For the Satori competition, we have been very lucky to have a judging pool composed of some of the best educators and musicians around the world. Every year, our judges are alternately selected from this pool to maintain fairness and consistency. We thank sincerely to those who have expressed their willingness to serve as judges. We are temporarily suspending the call for new judges this year as the pool has reached the maximum capacity. If there are new vacancies, we will announce it in the future.

Chair of Satori Summer Music Festival Judge Panel

Dr. Andrew Park
Assistant Professor, Piano Studies
School of Music – Azusa Pacific University


Grand Prize Strings Contest Judge

Dr. Kyung Eun Choi
Faculty member of Seoul National University

Samvel Chilingarian
Artistic Director and conductor of Verdugo Young Musicians Association (VYMA)

Jonathan Wei
Former Member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Sizhi Yan
Professor of Sichuan Conservatory of Music.


Grand Prize Piano Contest Judge

Carl Matthes
For 29 years Executive Director of Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Advisor to and Former Chair of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival. Advisor to and Former President of Glendale MTAC.

Dr. Janet Favreau
Faculty of Loyola Marymount University, West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Harbor College

Dr. Judy Huang
Concert Pianist
State Chair of the MTNA National Student Competitions and the MTAC Piano Concerto/Solo Competitions


Representative of Satori Summer Music Festival Committee.