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Grand jury

2018-2019 Cycle : jury

David Harrington

David Harrington is the founding member and first violinist of the Kronos Quartet, which has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience.

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Jean During

Jean During is a renowned ethnomusicologist whose expertise spans the musical cultures of Iran and Greater Central Asia, from Azerbaijan to the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. Recently retired from his position as Senior Research Fellow at France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Jean During has published over a dozen books, dozens of articles and book chapters, and more than fifty CDs featuring his own field recordings of classical, cultivated, and spiritual musical traditions performed by leading masters.

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Akram Khan

Akram Khan is a celebrated British dancer choreographer. Born in London in 1974, Mr. Khan’s early training was in Bengali folk dance and the north Indian classical Kathak style. He went on to train in contemporary dance at De Montfort University in Leicester and at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, from where he graduated with the highest marks ever awarded by the school.

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Salima Hashmi

Salima Hashmi is one of the most influential and well-respected artists and curators in Pakistan. Besides being an accomplished painter, she also runs her own art gallery, which features the work of young artists. She taught at the prestigious National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan, for more than thirty years and served as its principal for four years. She is the former Dean of the School of Visual Arts and Design at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

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Nouri Iskandar

Syrian musician and musicologist Nouri Iskandar is one of the most important researchers and composers working on old Syrian music, and an authority on Syriac sacral and folk music and its history. Born in 1938 in Deir al-Zur, Nouri Iskandar moved with his family to Aleppo in 1941, where he joined the local Syriac Orthodox scout band and had his first music lessons.

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