International Selection Jury
Italian Igor Roma was born in Switzerland and began there to play the piano there at the age of eleven. After moving to Italy, he was admitted to the Conservatoire of Vicenza. Even before finishing his studies, Igor Roma successfully competed in various Italian piano competitions, winning several first prizes. He also studied at the Academy of Imola with Franco Scala, but took lessons as well with Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Alexander Lonquich.
From 1994 onwards, Igor Roma entered and won prizes in several competitions such as the International Piano Competition of Dublin, the Hamamatsu International Competition in Japan and the ‘Arthur Rubinstein’ International Piano Master Competition of Tel Aviv. In 1996, Igor Roma won First Prize and Press Prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition. That is when Igor Roma’s successful career really took off.
His repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen, and also includes lesser-known piano pieces by Szymanowsky, Kurtag and De Falla, among others. He has performed all over Europe, in South-Africa and China and has worked with outstanding conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Roberto Benzi, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Claus Peter Flor, Jaap van Zweden and Zoltán Kocsis.
He has played with prestigious orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dutch Radio orchestras, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Hungary.
He has performed at several festivals such as the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and Philippe Herreweghe’s Festival in Saintes. In 2008, he was already a jury member of the Liszt Competition and in 2010 he was a member of the International Selection Jury.