Jury 2023

Catherine Berg

Catherine Berg


Catherine Berg (former Leclerc) studied the clarinet in Paris where she lived and worked for 10 years. She entered the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed forces in -96, and has since then lead a parallell career as an orchestra musician, conductor and teacher in Norway. In 2012 Catherine premiered Stig Norhagen’s clarinet concerto, written for her and the Norwegian Staff Band. Catherine teaches chamber music and clarinet at Barratt Dues Musikkinstitutt.

Maxime Aulio

Maxime Aulio


Maxime Aulio was born in Chartres,France, in 1980. He began his studies of organ at a young age but soon tookinterest in percussion, harpsichord, then french horn, instrument he studiedand graduated at the Conservatory of Toulouse, France. Then, he studied at theLemmens School of Arts (Lemmensinstituut) in Leuven, Belgium, where he graduatedin 2006 with a Master in Music in composition and wind conducting.

Maxime Aulio is a self-taught andversatile composer. His list of works includes items for soloist(s) and windorchestra as well as compositions for chamber ensembles, symphonic orchestra,or film music.

Interested in wind orchestra historyand its french military origins, he succeeded in 2008 a contest to be MilitaryConductor, an activity he assured until 2013 at the Principal Wind Band of French Army. 2017 to 2021,  he taught  conducting, orchestrationand repertoire to the new recruited military conductors (positioned in theground, air or marine forces) and foreign military conductors from Africa.

Selected for a DMA in WindConducting at the  University  of North Texas  (USA)  in 2015, then teaching orchestra, conductingand chamber music at the Conservatory of Tours (France), he continues to givetime to compose new commissions, especially for wind ensembles.

In the meantime, he regularlyparticipates as an adjudicator in many different events: professional nationaldiplomas for instrumentalists, amateur wind bands regional contests (for theFrench confederation CMF), instrumental and theory exams in severalconservatories, composition/orchestration exams/contests (e.g. internationalcomposition competition of Belfort, France, in 2019, with Bart Picqueur).

Starting October 2021, he is professor of Wind Conducting at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal).

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).

Heiko Schulze

Heiko Schulze


Heiko Schulze was born on10/0/1970 in Döbeln (Sachsen). He started with trombone, baritone and piano atthe Music Academy of the Youth Wind Orchestra Espenhain (Sachsen). Afterwardshe completed his studies ‘music education’ at the School for music in Kronach.At the Meistersinger Conservatory in Nürberg he majored in trombone, which hesuccessfully completed. He also followed conducting lessons with Jochen Wehnerand composition lessons with Otto Wagner.

From 1996-2007 he was theCities Musical Director in the town of Bad Lausick, where he was entrusted withthe development and daily management of the Stadtmusik Bad Lausick and theMusic School Muldental "Theodor Uhlig". In October 1999 he wasappointed State Music Director of the Sachsen Wind Music Association. He heldthis office until 2010. From 1999 to 2018, he was director of the German WindAcademy and from 2001, managing director of the Sachsen Wind PhilharmonicOrchestra.

Since August 2018, he is the Director of Musicand Education at the “Blasmusikverband Baden-Württemberg” where he isresponsible for developing the content of the newly established MusikzentrumBaden-Württemberg. In May 2006, he was elected Federal Music Director by theFederal Association of German Music Associations and in November 2015 he waselected to the Presidium of the Federal Association of German OrchestraAssociations. Since May 2018, he has been working on an honorary basis asArtistic Director for the International Confederation of Musical Societies(CISM).

As a guest conductor, he works with a widevariety of wind ensembles and wind orchestras. He is a guest lecturer andadjudicator at numerous educational events and international competitions andworks as a producer and recording manager for various sound productions.


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