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Amateur Participants

 

Siobhan Armstrong

Siobhan Armstrong

Michael Brounoff

Michael Brounoff

Robert Canavello

Robert Canavello

Christine Cheng

Christine Cheng

Gerald Finkel

Gerald Finkel

Jun Fujimoto

Jun Fujimoto

Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman

Randy Henwood

Randy Henwood

Ralph Hill

Ralph Hill

Mari Ito

Mari Ito

Stephen LaBarge

Stephen LaBarge

Larry Long

Larry Long

Bob Meyer

Bob Meyer

John Nees

John Nees

Reiko Osawa

Reiko Osawa

Robert Panico

Robert Panico

José Mauro Peixoto

José Mauro Peixoto

Gerrit Pronske

Gerrit Pronske

Utako Tanigawa

Utako Tanigawa

Patsy Underwood

Patsy Underwood

Wei Ling Wang

Wei Ling Wang

Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara

 

 

 

 

Siobhan Armstrong

Siobhan Armstrong


Session II
Science Teacher
New York, NY

 

I have been studying piano seriously since 2006, when I moved to New York City, and began practicing nights in a piano store on 57th St. Juilliard Evening Division, "Sonata" in Vermont, Music-at-Ambialet, France, Verbier Festival Choral Performer 2011 (Collegiate Chorale).

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Impromptu in A-Flat major, D899 - Op.90 No.4
Johann Sebastian Back: Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816


 

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Michael Brounoff

Michael Brounoff


Session II
U. S. Administrative Law Judge
Plano, TX

 

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 four times, advancing to the semi-finals three.  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 thirty-one years; they have one son, David, one dog, and a rebuilt 1924 Knabe concert grand named, “Obiwan Knabe!”

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 1 in F minor, D935 - Op.142 No.1

Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Four Hands, D940 - Op.103

Franz Schubert: Valses sentimentales, D779 - Op.50

 

Chamber Music:

Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano Duet, D.940

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 "Trout" (IV. Andantino - Allegretto)

 

 

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Robert Canavello

Robert Canavello


Session II
Technical Writer
Concord, MA

 

My first piano lesson was on my 11th birthday. I progressed rapidly, winning a concerto competition within three years. I enrolled in the Juilliard Preparatory Division and later went to the Mannes College of Music to study with Nadia Reisenberg. I also studied with Olga Stroumillo (assistant to Isabelle Vengerova), and Martin Canin. After college, I went to Paris on a French Government Fellowship, studying at L’Ecole Normale de Musique.

 

I subsequently taught for several years at the San Francisco Conservatory. While I was living in San Francisco, I studied Russian language and literature at San Francisco State University. I also learned computer programming to supplement my teaching income. I moved into full-time computer work in 1981, which I still do as a technical writer. I took one break from high tech to pursue a degree at Harvard Divinity School.

 

I live in Concord, Massachusetts. My piano coach now is Michael Lewin. I am also an active participant in a piano performance seminar at the New England Conservatory. I love to swim and ballroom dance. I have served as a volunteer in several hospice programs. 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D960

     I. Molto Moderato

Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op.17

     I. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton

Ludwig van Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op.126

 

 

 

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Christine Cheng

Christine Cheng


Session II
Physician
Houston, TX

 

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. In 2006, Dr. Cheng 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, she began practicing again in late 2010, after undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments for advanced breast cancer.

 

Christine was chosen to compete in the 6th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in May of 2011. Her performance of the Bach/Petri transcription of "Sheep May Safely Graze" was featured on the local classical radio station following the preliminary round.

 

Dr. Cheng's health and piano skills are steadily improving and she is delighted to be participating in the PianoTexas Amateurs Program. Christine currently studies with Dr. Robert Roux of Rice University in Houston, Texas.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58

 

Chamber Music:

Brahms: Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor, Op. 60 (III. Andante - IV. Finale: Allegro Comodo)

 

 

 

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Gerald Finkel

Gerald Finkel


Session I
Pathologist
Seattle, WA

 

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:

Franz Schubert: Moments musicaux, D780 - Op.94

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117

 

Chamber Music:

Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano Duet, D.940 (1.Allegro molto moderato - 2.Largo - 3.Scherzo. Allegro vivace - 4.Finale. Allegro molto moderato)

 

 

 

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Jun Fujimoto

Jun Fujimoto


Session II
Marketing Specialist
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

 

From Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, Jun Fujimoto changed career paths in the mid-1990s and entered the world of music business and arts administration. In 1996, he was employed by Warner Music Canada as National Marketing Manager for Classical and Specialty repertoire. Later, Jun joined the administration of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music. Currently, Jun is employed by Yamaha Canada Music as `Piano Marketing Specialist/Institutional, Artist Relations¿. Jun Fujimoto graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Music in piano performance at the University of Toronto, and spent one year with the Royal Conservatory of Music. His principle instructors included Boris Lysenko and Marc Durand. He also participated in master classes with John Perry, Krystian Zimerman, Andre Laplante, Janina Fialkowska, Anton Kuerti, Claude Frank, Marek Jablonski and Leon Fleisher. In 2010, Jun placed 1st in the 3rd Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition. This included a performance of Liszt¿s Totentanz with the Berliner Sibelius Orchester in the Berliner Philharmonie. In 2011, Jun was a semi-finalist and was awarded the Best Performance of a Work from the Classical Era in the 6th International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. His other amateur activities include performances in Fort Worth Texas, Nice France, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Warsaw Poland, and Shanghai China.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D960

     I. Molto Moderato

 

Chamber Music:

Brahms: Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor, Op. 60 (I. Allegro non troppo - II. Scherzo: Allegro)

 

 

 

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Joel Goodman

Joel Goodman


Session I
Cell Biologist
Carrollton, TX

 

Goodman has been on the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical School (Dallas) since 1982. His research program seeks to understand how fat is stored in cells. In piano he has participated several times in the Amateur Cliburn as well as the Berlin competition.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D946

 

 

 

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Randy Henwood

Randy Henwood


Session II
Family Physician
Wichita, KS

 

I am a family physician from Wichita, KS and I have a love for many things in life, including work, music, friends and family and special interests. My love of music developed early in life. Piano lessons began at 9, and grade school band (trumpet) began at 10. Lessons continued through high school. After a long hiatus, I began studying piano again 15 years ago. I also tried to learn violin as an adult, but not even my dog can stand to listen to that. Besides practicing medicine in Kansas, I have had the great honor of doing medical missions in the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. Other interests include photography, cycling and flying. My education includes the following: BA from Davidson College, MA from the University of North Carolina, MD from Oklahoma University and Residency from Kansas University.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.50 No.3

 

 

 

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Ralph Hill

Ralph Hill


Session I
Private Investor
Colleyville, TX

 

Dr. Ralph Hill of Colleyville, Texas is a native of Germany. He is a trained lawyer and has been working in real estate banking and real estate investments for 20 years. Ralph loves taking care of his 4 wonderful daughters. Aside from his addiction for the piano he also enjoys exercising and skiing.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No.2 in E-flat major, D899 - Op. 90 No.2

 

 

 

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Mari Ito

Mari Ito

 

Session II
Architect
Brooklyn, NY

 

Mari Ito started music study from age 3 in Sapporo, Japan, at a local Yamaha music school. Until age 17, she studied the piano for 9 years. Having moved to the U.S in 2002, she started learning 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 a 1st degree license holder in Japan. In the U.S., her position is a project architect for high-end hotel design/construction.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D845 - Op.42

 

 

 

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Stephen LaBarge

Stephen LaBarge

 

Session II
Anesthesiologist
Indianapolis, IN

 

Steve is a practicing anesthesiologist. He has had a lifelong passion for classical music and opera. He took piano lessons in elementary school through the 6th grade, and then restarted approximately four years ago. He lives with his wife and three children in Indianapolis.


Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No.3 in G-flat major, D899 - Op.90
Claude Debussy: Arabesque No.1

 

 

 

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Larry Long

Larry Long

 

Session I
Retired
Fort Worth, TX

 

Larry Long's love for piano began in childhood when he studied with Anna Worden in Shreveport. Just before retirement in the late 90's he renewed taking piano lessons. After moving to Fort Worth in 2008 he studied with Tamas Ungar and most recently with Ilka Araujo. The Longs are proud to provide financial support for Tamas and his musical programs at TCU which also enrich the cultural life of Fort Worth.

 

Larry and Carol celebrated 41 years of marriage in December 2011. They have two adult children, Lloyd Long and Claire Armstrong. The Longs other interests include financial support for and participation in the work of Living Water International, a Christian NGO which drills clean water wells and provides sanitation and hygiene services in developing countries.


Solo Repertoire:

Schubert-Tausig: Military March, D733 - Op.51, No.1

 

 

 

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Bob Meyer

Bob Meyer

 

Session I
Accountant
Fort Worth, TX

 

Bob Meyer, born in 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, began studying piano at the age of seven. He began studying double bass at the age of 16, and two years later entered the Indiana University School of Music. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a duo minor in double bass and piano. While at Indiana University he studied bass with Murray Grodner and Gary Karr and piano with Frederick Baldwin. While in school he was a bassist with the Owensboro Symphony, the Evansville Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Additionally, he was principal bassist with the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer of 1972. Immediately following graduation he landed his first full-time position as a bassist with the North Carolina Symphony. While pursuing his college sweetheart, the late Rebecca Shady Meyer, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas in May, 1974 where he had a position with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and a few years later with the Fort Worth Opera Orchestra and the Tulsa Philharmonic. Bob married Becky, a gifted singer and songwriter, in November of 1974 and accompanied her on the piano for over 33 years. They performed music together in over 34 states and in 1986 they recorded and produced their first record album, "Life is Worth Living." In February, 1989 they composed and published an Easter cantata, "Miracle of Love." In the spring of 2010, two years after his wife's death, Bob decided it was time to bring music back into his life and began studying piano with Sara Doan. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas and works as an accountant. He has two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op.22

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

 

 

 

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John Nees

John Nees

 

Session I
Plastic Surgeon
Delray Beach, FL

 

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:

Franz Schubert: Sonata in A major, D959
       I. Allegro

 

Chamber Music:

Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 (I. Allegro moderato)

 

 

 

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Reiko Osawa

Reiko Osawa

 

Session II
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 class at De Anza College. Reiko returned to Japan on 2009. She produced local music event (Itami Music College and Concert) in Japan on 2012. Now she enjoys daily life with knitting,bicycling,hiking and wine in Japan.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903

Chamber Music:

Schubert: Piano Trio in E flat Major, D.929 (II. Andante con moto)

 

 

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Robert Panico

Robert Panico

 

Session II
Physician
O Fallon, Il

 

Diagnostic Radiologist University of Pennsylvania, Phila- BA Biophysics, 1975 Uniformed Services University, Bethesda- MD, 1985 Wife- Annie, Sons- Robert and Edward USAC licensed masters cyclist, Hammerdown Racing Team Collegiate and masters swimmer

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Schubert-Liszt: Auf dem Wasser zu singen

 

 

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José Mauro Peixoto

José Mauro Peixoto

 

Session I
Portfolio Manager
São Paulo, Brazil

 

José runs Investment Funds. Started piano at three. Still child, gave recital for ¿Pro Arte¿ appeared twice on TV.At twelve abandoned for twenty eight years, returning with 40 playing the Chopin¿s Polonaise. In94 played Rach 2 with OSESP.Since 99 went to many amateur compet and Piano Texas since 03


Solo Repertoire:

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58

     IV. Finale: Presto non tanto - Agitato

 

 

 

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Gerrit Pronske

Gerrit Pronske

 

Session I
Attorney
Dallas, TX

 

Gerrit Pronske was born in Anaheim, California, and received piano lessons
beginning at age eight. He began serious classical piano studies at age seventeen, studying with the Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University, Dr. William Westney. For the past 8 years, Gerrit has studied with the Artist-in-Residence of Baylor University, Krassimira Jordan.  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 12th 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:

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No.1 in C minor, D899 - Op.90 No.1

Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23

 

Chamber Music:

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 "Trout" (I. Allegro vivace - II. Andante)

 

 

 

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Utako Tanigawa

Utako Tanigawa

 

Session II
Technology Senior Director
Bentonville, AK

 

Utako Tanigawa, born in Japan, started playing the piano at the age of three. After coming to the U.S., she earned a PhD in Information Systems and has held executive positions in major corporations. Her three year struggle to overcome a life threatening illness has had a major impact on her life, during which her love of music returned to provide a tangible lifeline. Music and additional academic studies continue to support her recovery. Utako's hobbies are gourmet cooking, swimming, and walking besides listening to music.

Solo Repertoire:
Schubert: Impromptu No.1 in F minor, D935 - Op.142 No.1
Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49

 

 

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Patsy Underwood

Patsy Underwood

 

Session II
Retired
Southlake, TX

 

Patsy began her piano studies at the age of six and continued studying 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 Pianists Group. Patsy and her husband Jim live in Southlake, TX with their two Golden Retrievers, Bonnie and Hannah. She enjoys chamber music with good friends and activities which involve her dogs.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829

 

 

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Wei Ling Wang

Wei Ling Wang


Session I and II
Project Engineer
Plano, TX

 

Wei Ling began studying piano at a young age and competed in several local, state and regional competitions through high school years. While working on her computer science degree in college, she continued her piano study privately. In addition to playing the piano, Wei Ling enjoys opera music and travel, and is an active supporter of several local music schools and non-profit music organizations. Currently, Wei Ling is a project engineer at a telecommunication company where she manages several computer network projects.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op.3
        I. Elégie
        IV. Polichinelle

 

 

 

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Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara

 

Session II
Professor of American Studies
Honolulu, HI

 

Mari Yoshihara is a scholar and writer whose life is split between the United States and Japan. She is a Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is the author of many books, including "Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music."

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert : Impromptu No.3 in B-falt major, D935 - Op.142 No.3

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux, Op.16 Nos.1, 3,and 6

Alexander Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op.9

 

Chamber Music:

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47 (3. Andante cantabile)

 

 

 

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