BPAA 2009 Competition
Competitors    A-G    H-P    R-Z


Susan Hammond loves to practice the piano, to talk about it, and to write about it. After producing her ten internationally acclaimed Classical Kids CDs (Beethoven Lives Upstairs) to create a new generation of young music fans, she returned to her first love, playing the piano. Having studied in Toronto and London, England, she now coaches with Lawrence Pitchko and John Covelli. She recently performed in Napa, California, and Binghamton, New York, with requests from both to return. Ms. Hammond is currently writing a book about the piano and has received the Order of Canada for her contribution to arts education.

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Vallee d’Obermann

Semifinal Round
Rachmaninoff- Etude Tableau in C Minor, Op. 33, No. 3
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111, 1st m.
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111, 2nd m.
Schumann - Intermezzo , from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Griffes – “The Fountain of the Acqua Paola”, from Roman Sketches, Op. 7

Larry Harris, a resident of Madison, CT, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where his music studies began at age six. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brandeis University, where he majored in music. He also holds an MBA degree from New York University, and an MALS 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. Larry retired nine years ago, after a 35-year long career in investment management and investment banking, and resumed the full-time study of piano. Since then, he has given four solo recitals in Connecticut. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49

Semifinal Round
Ravel - Valses Nobles et Sentimentale

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B Minor


Dr. Della Howell started playing piano at the age of four. She enjoyed playing throughout her childhood and decided to major in piano performance along with her pre-med studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, under the training of Melissa Marrion. She joined the Air Force while attending medical school and is currently a staff Pediatric Hematologist /
Oncologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Her current piano playing has been limited to special music for churches and other local events.

Preliminary Round
Brahms - Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K 332, 3rd m

Semifinal Round
Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso, from Miroirs
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat Major, Op 81a

Final Round
Bach - Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Debussy - Estampes
    Pagodes
    La Soiree dans Grenade
    Jardins sous la Pluie


Moses Kaloustian was born in Ayn Remmaneh, Lebanon, in 1944. In choosing his career, his love of chemistry and research won over his promise as a future pianist. He studied chemistry with Prof. Ernest L. Eliel at the University of Notre Dame, Prof. M. Frederick Hawthorne at UCLA, and Sir Derek Barton at the Imperial College of Science & Technology,
London. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at Fordham University, New York, where for the last 34 years he has been teaching organic chemistry and forensic science and doing research in the field of organic stereochemistry. He and his wife, Semiramis, live in Tarrytown, New York.

Preliminary Round
Scriabin - Etude, Op. 2, No. 1
Schubert - Ave Maria
Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Semifinal Round
Mozart - Sonata in F major, K. 332

Final Round
G.I. Gurdjieff/T. De Hartmann - Armenian Song
J.S. Bach - Italian Concerto
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 54
Khachaturian - Sabre Dance


Caroline Kirchhoff started playing piano at the age of five. She studied with Klaus Hellwig at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, with Volker Banfield at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and with Leonard Shure at the New England Conservatory in Boston. After finishing her studies she started a career as a pianist and harpsichord player and became a professor for piano in Hamburg. In 1998 she stopped her career as a professional musician and joined her father’s company. Today she leads her own company, a wholesaler of medical textiles. She is still performing, mostly private and public charity concerts.

Preliminary Round
J.S.Bach – Prelude & Fugue in F-sharp Minor,
    WTC Bk 2, BWV 883
Brahms – Intermezzo in E Major, Op. 116 No. 4
Brahms – Capriccio in D Minor, Op. 116, No. 7

Semifinal Round
Mozart - 9 Variations in D major on a Minuet by Duport, K.573
Mendelssohn – Song Without Words, Op. 62, No. 5,
    “Venetianisches Gondellied”
Fanny Hensel - Il Saltarello Romano, Op. 6, No. 4

Final Round
Beethoven – Fantasie, Op. 77
Schumann – from Fantasiestücke, Op.12
    Des Abends
    In der Nacht
Debussy – from Preludes, Bk 1
    Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
    Les collines d'Anacapri
    Des pas sur la neige
    Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest


Julien Kurtz has been playing the piano for most of his life, first as a recreational activity and now as a passion that helps him balance his life between work and pleasure. After being trained for ten years with Catherine Silie, he studied later at the Marseille Conservatory and the Cachan Conservatory. As a teenager, he also spent a year in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he studied piano at the Longy School of Music in Alice Wilkinson’s class. Mr. Kurtz
is now studying with French pianist Bernard d’Ascoli, and gives solo recitals whenever he is given a chance.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in F Minor, WTC Bk II
Scriabin – Etude, Op. 2, No. 1
    Etude, Op. 8, No. 12
Villa-Lobos - Choro No. 1
Gershwin/Wild - Embraceable you

Semifinal Round
Franck – Prélude, Chorale, et Fugue

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B minor


Chung Lee is an architect, born in China, raised in Hong Kong, and studied music in England and the United States. He practices architecture professionally and taught architecture as sabbaticals, both in the US and Hong Kong. Now retired, he enjoys the piano, travel and spending time with his grandchildren. He views the pursuit of the piano as a way to find meaning
and to learn to express the music he loves. Through preparing for the competition, he hopes to
continue to overcome his technical difficulties, deepen his understanding of music, and to enrich his retirement and share his joy with others.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B-flat Minor, WTC Bk 1
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique”
    Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
    Adagio cantabile
    Rondo

Final Round
Schubert - Sonata in A Major, Op. 120
    Allegro moderato
    Andante
    Allegro
Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47


David Leehey is the President of the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest and the MacDowell Artists Association, both in Oak Park, Illinois, and is a founding board member of Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago. He performed the Brahms D minor Concerto in October 2001 with the Symphony and serves as the orchestral pianist and rehearsal accompanist. He has
participated in many chamber music conferences and workshops as well as several amateur piano competitions, and was a semifinalist in the 2001 and 2003 Boston competitions. When not engaged in musical pursuits, Dr. Leehey makes a living as a physician at Loyola University Medical Center and Hines VA Hospital. He and his wife Roslyn live in Oak Park, Illinois, and have three children.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Preludes, Op. 28,Nos. 23 & 24
Chopin - Berceuse, Op. 57
Ravel - Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (Dante Sonata)

Final Round
Schumann - Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17


Alexandre Leite

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 12, WTC Book 2
Chopin - Polonaise, Op. 26, No. 1
Scarlatti - Sonata L. 164

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - French Suite No. 2
Villa-Lobos - Valse de la Douler

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332
Chopin - Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1
    Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12
Villa-Lobos - Alma Brasileira


Dr. Alex Leow was born in Taiwan and was educated in both her native country and the US. She received her medical specialist training in psychiatry at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital, and is currently chief resident at the Geriatric Psychiatry division of the New Psychiatric Hospital at UCLA. In addition, Dr. Leow also has a PhD in Brain Imaging and is a well known imaging researcher throughout the world, having published over 40 scientific papers. She is part of the world-renowned Lab of Neuro Imaging (LONI) at UCLA. Dr. Leow has been playing piano since the age of six. She enjoys playing piano solo as much as playing
with her other musician friends. Outside of work, playing the piano is her primary hobby and stressreliever.

Preliminary Round
Ravel - Prelude
Chopin - Mazurka in C Minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat Major

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op 41, No. 1
    Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op. 63, No. 3
Chopin - Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48
Scriabin - Prelude in G Major, Op 13

Final Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in B-flat Minor, WTC Bk 1
Ravel - Sonatine
Chopin - Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20


Carol Arschin Levy started playing piano at the age of nine and attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. She is a graduate of Queens College, where she majored in education and minored in music. She worked as an elementary school teacher in
New York City, where she also taught music appreciation. Ms. Levy has performed solo at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Sanders Theater in Cambridge, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has devoted her time to community service and the elderly in the Boston area, where she has lived for over 25 years. She has studied piano with Stanley Yerlow and Alice
Wilkinson. Ms. Levy has two grown children and a granddaughter, and resides in the Boston suburbs with her husband.

Preliminary Round
Debussy - Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum
Gershwin - Preludes for Piano

Semifinal Round
Haydn - Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob XVI/52, 1st m.
Ginastera – from Danzas Argentinas
    Danza de la moza donosa
    Danza del gaucho matrero

Final Round
Debussy - Arabesque No. 2
Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31


Wayne Lung was born in Hong Kong and raised in Southern California. He received a BA degree from Columbia University in New York. After graduation, he returned to Los Angeles and worked as a math teacher for five years, and for the last six years he was an interpreter for auto insurance groups. In his precollege years, he received awards and scholarships in music festivals and competitions, including the Southern California Jr. Bach Competition and Cypress
College Piano Competition. While at Columbia, he continued taking lessons with Prof. Niel Ostbye. This past November, Wayne Lung won a gold medal at the Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists, sponsored by the Chopin Society of Houston.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Debussy - Étude No. 9, “pour les notes répétées”

Final Round
Haydn - Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:50
Verdi-Liszt - Paraphrase on Rigoletto.
Debussy - Étude No. 7, “pour les degrés chromatiques”


Mark Lutton received a degree in Applied Piano from Boston University in 1973 and now programs computers for a living. He lives in Brookline, New Hampshire, with his Steinway, his dog Furry Lisa, and several other dogs, cats, goats, horses and donkeys. In 2008, Mr. Lutton and flutist Cassie White formed The Sterbrooke Ensemble and released a compact disc.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332

Semifinal Round
Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in A Major, Op. 87, No. 7
Poulenc - Three Novelettes for Piano

Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"


Neil McKelvie was born in Welwyn Garden City, England, and divided his time between England and the US working in the military and the aviation industry, eventually settling in the US to be a PhD student at Columbia. He was for many years a member of the chemistry faculty of The City College and the chemistry graduate faculty of the City University of New York. Dr. McKelvie retired from teaching in 2007. He is a “senior master” of the US Chess Federation and
has been ranked as high as 19th in the US.

Preliminary Round
Schubert - Adagio from Sonata in C Minor, D.958
Brahms – Rhapsody, Op. 79, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Purcell-Stevenson - Toccata
Chopin – Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Chopin - Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1

Final Round
Mendelssohn - Song Without Words, Op. 62, No. 1
Ignaz Friedman - Polnische Lyrik, Op. 53, (Herbst; Schlummerlied;
   Bauerntanz; Wind)
Brahms - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Sergei Bortkiewicz - Lyrica Nova, Op. 59, No. 3


Reiko Osawa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Composition from the Osaka College of Music at Osaka Japan. She has been composing contemporary music of various instrumental and vocal since graduate school, and also had a teaching career in music theory and piano for more than 10 years in Japan. Ms. Osawa moved to San Jose, California, in 2001, and has
been taking piano performance classes at De Anza college, along with classes in karate, swimming, jazz, electronic music and animation. She enjoys daily life with knitting and wine. Later this summer Ms. Osawa plans to move back to Japan.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K.330, 1st m.
Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas

Semifinal Round
Kabalevsky - Sonatinen, Op.13, No. 2
Kabalevsky - Sonata No.2, Op.45, 1st m.

Final Round
Haydn - Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI/52
Tchaikovsky - Dumka, Op.59
Prokofieff – Suggestion Diabolique


Kathleen Penny is a partner with the Canadian law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, with a full-time practice in corporate income tax law, and a mother of two boys. Ms. Penny learned piano as a child, sang in choirs and played violin in her school orchestra. After a lengthy gap in her musical education to pursue university degrees in Chemical Physics and in Law, have
two children and become a successful business lawyer, she resumed serious piano study in 1998. Ms. Penny earned her diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2005 and gave her first full-length solo recital in 2006. She has been a finalist and semi-finalist at several amateur competitions in Boston, Washington and Toronto.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Debussy - L'Isle Joyeuse

Semifinal Round
Mozart - Sonata in C Minor, K457
    Molto Allegro
    Adagio
    Allegro assai

Final Round
Bartok - Excerpts from Suite, Op. 14
    Allegretto
    Scherzo
    Sostenuto
Schubert - Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15 “Wanderer”


Bruce Pfeffer was born in Los Angeles, California, where he began piano study at age seven. In college he gave solo recitals, was accompanist for glee clubs, and performed as an instrumentalist in student recitals, which included new works by student composers. Mr.
Pfeffer received his PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also a choral and vocal accompanist and performed chamber music. He has performed as a duo-pianist in Hartford, Connecticut, and New York City, and in recent solo recitals has given world premiere performances of works by Douglas Leedy and Charles Shere. Mr. Pfeffer
lives with wife Karen in upstate New York, where he works at Bausch & Lomb in research and testing of new drugs to treat eye diseases. His other interests include nature and the outdoors.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in C-sharp Minor, WTC Bk 1,
    BWV 849
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in E-flat Minor, Op. 33, No. 5
Debussy - L’Isle Joyeuse

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Bagatelles, Op.126
Scriabin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 42, No. 5

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B minor


Marlies Prenger was born and raised near The Hague in the Netherlands. She took piano lessons from ages 7 until 18, when she moved to Utrecht to attend university. After medical school, Ms. Prenger specialized in Occupational Medicine and currently works with an occupational health service provider. Eight years ago she started playing the piano again on a regular basis and took up lessons. She has studied music theory and didactics at the Schumann Akademie, a private parttime conservatory, since 2004. Ms. Prenger’s other
interests include bird watching and travel.

Preliminary Round
Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, Op. 70, No. 22
Scriabin - Etude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 2
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 4

Semifinal Round
Czerny - Etude in A Minor, Op. 740, No. 31
Chopin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 7
Debussy – “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune”,
    from Preludes, Book II
Gershwin - Prelude No. 1 in B-flat Major

Final Round
J.S. Bach - English Suite No. 3 in G minor
Beethoven - Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26
    1. Andante con variazioni
    4. Allegro


Ingrid Purwins was born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. After studying pedagogy in Göttingen, she married and worked as a teacher in Munich. She then followed her husband to Geneva, Switzerland, and worked at the German School in Geneva as a teacher. Because of all the changing of residences to different countries she concentrated on the education of her three children and on the logistics of moving. During the last 15 years, Ms. Purwins’ main activities were in real estate management, including hiring, organizing and controlling construction work, as well as in teaching German for foreign scientists at the University of Muenster.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Rondo No. 2 in F Major, K. 494
John Field - Nocturne in A Major
A. Casella - from 11 Kinderstücke
    Valse Diatonique
    Bolero
    Galop final

Semifinal Round
Shih - Ein Takt für Klavier
Janãcek - Ein verwehtes Blatt
Prokofieff - Visions Fugitives, Op. 22, Nos. 6, 5, 12, 3, 11, & 10

Final Round
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in A Major, K. 114
    Sonata in A Minor, K. 175
    C Major (Supplement)
Brahms - Intermezzo in E-flat Minor, Op. 118, No. 6
Debussy – The Children’s Corner


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