Moscow, jury chairmanPerformer, Russian folk and jazz composer. Collector and maker of traditional folk music instruments. Nominee of the BBC World Music Award (2003). “Mirovaya derevnya” (World Village) TV series producer. Animated feature film “Knyaz Vladimir” (Prince Vladimir) record producer. Sergey Starostin gives lectures and masterclasses on the history and theory of Russian culture.
Krasnoyarsk, jury co-chairmanArtistic director of the Krasnoyarsk State Ensemble “KrasA”, earned numerous honorary degrees: Honored Worker of the Russian Music Society, Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, and holder of the second-class Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”.
Moscow, jury memberFounder of the band Farlanders that existed from 1994 to 2004. Soloist of the band Alliance during 1990s. In 1994, the Music album “Sdelano v belom” (Made in White) by Alliance was awarded with the Grand Prix of Radio France in the category “Best pop and rock music in the East”, and the band performed at a concert of laureates in Paris. In 1996 Inna Zhelannaya performed in Atlanta (USA) at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Republic of Khakassia, Abakan, jury memberMinister of Culture of the Republic of Khakassia, chairman of the Herald's Committee of Khakassia, candidate of Historical Sciences, museologist and archaeologist
Republic of Khakassia, Abakan, jury memberSinger, musician, actor, winner of the first prize of the Voice of Asia Festival, Honored Artist of the Republic of Khakassia and Altai, Artistic Director of the Republic's Philharmonic.
Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Yakutsk, jury memberVirtuoso mouth harp player. Leader of the ensemble Ayarhaan, Honored Artist of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), holder of the Russian Federation Government Award “Dusha Rosii” (Soul of Russia).
Moscow, jury memberProfessor of the Choral and Solo Singing Department of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, many-times jury chairman, leader of masterclasses of the All-Russian level.
Moscow, jury memberChoirmaster and consultant of the children’s folk ensemble Zvonnitsa (“Bell Gable”), teacher and consultant of the Folk Department of the Evgeny Svetlanov Children’s School of Arts, laureate of international and All-Russian competitions, many-times jury chairman and leader of masterclasses of the All-Russian level.
Republic of Tyva, Kyzyl, jury memberTuvinian guitar player and singer, Honored Artist of the Republic of Tyva, BBC Radio prize holder in the category “Best World Music Singer of the Asian-Pacific region”, one of the founders of the Huun-Huur-Tu band, founder of the Yat-Kha band.