Jury 2018

Annick Villanueva

Annick Villanueva


Having led a career as a clarinet player and music teacher, the French-born Annick Villanueva now devotes most of her time to orchestral conducting. With a 1st prize for clarinet and chamber music from the Lyons Higher National Conservatoire for Music and a place in the International Contest for wind instruments in Toulon, she took up teaching after obtaining the Certificate of Aptitude as a clarinet teacher. She was also member of the French Police Wind Orchestra and she founded the quartet « Tango and C° » in 2013.  

Having fallen under the spell of conducting at the age of nine she currently conducts the Le Havre City Wind Orchestra. With a strong sense of the importance of youth, Annick also conducts several youth ensembles including a symphony orchestra and in addition runs a conducting class as well as other ensembles at the Arthur Honegger Conservatoire in Le Havre.

Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost


Jan Van der Roost (1956, B) studied trombone, music history and musical education at the Lemmens Institute Leuven and the Conservatories of Ghent and Antwerp, where he qualifi ed as a conductor and a composer. Apart from being a prolifi c composer he is also much in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, holder of clinics and guest conductor. Van der Roost exclusively composes commissioned work and his list of works covers a wide variety of genres and styles such as oratorios, children’s opera, cantata and symphony. Today, he teaches at the Lemmens Institute Leuven, and acts as a guest professor at the Nagoya University of Art and at Senzoku Gakuen.

(c) Photo - Marjolein Busstra

Mark Heron

Mark Heron

United Kingdom

Mark Heron is a Scottish conductor noted for dynamic and well-rehearsed performances of an unusually wide repertoire. He appears with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Manchester Camerata, Psappha and Meiniger Hofkapelle. He is Music Director of the Nottingham Philharmonic and as conducting faculty at the RNCM he regularly works with all the College’s orchestras and ensembles.

Mark has huge expertise in contemporary music and had collaborated with dozens of the greatest living composers. He has recorded more than 20 CDs with the RNCM Wind Orchestra and Manchester Camerata on labels such as Chandos, Naxos, NMC, ASC and Polyphonic.

Alongside his conducting engagements, Mark has an international reputation as a conducting teacher on the RNCM’s world-leading conducting programmes, at the University of Manchester, as a visiting professor to the Royal Air Force, and as a guest at masterclasses all over the world.


Jan van den Eijnden (independent chairman)

Jan van den Eijnden (independent chairman)

the Netherlands

Born in Helmond, The Netherlands. He studied Music Education (with Cor de Man) and French Horn (with Herman Jeurissen) in Tilburg.

He played frequently as a horn player in Dutch professional symphony orchestras and ensembles such as the Residentie-Orchestra in The Hague, the Radio Orchestras in Hilversum and several Wind Orchestras. He also played in wind quintet 'Fiati' for many years, with which successful foreign performances took place and radio recordings were made. He also did numerous solo performances, including works by Mozart and Haydn.

He currently works as a cultural education specialist at the LKCA, the National Knowledge Institute for Cultural Education and Amateur Art in Utrecht. As a conductor he is associated with the Sancta Maria Music Association. He is also teacher and coordinator at AMPA  - Academy of Music & Performing Arts at the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg. Formerly he has worked at national level successively at the NIB - National Dutch Institute of Wind Music, Unisono - the National Support Institute for Amateur Music and at Kunstfactor - the National Sector Institute of Amateur Arts.

He acted/will act as independent jury chairman at the WMC - World Music Contest in Kerkrade (2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2022) as well at ECWO - European Championship for Wind Orchestras (2016, 2018, 2022) and at the National Dutch Contest for Youth Symphony Orchestras (2013, 2015, 2018, 2022).


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