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Amateurs Participants

 

Brad Arington

Brad Arington

Michael Brounoff

Michael Brounoff

Christine Cheng

Christine Cheng

Dave Duebendorfer

Dave Duebendorfer

gerald finkel

Gerald Finkel

Robert Finley

Robert Finley

Garry Frederickson

Garry Frederickson

Jun Fujimoto

Jun Fujimoto

Rex Gardner

Rex Gardner

Robin Green

Robin Green

Larry Harris

Larry Harris

Mari Ito

Mari Ito

Peggy King

Peggy King

LaWayne Leno

LaWayne Leno

Larry Long

Larry Long

Thomas Maurice

Thomas Maurice

John Nees

John Nees

Reiko Osawa

Reiko Osawa

José Mauro Peixoto

José Mauro Peixoto

Gerrit Pronske

Gerrit Pronske

Stanley Sisskin

Stanley Sisskin

Utako Tanigawa

Utako Tanigawa

Andrea Terenzi

Andrea Terenzi

Patsy Underwood

Patsy Underwood

Weiling Wang

Weiling Wang

Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara

Headshot

Eberhard Zagrosek

 

Brad Arington

Mini Session

Brad ARINGTON


Healthcare Attorney

San Francisco, California

 

Brad Arington has a J.D. from New York University, an M.D. from the University of Virginia and an A.B. in classical languages from Hampden-Sydney College. He is a healthcare attorney at McKesson in San Francisco. He studies piano with Erna Gulabyan in California.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Mozart: Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", KV 265

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A Flat, Op.61

 

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Michael Brounoff

Main and Mini Session

Michael BROUNOFF


U.S. Administrative Law Judge

Plano, Texas

 

J. Michael Brounoff first learned the notes on the piano keyboard at the age of three from his father, Zelman Brounoff, who was the Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Formal piano study with the late Lazelle Light of Dallas began at age six, and went into hiatus when Michael enrolled at Brandeis University at the age of 18.  From there, career plans took Michael to law school at the University of Texas, and he practiced both law and piano in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 25 years, during which time he continued playing both for personal pleasure, for family weddings and other functions, and for audiences as musical director of community and regional theater productions of Broadway musicals. He resumed formal piano study with Dr. Tamas Ungar of the TCU faculty in 2000, at the age of 53.  In 2004, Michael with his family moved to Syracuse, New York in order to accept an appointment as a United States Administrative Law Judge. He studied with Dr. Fred Karpoff of the Syracuse University faculty when he lived in Syracuse, NY; but have resumed studies with Dr. Ungar since returning to the DFW area in 2009. In Syracuse,he co-founded an amateur pianists group called "Pianists in Progress" who met regularly to play for each other.

Along the way, Michael has competed in the Cliburn Foundation International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs three times, advancing to the semi-finals twice.  He has enjoyed the thrill of performing chamber music with professional ensembles and, on tthree occasions, concerti movements with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra through his regular participation in PianoTexas. He is an active participant in the DFW Amateur Piano group, which meets monthly to play for each other.

Michael and Martha Jane have been married for twenty-seven years; they have one son, David, two dogs, and a rebuilt 1924 Knabe concert grand named, “Obiwan Knabe!”

 

Solo Repertoire for Mini Session:

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse

 

Solo Repertoire for Main Session:

Bach/Busoni Toccata in C major

 

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Christine Cheng

Mini Session

Christine CHENG


Physician

Houston, Texas

 

Christine Cheng began playing the piano at age seven and continued her studies after immigrating to the US from Taiwan at age 11. She studied under the tutelage of Sophia Gilmson and later Nancy Garrett, both of whom currently teach at The University of Texas. Christine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and began medical school the following year at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After completing residency in Family Medicine, Dr. Cheng joined a private practice in Houston. In 2006, she started her own non-invasive cosmetic practice and became medical director of Nuveau Medical Aesthetics, one of the most sought after medical spas in Houston. Having not played the piano for more than 18 years, Dr. Cheng began practicing again in the winter of 2010, after undergoing surgeries and treatment for advanced breast cancer. Her health and her piano skills are steadily improving and she is delighted to participate in the 2011 Van Cliburn Amateur Competition.

 

Solo Repertoire:

J.S. Bach- Toccata in c minor, BWV 911

Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110

 

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Christine Cheng

Mini Session

Dave DUEBENDORFER


Investment Manager

New York, New York

 

Dave Duebendorfer is President and Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Wealth Advisors, a New York-based wealth advisory firm with over $500 million in assets under management. He holds a BA degree with high honors in International Management from UCLA and an MBA in International Finance from the Harvard Business School. A semi-finalist in the 2002 IPCOA, he currently studies with Natalie Ryshna, a former Steinway Artist , and Michael Fennelly, a student of Byron Janis.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Tchaikowski/Pletnev:P Pas de Deux (from Nutcracker)

Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in D major, Op.39, No.9

Albéniz: Iberia, Book I (Evocación, El puerto, Fête-dieu à Seville)

 

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gerald finkel

Main Session

Gerald FINKEL


Pathologist

Seattle, Washington

 

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. Mr. Bernstein has continued to mentor him, but he has had other teachers including Leonard Richter nearer home. 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 continues to improve and tries to regain his youthful vigor. In the last few years, he has twice competed in the Van Cliburn Competition for Amateur Pianists, the Concours des Amateurs in Paris and the International Competition for Amateur Pianists in Berlin, where he advanced to the semi-finals. He has participated twice in the Piano Texas program for amateur pianists.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14, No.2

 

Concerto:

Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, KV 466 (II. "Romanze")

 

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Robert Finley

Main Session

Robert FINLEY


Electrical Engineer (Retired)

Northborough, Massachusetts

 

Robert Finley was born in Hull, UK, and started to play the piano at the age of seven. He won a scholarship to study piano and musicianship at Trinity College of Music in London at the age of ten. In 1968 he studied electronic engineering at the University of Sussex, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1976 he was awarded the ARCM diploma of the Royal College of Music with honors. He studied in the UK with Norma Fisher (protege of Gina Bachauer), Albert Ferber (student of
Rachmaninoff) and in the masterclasses of Louis Kentner, Vlado Perlmuter, Bernard Roberts, David Wilde and Jorge Bolet, and in the USA with Michael Lewin, Gabriel Chodos and Victor Rosenbaum. He has given recitals in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Israel, Poland and Argentina, playing on the radio and television. He also played the Mozart K414, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Shostakovich Op 102, Rachmaninoff Nos. 1 and 3 piano concertos with orchestras in the UK. He won prizes in international piano competitions including 2nd prize in the 2004 and
2009 WIPAC competition in Washington DC, and he was a finalist in the First Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Amateur Competition in Warsaw, Poland, in 2009. He is the President and Founder of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association, a non-profit organization that organizes a bi-annual international piano competition for outstanding amateurs. An expert in MIDI and electronic music synthesis, he has recorded three CDs for the QRS Pianomation player piano system. Future concerts include a Liszt recital in Budapest, Hungary, in November, and a performance of Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston in April 2012. In 2006 he retired from General Dynamics (formerly GTE) where he had worked as an electronics engineer since emigrating to the USA in 1980.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major

 

Concerto:

Rachmaninov: Concerto No.1 in f-sharp minor, Op.1 (II & III)

 

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Garry Frederickson

Main Session

Garry FREDERICKSON


Consulting IT Program Manager

Thornton, Colorado

 

After growing up playing piano and trumpet, Mr. Frederickson earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois, studying piano with Joel Shapiro and conducting with Harry Begian. He then taught high school band for 3 years in Henry, Illinois, winning top honors at local contests and winning the University of Illinois Concert Band Competition and conducting a 45 piece orchestra for Fiddler On the Roof. Garry then acquired his Master in Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and joined Hewlett-Packard. At HP, he has had roles in finance, marketing and product management, sales, and currently leads HP's consulting program for migrating applications from large mainframe computers to smaller, midrange servers. While never abandoning the piano, Garry started to play seriously again 6 years ago and began to study piano with David Korevaar at the University of Colorado. He also plays occasionally for his church, has played in a few concerts, and has accompanied music students at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Chopin: Sonata No.2 in b-flat minor Op.35 (I & II)

 

 

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Jun Fujimoto

Mini Session

Jun FUJIMOTO


Marketing Specialist, Yamaha Piano

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

 

In 1995, Jun Fujimoto made a conscious decision to change career paths from music performance to music business and arts administration. Although piano playing continues to be 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 production 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. In October 2010, Jun placed 1st in the 3rd Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition. This included a performance of Liszt's Totentanz with Berliner Sibelius Orchester under the direction of Canadian born Stanley Dodds in the Berliner Philharmonie. In June 2010, Jun also played Liszt's Totentanz with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Miguel Harth Bedoya. This was part of concerto competition of the Amateur piano program offered by PianoTexas. In 2009, Jun was a finalist in the First Chopin International Piano Competition for Amateurs in Warsaw, Poland, and was a 3rd place winner in the 1st Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition in 2006 where he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto 3 also in the Berliner Philharmonie. Due to his success in the amateur piano world, Jun has performed recent solo recitals in Nice France, Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and Shanghai, China, all under the invitation by the French based 'Pianestival'. Later in 2011, Jun will perform in Berlin Germany and Budapest Hungary.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Mozart: Fantasie in d minor KV 397

Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse


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Rex Gardner

Main Session

Rex GARDNER


Hospital Administrator (Retired)

Brentwood, Tennessee

 

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.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op.19, Nos.1 & 2

 

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Robin Green

Mini Session

Robin GREEN


Attorney (Retired)

Dallas, Texas

 

Robin Green grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she still resides with her husband. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, at The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California. She practiced corporate and securities law for 15 years, when she retired to spend more time with her small children. Robin took piano lessons from the neighborhood piano teacher as she was growing up. After a very long hiatus, she began studying piano again in 1996. She entered the first Cliburn amateur competition in 1999, and due to her children's great objections to the diversion of her attention away from them at that time, waited 10 years - until 2009 - when she became an empty-nester, to begin entering amateur competitions again. She has had varying degrees of success in such competitions – from first prizes to no prizes – but always had great fun. At about the same time that she began studying the piano again, Robin also began oil painting lessons and now devotes much of her time to painting, in addition to piano. She also is active on Boards of Directors of nonprofit organizations in Dallas, mainly of a musical nature.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Debussy: "Jardins sous la pluie" from Estampes

Ginastera: Suites de Danzas Criollas

 

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Larry Harris

Mini Session

Larry HARRIS


Investment Manager and Banker (Retired)

Madison, Connecticut

 

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, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston and Colorado Springs, and was a participant in the 2004 and 2007 Van Cliburn Foundation International Piano Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs. Larry retired eleven 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 four solo recitals in Connecticut in the last several years. When not playing the piano, he enjoys playing tennis. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WOo 80

Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op.119

 

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Mari Ito

Mini Session

Mari ITO


Architect

Brooklyn, New York

 

Mari Ito started music study from age 3 in Sapporo, Japan. Until age 17, she studied playing the piano for 9 years. Having moved to the U.S in 2002, she started playing the piano again in January, 2010 at the evening division of The Juilliard School in Manhattan. Currently, she's taking lessons from Dmitry Alexeev at Riverside Piano Studio and performance classes from Eva Lisa Kovalik at Juilliard. Ms Ito obtained BA and MA in architecture and has been a registered architect in Japan. In the U.S., her position has been a project architect for high-end hotel design/construction.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.14 in c-sharp minor, Op.27, No.2 "Moonlight" (III)

Schumann: Homoreske in B-flat major, Op.20 (I. Einfach & II. Hastig)

 

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Peggy King

Main Session

Peggy KING


Homemaker and Community Volunteer

Kula (Maui), Hawaii

 

Peggy King, originally from upstate N.Y., received an undergraduate degree in Piano Pegagogy 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 mvts. Of Mozart's Piano Concerto #12 with String Quartet(Chamber music Programs, 02,04,07.) Her current piano teacher is Dr. Thomas Yee of the Univ. Of Hawaii Manoa music faculty.

Peggy's hobbies(when not practicing piano!) include dog walking/hiking, Stand Up Paddling and kiteboarding.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Clementi: Sonata in f-sharp minor, Op.26, No.2 (I)

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 (II)

 

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LaWayne Leno

Main Session

LaWayne LENO


Computer Consultant

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

LaWayne Leno grew up on a farm near Bismarck, North Dakota. His first musical experience was at the age of 12 when he taught himself to play an electric organ his family had acquired. At the age of 16 his family purchased a piano and a few months later he began his first piano lessons with Belle Mehus in Bismarck. A musical life-changing opportunity occurred when, at the age of 20, LaWayne had an opportunity to study in New York City with Oxana Yablonskaya, who was on the Juilliard faculty for over 25 years. LaWayne is a 1984 graduate of Mary College in Bismarck where he received his BS in Accounting. He subsequently spent about 20 years self-employed as a software and accounting consultant, traveling extensively throughout the entire US. Recently he reduced his work schedule and began teaching private piano lessons as well. LaWayne currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and participated in Piano Texas in 2008. In celebration of the 2011 Liszt bicentennial, and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Miss aus der Ohe, LaWayne is completing the first ever biography of Adele aus der Ohe, the famous 19th century Liszt student and pianist.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2, No.3 (II)

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (I)

 

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Larry Long

Main Session

Larry LONG


Retired

Fort Worth, Texas

 

Larry Long's love for the piano started as a child in Shreveport, Louisiana when he studied with Anna Bell Worden, a Juilliard graduate. After years away from piano study and shortly before his retirement, he began taking lessons from Alfred Teltchik, another Juilliard trained concert pianist, and then from Katerina Loudermilk, a master's graduate from Rice under Dr. Robert Roux. In April, 2008 the Longs moved to Fort Worth and he now studies with Dr. Tamas Ungar. Larry feels that his private teachers have given him a fine music education although he did not have formal academic training in piano. Larry and Carol celebrated their 40th anniversary last December 27th and have two adult children, Lloyd and Claire. He retired in 2002 from ExxonMobil after 30 years in various accounting and financial management positions. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to piano music, the Longs are passionate about Living Water International (LWI), a Christian NGO that drills water wells and provides hygiene training in developing countries. The mission of LWI is to provide a "cup of clean water in Jesus name" and the Longs donated wells in Central America and Africa.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.8 in c minor, Op.13 "Pathetique" (I)

 

Concerto:

Schumann: Concerto in a minor, Op.54 (I)

 

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Thomas Maurice

Mini Session

Thomas MAURICE


Procurement Manager

Baltimore, Maryland

 

Canadian pianist, Thomas Maurice, serves as the Procurement Manager for a large IT company in Baltimore, Maryland, where he currently resides. He holds multiple certifications from Microsoft, Novell and Cisco, as well both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in piano performance. Mr. Maurice has won several Amateur piano competitions, and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Cliburn competition for Outstanding Amateur Pianists, where he was recognized with a Jury Discretionary Award. Mr. Maurice's hobbies include renovation on his historic home, and caring for their many feline friends that they have rescued or adopted. He and his partner are very involved in a local trap/spay/neuter/release program, and their home is registered as a 'safe house' for stray felines who need short term attention or shelter.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op.7

Scriabin: Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

 

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John Nees

Main Session

John NEES


Plastic Surgeon

Delray Beach, Florida

 

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.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Schumann: Sonata No.2 in g minor, Op.22

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.3 in c minor, Op.37 (II)

 

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Reiko Osawa

Mini Session

Reiko OSAWA


Homemaker

Itami, Hyogo, Japan

 

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. Reiko returned to Japan on 2009. Now she enjoys daily life with knitting and wine in Japan.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Bach: Partita No.2 in c minor, BWV 826 (Sinfonia)
Granados: Allegro de concierto

 

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Michael Brounoff

Main and Mini Session

José Mauro PEIXOTO


Portfolio Manager

São Paulo, Brazil

 

José Mauro Peixoto is a mechanical engineer. Actually runs Investment Funds. Started piano at three. At five recorded a disc. At nine gave a recital for "Pro Arte" famous in Sao Paulo. At eleven appeared twice on Television. At twelve abandoned the piano for twenty eight years, and returned when a friend asked him to play the Chopin's Polonaise (op 53). In 1994 Jose played the Rachmaninoff's Concerto nº 2 with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Eleazar de Carvalho and in 1997 recorded a CD. After 1999, he participated in many piano competitions and in the Amateurs Program of PianoTexas. Jose likes to play Bridge.

 

Solo Repertoire for Mini Session:

Beethoven: 32 Variations in c minor, WOo 80
Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op.17 (I)

 

Solo Repertoire for Main Session:

Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op.17 (I & IIII)

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G major, O.58 (II & III)

 

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Gerrit Pronske

Main Session

Gerrit PRONSKE


Attorney

Dallas, Texas

 

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.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.32 in c minor, Op.111 (II)

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 (II & III)

 

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Stanley Sisskin

Main Session

Stanley SISSKIN


Software Developer

New York, New York

 

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.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G major, O.58 (I)

 

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Utako Tanigawa

Mini Session

Utako TANIGAWA


Technology Officer

Bentonville, Arkansas

 

Utako Tanigawa, born in Osaka, Japan, started playing the piano at the age of three.  Her love of music and art was inherited from her father, a professional artist and business owner, and her mother, a lover of classical music and choir member. In Japan, Utako founded and ran a preparatory school and owned a cuisine restaurant. During these work years she was unable to devote time to music and stopped playing the piano. After coming to the United States to study Mathematics and Computer Science, Utako continued her education with multiple degrees followed by a PhD in Information Systems. During this period, she started a family, and held positions of increasing responsibility with various companies. She joined Walmart headquarter Information Systems Division in 2005 as director and has progressed in multiple departments including international, information security, and system architecture. Being a two-year cancer survivor has had a major impact on her life. During this period of physical and mental trauma, her love of music returned and continues to provide a tangible lifeline to beauty and hope. While her future health is unsure, she realized that the desire to play the piano was stronger than ever and that she wanted to share that passion and joy with others. Music has played and continues a play a major role in her physical and mental health. 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Poulenc: Novelette
Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso in e minor, Op.14

 

 

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Andrea Terenzi

Mini Session

Andrea TERENZI


Dentist

Rome, Italy

 

I started play piano at 8 years old at home with private teacher( after 2 years I was asking my parents to start play!) In Italy we have the State School of Piano called conservatory that takes 10 years to degree in piano after many exams ( Solfeggio, 3 different exams at piano with enormous programs to play, music history, composition) I started conservatory at 13 and I received my degree at 26 in Conservatorio Ottorino Respigi in Latina. I studied with many different teachers but the most important were Enrico Polimanti and Marina Besh ( the wife of an ex Italian consol at Washington Embassy( she was a student of Margurite Long one of the most important French pianists and preferred pianist of Maurice ravel) In 2005 I went to New York for 1 month to study at Mannes College with Elena Leonova Kozllov. Till then I only played for my private pleasure. Never in public concert except for some in university when I was student. Form 2005 I started to do many concerts for no profit organization and for charity. Every year I play recitals for September concert in Rome (for 9/11) organized by Ludovica Rossi Purini ( the most important private patron of Santa Cecilia Foundation in Rome in many churchs and hospitals in Rome) I played at French Embassy in Vatican and for the Counsellor of the Italian President of Italian Republic in Quirinale.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110

Chopin: Ballade No.4 in f minor, Op.52

 

 

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Patsy Underwood

Main Session

Patsy UNDERWOOD


Airline Managing Director (Retired)

Southlake, Texas

 

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 service management and training. She retired as Managing Director, In Flight Service and 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 formal piano study, and she is a student of Dr. Richard Baca at Dallas Baptist University. She is also a member of the DFW Amateur Piano Group. Patsy and her husband Jim make their home in Southlake, TX with their two Golden Retrievers, Bonnie and Kelly. She enjoys chamber music with good friends and activities which involve her dogs.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Mozart: Fantasy in c minor, KV 475

 

 

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Weiling Wang

Main Session

Weiling WANG


Verizon Network Project Engineer

Plano, Texas

 

Wei Ling began studying piano at age five and competed in several competitions during high school years. While working on her computer science degree at Rice University, she continued piano study with professors at the music school. Wei Ling was 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 Fort Worth Symphony. In addition to piano, she also enjoys travel, opera music and was an active board member of a local chamber music group. Wei Ling is a network project engineer at Verizon where she manages network development projects.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Mozart: Sonata in a minor, KV 310 (I)

 

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Mari Yoshihara

Mini Session

Mari YOSHIHARA


Professor

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Mari Yoshihara is a bilingual and bicultural scholar and writer who splits her time between the United States and Japan. Having earned her BA from the University of Tokyo and her PhD from Brown University, she is now a Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii. Among her publications are Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music (2007) and her Japanese-language book documenting the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. She has also published books and articles on matters of love, relationships, and sex in American culture.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Bach / Busoni: Chaconne (from Partita No.2 in d minor for violin), BWV 1004

Barber: Souvenirs, Op. 28 "Waltz", "Pas de deux", "Hesitation-Tango"

 

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Eberhard Zagrosek

Mini Session

Eberhard ZAGROSEK


Physicist (Retired)

Germany

 

Eberhard Zagrosek grew up in Bavaria in Germany. He had been working for nearly 30 years in the electronic industry in different management positions esp. with Siemens Company. He started piano playing with six. Since his retirement in 1999 he is again very active with piano playing. He participated in many competitions and received the second prize in the piano amateur competitions in Colorado Springs and Washington. EZ is the founder of the International piano amateur competition in the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Schumann: Sonata No.2 in g minor, Op.22

Liszt:, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - variations

 

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