Carolyn Carlson (USA)
Dancer & Choreographer
1974-1980, Etoile-Choreographer at the Paris Opera Ballet (GRTOP);
1980-1984, Artistic director of Teatrodanza La Fenice, Venice;
1985-1991, Residence at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris;
1991-1992, Residency at the Finnish National Ballet and at the Helsinki City Theater;
1994-1995, Artistic Director of Ballet Cullberg, Stockholm;
1999-2002, Artistic Director of the dance section of the Venice Biennale;
Philippe Torreton (France)
He received the César 1997 for best actor for his performance in Captain Conan;
Since leaving the Comédie-Française in 1999, he has pursued a rich career in theater, but also in cinema and television;
He was again nominated for the César for best actor in 2012 for his performance in Presumed Guilty;
In 2018, he published a collection of short stories We who have become the bad weather;
Philippe Torreton is a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters.
Seiji Ozawa (Japan)
He was the Guest Conductor for major operas and symphony orchestras around the world;
For an extraordinarily long period (1973–2002), Ozawa served as a music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra;
He was the principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera from 2002 to 2010;
He was nominated for several Grammy Awards, winning for Best Opera Recording for Ravel: L’Enfant et les sortilèges;
In 2011, Ozawa received the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale prize for music;
He was named a Kennedy Center honoree in 2015.
Steven Holl (USA)
In 1986, he won the Best Architectural Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA);
In 1998, he won the prestigious Alvar Aalto Prize;
In July 2001, "Time" magazine named him the "Best Architect in America";
In 2003, he was awarded an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects;
2008 BBVA Foundation Frontier Award Art Award;
In 2012, he won the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects;
In 2014, he won the Architectural Award of the Commemorative World Culture Award under the Takamatsu Palace.
Igor Livant (Russia)
Artist & Poet
Producer of films, festivals and shows in France and Russia;
Organization of the artistic youth festival in Irkutsk and Paris;
Organization of the “Cultural Caravan” festival in Irkutsk;
Organization of the shooting of perestroika subjects for French television;
Organization of the international conference "East-West , the search for the development of Russia ";
Creation of the House of Europe in Irkutsk with the support of the Council of Europe.
Zhou Changxin (China)
China's Famous Contemporary Painter
Founder of Zhongcai Oil Painting;
Founder of Chinese Thick Color Porcelain;
Creative focus and symbolic character of Chinese and Western art integration;
Vice president of Culture Committee of China Society for policy science;
Dean of Changxin International Art College, Yunnan University.
Benoit + Bo
Benoit (France) & Bo (China), Visual Designer
Their work is autobiographic, about their experiences, feelings and thoughts as an artist duo in an intercultural relationship. Using their combined heritage, knowledge and world-views they create hybrid, contemporary visions, a mix of Asia and Europe, China and France. Benoit+Bo have previously exhibited in museums and galleries in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Australia.
Eduard Kazarian (Kazakhstan)
In 2000, the first national prize "Tarlan";
In 2011, awarded the "Gold Medal" of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia;
A member of the Artists' Union of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
He held more than forty solos and was a participant in more than 130 collective exhibitions;
Works are exhibited in private and public collections of Kazakhstan and abroad.