2010 Amateurs Participants

 

Georgiana

Acchione

Michael Brounoff

Henri Delbeau

Karen DeNardo

Gerald Finkel

Robert Finley

 

 

         

Garry
Frederickson

Jun
Fujimoto

Rex
Gardner

Joel
Goodman

Marilyn
Grams

Blanche
Greenberg

 

 

         

Matthew
Hand

Randy
Henwood

Peggy
King

Arthur
Leung

 

 

 

 

Michael
Moore

Theresa

Napoli

 

 

         

John
Nees

Reiko
Osawa

Jose Mauro
Peixoto

Vincent
Phillips

Gerrit

Pronske

Stanley
Sisskin

 

 

         

Patsy
Underwood

 

Jose
Velman


Kelly Walker

Wei-Ling
Wang

Graeme Wilkinson

Marco Zuniga

 

 

 

         


 


First Session:

June 4 - 13


ACCAHIONE
Georgiana

Homemaker

Alexandria, Virginia

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.24 in F-sharp major, Op.78

Concerto Repertoire:
Beethoven: Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 (First Movement: Allegro con brio)

Biography: In 2007, Georgiana Acchione was a participant in the 5th International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. She holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Catholic University and an AB in Composition and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. She attended the Dorothy Taubman Institute of Piano, in Massachusetts, for many summers. Now a grandmother of five, she regularly performers for the Friday Morning Music Club in Washington, D.C.and resides in Alexandria, VA.

 

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BROUNOFF
Michael


U.S. Administrative Law Judge

Plano, Texas


Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 784 (First Movement: Allegro giusto)
                      

Biography: B. A. from Brandeis University 1969; J. D. from the University of Texas 1974; currently employed as an Administrative Law Judge for the U. S. Social Security Administration in Dallas. I studied piano with Lazelle Light of Dallas from age 6 to 18; then kept busy with music as musical director for a number of local broadway musical productions while practicing law in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. After competing in the 2000 Cliburn IPCOA, I resumed formal study with Dr. Tamás Ungár at TCU at age 53. Upon receiving my current judicial appointment the family moved to Syracuse, NY where I studied piano with Dr. Fred Karpoff of Syracuse University. I transferred back to Dallas in 2009 and resumed study with Dr. Ungár. I placed as a semi-finalist in the 2002 and 2007 Cliburn IPCOA's, and have been a "regular" at PianoTexas, and was a concerto competition winner three times, earning a performance with the Fort Worth Symphony. I have been a regular participant in the DFW Amateur Piano Group, a group of amateur pianists who nourish their musical talent and encourage the growth of their musical skills by gathering monthly in each other's homes to play for each other. While living in the Syracuse area I co-founded a similar group called "Pianists in Progress," and performed locally in the Pro-Art Eltinge Guild series of musical soirees. I have been married 29 years to Martha Jane, and we have a son, David, age 27, and two dogs, Mimi and Buster, and a Knabe concert grand piano named, "Obiwan."

 

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DELBEAU

Henri

 

Physician

 

Williston Park, New York

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Debussy: Images, Book 2

Concerto Repertoire:
Prokofiev: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16 (First Movement: Andantino)

 

Biography: Henri Delbeau started his piano studies at the age of seven and soon after debuted as soloist with the Suburban Symphony of the Great New York Area.  He has played as soloist with many other orchestras and has performed many solo recitals abroad.   He is a the first prize winner of several amateur piano competitions, including the Berlin International Competition for Amateurs, the Washington and Boston International Competitions, and has been a finalist at the International Competition for Amateurs sponsored by the Van Cliburn  Foundation.  He counts among his teachers Tamás Ungár, Dickran Atamian and Tong-il Han.

 

Dr. Delbeau is currently an inpatient internist and floor chief at the Lutheran Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York.  

 

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DENARDO
Karen

 

Retired Medical Technologist/Clinical Microbiologist

 

Joliet, Illinois


Master Class Repertoire:

Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79 No.2

 

Biography: Karen DeNardo received a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Teaching of Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also became a certified and registered medical technologist (ASCP) and a certified biomedical equipment technician (AAMI). However, Ms. DeNardo achieves more comfort and enjoyment from playing the piano than from any other interest or hobby. Karen has been a full-time homemaker since 1984 when her first child was born. As a part-time student, she earned as Associate Degree in Music from Joliet Junior College in May 2005, an endeavor which enlightened her to the art of making music. Presently she is the president and program director of the Joliet Chamber Music Society, an organization that promotes musical performance by its members, who are instrumentalists and vocalists, in the "salons" of their homes.

 

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FINKEL
Gerald


Pathologist

Seattle, Washington

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Schumann: Novelette in F major, Op.21 No.1

Biography: Gerald Finkel is a professor of pathology at the University of Washington Medical School, now semi-retired. Having taken his M.D. degree at Harvard Medical School in 1959, he practiced mostly in an academic setting until 1999 when he relocated to Seattle.
His musical training started with private piano lessons in Newark , N.J., his home town. During that time, he met Seymour Bernstein, now an internationally known and respected pianist and pedagogue, with whom he became close friends. Although, he had, at various times, other teachers, Seymour Bernstein remained his mentor all these years.
During the many years of medical practice, the piano was not a priority, and only became one again after retirement. With much encouragement from friends and family, he is trying to restore his proficiency, although youthful vigor eludes him still. In the last few years, he has twice competed in the Van Cliburn Competition for Amateur Pianists and in the Concours des Amateurs in Paris as well a having attended the Piano Texas mini-institute last year.

 

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First Session:
June 4 - 13

 

FINLEY

Robert

 

Retired Electrical Engineer

    
Northborough, Massachusetts

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 (First Movement: Allegro maestoso)

Concerto Repertoire:

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 (First Movement: Allegro ma non tanto)

 

Biography: Robert Finley was born in Hull, UK, and started to play the piano at the age of seven. He won a scholarship to Trinity College of Music in London to study piano and musicianship. In 1976 he was awarded the ARCM Diploma with Honors from the Royal College of Music. He studied electronic engineering at the University of Sussex and gained a BSc Honors degree. He studied with Norma Fisher, Albert Ferber, Michael Lewin, Gabriel Chodos, and played in the masterclasses of Louis Kentner, Jorge Bolet, Vlado Perlmuter, and Bernard Roberts. He has given recitals in the UK, USA, Argentina, Israel, France, Germany, Poland, and played concertos by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann with symphony orchestras in the UK. In 2008 he was a winner of the Piano Texas concerto competition and played the 1 st movement of Rachmaninoff's 1 st piano concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. An expert in MIDI Sequencing, his recordings of classical music are well known on the internet. He recorded three CD albums for the QRS Pianomation player piano system. Robert Finley has won prizes at international amateur piano competitions in Berlin Germany, Warsaw Poland, Washington DC, Colorado Springs, and New York, reaching the finals and semifinals in many of them. He gained second place in the 2004 WIPAC competition in Washington DC and was a finalist in the 2009 International Chopin Piano Amateur Competition in Warsaw Poland. He is the President and Founder of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association that organizes a piano competition for outstanding amateurs every two years as well as recitals, masterclasses and soirees. He emigrated to the USA in 1980, worked as an electronics engineer for GTE and General Dynamics and retired in 2006. He now has more time to enjoy playing the piano.

 

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FREDERICKSON

Garry

 

Consulting IT Program Manager

Thornton, Colorado

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47

Concerto Repertoire:

Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A major, K. 488 (First Movement: Allegro)

 

Biography: Garry has been playing the piano since he was a young child. As a youngster, he also played trumpet, studying both instruments with professors at Missouri State University. Attending the University of Illinois, Garry earned his B.S. and M.S. in Music Education, studing piano and conducting. Garry's goal was to be a high school and potentially a college band director. After 3 years as band director at Henry High School in Henry, IL, winning the University of Illinois Concert Band Competition and top ratings at local contests, Garry decided pursue his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Since that time, Garry has been employed by Hewlett-Packard in a variety of financial and software leadership roles. Today, Garry manages software development and modernization sales and delivery programs in HP's consulting business. In the last few years, Garry has studied piano with David Korevaar. Garry plays classical literature for worship every couple months and plays an occasional concert. Last year, he was temporarily transferred to Prague and enjoyed the wonderful music in Prague, though he was unable to play piano for 6 months. Having returned to the US and becoming reacquainted with his piano, Garry is again fulfilling his love of the piano. When not playing the piano, skiing, or working, Garry also enjoys his second hobby of woodturning.

 

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FUJIMOTO

Jun

 

Marketing Specialist/Institutional, Artist Relations' for      Yamaha Canada Music, Piano Division.

    

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Papillons, Op.2

 

Concerto:

Liszt: Totentanz

 

Biography: In 1995, Jun Fujimoto made a conscious decision to change career paths from music performance to music business and arts administration. Although piano playing is an important part of his life, Jun decided to devote his skills and energies towards the promotion of music and the development of artists.

After many years of working in record retail, Jun was hired by Warner Music Canada in 1996 for the position of National Marketing Manager for Classical and Specialty repertoire. During that time he has worked with some of the world's leading artists including Maxim Vengerov, Helene Grimaud, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, Thomas Hampson, Il Giardino Armonico, Kronos String Quartet, Philip Glass, Don Byron, Mandy Patinkin, The Three Tenors, Ry Cooder and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His crowning achievement was breaking the now classic Buena Vista Social Club in the Canadian Market, and launching the Cuban Music revival in the late 90's.

In 1999, Jun left the recording industry to join the administration of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music. There he spent 5 years at various positions including Marketing, Recruitment, Performance and Student Services.

Jun's experience in music business, school administration and as a pianist all played an important role when he was hired in 2004 as ‘Marketing Specialist/Institutional, Artist Relations' for Yamaha Canada Music, Piano Division. In this position, Jun fully enjoys an exciting occupation working with both the non-profit, educational and business aspects of music. Through Yamaha Canada , Jun is particularly dedicated to the development of young up and coming artists of all genres of music.

In addition to his various occupations, Jun served as Artistic Director of the Second Canadian Chopin Competition in 2004, and in 2002 he received the great honour of being a jury member for that year's Juno Awards, Classical Solo and Chamber Music Categories.

In 2006, Jun placed 3 rd in the 1 st Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition. This included a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. In 2009, Jun was a finalist in the First Chopin International Piano Competition for Amateurs in Warsaw, Poland.

 

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GARDNER

Rex

 

Retired Hospital Administrator

Brentwood, Tennessee


Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60

 

Concerto:

Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467 (Second Movement: Andante)


Biography: Born and raised in Oklahoma , I have resided in Nashville , Tennessee , for the past 20 years, and have attended Piano Texas or Cliburn Piano Institute for the past eleven years. My life centers around music, especially the piano. As a teenager, I took piano lessons for three years and then in 1967, after earning my Master's Degree in Accounting, studied with Ralph Berkowitz (ex Dean of Tanglewood) for two years in Albuquerque , New Mexico . For the next thirty years, my piano traveled with me and my family around the United States following a career with the Veterans Administration, but remained “silent” most of those years. Upon retirement in 1997, I began my life's true love with the instrument, letting it become my best friend (and enemy at times) and am devoting the remainder of my years to developing my ability to the maximum within my reach. The journey to this point has permitted me to play in the Van Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2007, which motivated me to put even more effort into my “best friend”. My wife, Edwina, continues to be my best fan and critic. Our daughter, Lynne, who is an RN in California , has a 20 year old daughter, Ashley, in college here in Tennessee . Our son, Chris, and his wife, Teresa, in Tennessee have two daughters, ages 2 and a half, and 8 months, who I hope someday will continue piano and make use of our 1964 Baldwin and restored 1883 Steinway. My hobbies include world travel, exercise, politics, and beagles.

 

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GOODMAN

Joel

 

Cell Biologist

 

Carrollton, Texas

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10, No.3 (First Movement: Presto)

 

Concerto:

Franck: Variations Symphoniques

 

Biography: Joel Goodman has been on the faculty of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School since 1982.  He directs a research program in cell and molecular biology; his group is currently studying the causes of obesity and lipodystrophy at the cellular level.  Joel also teaches pharmacology and cell biology in the medical school, graduate school, and school of health professions at UT Southwestern.  Finally, Joel directs the Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern, the outreach arm of the medical school that serves secondary school science teachers and students at the local and national levels.  Joel receives much of his external funding from the National Institutes of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Joel has been playing piano since he was five.  He took private lessons as a boy and minored in music in college at UC San Diego.  After college he resumed private lessons for a few years until entering graduate school.  Fast forward 25 years.  In 1999 he resumed lessons in preparation for participation in the 2nd Cliburn amateur competition.  Since that time he has studied with Adam Wodnicki at the University of North Texas.  Joel is a happy veteran of 3 PianoTexas workshops as well as one Berlin and two Cliburn competitions.

Joel is also an Apple computer maniac.  Currently he is learning to program the iPad to develop apps for science teachers.

 

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GRAMS

Marilyn

Physician

Great Falls, Montana

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #12

 

Concerto:

Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (First Movement: Allegro affettuoso)

 

Bigraphy: When Marilyn Grams' youngest child left for college five years ago, she matriculated as well, pursuing a piano performance degree with Dorothea Cromley at Montana State University - Billings. Her senior recital will feature works by Haydn, Liszt, Robert Schumann and Emma Lou Diemer.
A physician board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and integrative holistic medicine, Marilyn became Medical Director of Senior Services for Benefis Healthcare System in Great Falls, Montana in 2009. She plays french horn in community band and just gave a C. Bechstein grand piano to the Great Falls Symphony and Civic Center.
She's grown vegetables since childhood, and now focuses on fruits and flowering herbs. She loves to hear and tell stories, and perhaps someday will get around to writing that novel.
After PianoTexas and her senior recital July 11th, she'll travel to San Diego and France visiting offspring, while keeping tabs on the evolving career of her nephew, conductor Andrew Grams.

 

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GREENBERG

Blanche

 

Retired Teacher

 

Denver, Colorado

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39

 

Biography: I began the study of piano, as a child and proceeded to later enter the University of Colorado as a piano major with the dream of earning a performance degree in music. This dream wasn't realized due to a serious arm injury. I later earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Elementary Education and taught secular subjects in several grade levels for many years in a Jewish Day School in Denver and later also substituted for the Denver Schools. My return to the study of piano and music, 30 years later, was made possible through my determination and attention to daily exercise. I've been most fortunate to have studied with good teachers with an excellent understanding of music literature, technique, and individual needs. In addition to my Denver teacher, I have also been accepted for many years in the summers at the Aspen Music School with an excellent teacher who also performs for the Festival. My husband and I are the parents of three sons, who have given us eight grandchildren.

My hobbies include membership in several music clubs in Denver to host and to perform; regular attendance to chamber-music and symphony concerts and continually reading about the music I play or hear.

 

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HAND

Matthew

 

International Relief Organization

 

Fort Pierce, Florida

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (First Movement: Non allegro) with Vince Phillips

 

Concerto:

Grieg: Concerto in A minor, Op.16
(Third Movement: Allegro moderato e marcato - Andante maestoso)

 

Biography: 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. He enjoys chamber music, concerts, scuba diving and cigars. Matthew and his wife Joanne have two children.

 

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HENWOOD

Randy

 

Physician

 

Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Book 1, BWV 861

 

Biography: I am a Family Physician from Wichita,Kansas. I have a BA from Davidson College,an MA in Germanic Studies from the University of North Carolina and an MD from the University of Oklahoma. I have enjoyed playing the piano since I was 9 years old. My other interests include cycling,reading, skiing,and trying to learn to play the "fiddle." I have had the special privilege of working several times in the Brian Lemons Memorial Hospital in Nhowe Mission,Zhimbabwe and have devoloped a special love of missionary medicine and for the people of Zhimbabwe.

 

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First Session:
June 4 - 13

 

KING

Margaret (Peggy)

 

Homemaker/Community Volunteer

 

Kula (Maui), Hawaii

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Piano Sonata in E minor, Hob.XVI:34 (I. Presto)

 

Concerto:

Chopin: Concerto in E minor, Op.11 (Second Movement: Romanze - Largetto)

 

Peggy King, originally from upstate N.Y., received an undergraduate degree in Piano Pedagogy

Degree from the Lamont School of Music at Univ. of Denver in Colo. Peggy lives in Kula, (Maui)

Hawaii with her husband Bill King; 4 dogs and a cat.

On Maui, Peggy's work experience has included piano and fitness instruction for all ages at

various elementary, middle school and health clubs on the island. Peggy has also done some

casual piano performances at church, community art openings and house concerts. Currently,

Peggy is doing volunteer work for the Maui Humane Society and Kids Hope (a mentoring program

for at-risk children)

Peggy has been a regular performing participant in Piano Texas's Amateur Programs since 1998.

Her most outstanding goal accomplished was completing all 3 movements. Of Mozart's Piano

Concerto #12 with String Quartet (Chamber Music Programs, 02,04,07.) Peggy's hobbies when

not practicing piano!) include dog walking/hiking, Stand Up Paddling and kiteboarding.

Peggy would like to thank the following teachers for helping her prepare for Piano Texas:

Igor Resnianski and Thomas Yee. Peggy would also like to remember her longtime teacher,
Ellen Masaki, who passed away this past year.

 

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LEUNG

Arthur

 

Cultural Services Manager

 

Hong Kong, China

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K.475

 

Concerto:

Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 (First Movement: Allegro)

 

Biography: Born and raised in Hong Kong , Arthur started his piano training at the age of eight. His teachers included Esther Hui, Shiu Yuen Shun, Nancy Loo and Oliver Davies. He took part in master classes with Mingqiang Li, Geoffrey Pratley, Franz Mo, Choi Sown Le and Eleanor Wong. He attended the Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival and Summer Academy last year. He is now studying with Dr. Songwen Li, Head of Piano Department at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory.

 

Arthur has been a cultural services manager for seven years. He has organized more than 600 outdoor carnivals and entertainment programs throughout Hong Kong . Currently he is focusing on audience building, organizing arts education activities for students and promotional programs targeted at different sectors of the community. He has also taken part in organizing the 20th Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

 

A published poet, Arthur's poems have appeared widely in print magazines, anthologies and online journals. He was a winner of the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition, and was commended by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR government for his outstanding international artistic accomplishments.

 

Arthur also enjoys travelling and hiking. He is a registered tour escort of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, and a registered hiking leader of the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union.

 

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MOORE

Michael

 

Passed away on April 22, 2010 - will be greatly missed

 

Tucson, Arizona.

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Sonata in D Major, D. 850

 

Concerto:

Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op.15 (First Movement: Maestoso)

 

Biography: B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Taught applied and class piano at the University of San Francisco (Lone Mountain College) and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Abrupt change of pace after San Antonio.  Decided to pursue a career as a court reporter, so after a few more years of schooling, worked in the Pima County Superior Courts, Tucson Arizona.  Now retired.

 

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NAPOLI

Theresa

 

Nurse

 

Mickleton, New Jersey

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Respighi: Notturno

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op.19 (First Movement: Allegro con brio)

 

Biography: Theresa Napoli started piano lessons at age 5 with her mother. Music was not limited to piano or trips to Mom's choir loft as she performed with the Mercer County Symphony Orchestra, the All Catholic Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, and the Cathedral choir.

A Graduate of Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing, Theresa's multifaceted 32 year career ranged from a wealth of hospital Med Surg Nursing to Pediatric out patient and Community health activities. She admits to being the first nurse to wear sneakers and "lose" the nurses cap.

Theresa's interest returned to music when she accepted an accompanist position playing for the children's choir at Saint Joseph's Church in Swedesboro, N.J. The job evolved into chamber music, accompanying several soloists and choirs. She is currently on sabatical from Nursing.

heresa studies with Dr. David Pasbrig and has worked with Marion Zarzecna. She has two sons, resides with her husband in Mickleton, N.J. and is teaching piano privately. In addition to being an avid swimmer, she also enjoys tennis and gardening.

 

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NEES

John Edward

 

Plastic Surgeon

 

Delray Beach, Florida

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op.119

 

Concerto:

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18 (Second Movement: Adagio sostenuto)

 

Biography: John E. Nees, M.D., grew up in Pennsylvania. He began his music studies on the organ at age 10 with Ken Wayne Klaiss, a silent movie theater organist in Pittsburgh. He learned to play popular songs and show tunes. He began classical piano and organ studies at age 13 with Edward M. Harris, a Julliard School of Music professor and composer, in Johnstown , Pennsylvania . He joined the American Guild of Organists, and played in organ recitals, weddings, and religious services. During college and medical school at Cornell University , he postponed his music interests to concentrate on his career in medicine. While at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1968, he studied twentieth century opera with Donald Grout. After graduating from Cornell University Medical College in New York City in 1974, he continued his education with a surgery internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Health Science Center in Dallas , Texas ; a general surgery residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance , California ; and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Miami Affiliated Hospitals in Miami , Florida .

His interest in piano performance was rekindled in 1979, during his plastic surgery training in Miami, when he bought a piano and rediscovered his talent for classical music. In 1982, he began the private practice of plastic surgery in Seattle, Washington, at the Walter Scott Brown Clinic. A year later, he settled in Bellevue, Washington, bought a Steinway piano and renewed his music studies with Justin Root, a Peabody Conservatory graduate.

He continued his piano studies in 1989 with Victoria Bogdashevskaya, a Moscow Conservatory professor and the Seattle Symphony pianist under Gerard Schwartz. From 1987 to 2000, Dr. Nees played annually in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, in Bellevue , Washington . He earned First Place honors in this competition in his division in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside from 1998 to 2000. He became an avid participant in Seattle musical events – opera, symphony, ballet, and piano.

In 2001, Dr. Nees relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, to continue the practice of plastic surgery and be nearer to his family and his wife's relatives in Lima, Peru. He extended his piano studies with Roberta Rust at Lynn University in Boca Raton. He also participated in the annual “Healing Hands at the Steinway” recital at the Boca Raton Steinway Piano Gallery in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Currently, he is a member of the American Liszt Society and studies piano with Yang Shen at Lynn University.

Dr. Nees practices plastic surgery at Strax Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He travels to Peru regularly to enjoy his extended family and second home.

 

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OSAWA

Reiko

 

Homemaker

 

Itami, Hyogo Japan

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI:52

 

Concerto:

Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (First Movement: Allegro affettuoso)

 

Biography: Reiko Osawa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition from the Osaka College of Music in Osaka, Japan. She has been composing contemporary music of various instrumental

and vocal combinations since graduate school, and also had a teaching career in music theory and piano for more than 10 years in Japan. While living in San Jose, California, from 2001 to 2009, she took piano performance classes at De Anza College, along with classes in karate, swimming, jazz, electronic music and animation. Now she enjoys daily life with knitting and wine in Japan.

 

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PEIXOTO

José Mauro Silveira

 

Stock Portfolio Manager

 

São Paulo, Brazil

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (First Movement: Allegro affettuoso)

 

Concerto:

Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K. 466 (First Movement: Allegro)

 

Biography: José Mauro Peixoto 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 works at the stock market since 1970. He actually manages some Investment Funds that are among the top of the Brazilian funds.

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 career 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 occasion of his fortieth birthday 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 practice the piano.

In 1988 he gave 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.

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

In January, 1999, he started to participate in piano competitions for amateurs, first in Paris, after in Fort Worth. 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 the following years, he participate in many other piano competitions for amateurs, in Salt Lake City, Colorado, Paris, Washington, Boston, Fort Worth, Berlin.

Since 2003 he has annually participated in the Amateurs Program of PianoTexas.

Jose loves to play bridge and dance.

 

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PHILLIPS

Vincent

 

Physician

 

Englewood, Ohio

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, HobXVI:52

 

Concerto:

Chopin: Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 (First Movement: Allegro maestoso)

 

Biography: I have been working as an anesthesiologist in Dayton, Ohio for the past 16 years where I have been developing our regional anesthesia program for post operative pain control. It's been exciting and rewarding to see the increased patient satisfaction as a result of this program. I am on the board of directors for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

When I'm not practicing, I like to swim and spend time with my granddaughter, Jordyn, who just turned eight.

 

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PRONSKE

Gerrit

 

Attorney

 

Dallas, Texas

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31, No.2 "The Tempest" (Third Movement: Allegretto)

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 (Third Movement: Rondo - Allegro ma non tanto)

 

Biography: Gerrit Pronske was born in Anaheim, California, and received piano lessons beginning at age eight. His interest in the piano heightened when he was fifteen years old, trying to mimic the songs of Elton John. From there, Gerrit began serious classical piano studies at age seventeen, studying with the Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University, Dr. William Westney. His piano studies continued with Dr. Westney throughout college and law school, and then on and off for over 15 years after graduation. While Gerrit was in law school, he studied as little as possible so that he could practice piano a minimum of 7 hours per day. For the past 5 years, Gerrit has studied with the Artist-in-Residence of Baylor University, Krassimira Jordan. Gerrit has performed at piano competitions in Berlin, Germany, and was a winner of the concerto competition in the immediate past Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, resulting in his performance of the First Movement of the Mozart 20th Piano Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 2008.

Gerrit is a business bankruptcy lawyer in Dallas, Texas, with the law firm of Pronske & Patel, P.C. He is a regular speaker at professional seminars and is the author of two books relating to the practice of bankruptcy law, one of which is currently in its 10th Edition. Both books are published by Texas Lawyer Press. During spare time when he is not practicing piano, Gerrit likes to lift weights, go to movies, travel anywhere he can, and read books - mostly about psychology-related subjects.

 

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SISSKIN

Stanley

 

Software Developer

 

New York, New York

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Fantasiestüecke, Op. 12 (Aufschwung, Warum and Traumes Wirren)

 

Concerto:

Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (First Movement: Allegro affettuoso)

     

Biography: Stanley Sisskin received his Bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley, and post-graduate degrees from the

Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Manhattan School of Music, with specialties in accompaniment and chamber music. He has appeared numerous times as soloist with the Broadway Bach Ensemble and plays frequently in chamber recitals in the New York area. He was the silver medal winner of the New York Amateur Piano Competition in 2004 and 2006. Mr. Sisskin makes his living as a software developer and is currently employed by Bloomberg LP, a financial information company founded by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Among his other interests are scuba diving and snorkeling.

 

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UNDERWOOD

Patsy

 

Retired American Airlines Managing Director, InFlight Service/Passenger Services Training

 

Southlake, Texas

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31

 

Biography: Patsy began her piano studies at the age of six and continued through the first two years of college. After graduation, she enjoyed a long and rewarding career with American Airlines where she had various assignments in flight services management and training. She retired as Managing Director In Flight Services/Passenger Services Training. Prior to retirement, Patsy began playing the piano at church, accompanying the choir and other musicians. This experience motivated her to resume serious study of the piano again, and she is currently studying with Steinway Artist Stephen Nielson. Patsy also enjoys the challenge of chamber music with good friends and activities which involve her two Golden Retrievers, Bonnie and Kelly.

 

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VELMAN

José

 

Student / Languages

 

Venezuela

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73

 

Concerto:

Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major

 

Biography: José Velman began formal piano studies with the North American pianist Harriet Serr, a former disciple and assistant of Madame Isabelle Vengerova and continued his studies with the Venezuelan pianist and composer Carlos Duarte. He also studied counterpoint and principles of composition with world renown composer Antonio Lauro. Then he went to study with the French pianist Monique Duphil from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
He has attended several summer courses with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Queen Sofia School of Music in Santander, Spain and the Vienna Conservatory of Music, with Marta Gulyas (from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music) also at the Queen Sofia School of Music and with Paul
Badura-Skoda in Castilla y León, Spain and privately in Oberlin, OH.
He received private coaching, attended master classes and workshops with Alicia de Larrocha at the Frank Marshall Academy in Barcelona, in Castilla y León, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and in Rochester, NY. He participated in master classes with Murray Perahia in Pittsburgh, PA,  Maria João Pires at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex in Caracas, Venezuela, Blanca Uribe at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2006 he played in master classes with Cristina Ortiz in Philadelphia and in Columbus, OH.
Currently he is studying French, German and Italian in Chicago.

 

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WALKER

Kelly

 

Software Developer

 

Concord, California

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Barber: Ballade, Op.46

 

Concerto:

Brahms: Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 (Second Movement: Adagio)

 

Biography: Kelly Walker began his musical studies by playing saxophone in high school band, then later both drums and orchestral percussion. He began studying the piano after moving to the Bay Area in 1995, first with Melissa Smith for several years and since then in Eliane Lust's master class studio. He has also begun studying the Taubman Approach with Marc Steiner. Kelly has studied works both within the traditional repertoire, as well as by contemporary composers such as George Crumb and John Corigliano.

Kelly works as a software developer for Kaiser Permanente, and lives in Concord with his wife Yvonne and their two cats Sylvester and Roxanne. In addition to studying music, Kelly also enjoys skiing, hiking, and swimming.

 

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WANG
Wei-Ling

 

 

Verizon Network Project Engineer

 

Plano, Texas

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Balakirev: In the Garden (Etude-Idyll)

Biography: Wei Ling Wang, Network Project Engineer at Verizon Wei Ling began studying piano at age five and competed in several competitions during high school years. While working on a computer science degree at Rice University, she continued piano study with professors at the music school. Wei Ling was a silver medalist of Houston Chopin Society's Amateur Competition in 2008. She was also one of the 2006 Piano Texas International Academy and Festival Concerto Competition winners and performed the third movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Ft. Worth Symphony. In addition to piano, Wei Ling enjoys travel, opera music and was an active board member of a chamber music group for eight years. Wei Ling is a network project engineer at Verizon where she manages network development projects. She's currently studying piano with Pianist, Stephen Nielson.

 

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WILKINSON

Graeme Cameron

 

In-Flight Services, Air Canada

 

Montreal, Canada

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6 (Nos.1-6)

 

Biography: Graeme Wilkinson was born in Vancouver, Canada, and first studied music seriously while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Literature at the University of British Columbia.

Further studies in Switzerland included piano instruction at the Conservatories of Neuchâtel and Lausanne. 

In 1979, he was employed by Air Canada, and has remained with the company until the present time.
Graeme furthered his musical education at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and obtained an Associateship Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

He has resided in Montreal since 1989, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at  l'Université du Québec à Montréal

In 1999, Graeme took his musical avocation a step further, and competed in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas.

Since that time, he has been a regular on the on the International Piano Amateur circuit, performing in competitions and workshops in Paris, Berlin, Czech Republic, Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., Boston, and Fort Worth, where he remains a regular participant at Piano Texas.
During the past eight years, Graeme has been increasingly active in choral work in Montreal, singing bass with the  Ensemble Vocal  and  le Choeur de l'Université du   Québec à Montréa l.

In addition to numerous concerts in and around their home base, the choir has  performed at Carnegie Hall, New York City, in November 2005 and in January 2007, with a return engagement scheduled for the 2010-11 season.

Since 2008 he has also sung with the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony, under Maestro Kent Nagano, and with the Concordia University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Christopher Jackson.

Hobbies and interests include kayaking in the Southern Gulf Islands of Western Canada,

transcendental meditation, animal rights, chamber music and musicology. 

 

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ZUNIGA

Marco

 

Vice President of IC Technology and Process Dept. Volterra Semiconductor.

 

Palo Alto, California

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A major, K. 488 (First Movement: Allegro)

 

Concerto:

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (First Movement: Moderato)

 

Biography: After playing tenor saxophone for 6 years, Marco began playing piano at age 18. He resumed his piano studies in earnest 8 years ago as an active participant in Eliane Lust's master class studio. Today he receives private lessons from Tom Laratta, founder of the Crestmont Conservatory in San Mateo, CA. Besides enjoying classical piano performance, Marco is an occasional composer and jazz enthusiast. Other interests include martial arts, weightlifting, and algorithmic financial trading.

Dr. Marco Zuniga is an electrical engineer residing in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife Cynthia and young son, Marco Antonio. He earned his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin, and M.S.E.E./Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is one of the co-founders of Volterra Semiconductor, where he serves as vice president of IC Technology and Process Development.

 

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