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


Esifr Ross was born and grew up in Moldova. She began playing piano at age six, and graduated from Kishinev (Chisenau) Conservatory with an MA degree in piano performance. In 1977 she emigrated to Israel, then to Greece and finally to the US in 1980. She studied at the local college and works as a Registered Dental Assistant. In the US she studied with Karl U. Schnabel. She has performed as a soloist and accompanist in the Bay Area, Ohio and Israel. In
2007 she was a semifinalist in Fort Worth and Washington DC, and a finalist in the Colorado Springs Amateur Competition. She received diplomas for most creative programming, and interpretation of Baroque and Romantic music.

Preliminary Round
Giovanni Batista Martini - Aria in C
Glinka/Balakirev - “The Lark”
Gottschalk - Etude de Concert “Manchego”

Semifinal Round
Thalberg/Bellini - “Casta Diva”, Op. 70
Beethoven - 32 variations in C Minor, Wo0 80

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in C minor, K 457
Korngold - 3 pieces from “Much Ado About Nothing”
Wim Statius Muller - 3 Antillean Dances


Anne-Marie Rouchon has been National Tennis Coach for the French Tennis Federation since 1980, where she is currently in charge of young talent identification, recruiting and training program. Born in Paris, she inherited her dual passion for tennis and piano from her parents. She received a degree in Spanish and was awarded the silver medal in the World University Tennis Games in Porto-Alegre, Brazil. After her marriage and the birth of her daughter, she
decided to pursue her professional career in tennis, first being a private coach and teacher, and then by joining the French Tennis Federation. Recently retired, in the last several years she has participated in amateur piano competitions in Paris, Fort Worth and Colorado Springs.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in E major
              Sonata in C major
Poulenc - Caprice Italien (Napoli)

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - French Suite No. 5
Gershwin - Three Preludes

Final Round
Chopin - Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Mozart - 9 Variations in D major on a Minuet by Duport, K.573
Chopin – Etude in G-flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5


Abel Sánchez-Aguilera was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1977. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2006 and is currently performing research on blood cell formation and leukemia at Children’s Hospital Boston. Mr. Sanchez-Aguilera studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, where he graduated in 1999 under the direction
of Fernando Puchol. He has given recitals in different cities in Spain and the United States, including performances of Chopin’s Etudes, Pierre Boulez’s Second Sonata, and the premiere of the work “Brevedades” by C. J. Martinez-Portela.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Major, K.96 (L.465)
Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Schoenberg - Klavierstück, Op.11, No.3 (Bewegt)

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in B Minor, K.27 (L.449)
Scriabin - Sonata No.7, Op. 64

Final Round
Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit
Boulez - Second Sonata, 1st m. (Extrêmement rapide)


Alexandre Luiz de Rezende Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and began taking piano lessons at the age of twelve. He graduated with honors at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, studying with Heitor Alimonda. He continued his studies with Gloria Maria da Fonseca and Tamara Ujakova while he continued his studies in audio and speech therapy at the
Estacio de Sa University. He has given several piano recitals in concert halls, government houses, churches and as a guest in recordings. Mr. Santos also has a bachelor’s degree in voice from Berklee College of Music.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in C Minor, WTC Bk 2
Brahms - Rhapsody, Op 79, No. 2
Debussy - La Cathedrale Engloutie, from Preludes, Bk 1

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Prokofieff - Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B Minor


Vincent Schmithorst began his piano studies at the age of four. At ten years of age, he was a soloist with the Cincinnati POPS Orchestra and has also performed with the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. Subsequently he pursued doctoral studies in physics. He is currently using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to study how
the brain processes sound in children with unilateral hearing loss. Dr. Schmithorst continues to perform in solo recitals and his awards include first prize in the 2008 Washington International Piano Artists Competition and sixth prize in the American Music Scholarship Association World Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Etudes Op 10, Nos. 1 & 12
Mozart - Fantasy in D Minor, K. 397
Debussy - Feux d’artifice, from Preludes, Bk 2

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue, WTC Bk 1
Chopin - Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49

Final Round
Debussy - La Puerto del Vino, from Preludes, Bk 2
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Mendelssohn - Variations Serieuses, Op. 54
Schumann – Toccata, Op. 7


Michael Serio began performing solo concerts at the age of 14 and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Rochester, where he pursued a double major in computer science and piano performance at the Eastman School of Music. After a successful career
in software engineering, he left his job as Technology Director for BerkleeMusic.com in 2006 to study the Alexander Technique and explore spirituality. He will receive his Alexander Technique teaching certification in June 2009 through Tommy Thompson’s training program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He owns a web consulting practice for self-employed business owners.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in C Major, K. 132, cantabile
Chopin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op 25, No. 7
Granados - Quejas o la maja el ruisenor, from “Goyescas”

Semifinal Round
Beethoven – 3 Bagatelles
Shostakovich - Preludes, Op. 34, Nos. 5 & 10
Chopin – Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

Final Round
Bridge - Hour Glass, 2nd m, “The Dew Fairy”
Gershwin - Prelude No. 2 in C-sharp Minor
Prokofieff - Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op 83


Alice Sheu, a native of Taiwan, began piano studies at age five and won the Kawai Piano Competition at age 11. She continued her studies on and off throughout her teenage years, eventually giving way to chamber music. She began to study the piano seriously again after coming to the U.S. for graduate studies and has been an active participant of various summer festivals and schools since. Ms. Sheu completed her Ph. D. in Chemistry at the University of Chicago and is currently volunteering with the PianoForte Foundation in Chicago, working as a project manager.

Preliminary Round
J. S. Bach - Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
Messiaen - Prelude, “Un reflet dans le vent”

Semifinal Round
Schubert - Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
   Menuetto-Trio (Allegro)
   Allegro

Final Round
Messiaen - Prelude, “La colombe”
Schubert - Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
   Allegro
   Adagio
Chopin – Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60


Noriko Sugiyama graduated in humanities at International Christian University in Japan. She was employed as a system engineer at Fujitsu, and after marriage began to work at Yamaha and gave music computer classes there. Afterward she taught several courses in composition, improvisation, and solfege.Ms. Sugiyama also has performed solo pieces, piano
concertos, pieces for duo, and chamber music at several concerts in Japan. After coming to the US, she performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a first prize winner of Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2007 and 2008. She was an accompanist for the Piano Concerto class at the Evening Division of the Juilliard School in 2007 and 2008.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonatas, L. 23 & L. 84
Liszt - Légendes No. 2, “St François de Paule Marchant sur les Flots”

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Rondo in C Minor, Op. 1
Khachaturian - Toccata

Final Round
Liszt - Légendes No. 1, “St. Francois d'Assise: la predication aux oiseaux"
Sugiyama - Sonata
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23


Yoko Taruki is a kindergarten teacher in Japan. She started taking piano lessons at age four, but stopped in high school to focus on her future profession. She has worked in the social science fields of social welfare and education for the past twenty years. Ms. Taruki startedtaking lessons and practicing again four years ago. She attended the 2005 and 2008 International
Keyboard Institute & Festival at Mannes College in New York City, and also attended the 2006 & 2007 Paris Piano Amateur Program at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

Preliminary Round
Schumann - Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22, 1st m.
Debussy – Pour le Piano
    Prelude
    Toccata

Semifinal Round
Mendelssohn - Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Schubert - Sonata in A Major, D. 664, 1st m.

Final Round
Schumann – Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22
Debussy - Pour le Piano


Shi-Chin Yvonne Tsai is a full time pediatrician practicing in Southern California. She received her BA in Music from UC Berkeley before she entered the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her MD degree. She currently resides in California with her husband and four year old son. After her son entered preschool, she finally had some time on her own to practice and hopes to keep her fingers moving by preparing for this competition.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K. 545
Chopin – Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 48, No. 1

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, 1st m.
Brahms - Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2

Final Round
Debussy - Children’s Corner
J.S. Bach - Italian Concerto


Janet Underhill began piano lessons on a paper keyboard in her third grade classroom and has played ever since. During her career as a music teacher, she has written in music education journals and on the web about how to structure a music curriculum, giving children the foundation they need in expressive singing and rhythmic gesture which prepares them for
all the music ahead of them, both at school and in their lives. Ms. Underhill has just retired after a thirty-one year career in the music classroom. She has returned to piano studies, left behind as she worked and raised a family, and has found great pleasure in retirement in becoming reacquainted with the piano repertoire.

Preliminary Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, 1st m.
Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas

Semifinal Round
Brahms - Intermezzo, Op. 116, No. 4
Beethoven – Sonata in E Major, Op. 109

Final Round
J.S. Bach - Italian Concerto
Haydn - Sonata in F Major, Hob XVI/22
Chopin - Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38


John Vineyard lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is the founder and President of Sunlake Investment Management. He has played piano as an avocation since an early age. He studied piano at Mannes College in New York and at Oberlin College. An early interest in the building and playing of harpsichords eventually gave way to his interest in the piano, due to its greater range and stability. Other musical interests include early American music and making piano
transcriptions of piano and orchestral works. Mr. Vineyard has previously participated in amateur competitions in New York, Washington, Boston and Berlin.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonatas, L 474, 481 & 232
Chopin – Etude in G-flat Major, Op 10, No. 5
    Etudes Op. 25, Nos. 6 & 12

Semifinal Round
Jan Hugo Vorisek - Sonata, Op. 20
    Allegro con brio
    Scherzo and Trio
    Allegro con brio

Final Round
Scharwenka - Ballade, Op. 85, No. 1


Joseph Wearing was born in London, Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Toronto and Oxford. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. As an amateur pianist, Mr. Wearing has performed
in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and has competed in piano competitions in Washington and Berlin. Together with five other pianists he formed the Master Class Players, who perform at fund-raising and charity events in the Toronto area. He is also an active choral singer.

Preliminary Round
Albéniz - Navarra
Oscar Peterson – from Canadiana Suite
    March Past
    Land of the Misty Giants

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
Brahms - Intermezzo in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4
    Capriccio in C Major, Op. 76, No. 8

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332
Poulenc - Mouvements perpétuels
Szymanowski - Etude, Op. 4, No. 3
Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Op. 87, No. 5


Robert Weeks graduated with a Masters in MusicTheory from Indiana University in 1981, but chose a profession in computer science instead. He is currently the lead performance and architecture database administrator for a 15 terabyte data warehouse for IBM in Burlington, Vermont. His passions in life are first and foremost his wife and three children. His other passions in life include the piano, skiing, gardening, his church youth worship team, and his beloved 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Scherzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 31
Chopin - Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op. 59, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Schumann – Papillons, Op. 2

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 281
Franck - Prelude, Chorale, et Fugue


Dominique Xardel first started to learn the piano in Aix-en-Provence, France, and then at the Dijon Conservatory. He graduated later from Columbia University Business School in New York and had management responsibilities in various companies such as Unilever in different countries. During this time he rarely had opportunities to practice piano for extended periods, but happily resumed playing in 2000. Since then Mr. Xardel has written two books on pianists, which have been translated into several different languages including Chinese. During the
Boston competition in 2007, he met Julien Kurtz and they decided to create the International Piano Amateurs Festival, which held its first edition in Paris in the summer of 2008.

Preliminary Round
Ravel - Alborada del gracioso, from Miroirs
Messiaen - Vingt Regards No. 3

Semifinal Round
Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas
J.S. Bach - Sicilienne
Marcello-J.S. Bach - Adagio

Final Round
Verdi-Liszt – Paraphrase on Rigoletto
J.S. Bach- Variations Nos. 13 & 25, from The Goldberg Variations


Gloria Yee, seen in the previous Boston competition as Gloria Ho, was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, Canada. She began piano studies at age four and first appeared in recital at five, and with the Seattle Philharmonic at 13. She studied with Lorraine Ambrose at
the Vancouver Academy of Music, where she was the winner of the Kay Meek Scholarship
andconcert prize. She also holds an associateship from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto
and Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. For the last five years she has worked in the marketing field for Smiths Medical.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53
Debussy - L’isle Joyeuse

Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
Liszt - Ballade


Joan Zarry began her piano studies at an early age in Toronto and was the recipient of many awards and scholarships in drama as well as music. At age 16 she completed her ARCT (Associate of Royal Conservatory of Music) and shortly thereafter entered University of Toronto on scholarship to pursue a degree in Music Performance. After graduating she performed and
taught at the RCM in Toronto and on the music faculty of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Marriage, children and circumstances led to a successful career change of 35 years duration, in property development and design. Five years ago another life change occurred, convincing her to give up the business (mostly) and return to her first love.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in F Major, K. 466
J.S. Bach-Siloti - Organ Prelude in G Major
Mendelssohn - Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14

Semifinal Round
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)

Final Round
Schumann – Papillons, Op. 2
Chopin - Waltz in E Major, Op. Posth.
Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31




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