Amateurs  I  Performers 2004 TCU/Cliburn Chinese Version 2004 TCU/Cliburn Japanese Version

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Bell, Rex

Bolton, Barbara

Davis, Rebecca

Goodman, Daniel

Green-Sherman, Jeanne

Harris, Larry

Kalhorn, Renita

Mathias, Donna

Moon, Jienee

Ohtani, Hiroko

Peixoto, Jose Mauro

Rouchon, Anne-Marie

Tancredi, Robert

Thalmann, Ruediger

Tysdal, Darin

Zagrosek, Eberhard


Arkansas, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Debussy - Estampes

Dr. Rex Bell is a pathologist in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas but also holds a degree in music performance. Musical interests include classical music and jazz. Dr. Bell has recorded two jazz CDs, which have received exceptional reviews in both local and national publications as well as earning airplay on local radio stations KLRE, JUAR and KABF and nationally on NPR's Audiophile Audition. He has performed this CD music at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and as a member of the Arkansas Arts on Tour roster sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council.

Classical music training includes study with Dr. Neil Rutman, Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Bell has recently performed a recital of classical repertoire at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts and will participate in an “Evening of Spanish Piano Music” during the annual Wildwood Summer Festival at Wildwood Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hobbies include bicycling and running. Dr. Bell has completed four marathons including the Boston Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. and the Dallas White Rock Marathon, twice.


BOLTON, Barbara

Educational Consultant
Texas, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Domenica Scarlatti - Sonata in C major, K159
Schubert - Impromptu No.2 in A flat major, D.935

Barbara Bolton grew up in Kansas City and now lives in San Antonio. She works with educational testing companies and school districts in planning and developing achievement tests for students in kindergarten through grade 12. She holds a bachelor of music in piano, a master's in psychology and a Ph.D. in educational and psychological testing. She stopped playing piano to raise three sons and begin her graduate studies once they were in school. She then worked with an educational testing company before starting her own business. After 35 years away from the piano, she was inspired to begin practicing again after attending the 2002 ICOA. That led to the decision to apply to this year's competition, as well as to purchase a wonderful 1952 Steinway grand. Dr. Bolton has four grandchildren and is an enthusiastic landscaper and golfer. She hesitates to use any other adjectives to describe her golf game.

DAVIS, Rebecca

Minnesota, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire

Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No.1

Rebecca Davis received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard. Subsequent to completing a Teaching Fellowship in the school's Ear Training Department she became a faculty member of the Pre-College Division for two years before moving to California.

Rebecca has performed in the Master Classes of Beveridge Webster, Claude Franck, Gina Bachauer, Guido Agosti, Irwin Freundlich and Howard Aibel.

A finalist in Leonard Bernstein's Young Peoples Auditions, she has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and since returning to the piano several years ago after a twelve year hiatus, won the Press Jury Prize at the 2004 Concours in Paris.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Rebecca currently resides in Minnesota, has been a homemaker for nine years and enjoys the outdoors as well as long walks with her wolf hybrid.


Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire

Ravel - Une barque sur l'ocean from Miroirs

Dr. Daniel Goodman is a plasma physicist in industry, developing plasma-based tools for semiconductor processing. He is a senior scientist at MKS Instruments in Wilmington, MA and also a Visiting Scientist at MIT. He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and three young children, and tries to balance between science, music and family life.

He grew up in upstate New York and received physics and electrical engineering degrees from Princeton University and MIT. Dr. Goodman studied piano with Fredrick Marvin of Syracuse University, Robert Black of the New York New Music Ensemble and more recently with Don Berman of the Dinosaur Annex and Randall Hodkinson of the Boston Chamber Society and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Goodman gives regular concerts at MIT in a participatory format. These concerts have standard piano repertoire on the first half. During the second half, he performs improvisations on themes suggested by the audience during intermission in a variety of folk, jazz and classical styles.

Besides piano, Dr. Goodman is also an accomplished cellist, and has performed with several local orchestras. He also leads his Klezmer/Jazz band called “Neshama” from the accordion. Among his credits is an appearance as the accordion player in the 1991 Universal Pictures Film, “Once Around”, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter.


Retired Corporate Administrator and Student
Idaho, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire

Chopin - Nocturne in D flat major, Op.27 No.2
Schoenberg - Suite for Piano, Op. 25 (Gigue)

After a 25-year career as a corporate administrator at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Jeanne elected to take early retirement to return to college and pursue a degree in music. She has been studying with Dr. Kori Bond, Associate Professor of Music at Idaho State University, for over three years. At ISU, Jeanne has been busy as both soloist and accompanist. She has performed in her own solo recitals and has accompanied three senior recitals, a regional Metropolitan opera audition, and several ISU Concert Choir events.

As a youth, Jeanne studied with the late Gladys Gladstone, head of the piano department at the University of Utah, for 10 years. Other teachers have included the late Esther Gates, the late Cecil Simmons, and Mark Neiwirth.

Jeanne is an Idaho native, having grown up in Pocatello, where she soloed three times with the Idaho State Civic Symphony. While a teenager, she won several musical competitions including the Utah State Fair Piano Competition. Since moving to Idaho Falls, she has appeared as concerto soloist with the Idaho Falls Symphony and frequently volunteers as orchestral pianist for the orchestra. She often collaborates with former teacher and cherished friend, Mr. Neiwirth, in duo-piano concerts to raise funds for worthwhile causes. These have included the Pocatello Music Club Scholarship Program, the Idaho Falls Zoo, the Sun Valley Music Conservatory, and the first AIDS benefit concert in Idaho.

Jeanne favorite hobby is spending time with her family, particularly her four precious granddaughters. She also enjoys fly fishing with her husband Gene on the beautiful trout streams of Idaho and Montana.


Retired Investment Manager
Connecticut, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire

Schuman - Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22

Larry Harris, a resident of Madison, CT, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where his music studies began at age 6. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brandeis University, where he majored in music. He also holds an MBA degree from New York University. Among his teachers are Harry Franklin, Leonard Shure and Luiz de Moura Castro. He has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and has been a frequent participant in chamber music programs, including Summertrios, the Brandeis University Summer Chamber Music Institute, and the Bay Chamber Concerts Chamber Music Weekend.

Over the last few years he has also participated in several piano competitions for amateurs, including the Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano in Paris, the New York City International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, and the Boston International Competition for Exceptional Amateurs. Larry retired four years ago, after a 35-year long career in investment management and investment banking, and resumed the full-time study of piano. He has given two solo recitals in Connecticut in the last two years. When not playing piano, he enjoys sailing and flying. He is also currently working toward a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at Wesleyan University.


Marketing and Business Development Executive
New York, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Op.87 Granados - El fandango del candil from Goyescas

Variety and a certain unpredictability are the hallmarks of Renita Kalhorn's career path. After graduating from
the Juilliard School with a bachelor's degree in piano, she went on to live in Rome, Tokyo and Paris, where
she combined teaching and performing with work in cross-cultural communications and investor relations.

In 1995, Ms. Kalhorn earned an M.B.A. from INSEAD, the principal European business school, and has
since held management, marketing and business development positions at multimedia, consulting and property organizations in New York. A champion of new music, she has served as director of the American Composers Forum of New York, creating opportunities for composers to work with local community partners. The last few years have seen her performing in public again after a ten-year hiatus--most notably with the American Youth Philharmonic in March 2003 and at Steinway Hall in December 2003, as part of Steinway Piano's 150th anniversary celebration. Ms. Kalhorn is also an avid martial artist, and has a first-degree
black belt in taekwon-do .


Physician Recruiter
Michigan, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Schumann - Abegg Variations, Op.1
Chopin - Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op.47
Granados - Concierto de Allegro

Donna Mathias started on the piano with her grandmother (a U of Mich. piano graduate) at the age of 4. She attended 6 summers and 4 years of high school at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy. In her senior year in 1985 she participated in the IAA piano tour. She studied with Tina Votapek at Michigan State University.

In 2002 and 2003 she attended the TCU-Cliburn Institute at which time she was studying with Dr. Margaret Evans at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. In 2003 she entered the TCU-Cliburn Piano Concerto Competition performing the 3rd Movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto.

She is the president of Mathias Medical Search and creator of, a physician recruitment search firm and lives in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. She is married with 5 children between the ages of 6 and 16 who play the viola, french horn, cello, and piano. She stays active in music as a church choir accompanist, singer and flute player. Her other interests include music composition, genealogy and figure skating.

MOON, Jienee (Sung)

Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Liszt - Après une lecture du Dante
(Fantaisie quasi Sonate)

Jienee Moon has been awarded top prizes in many competitions. She was the winner for the Pusan Music Competition, National Sam-Ick Piano Competition in Seoul, Korea, and Pusan Music Education Research Society Competition.

As a sololist, she has been invited to appear in concerto performances with Pusan Orchestra, Pusan Philharmonic and Academy Philharmonic, performing concertos by Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelsshon, Carl Maria Von Weber. She also gave performances in Inkel Art Hall, Seoul, Korea in the Invitation for young Artist Performance concert series.

As a chamber musician, she performed Duo Piano Recital in Back-nam Hall, Seoul, Korea and collaborated with vocalist and instrumentalist. Her recent performance as a solo pianist included an appearance at a Master Class with pianist Peter Miyamoto at Oklahoma State University. She also performed a solo pianist work for the 2004 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference at University of Central Oklahoma. She also collaborates with instrumentalists from Oklahoma State University and performs in recitals.

She is currently working with pianist Amy I-Len Chang from Oklahoma State University. She and her husband reside in Stillwater Oklahoma with two children. She enjoys swimming and shopping as hobbies.

OHTANI, Hiroko

Physical Chemist
Michigan, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Chopin - Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op.59 No.3
Chopin - Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1

Hiroko Ohtani is a physical chemist, working at the Physical and Environmental Sciences Department of Ford Motor Company. Her current research involves nano-scale tribology, and nano-materials. Ohtani began her piano studies at the age of three in Japan where she won the NHK audition to be a performer for the educational TV program "Piano Lessons" taught by Sumiko Inouchi.

Ohtani won the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute's first amateur concerto competition, the 6ty Japan Amateur Piano Competition (finalist), and the 1st Washington International Piano Amateur Competition (finalist and a winner of the " Best Performance of a Contemporary Work"). She was also a semifinalist at the 2nd and 3 rd IPCOA.
Ohtani earned B.S. in chemistry from the University of Tokyo, and the PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. She resides in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and studies piano privately with Ralph Votapek, Gold Medalist of the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

PEIXOTO, Jose Mauro

Asset Manager
São Paulo, BRASIL

Master Class Repertoire
Schumann - Fantasy in C major, Op.17

José Mauro Silveira Peixoto, Brazilian, was born on september, 7, 1943. He lives now in São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brasil: Rua Baronesa de Itu,676 ap 82 São Paulo SP CEP 01231-000 Brasil

José Mauro is a mechanical engineer, graduated in 1966 by Maua Institute of Technology. He completed a post graduated course in Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation in 1970.

José worked as a judicial expert and mechanical engineer until 1970. Following his studies in Business Administration he has worked in the financial market to the present. Today he is an adviser and portfolio manager in the Brazilian stock market.

José Mauro is son of the pianist Odette de Faria and the journalist Silveira Peixoto and started to study piano with his mother when he was three years old. When he was five he made a studio recording. At nine he gave a recital for “Pro Arte” the most famous artistic society at the time in Sao Paulo. At eleven appeared twice on Television.

His mother did not favor his adopting music as a carreer and encourages him to study engineering, because of his facility for mathematics.

At the age of twelve he abandoned the piano for twenty eight years, and only played again when a friend on the ocasion of his fortieth brithday asked Jose Mauro to play, as a birthday gift, the Chopin's Polonaise (opus 53), which he loved and remembered hearing him play as a child.

The success encourages José to return to the piano. He looked for a teacher, and found Olga Normanha in Campinas, a friend of his mother's. For eight years he had weekly classes. At the same time, he refused invitations to work as director of two large financial institutions in Brazil, because he needed four hours daily to practise the piano.

In 1988 he gaved two recitals. In the following years he performed in public about once a year and in 1994 played the Rachmaninoff's Concerto nº 2 with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Eleazar de Carvalho.

After this concert, and for two years Jose had classes with Beatriz Balzi, from the class of Joseph Kliass.

In 1997 he recorded a CD with works of Bach/Almeida Prado, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

In January, 1999, he played in Paris, in the preliminary round of the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs organized by Gerard Bekerman.

In June, 1999, Jose played in Fort Worth, Texas, in the preliminary round of the First International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. When returned to Brasil, Jose performed five times at English Culture of Sao Paulo, once at Musical Conservatory of Osasco, once in Curitiba, most of all playing a Chopin's Recital.

In June, 2000 Jose went again to Fort Worth to the Second International Piano Competition and in January, 2001 in Paris also for the Piano Competition.

ROUCHON, Anne-Marie

French National Tennis Coach
Nogent s/Marne, FRANCE

Master Class Repertoire
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 847
Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu C sharp minor, Op.66
Ginastera - "Danza del gaucho matrero"
                        from Danzas Argentinas, Op.2

Anne- Marie ROUCHON has been National Tennis Coach for the French Tennis Federation since 1980, where she is currently in charge of young talents identification, recruiting, and training program. Born in Paris on January 27, 1942, third of a four children family, she inherited her dual passion for tennis and piano from her parents: her mother, a piano teacher, and her father, an engineer, met on a tennis court. Anne-Marie took her first piano lesson with her mother on her fourth birthday.

When she turned sixteen, she took private lessons from piano Master Pierre SANCAN . When asked by the Master to enroll in the National Piano Conservatory in Paris, she declined because she was already significantly involved in international tennis junior competitions, and would not have had the time to juggle both passions. Meanwhile, she continued her university career, graduating with her diploma as a Spanish teacher in 1963, and obtaining a silver medal in the World University Tennis Games in Porto-Alegre (Brazil). After her marriage and the birth of her only daughter, Patricia, she decided to pursue her professional career in tennis, first being a private coach and teacher, and then by joining the French Tennis Federation. For the past four years, she has participated in Le Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano, held in Paris. She has also played in the Van Cliburn IPCOA in 2000, and in the Third Rocky Mountains Amateur Competition in Colorado Springs in 2003. Anne-Marie is really looking forward to invest all her energy in her piano study once she retires in a few years.


Florida, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Prokofiev - Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83

Graduated Franklin & Marshall College(1958) and U.of PA Medical(1962). Interned @ Phila.Gen Hospital .-then to USPHS Indian Health Service-worked with Navajo,Hopi& Zuni in NM and Sioux& Chippewa in MN.Trained @ Mayo & Johns Hopkins in Int Med & CV Dis. Joined Mayo staff in 1972.

Elected to governing boards(1983)-played major role in development of Mayo Medical Centers in FL & AZ. Appointed chair of Scottsdale center(1993). Led effort to plan and build a new Mayo hospital in Phoenix. Retired from Mayo(1999). Presently in private practice with Fort Lauderdale Heart Group.

THALMANN, Ruediger

Missouri, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Beethoven - Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 "Tempest" (mov. I & III)

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: May 3, 1929, Paris, France.

EDUCATION: University of Vienna M.D. 1954

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO until 1993;
Professor Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1993-present;
Lecturer, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1993-present.

MUSICAL EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES: Started to play the piano and cello with private teachers at age 14: Hermann Frisch, Graz, Austria1947-1949; Viola Thern, Conservatory of Vienna, Austria 1950-1954;
Edwin Fischer, Master Classes 1948 and 1950; part time corepetitor for singers of the Vienna State Opera,including Maria Reining and Irmgard Seefried 1950-1953.

HOBBIES: Collecting fine art and rare books.


Music Store Co-Manager
Minnesota, U.S.A.

Master Class Repertoire
Chopin - Variations in B-flat major, on "Je vends des              scapulaires" from Hérold's 'Ludovic', Op.12

Co-manager of Groth Music Company Music department, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Piano study at MacPhail School of Music with Gary Sipes, and at Moorhead State University with Nancy Harris.

Conductor of Linden Hills Chamber orchestra from 1998-2003. Pianist in the Metropolitan Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and Dakota Valley Civic Orchestra. Soloist with the Dakota Valley, Metropolitan, and Kenwood Chamber Orchestra. Composer of chamber, orchestral, vocal, piano and choral music.

Hobbies include collecting compact discs and LP's, reading, walking, bicycling and motion pictures.

ZAGROSEK, Eberhard

Retired Hospital Business Director

Master Class Repertoire
Chopin - Préludes, Op.28

Eberhard Zagrosek, retired hospital business director, was born and grew up in Bavaria, Germany.
Born into a family of musicians he started piano playing with six and gained in his childhood an intense musical education in a prestigious boy's choir. He earned a master's degree in physics at Munich Technical University and entered the Siemens corporation, the German-based electronic giant.

His business career was for nearly 30 years centered around the software business of Siemens with stations in Munich, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Berlin. 1999 he retired as a senior director in charge of hospital information systems.

He lives now in Berlin, takes piano lessons with Prof. G. Sava at the Hanns-Eisler-Musikhochschule there and makes chamber music with piano-,string-, wood-instrument-players and singers. He gives solo recitals in private and public venues and participates at piano competitions. He was semifinalist at Paris 2003, won the second price at Colorado Springs 2002, a solo recital at Salt Lake City's Gina Bachauer competition 2003 and the special Jury award for the best performing of a romantic piece at the Washington competition 2003.


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