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).

Thomas Trachsel

Thomas Trachsel


In the year 2000 Thomas Trachsel (1972 *), completed his studies as a band conductor at the College of Music in Bern with great honor. Thereafter he attended a master class with AndreasSpörri. Thomas Trachsel worked as a conductor and guest conductor of variouswind orchestras and brass bands as well as a teacher of music theory and musichistory. In addition, he has worked as an expert in competitions and musicfestivals.

Thomas Trachsel is a freelance composer and wrote, among otherthings commissioned, works for the Federal Music Festival and the National Youth Brass Band. The musical language in his work is based on the lateromantic tradition, mixed with contemporary elements. His typical style areacting melancholic phrases and themes, large-scale suspense, formidable soundbreakouts and also the extremely demanding nature of the orchestration. Thematically it deals mostly with the current problems of mankind, however, the question usually plays after the 'being' or 'not being' a central role in life. In this context, his Symphonys was created. Since 2021, Thomas Trachsel serves as president of the musical commission of the Swiss Wind Band Association.

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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