Rex Gardner



Manlius, New York

Master Class Repertoire:

Debussy: "Soiree dans Grenade" from Estampes
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales

U.S. Administrative Law Judge

I was born into a musical family. My father was Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and my mother a college voice major. At age 3 my dad taught me to find “D” on the keyboard (between the 2 black notes), along with “FACE” and “Every Good Boy Does Fine.” My first teacher, from age 6 until high school graduation, was the late Lazelle Light of Dallas . After high school I took no lessons through college, law school and beyond, but continued playing the piano for my own enjoyment. Beginning in the 1970's I discovered musical theater, and was music director for several Dallas area local productions. In 2000 I participated in the second Cliburn Amateur Competition, preparing without a teacher. Realizing that further improvement required a teacher, I studied with Dr. Tamás Ungár from 2000 until I moved to Syracuse , NY in 2004 to accept an appointment as a United States Administrative Law Judge. Under Dr. Ungár's tutelage, I participated in the 2002 Cliburn Amateur Competition, as well as several PianoTexas (formerly the TCU-Cliburn Institute) sessions, and had the thrill of concerto performance with the Fort Worth Symphony. I now study piano with Dr. Fred Karpoff of Syracuse University , who happens to be a former TCU-Cliburn Institute participant as a long-ago young artist. I have been married to Martha for 26 years, and we have one son, David, who plays the drums.

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Seattle, Washington

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"
Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126

Retired Pathologist

I was born in Newark , N.J. in 1934, attended Newark public schools, Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School , following which I specialized in Pathology. After two years in the navy during the Vietnam era, I practiced pathology until 1999 at which time I retired, only to be called back into practice part-time up to the present.

I started playing the piano at age four with formal lessons commencing at age 7. After several teachers, I became the pupil of Louise Curcio who actually taught me how to play and brought some discipline to my laissez faire approach. It was at that time I met Seymour Bernstein who was also a pupil of Ms. Curcio. Seymour and I have been friends ever since and he has coached me intermittently whenever I found the need. In fact, it was Seymour who first told me about the Cliburn competition and convinced me to enter. I am very glad he did.

Needless to say that full-time medical practice left me little time and energy for the piano, and although I never stopped playing, serious practice was not in the equation. After I retired the first time, I took up the piano again, but only starting practicing intensely about four years ago. My playing has improved greatly during that time, although the youthful ease of execution has never returned.

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Brentwood, Tennessee

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.25 No.7
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in D major, Op.23 No.4

Retired Hospital Administrator

C. Rex Gardner, a native Oklahoman, started his piano training at age 13 and continued through his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma before changing his major studies to Business Administration. After earning a Master's degree in Accounting, he worked in Albuquerque , New Mexico , where he was a three year piano student of Ralph Berkowitz, former Dean of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and piano accompanist for renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. While studying with Mr. Berkowitz, Rex participated in the June Music Festivals and attended the Berkshire Music Camp where he had a master class with the late Bela Nagy.

Mr. Gardner's love of piano study was interrupted for 35 years due to career transfers to many states until his retirement in 1997 in Nashville , Tennessee , where he currently resides. He has studied with Dr. Jerome Reed, Chairman, Piano Department of Lipscomb University, and recently has been coached by Yakov Kasman, Artist in Residence at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and silver medalist winner of the 10 th Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Rex has attended the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival as a performer or auditor for the past seven years.

Mr. Gardner actively participates in and has performed many times for the Steinway Society of Nashville. His other interests and hobbies include world travel, reading and studying the great composers, politics, beagles, and genealogy. Rex's current project is overseeing a complete restoration of an 1883 Steinway Patent Grand which had not been moved since 1939, the year of Rex's birth. He was fortunate to be in Russia in 1998 and attended the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and has made a trip (sponsored by Adam Wobrowski, Piano Professor at the Paris Conservatory) which followed the exact route Chopin and George Sand took from Paris to Majorca in 1837. Rex is married and has two children and one 17 year old granddaughter, and another grand child on the way

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Master Class Repertoire:
Liszt: St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots
Brahms: Rhapsody G minor Op.79 No.2


Kira Gilbert was born November 21 , 1962 in a small town in Oregon (Hermiston). She graduated high school in 1980 . Following graduation, she spent two years at Willamette University in Salem , Oregon , where she studied piano with Catherine Schnelker (Oberlin) and James Cook (Julliard), and then transferred in her junior year to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Mack McCrae. She ultimately received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Willamette University.

In 1992 , Ms. Gilbert attended law school at Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland , Oregon . She became a California lawyer and practiced as a trial lawyer from 1996 – 2001. Currently, Ms. Gilbert home-schools her two children, Joshua, age 7 ; and Natty, age 5 , in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Her husband is a Marine Corps officer. More recently, her piano teachers include Ms. Lucille Straub, of Santa Ana , California ; and she is currently studying with Dr. Barry Salwen, of the University of North Carolina. Ms. Gilbert enjoys kayaking, body-surfing, yoga, cardio kick-boxing, and dance, as well as all of the creative arts.

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Carrollton, Texas

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.22 in F major, Op. 54
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op.82 (Mvmt. 2)

Cell Biologist

Like many other amateur musicians at PianoTexas, Joel Goodman has led a double life. Born in New York City , Joel grew up in Los Angeles , where he had the good fortune to take piano lessons for 10 years with Paul Schoop, pianist, composer, and accompanist for his sister Trudi, a noted modern dancer in Europe and USA . Joel attended the University of California San Diego , majoring in biology with a minor in music, where he took classes from such notable musicians as Pauline Oliveros, Bertram Turetsky, and Rosalyn Tureck. In the early 1970s Joel worked as a research technician during the day and studied piano with Mario Feninger at night, playing weekly in his master class in the Hollywood Hills. He met his future wife Roberta (Bobbi) Isenberg at a summer master class given by Daniel Pollack. Joel's focus then shifted to professional life as he obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacology from USC School of Medicine, followed by postdoctoral training in molecular and cell biology at UCLA. Joel moved to Dallas in 1982 with Bobbi and baby daughter Rachel to take a job as an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical School. He practiced piano as time permitted and gave several duo-piano concerts with Bobbi in the 1980s and 1990s.

Joel began taking lessons again in 1999, studying with Adam Wodnicki (at University of North Texas ), in anticipation of his entry in the 2000 amateur Cliburn competition. He also joined the DFW Amateur Pianists Club at this time and plays in this group every month. Other past and present members of this club who are playing in the 2007 amateur Cliburn are Laura Onsgard, Marisa Haines, Michael Brounoff, David Hibbard and possibly Marty Gross (on waiting list). Joel also participated in the 2006 Berlin amateur competition.

Joel is now a professor of pharmacology at UT Southwestern and holds the Jan And Bob Bullock Distinguished Chair for Science Education. At work he shares his focus between his cell biology research laboratory (studying lipodystrophy and diabetes), teaching medical and PhD graduate students, and directing the outreach office for the medical school. However, when he gets home he spends time with Bobbi and then hits the old ivories as often as he can.

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Fort Pierce, Florida

Master Class Repertoire:
Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K.27
Chopin: Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44

Relief and Development Executive

Matthew Hand , a native of South Florida, has spent more than half his life in the Middle East , where he oversees relief work and peace initiatives. He is currently organizing dialogue between Muslims, Eastern Christians and Westerners and is responsible for ongoing development programs in the border areas of Iraq , Turkey and Iran and in major municipalities.

In his youth, Matthew was an avid student of the piano, but never pursued this interest professionally. "I'm an amateur player, and always have been." He enjoys chamber music, concerts, scuba diving and cigars. Matthew and his wife Joanne have two children.

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Madison, Connecticut

Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major Hob. XVI:52
Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Retired Investment Manager/Banker

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, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Wesleyan 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 and the Bay Chamber Concerts Chamber Music Weekend. Over the last several years he has also participated in piano competitions for amateurs in Paris, New York, Washington, Boston and Colorado Springs, and was a participant in the 2004 Van Cliburn Foundation International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.

Larry retired seven 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 three solo recitals in Connecticut in the last several years. When not playing the piano, he enjoys sailing and flying. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

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Rockville, Maryland

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Aerospace Executive

Music Biography
I took piano lessons for 6 years as a child through age 12. Unfortunately I wasn't able to play the piano in any significant way until years later when I was serving in the Air Force. Then I enjoyed three years with enough flexibility to allow me to pick the piano back up.

After my time in the Air Force I wasn't able to play consistently again until about a year and a half ago when I bought a piano. I've been back at it ever since. I believe God is the giver of skills and abilities and that it is our responsibility to make the most of them. That's why I'm entering the piano competition. Trust me – having never really performed before, I'm not looking forward to getting on stage!

A thought came to me last year shortly after I'd purchased my piano: Beautiful music is a door into the soul of its composer, a window into the soul of its performer, and a glimpse into the soul of our Creator. My goal is to perform it well so that people will see clearly.

Kenton (Kent) R. Lietzau was appointed Vice President, Strategy and Planning for Lockheed Martin Corporation in March 2004. Kent participates in all aspects of the strategic development process and, in particular, serves as the focal point for the coordination and integration of the Aeronautics business area into the strategic assessment and planning of the corporation. Additionally, Kent participates in all aspects of strategic planning including implementation of the related strategic business reviews, developing the strategic baseline and related guidance documents and managing selected strategic analyses and projects.

Prior to this appointment, Kent worked for Honeywell Aerospace from 2002 to 2004. He served in Honeywell's Defense & Space Segment as the Director, Defense and Space Strategic Marketing. Previously he served as the Director of Aerospace Strategy at Honeywell's Aerospace headquarters in Phoenix , AZ.

From 1998 to 2002, Kent was a management consultant / engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he focused on strategic business consulting primarily for Fortune 500 companies. Highlights included launching a subsidiary internet company, reorganizing a large corporation, and supervising the investigation of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse.

In the mid-1990s, Kent held the position of senior engineer / flight test engineer for Lockheed Martin's Aeronautical Systems. He managed test teams as a Lead Flight Test Engineer for the first C-130J test aircraft. Kent worked as a JPL research assistant at the Draper Laboratory in Cambridge , MA developing & testing rovers as part of the Mars Pathfinder exploration mission. A later version of the team's rover became the first to successfully traverse the surface of Mars.

Kent served in the United States Air Force where he was a project manager and flight test engineer at Edwards AFB, CA. Kent has flown on over 100 test missions on a wide variety of aircraft including F-4, F-14, F-15, F-16, F-111, A-7, T-38, C-5, C-130 and C-141 aircraft. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a master's in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School .

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Baltimore, Maryland

Master Class Repertoire:
Brahms: Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 (Mvmt. 1)
Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B-flat major, Op.83

Lan Admin/Procurement Specialist

Canadian pianist, Thomas Maurice, is currently a full-time Network Administrator and Procurement Specialist for a non-profit company in Baltimore , Maryland . He garnered much musical success in his youth, winning prizes at several international competitions and performing as recitalist (solo and vocal accompanist) and with orchestra in five countries. Mr. Maurice also worked as a coach and assistant conductor for many of the large regional opera houses in the United States , culminating with the development of his own opera training company in New York City for two years. He holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in piano performance, and is also currently working towards a second Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

With his return to the solo piano arena, this time as an amateur, he was recently named the Grand Prize winner in the 2006 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (Amateur Division), after which he was presented in recital at Carnegie's Weill Hall. He was also a Concerto Competition Winner (Amateur Division) at Piano Texas (2006) and performed with the renowned Fort Worth Symphony. Mr. Maurice also won the Grand Prize at the 4 th Annual Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition ( Colorado ), which included two performances with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. These concerts were so successful that he has already been invited back to participate in future seasons. He also won 6 th place in the first Gina Bachauer International Amateur Competition ( Utah ).

During his lengthy hiatus from the music world, Mr. Maurice pursued his current career in computer technology, earning many certifications from Microsoft, Novell and Cisco. He now enjoys a balanced life of work, music, and caring for his many feline companions. His hobbies include renovation on his historic home and assisting his partner in the creation and maintenance of websites. He has also recently developed an avid interest in the piano tuner/technician field. In the fall of 2005, Mr. Maurice underwent spinal surgery for debilitating back pain and continues with the lengthy recovery process.

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Sunnyvale, California

Master Class Repertoire:
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Prokofiev: Sarcasmes Op. 17


Reiko Osawa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition as a student of Hideaki Suzuki from the Osaka College of Music at Osaka , Japan . In 1996, Reiko attended Kyoto France Academy in the Composition seminar as a student of Phillipe Manoury.

Reiko has been composing contemporary music for both instrumental and vocal settings after graduate school. She also has been teaching music theory and piano for more than 10 years in Japan.

Mrs. Osawa moved to San Jose , CA in 2001 because of her husband's relocation. She is taking piano performance classes at De Anza college. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and she has been learning Karate for 2 years.

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José Mauro


Sao Paulo, Brazil

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31, No.3
Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

Stock Portfolio Manager

José Mauro Silveira Peixoto, Brazilian, was born on september, 7, 1943. He lives now in São Paulo, State of São Paulo, 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.

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Englewood, Ohio

Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII/6
Liszt: "Harmonies du soir" from Etudes d'exécution                       transcendante

Vincent Phillips is currently a practicing anesthesiologist in Dayton , OH where he has been for eight years. He started his musical training with his mother and later attended the University of Cincinnati . After graduation, he moved to North Carolina where he eventually decided to pursue medicine. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , and then completed his residency at The Duke University Medical Center.

He has two daughters, Shauna and Mya, and a one-year-old granddaughter, Jordan.

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Nogent S/Marne, France

Master Class Repertoire:

Mozart: Variations on a minuet by Duport, in D major, K.573
Brahms: Capriccio in B minor, Op.76 No.2

Retired Tennis Coach

•  Former National Tennis Coach, Anne-Marie ROUCHON retired in august 2006 after 25 years working for the French Tennis Federation.
•  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, (who lives in the United States), she decided to pursue her professional career in tennis, first being a private coach and teacher, and then by joining the French Tennis Federation where she has worked as a National Tennis Coach since 1980.
•  For the past five years, she has participated in the Le Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano in PARIS and the Rocky Mountains Competition in Colorado Springs.
•  Actually, she is studying with Mrs. Françoise PARROT HANLET at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris ALFRED CORTOT , in the special class for Outstanding Amateurs: FLEURONS de l'ENTREPRISE MUSICIENNE.

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Chicago, Illinois

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109 (Mvmt. 1)
Debussy: "Feux d'artifice" from Preludes (Book II)


I received my college education at the University of Chicago (1958-1962.) I was originally a physics major but switched to Humanities and the piano. I worked as an accompanist and curriculum coordinator for the Chicago Children's Choir for many years before taking a position as music teacher at The Latin School of chicago in 1976.

This year I will be retiring from that position, but will continue teaching. As for piano studies, my teachers include Easley Blackwood, Felix Ganz, Philip Cohen and, currently, Svetlana Belsky.

I raised two daughters and now enjoy the company of three grandsons. I've become a gardener, digging in the dirt in spring through fall and reading seed catalogs in the winter.

I have taken up photography as another hobby and am looking anew at the world around me.

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Berlin, Germany

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a
                                                                           "Les Adieux"
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16

Retired Hospital Business Director

Born on November13th, 1942 into a family of musicians, grown up in Munich and Regensburg in Bavaria in Germany . Seven years in a famous boy's choir, “Regensburger Domspatzen”. Musical education starting with piano in the age of six and very intensive during the time until age of 18 years. Study of physics in Munich ( Technical University ). After the master degree in Physics study of piano at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium in Munich.

From 1971 until 1999 business career with Siemens company, the German electronic giant. I was in charge of different management positions in development, sales and general management in Germany and Japan.

Retired since 1999. Study of piano playing, participating in amateur competitions and festivals, making chamber music and organizing the first international piano amateur competition in Berlin in Sept. 2006 in the Berlin Philharmonics. Sir Simon Rattle handed out the prizes to the winners. Artistic advisor was Tamás Ungár.
List of prizes at piano competitions for amateurs:
2002: Colorado Springs, Second Prize
2003: Paris, semifinals
2003: Salt Lake City Gina Bachauer, no prize, but I have won a recital
2003: Washington, special price of the jury for the best interpretation of a romantic piece
2004: Washington, second prize and special prize for the best interpretation of a piece from the classical period

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Chicago, Illinois

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op.38
Ravel: Miroirs

Occupation: Concert Coordinator


Born in Chicago and raised in Skokie , Illinois , I began serious piano studies with Allen Anderson at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago , graduating with a B.A. in piano performance. I continued my studies at Northwestern University , earning the master of music degree in piano performance.

Since 1987, I have been the concert coordinator of the music department at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago . As concert coordinator, I help produce between 75-100 concerts each year. Highlights this past year include the J. K. Mertz Guitar Festival, the NEIU Opera Workshop performances of Massenet's Cendrillon , a concert celebrating Women's History Month featuring works by women composers, our annual Swing into Spring 1940s dance benefit featuring NEIU's Varsity Big Band and a host of solo and ensemble concerts performed by talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and students.

I also provide support to NEIU's Jewel Box and Performing Arts Series. This year the series have featured such artists as the Dallas Brass, scholar/pianist, Charles Rosen, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, the Rose Ensemble, and cellist, Soo Bae.

This past December, I performed as pianist in a performance of Bartok's Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano . The program also featured the premiere of Thirteen ways of Looking at a Blackbird for clarinet, stage voice, and piano by composer Leo Schwartz.

Apart from practicing the piano, I have an enduring interest in graphic design and typography; I enjoy film, listening to a wide variety of music, reading, and spending time with friends and family, which include my wife Vicky, stepson Christopher, cat, Zuzu, and our two Chihuahuas, Krusty and Blondie.

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