musician, choirmaster, academic teacher; graduate of the Academy of Music S. Moniuszko in Gdańsk. With the Polish Chamber Choir “Schola Cantorum Gedanensis”she gave concerts in Poland, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Japan, and the USA. In the 2000s – 2009 she conducted the Sopot Chamber Choir “Continuo”, in the years 1996 – 2021 the Women’s Choir “Gaudium per Canto” of the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Church Music and Education Artistic, Rhythmics and Weir of the Academy of Music. S. Moniuszko in Gdańsk. As a conductor went on a concert tour with choirs to Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Colombia. She won awards and distinctions at choral competitions in Poland and abroad. He is a reviewer in doctoral and habilitation proceedings as well as in proceedings for the title of professor of musical arts.

 

Maestro JAE-JOON LEE (Daegu, South Korea)
Maestro Jae-Joon Lee achieved renown as the conductor of Pilgrim Mission Choir, among others, in 2002 at 2. World Choir Olympics’ in Busan and in 2004 at3. World Choir Olympics in Bremen. In 2010 his choir won Grand Prix at 49. Seghizzi International Choral Competition in Gorizia. In 2004 maestro was artistic director at the International Choir Festival in Daegu, and in 2013 in Yeosu.
After his long stay in the USA Lee came back to Korea in 2000 and founded the Gala Orchestra. The orchestra has won high praise from the media and great admiration from the audience. In the year 2003 Lee became lecturer at The National Institute of Art in Cuba (ISA de Cuba) and International Director of the Cuban National Opera Company.
Lee has often been invited as guest conductor by many orchestras and operas, both in his native country and abroad. He gave concerts in such countries as Cuba, the Philippines, Spain and Russia. He conducted many outstanding musical works by such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Mahler.
Currently Maestro Lee has founded Pilgrim Music Foundation (PMF) on the island Jeju. PMF is building Jeju International Genius Musical Academy (JIGMA), in which exceptionally gifted students will be educated in the nearest future by the internationally famous musical specialists. He is also artistic director of many musical institutions, such as Novo Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilgrim Mission Music Center, International Youth Orchestra Study Group (IYOSG) and Yenoeul Music Center and also International Adviser at St. Paul University in Manila.

 

Maestro Jürgen Faßbender (Limburg, Hessen, Germany)
In recent years Jürgen Faßbender and his choirs have won several first prizes in numerous renowed international competitions, including Arezzo, Venezia and Riva del Garda (Italy), Tours (France), Trelew (Argentina), Prague, Kleipeda (Lithuania), Salzbur and Vienna (Austria), Llangollen (Wales), twice Choir Olympics Champion in Bremen, as well as the BBC London Radio competition „Let the peoples sing!“. At the German Choir Competition in 1994 – for the first time in the history of the competition – he was as two time first prize winner in men´s and women´s choir categorie with Cantabile and Carpe diem Limburg. He ist also co-editor of the successful choral book series „Reine Männersache“ and „Reine Frauensache“ at Peters-Verlag as wellas other publications at Bosse, Bärenreiter and Helbling. With his male Chamber Choir Cantabile Limburg he was the German represantative at the world choir symposium in Kyoto, Japan. From 2008 to 2023 he has been the artistic director of the Hesse State Youth choir and he is currently the artistic director of the Harmonie-Festival in Lindenholzhausen, one of the largest choir and folklore festivals in Europe.

 

Prof. Marcin Tomczak (Gdansk, Poland)
Marcin Tomczak is choir maestro, conductor, research worker at the Music Academy of Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and at the University of Gdansk. In the years 1999-2005 he acted as deputy dean of the Faculty of Choral conductorship. In the years 2005-2012 professor Tomczak was pro-vice rector of the Gdansk Music Academy for artistic and student affairs. In the years 2012-2016 he was and from 2020 he is the Head of the Chair of choral conductorship.
Since 1992 he has been director of the Gdansk University Academic Choir. With this group he toured Poland and also made many tours abroad, performing in Albania, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, USA, South Korea, China, Argentina and Ecuador. Under his leadership the choir won foremost national and international rewards, among others Grand Prix /Vienna, Busan, La Valetta, Pardubice, Vilnius, Prague, Ohrid, Barczewo, Lloret de Mar, Daugavpils, Bandung/. Maestro Tomczak is the winner of numerous individual conductor’s rewards (Poland, Korea, Czech Republic).
In the years 2012-2021 he was lecturer at Post-graduate Choral Maestro and Voice Emission Studies at the Music Academy named after Feliks Nowowiejski in Bydgoszcz.
On Numerous occasions he was invited to be member of the jury at foreign festivals and competitions (Greece, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Italy). He has been the artistic director and chairman of the Jury Of the International Choral Festival Mundus Cantat since 2007.