Shigeru Kawai is the official piano of
the Dallas International Piano Competition.

Jurors 2024

Andrew Brownell

Andrew Brownell won 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition, 2nd Prize ex aequo at the 2002 International J. S. Bach Competition (Leipzig), and 1st Prize at the 2005 J. N. Hummel Competition (Bratislava), since which he has achieved widespread recognition as “one of the foremost Hummel interpreters of our time” (Hudobný Život). Musical Opinion has described him as “potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation”, and his recent solo album Shades of Night has received critical praise in Fanfare and American Record Guide.

Highlights for the current season include solo and chamber music appearances across Europe and North America, including performances at Wigmore Hall in London and the Philharmonia in Vilnius.  Brownell’s performances have aired on NPR, CBC, BBC radio and television, Classic FM (UK), ORF (Austria), and RBB KulturRadio. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Hermitage State Orchestra (Russia), Oregon Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Brownell began studying the piano at the age of four. His teachers have included Nancy Weems, John Perry, and Joan Havill. An enthusiastic collaborative artist, Andrew Brownell was a member of a prize-winning trio at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has appeared in concert with principals of orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Vienna Philharmonic. An experienced organist and church musician, he was assistant organist at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Los Angeles from 2001-06 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2010.  Since 2017, he has been teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.

Tali Morgulis

Pianist Tali Morgulis is a passionate performer and a dedicated pedagogue. Prize winner of several international competitions, Dr. Morgulis continues to present critically acclaimed solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances worldwide. Tali champions living composers with regular commissions and performances of new pieces. In recent years she has premiered works by Marcus Maroney, Lei Liang and Finola Merivale. Her concert repertoire also includes many lesser known gems of composers past and present. Her most recent performances have championed works by women composers. An expert collaborator, Tali has shared the stage with such renowned musicians soprano Albina Shagimuratova, cellist Misha Quint, violinist Uri PIanka, mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzauskas and many others.

Dr. Morgulis’ students come from many different countries and backgrounds. They describe her as a great motivator and an inspiring mentor. She takes pride in supporting not only their performance and teaching but also in becoming important members of their respective communities. Tali began her college teaching career at Fort Hays State University, KS in 2005. She is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, TX. Tali is passionate about learning how music affects every stage and aspect of human life. In the Spring of 2019 Dr. Morgulis and psychologist Dr. Gregory Beaulieu co-created and taught an interdisciplinary course on the intersection of music and cognitive science.

Tali started her music education in her native Ukraine at age 4. She continued studying piano after moving to Israel at age 15. Dr. Morgulis holds degrees in piano performance from Tel Aviv Academy of Music (BM and MM), the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA (DMA). She holds diplomas from the Manhattan School of Music and the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. She was fortunate to study with such wonderful musicians as Esther Balasha, Mikhail Boguslawski, Wha Kyung Byun, Lev Natochenny, Alexander Gorin (organ) and Patricia Zander (chamber music).

In her free time Tali enjoys playing with her daughter Marianna and her toy poodle Lucy, traveling, reading about the mind, hiking. More than anything else – she loves spending time with family and friends.

Shijun Wang

As the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung Heidelberger described, “Shijun Wang is a fascinating, serious and sensitive musician” As a solo pianist and orchestral soloist, Shijun Wang has performed in California, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Utah, Michigan, Idaho, Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as Germany, France, Norway, Spain, China, Mexico, South Korea, and Japan. In his most recent China tour, he gave master classes, lectures and recitals in more than half of the major Chinese conservatories includes Shenyang Conservatory, Xi’an Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory and Jilin College of Arts. He was appointed as visiting professor of Xi’an Conservatory where he would give concerts and master classes for one month each summer starting from 2017. He also teaches at Puigcerda Music Festival in Spain, East/West International Piano Festival in South Korea and Lancaster International Music Festival in Pennsylvania in the summer.
His recent orchestral appearances include the Rachmaninoff “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the Lafayette Symphony, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Evening Stars Orchestra; Duxbury Music Festival Orchestra; Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Music Academy of the West Orchestra; Tulsa Signature Symphony Orchestra.

He has won many national and international prizes of piano performances, including the Excellence Award in the 65th Steinway Children and Young pianist Competition 2002. He subsequently won the Excellence award of the 8th Germany Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in 2002. The same year he won the Bronze medal at the Hong Kong Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. In 2008, he won the fifth prize in the Hamamatsu Piano Academy. In 2010, he won the first prize and the audience prize in Crescendo Piano Competition.

Professor Wang currently an assistant professor of piano at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He also worked at Weber State University where he taught piano major students, music theory, collaborative piano, and chamber music. Professor Wang got his early music training in Shenyang, China. He began learning piano at the age of four. In 1999 he was accepted into the Music High School of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Dong-Dun Zhang. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School studied with Oxana Yablonskaya and Joseph Kalichstein. He also completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Nelita True. His musical mentors have also included Thomas Schumacher, Dan-Wen Wei, Alfred Brendel, Emanuel Ax, and Richard Goode.