Committee Members

Alex Babayev, Ph.D (President)

Alex Babayev, President and Founder of Crescendo Int. Competitions, began his career as a concert pianist in age of 5 when performed his very first compositions on the stage of State Conservatory of Russia. Laureate of most comprehensive competitions in Russia, Poland, Austria and Germany.

Education: State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (professor Zakharov), La Sorbonne de Paris, Academy of Science of Russia.

Eugenia Nalivkina

Nata nel 1981 a San Pietroburgo, Russia, inizia lo studio di pianoforte a cinque anni, conseguendo il diploma con la votazione di dieci e lode sotto la guida del prof.ssa Alisa Brazlavskaya. Nel 2000 si diploma, sempre con la lode, presso il “Collegio Musicale Rymsky-Korsakov” e completa poi gli studi musicali nel 2005 presso il famoso “Conservatorio Statale Rimsky-Korsakov”, guidata da Vladimir Mishuk per il pianoforte e da Natalia Arzumanova per la musica da camera.

Lawrence Rosen, M.S.

Lawrence Rosen entered the Pre-College Division of the Julliard School at the age of eight, later earning B.S. and M.S degrees in composition and piano at Julliard while holding the Richard Rodgers Scholarship. He was awarded a Teaching Fellowship, and subsequently joined the regular facilities of both of Julliard School and The Manhattan School of Music for a short time.  He was also a Student/Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. His New York debut at Carnegie Hall included music by Bach, Ives, Cole Porter, and Rosen.

Igor Lebedev, PhD

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Igor Lebedev began his musical training at age eight and made his orchestral debut when he was nine. He received his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where he studied with the distinguished Russian pianist, Professor Pavel Serebriakov. Since then, Mr. Lebedev has performed extensively in the former Soviet Union, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, South Korea, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

Rebecca Cheng, ARCT, LRSM

Rebecca Cheng is Head Coordinator of Crescendo International Competition in British Columbia, Canada. She is Music Teacher and holds an ARCT in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal School of Music from London, England and a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University. In addition, she is certified as Yamaha Piano Grade Examiner.


Tanya Schwartzman, MA

Tanya Schwartzman is the Music Director of the Sharon Music Academy, which she has founded in 1990. She is Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, Master Teacher of World Piano Competition and is a faculty member of several international summer music programs. Tanya holds MA in Musical Education from the prestigious Novosibirsk Conservatory (Russia) and conducted postgraduate studies at the Moscow Pedagogical University, where she subsequently taught piano pedagogy to the future piano teachers. She is the author of several articles in the field of Music Theory and Pedagogy.

Elena Molodozhan (Russia)

Elena Molodozhan began her musical training at age seven with Dr. Irina Tchekanovskaya.

Elena Molodozhan graduated  St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where she studied with the distinguished Russian pianist, Professor Igor Lebedev. Elena Molodozhan is winner of different International  Competitions in Bulgaria, Italy and Russia.

As a Faculty member of Saint-Petersburg Conservatory she was responsible for organization of Conference of European Conservatories and Music Colleges.

Ada Chen (Canada)

Ms. Ada Chen a music graduate from the Hong Kong Baptist College, was a prize student of Prof. Yuen-Shun Shiu. As a teacher, Ada Chen has produced many top performers, and her students have always achieved first class honors with distinction on RCM Examinations. Her teaching method is a blend of patience, affection and energy with a great deal of fun and high expectation. In addition to her teaching, Ada Chen is greatly involved with community music activities; she is one of the founding members of the Markham Music Festival.


Michael Thomopoulos, MA

Michael Thomopoulos is the winner of numerous musical awards and prizes, including the Gina Bachauer International Competition and the prestigious International Concert Artist Guild Competition.  As winner of the latter, he made his formal New York Recital Debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1978.  He has performed as guest soloist with orchestras such as The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The New Hampshire Philharmonic and The Juilliard Philharmonia.  His many solo and chamber music credits include performances at Lincoln Center , The Kennedy Center and The Tanglewo

Tatyana Dudochkin, Ph.D.

Tatyana Dudochkin, a distinguished pianist and teacher, graduated and post graduated with honors from St. Petersburg and Kiev Conservatories where she remained on the faculty for sixteen years. She is currently the Chair of the Piano Ensemble Preparatory and Continuing Education Department at the New England Conservatory. Ms.

Emin Tagiev, MA (Australia)

After graduating as Dux of the music school for gifted and talented children in Baku, USSR, Emin Tagiev completed a Masters Degree in Teaching and Violin Performance at the Azerbaijan State Conservatory of Music.  Whilst is Russia, he co-authored three books on violin teaching methods with his father, Professor Murad Tagiev, who held the position of Head of Strings at the Azerbaijan State Conservatory of Music.

Carol Chuang, MA

Concert pianist, Carol Chuang, received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Since then she has been active as a chamber music performers, piano teacher, educator and a music business entrepreneur. In 2009, after leading her very successful piano studio for many years, Ms. Chuang has established the Pacific Institute of Music - a one of a kind music school offering professional musical education to talented children and aspiring adults.