This year, the five-member Jury will be made up of representatives from United Kingdom, France, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The Jury’s hands will be full, as they will have to award five prizes: Grand Prix Golden Prague, three Czech Crystals and Special Mention for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement.
Brian Large, a television director and author, who is among the world's most respected television directors specializing in opera and classical music, will be heading the Jury. He has more than 700 recordings to his artistic credit, his specialisation is classical music and an interest in Czech culture. Brian Large has worked with the world’s greatest stars, orchestras and operas, and for many years at the BBC. In 2017 he also became the very first artist to receive the EBU and IMZ Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Prague Festival.
Emelie de Jong works at ARTE France. She is a Head of the Arts Department that develops and proposes ambitious cultural documentaries and performing arts programmes, emblematic magazines such as Tracks (now headed for its twenty fifth year) as well as digital native documentary formats for broadcast on ARTE as well as on the channel’s digital platforms.
Another French Jury member is Natalie Gomez, who works as International Distribution and Acquisition Manager at Auditorium Films and Operations Project Manager at Qwest TV. She manages a current catalogue of over 1500 audiovisual performing arts programs from major festivals and venues around the world. Today she is also the Operations Project Manager at Qwest TV, the international digital company dedicated to music co-founded by music legend Quincy Jones.
Daniel Celarec works as a Head of Music & Dance at TV Slovenija (Slovenian national broadcaster). He has created hundreds of recordings of concerts, studio TV shows, music documentaries, recordings of operas, music visualizations and music videos. He has always paid a special attention to specific "visual" (custom made for TV) storytelling and to the creation of programmes that break the preconceptions and prejudiced perception of classical music.
Martin Glaser, theatre and opera director, playwright, and Director of the National Theatre Brno and the festivals Janáček Brno and Theatre World (Divadelní svět) Brno, will represent the Czech Republic in the Jury. Aside from his managerial duties, he is keen to devote time to creative endeavours – in these, he increasingly often dons the hat of an opera director. The television recording of his staging of Janáček’s opera Jenůfa won the Czech Crystal award at last year’s Golden Prague Festival.