2017 Audition Judges

Moye Chen is the winner of numerous competitions such as the 11th Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia), the 58th Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA), the 16th International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” (Spain), the 8th International Iowa Piano Competition (USA), the 1st Berliner International Music Competition (Germany), and the 5th World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition (Serbia), among others. Mr. Chen is the exclusive recording artist of Universal Music. Mr. Chen is a Kawai Artist.


Yehuda Gilad, Music Director of the Colburn Orchestra is lauded by The New York Times for his “strong imaginative programming.” He takes an innovative approach to music-making, which has earned him a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and charismatic artists. A conductor, instrumentalist, and teacher, he strives for “total musicianship,” and as a result, he has won the acclaim of both critics and audiences alike.


Antonio Lysy, professor of Cello at UCLA is an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue. He has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi.


Yoshika Masuda, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at California Lutheran University in Los Angeles, is fast emerging as one of the most unique and versatile artists of his generation. Praised by the press for possessing a sound that is "ravishing, vibrant, and sensitive", his recent Tokyo debut garnered critical acclaim. Yoshika has performed throughout his native Australia, Japan, the US and Europe.



Alan Smith, pianist, is a professor at the USC Thornton School of Music who enjoys a reputation as one of the United States’ most highly regarded figures in the field of collaborative artistry. His performing experiences have included associations in major musical venues. Smith serves as the chair of Keyboard Studies and still serves as the director of the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Program, one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind the country.


Gillian SmithGillian Smith has been teaching piano for more than thirty years. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the UCLA and a Master of Music degree from Cal-State University, Northridge.  She adjudicates for the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Certificate of Merit Program, as  well  as  other  competitive  events  including  the  Chinese  American  Young Musician Competition. Ms. Smith is president of  the  Music  Teachers’  Association  of  California  San  Fernando  East  Valley Branch.