Amateurs Participants

 

Arington, Brad

Arington, Brad

Armstrong, Siobhan

Armstrong, Siobhan

Brounoff, Michael

Brounoff, Michael

Errico, Michael

Errico, Michael

Evans, Judith

Evans, Judith

Finkel, Gerald

Finkel, Gerald

Frederickson, Garry

Frederickson, Garry

Gardner, Rex

Gardner, Rex

Goodman, Joel

Goodman, Joel

Huertas, Carlos

Huertas, Carlos

Ito, Mari

Ito, Mari

Lam, Vanessa

Lam, Vanessa

Lee, Darren

Lee, Darren

Lobbia, Chizuko

Lobbia, Chizuko

Nees, John

Nees, John

Panico, Roberta

Panico, Robert

Peixoto, Jose Mauro

Peixoto, Jose Mauro

Phillips, Kristen

Phillips, Kristen

Pronske, Gerrit

Pronske, Gerrit

Sisskin, Stanley

Sisskin, Stanley

Spurrier, Mark

Spurrier, Mark

Tanigawa, Utako

Tanigawa, Utako

Taruki, Yoko

Taruki, Yoko

Verhey, Margaret

Verhey, Margaret

 

 

 

Arington, Brad

Arington, Brad


Attorney

San Jose, CA

 

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 an attorney at Theranos, Inc. in Palo Alto, California.  For eight summers, he attended the Brevard Music Center, where he studied principally with Marilyn Neeley (a 1962 Van Cliburn prize winner) and won the Concerto Competition.  In NYC he studied with German Diez, a protégé of Claudio Arrau.  In the Bay Area, he currently studies with Erna Gulabyan and has attended the Advanced Piano Class at Mission College led by Joseph Ordaz for several semesters.  He has played in master classes for Peter Frankl, Harold Martina, Leonard Pennario, Joseph Bloch, Claude Frank, Misha Dichter, Mark Anderson and Hans Boepple, among others.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 "Coronation Concerto"

 

Concerto:

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 "Coronation Concerto" (1st movement)

 

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Armstrong, Siobhan

Armstrong, Siobhan

 

High School Science Teacher

New York, NY

 

I began studying piano seriously about 7 years ago, and am currently in my 2nd year studying classical piano with Jenny Lin at the 92nd St. Y in New York City, and in my 5th year of attending the Sonata Piano Camp in Bennington, VT.  As well, this summer marks my 2nd time performing in Piano Texas (previously in 2012). Other experience includes training in the Juilliard Evening Division Program (Piano Performance & Keyboard Studies) in NYC, performing with the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (NYC), and, early training with Nini Perlo at the All Newton School of Music (Newton, MA).

 

Other notable musical experience includes vocal performances, most recently, with the Collegiate Chorale of New York City under James Bagwell, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as at the international music festival in Verbier, Switzerland in 2011.   Earlier choral experience includes performances with the Michigan Choral Union, the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus, and the Comic Opera Guild, all out of Ann Arbor, MI.   Finally, my life has been punctuated throughout by a large variety of performing experiences with bands (alto sax, trumpet), orchestras (cello), musical theater troupes, and bell choirs, in varied amateur venues.  

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825

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Brounoff, Michael

Brounoff, Michael


Administrative Law Judge

Plano, TX

 

As a child I studied piano with the late Lazelle Light of Dallas, TX.  I left music study once I got to college and law school, but continued to play actively, giving a recital while in the U. S. Navy in the face of an approaching typhoon, and directing the music for Assault and Flattery, a law school student lampoon production.  I was music director for several productions of Broadway musicals at Dallas Repertory Theater and Irving Community Theater.  In 2000 I entered the Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs (IPCOA) and immediately afterwards at the age of 53 returned to piano study with Dr. Tamas Ungar at TCU and, during 2004-2008 while living in Syracuse, NY, with Dr. Fred Karpoff of Syracuse University, but returned to the Dr. Ungar upon getting a transfer back to the DFW area in 2009.  I have now competed in IPCOA four times, three of those times reaching semi-finals.  I am a regular participant in Piano Texas and three time concerto performer with the Fort Worth Symphony as winner of the Piano Texas concerto competition.  I am an active member of the DFW Amateur Piano Group, which holds monthly group recitals in the members’ homes.  I work as a United States Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration.  I live in Plano, TX with my wife of 33 years, Martha Jane, our son David, dog Buster, and 9-foot Knabe concert grand piano named Obiwan.

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in A major, K331 (1st Movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (1st Movement)

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Errico, Michael

Errico, Michael


Orthopedic Surgeon

New York, NY

 

Michael Errico is an Orthopedic Surgeon practicing full time in Manhasset, New York. He began piano studies at age 4 studying with Gilda Sant Ambrogio and later Isabel Sant Ambrogio at Steinway Hall in New York City. He also studied music theory at Manhattan School of Music throughout high school. He majored in Theory and Composition of Music at Yale University and then went on to medical school, discontinuing formal training for 35 years. He continued at the piano in jazz and cabaret for those years, ultimately co-writing and performing a cabaret show at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel, a show which ran intermittently for 8 years.

 

In 1995, he returned to serious classical music study at Juilliard School of Music with Eva Kovalik and at the same time studied with Anna Maria Trenchi de Bottazzi. He also receives coaching periodically from Paul Schenly of the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to solo work, he played in a duo piano team for 5 years with B.J. Bradbury. They gave several recitals at Steinway Hall and in Santa Margherita, Italy. In 2004, he performed a solo recital at Lincoln Center Institute and in March 2010 at the Rogers Library in Southampton, New York. He has also appeared in multiple venues including the New York Piano Society and The Ivory League. He entered the New York Amateur International Piano Competition in 2004 (semi-finalist), 2005 (finalist) and 2006 (Bronze medal). In 2006, he received the award for best performance of a Romantic piece. In 2007, he was a semi-finalist in the Washington Amateur International Competition. He performs regularly with the New York Piano Society, a group of dedicated non-professional pianists, who give concerts in many New York and New Jersey colleges and other venues including Weill Recital Hall recently.

 

He serves as a volunteer surgeon with Health Volunteers Overseas in Costa Rica performing surgery, lecturing and assisting in Orthopedic Clinics in San Jose. In July 2007, he gave two fund raising piano recitals for the International Health Central American Institute in San Jose at the Museum of Costa Rican Art. He is now co-director of the HVO mission in Costa Rica bringing volunteer surgeons to teach and perform surgery with the residents and attendings at the University of Costa Rica's Orthopedic residency program.

 

He is a Board member of the Pianofest of the Hamptons, a training ground for young brilliant up and coming pianists run by Paul Schenly in the summer in East Hampton, New York.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Claude Debussy: Images (Book ll)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 (1st movement)

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Evans, Judith

Evans, Judith

 

Physician

Shaker Heights, OH

 

Judith Evans began her music study as a child in the Preparatory Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying piano, keyboard harmony, and music theory. While at Vassar College, she studied piano with Earl Grove and Blanca Uribe, and studied composition with Richard Wilson. She also spent a summer semester at CIM, studying piano with Mignon Bennett as well as taking courses in sight singing, ear training, and harmony.  She then took time off from formal music study to go to medical school.

 

She resumed formal piano study in 1998. She has been studying with Gerardo Teissonnière at CIM since Spring 2011. She has been a performing member of two local music clubs for the past 14 years.  She participated in the final round of the CIM Preparatory/Continuing concerto competition in 2012 and in 2013. She participated as an Active Observer at the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival in June 2013.

 

Dr. Evans is a physician at the Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health Center, where she practices gynecology. She is married to Thomas McGrew MD, and they have two adult children. She also studies yoga, and is currently completing teacher training in the Satyananda Yoga tradition.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K 595 (3rd movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K595 (3rd movement)

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Foster, Maxwell

Finkel, Gerald


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 and Judith Cohen 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 some of his youthful vigor, which nevertheless remains elusive.


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 several times in the Piano Texas program for amateur pianists.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K511

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunnehomme" (2nd movement)

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Frederickson, Garry

Frederickson, Garry


Technology Manager

Thornton, CO

 

Mr. Frederickson grew up in his church’s graded choir program and contributed to worship playing piano and trumpet. Until 10th grade, Mr. Frederickson’s mother Dorothy Jean Frederickson taught him piano.   In both high school and college, Mr. Frederickson studied piano with Professors Patricia Pierce and Wilfred Adler.  After attending Missouri State University, Mr. Frederickson earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois, studying piano with Professor Joel Shapiro and conducting with Director of Bands, Dr. Harry Begian. Mr. Frederickson 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.  He 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, 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 9 years ago and began to study piano with Dr. David Korevaar at the University of Colorado. He has played piano for a number of churches since moving to Colorado, and now plays at least monthly at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church where he is a member and ordained deacon. He has studied and performed at the Van Cliburn Institute/Piano Texas as well as Amateur Pianist International Festivals. He has also performed in master classes for  Yoheved Kaplinsky, Dae Jim Kim, John Owings, and Norman Krieger.


After joining Montview’s Westminster choir a year ago, Mr. Frederickson has begun to occasionally conduct Montview’s extraordinary choir and compose choral music under the guidance of John Kuzma, Montview’s Minister of Music, a world renown organist, composer, and arranger.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in C major, K330

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Trio No.4 in E major, KV542 (I. Allegro)

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Gardner, Rex

Gardner, Rex


Retired Hospital Administrator

Brentwood, TN

 

C. Rex Gardner, a native Oklahoman, started his piano training at age 13 continuing through high school.  After graduate school from the University of Oklahoma, he studied piano for three years (1965-1968) with Ralph Berkowitz, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His love of piano study was interrupted for 40 years due to career transfers until his retirement in 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee, where he currently resides.  Rex has attended the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival as a performer or auditor for the past fifteen years and competed in the Fifth Van Cliburn Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2007.  He currently studies with Kristian Klefstad, Professor of Piano at Belmont University in Nashville.  Rex has been married to his wife, Edwina, for 50 years and has two children and three grandchildren ages 25, 7, and 5.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in D Minor K397

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (2nd movement)

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Goodman, Joel

Goodman, Joel


Professor/Cell Biologist

Carrollton, TX

 

Joel Goodman has played the piano since childhood – in New York City as a young boy, in Southern California during his school years, and in Dallas since 1982.  He took private lessons through his mid 20s, dropped that ball for 25 years, and started up again in 1999, studying in these recent years with Adam Wodnicki at U North Texas.  Goodman has played in Van Cliburn Amateur Competitions as well as the first Berlin Amateur Competition.  As a winner of the concerto competition at PianoTexas in 2010, he performed with the Ft. Worth Symphony.  Goodman received his doctoral training in pharmacology and post-doctoral work in cell and molecular biology.  Since 1982 he has been on the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he directs an ADA- and NIH-sponsored research lab to understand cellular mechanisms of fat storage, teaches M.D. and Ph.D. students (receiving multiple local and state teaching awards along the way), and directs the outreach office of the medical school, which offers programs and resources for high school science.  Joel and Bobbi (née Isenberg) met in Daniel Pollack’s master class in L.A. in 1974 and married in 1977, the product of which were several duo-piano concerts in the 1980s and 1990s, and a daughter and grandchild (Bobbi and Joel hold little responsibility but much joy for that!).

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy and Fugue in C Major, K.394

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414 (1st movement)

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Huertas, Carlos

Huertas, Carlos

 

Petroleum Engineer

Fort Worth, TX

 

Carlos E. Huertas was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He began his music studies on the organ at age 10 at the local Yamaha School. Even through his musical passion was always the piano, he could only begin studying it at age 21. For a period of two years he enjoyed learning the technical foundations of the classical music he always desired until his professional development and work as a Petroleum Engineer led him to abandon the piano for more than a decade. In 2005 Mr. Huertas emigrated to the United States. Three years later he began taking private classes with Harold Martina. Today, Carlos wants to share his passion with others by participating for the very first time in PianoTexas.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Klavierstücke No.2 in E-flat major,  D 946

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Ito, Mari

Ito, Mari

 

Architect

New York, NY

 

Japanese native, Mari Ito obtained BA and MA in architecture and holds first class license in Japan. She practiced architectural design in her own firm for years in Sapporo, Japan and is currently a project architect of Stonehill & Taylor in NYC for high-end hotel design such as Peninsula NY, Hyatt House Branding and Intercontinental Barclay. Inspired by the high cultural environment of NYC, she resumed piano playing in 2010 after decades of interval. She has been learning performance at Juilliard School evening division under Lisa Kovarik. Past participation of competitions and festivals includes IPOCA 2011, Piano TX 2012 and California Concerto Weekend 2012 & 2013.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 (1st movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 (1st movement)

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Lam, Vanessa

Lam, Vanessa

 

Voice Teacher

Arcadia, CA

 

Vanessa Lam, soprano, completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Azusa
Pacific University in 2012. She has been involved in music and performing from a young age;
beginning ballet training at the age of five. She began her musical training with piano lessons at the
age of seven, under Weihui Mao. Vanessa later began training in violin and voice; since then, she hasappeared in various recitals and performances.


In 2011, Vanessa was selected to participate in the Young Artist training programs at SongFest and
Intimate Opera. While studying at Azusa Pacific University, she served as the assistant stage manager for APU Opera’s productions of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio and Antonio Salieri’s Falstaff. Vanessa currently serves as a voice teacher in Southern California.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in E flat Major, K 282 (1st movement)

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Lee, Darren

Lee, Darren


Accountant

Toronto, Canada

 

Darren Lee enjoys a successful career as a CPA, providing taxation and educational consulting services to personal and corporate clients.  Through the guidance of Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic at the University of Toronto, Darren has expanded his repertoire to over 20 piano concertos, with an emphasis on the Romantic repertoire.  His on-going “Mozart project” has added Concertos K.466, 467, and 488 to his repertoire in recent years with goals to add K.271, 453, and 491 in the near future.  Over the years, Darren has also performed in solo and ensemble settings for various corporate and special events. 


Solo Repertoire:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 (1st movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 (1st movement)

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Lobbia, Chizuko

Lobbia, Chizuko

 

Librarian

San Jose, CA

 

Chizuko Lobbia started studying piano from the age of 2 years old in Japan. She took a break and then resumed study in 2004, along with performing as a timpanist for orchestra. She currently studies with Joe Ordaz and Kanako Inagawa in San Jose, California. She performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, first movement with the Mission College orchestra in 2012, and also attended the premier piano workshop "PianoTexas" in 2013. This year she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, third movement at the California Concerto Weekend.  As chamber music she has performed “Poulanc Trio for Oboe, Basson and Piano” and “Kuhlau Grand Trio for flute, cello and piano” at the San Francisco Symphony workshop, along with “Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 49, first movement” for the PTNA Society in Japan. She is a regular member of the Mission College orchestra and Winchester Orchestra where she performs as a timpanist/percusionist and acts as the orchestra librarian.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunnehomme" (3rd movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunnehomme" (3rd movement)

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Nees, John

Nees, John

 

Physician

Boca Raton, 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:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in A major, K331

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453 (1st movement)

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Panico, Robert

Panico, Robert

 

Physician

O Fallon, IL


Dr. Panico is a radiologist in the St. Louis area. He has a BA in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, an MD from Uniformed Services University, Bethesda and radiology certification from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia. He began piano lessons at age 8 and has pursued his interest over the years but most inspired by activities as a participant at Piano Texas since 2006. In 2010, with the sponsorship of Steinway Galleries and the enthusiasm of other regional pianists, he founded the Piano Society of St Louis currently with over 80 members of all levels of accomplishment from novice to professional. He is an avid masters athlete involved in the MetroEast Cycling Club. He and his wife Annie have 2 sons Robert and Edward.

 

Solo Repertoire:

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

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (1st movement)

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Peixoto, Jose Mauro

Peixoto, Jose Mauro

 

Portfolio Manager

Sao 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 TCU. Jose likes to play Bridge.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in D minor, K466 (1st movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (1st movement)

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Phillips, Kristen

Phillips, Kristen

 

Business Executive

Philadelphia, PA

 

While I’ve studied piano for much of my life, it was always understood to be strictly an avocation when I was growing up.  So, after having had lessons for much of my growing up years, I took a nearly 15-year hiatus while finishing high school, going to college and grad school and during my first professional jobs.  After moving to Houston, Texas in the mid-nineties I bought a piano (instead of a nice car!) and resumed study...including attending the predecessor to Piano Texas - the TCU Cliburn Piano Institute - in 1998, 1999 and 2001.  Since that time, I’ve moved to the east coast...first to Hartford, CT and now residing in Philadelphia, PA.  A rebuilt 1911 Steinway model A grand has accompanied us across the country and I’ve continued taking piano lessons - and regularly attend summer music programs a little closer to home, including SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music near Keene, New Hampshire and Kneisel Hall’s chamber music program for adult amateurs in Blue Hill, Maine.   

 

When I’m not practicing piano, I work as a senior vice president with Lincoln Financial Group, a Fortune 250 financial services company.  From 2008-2011 I took a detour from the corporate world and served as President and CEO of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (yes, during the financial crisis).  In addition to piano, I enjoy choral singing and have sung with the Houston Symphony Chorus, Hartford Chorale and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.  My husband Matt Schreck and I enjoy all of the arts and culture that Philadelphia has to offer and also enjoy spending time with our 2 dogs, Cosmo and Rascal, and 3 cats, Zeke, Dino and Frankie.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in F major, K332 (1st and 2nd movements)

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major, KV493 (I. Allegro)

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Pronske, Gerrit

Pronske, Gerrit

 

Attorney

Dallas, TX

 

Gerrit Pronske has been playing piano since he was 8 years old. He studied piano extensively while attending both college and law school. For the past 11 years he has studied piano with Krassimira Jordan of Baylor University. He has competed in various amateur piano competitions in the past 8 years, and has performed with symphony orchestras on several occasions, playing concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. During the day he practices business bankruptcy law, and has a published book in his field that is currently in its 14th edition.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K475

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (2nd and 3rd movements)

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Sisskin, Stanley

Sisskin, Stanley


Software Developer

New York, NY

 

Native New Yorker Stanley Sisskin received a Bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley, a post-graduate degree in accompanying from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and a Master’s Degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sisskin was the silver medal winner of the New York International Competition for Outstanding Amateur Pianists in 2004 and 2006. He has frequently appeared as soloist with the New York Piano Society, and as soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2009, he performed a solo recital in the Rose Studio of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Sisskin was selected to play as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony in 2010 and 2011 as part of the PianoTexas Amateur Program.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491 (1st movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 (2nd and 3rd movements)

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Spurrier, Mark

Spurrier, Mark

 

Physician
Saint Louis, MO 

 

While keeping a busy schedule as ophthalmologist with offices in the Missouri cities of St. Louis, Crystal City and Ste. Genevieve, Dr. Spurrier manages to find time to continue his piano studies under the tutelage of Daniel Schene, professor and chairman of piano studies at Webster University in St. Louis .  Together with duet partner Karl Koesterer, he attended the 2012 Piano Texas academy as an active observer.  Dr. Spurrier annually organizes and performs concerts of piano and vocal music to benefit local charities.  Proceeds from the 2012 concert provided funds for the Fine Arts Department of Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri.  Last year’s event raised over $20,000.00 for the Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital, where Dr. Spurrier is staff Ophthalmologist.  Dr. Spurrier is on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Foundation Board of Jefferson College.

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in C minor K475

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata for Piano and Violin No.24 in F major, KV376 (II. Andante and III. Allegretto grazioso)

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Tanigawa, Utako

Tanigawa, Utako

 

IT executive

Cumming, GA

 

Utako’s 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. After coming to the United States, she studied Mathematics and Computer Science, and PhD in Information Systems. While she started a family, and held executive positions of increasing responsibility, she had several decades’ absence of playing the piano.  However, after life threatening illness a couple of years ago, her love of music returned and continues to provide a tangible lifeline to beauty and hope.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K.475

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 (1st movement)

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Taruki, Yoko

Taruki, Yoko


Director of Oppama kindergarten

Yokohama, Japan

 

I am a School Director in Japan.  I started the piano practice at age four, but stopped in high school.  After taking MS at Indiana University, I have worked in the social science fields.  In 2005 I performed at the music concert in the Dominican Republic.  And I took a piano amateur summer program at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and at Mannes College in NYC many times.  In 2009 I was a finalist of the International piano amateur competition in Osaka and Tianjin.  I participated in some International amateur piano competitions.  

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in C major, K.330

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 (1st movement)

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Verhey, Margaret

Verhey, Margaret


MD Cardiologist

Van Meter, IA

 

Started age 11
Lessons thru College. Again during cardiology training (3 years) at Cleveland Music Institute
Piano club Des Moines. Again lessons in Des Moines with Drake University piano teacher
Several recitals.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisy Impromptu, Op 66

 

Concerto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (2nd movement)

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