BPAA 2011 Competition
Competitors    A-G   H-P    R-Z



Sibylle Barrasso
Wellesley, MA

Sibylle Barrasso is an author of mystery novels, a pianist, and a business consultant. She started playing the piano at age 9, but quit after only a year due to a philosophical difference with her piano teacher (Schubert vs. Czerny). Then she fell in love with the piano all over again while writing a novel about a concert pianist and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd piano concerto. A California native, she left L.A. with an MBA from UCLA to live in Europe and Brazil for a number of years, where she worked for IBM, and eventually moved to Boston to consult for Bain and Company and Prime Computers. Sibylle lives in Boston with her husband and son. In her spare time, she plays league tennis.

Preliminary Round
Schumann - Arabesque, Op. 18
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4
Chopin - Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 28, No. 20
Haydn - Andante with Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII/6

Final Round
Gershwin - Embraceable You
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332, 1st m.
Chopin - Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Chopin - Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Beethoven – Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 in C-sharp Minor, “Moonlight”, 1st & 2nd m.
Schumann – selections from Kreisleriana, Op. 16


John Berkstresser
Bethlehem, PA

John Berkstresser holds degrees in applied piano and piano performance from Mansfield State University in Pennsylvania where he studied with Dr. William M. Goode, and Texas A & M University in Kingsville where he studied with Dr. Jan B. Drath. Further, he has studied with Dr. Seymour Bernstein in New York, at the Juilliard School of Music with Eva L. Kovalik, and is a member of the  New York Piano Society. Most recently, John was first-prize winner at the 2010 Chopin Society of Texas’ amateur piano competition and was awarded a Carnegie Hall recital.  When not studying piano, John flies international routes on the Boeing 777 aircraft for Continental Airlines.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Mazurka in A Minor, Op.17, No.4   
               Nocturne in F Minor, Op.55, No.1  
Debussy - Les Collines d'Anacapri, from Preludes, Bk I

Semifinal Round
Scriabin - Three Preludes
Op.9,  No.1   
             Op.11, No.9   
             Op.11, No.10  
Chopin - Ballade in A-flat Major, Op.42   

Final Round
Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3   
Debussy - La Cathédrale engloutie, from Preludes, Bk 1
Chopin - Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2     
           Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42               


Karmjeet Bindra
Sacramento, CA

Karmjeet Bindra is from Sacramento, California.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific and his Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon.  He has also attended California Institute of the Arts.  Karmjeet's many hobbies keep him very occupied.  In addition to playing the piano, he is also an accomplished guitar player and drummer.  He is involved as a dance choreographer for high school students. He also enjoys drawing, painting, and photography.  He is currently employed as a fifth grade teacher in Elk Grove, California.

Preliminary Round
Ravel - Oiseaux tristes, from Miroirs
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

Semifinal Round
Liszt - La leggierezza
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Final Round
Bach/Busoni - Chorale Prelude: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland
Debussy - Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest, from Preludes, Bk 1
Liszt - Gnomenreigen
Chopin – Berceuse, Op. 57
Chopin - Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20


John Blasdale
Whippany, NY

John Blasdale started studying piano at age 8.  Beethoven’s famous “Last Three” sonatas attracted him as a teenager, yet only recently could he develop them together to concert standard and memorize them.  He performs as an amateur, and is also developing his compositional talents. After studying Natural Sciences at university, he qualified as a Patent Agent, working in London, Lucerne and New Jersey.  After retiring, he studied towards Christian ministry, becoming ordained in 2008.  At the Colorado Springs Amateur Competition in 2007, he reached the Final Round, where he was awarded Best Classical Performance Prize for Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 110.

Preliminary Round
Beethoven - Sonata A-Flat Major, Op. 110, 2nd & 3rd m.

Semifinal Round
Scriabin - Prelude op. 9 no. 1 in C Sharp Minor  (for the left hand alone)
Beethoven - Sonata in E Major, Op. 109,  1st & 2nd m.
Brahms - Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 6 in E-Flat Minor

Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111


David Caldine
Fairfax, VA

David Caldine started piano and engineering studies at age 18.  From 1982 to 1992 he studied with Elvin Schmitt, who was a student of Alfred Cortot and on the faculty of George Mason University.  Recently he has been studying with Eric Himy. David has a background in electronics, land surveying, and bird song recording.  His bachelor of electrical engineering was completed at GMU while working as an electronics design engineer at a large private company on contracts with the Pentagon. Now he specializes in software design and engineering graphics for Computer Sciences Corporation. David has participated in eleven competitions for amateurs in Fort Worth, Boston, Washington, and Paris. 

Preliminary Round
Sergei Taneyev - Prelude and Fugue Op. 29
Felix Blumenfeld - Left Hand Etude, Op. 36
Gershwin - Prelude No. 3

Semifinal Round
Griffes - The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Kahn
Lizst - Transcendental Etude No. 8, "Wilde Jagd"

Final Round
Joseph Haydn - Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI/50
Claude Debussy - Reflets dans l'eau, from Images
Frederick Chopin - Scherzo No 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31


Andrew Celentano
Stoneham, MA

Andrew Celentano worked at IBM for 15 years in various sales, marketing and management positions, achieving Golden Circle Status (top 1%) in his last year there.  He founded and ran the interactive agency SkyWorld.com for 12 years, grew it to 27 people and sold it to his employees in 2007.  He has since consulted under the name The Melrose Asset Group and in October joined Earley & Associates as a Director of Business Development.  Earley is a recognized thought leader in the knowledge management, taxonomy and metadata space.  Andrew and his wife Hilary have three grown children.  He is also a board member of The Thoreau Society.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor Op. 9, No. 1
Ravel - Pavane for a Dead Princess
Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Polonaise in A-flat Major,  Op 53
Glass/Celentano – Theme from Satyagraha Act III
Debussy - Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum, from Children’s Corner

Final Round
Chopin – Berceuse, Op. 57
Debussy - Arabesque No. 1
Chopin - Nocturne in F Minor, Op 55, No. 1
Debussy – Golliwogg’s Cakewalk, from Children’s Corner
Liszt - Consolation No. 3
Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin, from Preludes Bk 1


Daniel Chow
Vancouver, British Columbia

Daniel Chow is currently a Senior Accountant at Manning Elliott LLP, a mid-size accounting firm in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Daniel successfully challenged the Uniform Final Examination in 2010 and will be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (BC) in 2011.  Daniel began playing the piano at the age of 5 and went on to receive a Bachelor and Master of Music before commencing his business degrees.  Daniel performs in solo recitals, and his awards include a Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).  Other hobbies include extreme outdoor sports such as snowboarding, white water rafting and skydiving.

Preliminary Round
Bach/Busoni - Chaconne in D Minor

Semifinal Round
Rachmaninoff/Earl Wild - Vocalise
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Final Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Major, K. 119
Gluck/Sgambati - Orfeo ed Euridice
Liszt - Après une lecture du Dante


Casey Churko
Regina, Saskatchewan

Casey Churko is from a family of professional popular musicians.  He received formal training in Canada through the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto.  His pianistic influences include Evgeny Kissin and Murray Perahia.  Away from the piano and his career as a class action litigator, he is an avid golfer and competitive triathlete.  Recreationally, he enjoys mountain biking and fitness trips to national parks.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1
Brahms - Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79, No. 2 
Chopin - Etude Op. 10, No. 3 in E-Major

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971, 1st m.
Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, from Années de Pèlerinage, Bk II
Chopin - Etude Op. 10, No. 12 in C Minor, “Revolutionary”
         Etude Op.10, No. 5 in G-flat Major, “Black Key”

Final Round
J.S. Bach – from “Goldberg” Variations, BMV 988, Var. 16-30 and Aria da Capo


Michael Collier
Canaan, NY

Michael Collier held positions in the software industry as a client support manager, salesman and sales manager before retiring in 2010.  Prior to his business career, Michael was active as a performer and teacher, including appearances at Alice Tully and Weill Recital Halls in New York City, teaching at The Mannes College of Music and Queens College, and serving as a juror at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition at the University of Illinois.  In addition to performance degrees, he holds a Master of Arts in Musicology.  Michael lives in rural upstate New York with his wife, Lynne, and their two dogs.  He looks forward in retirement to spending more time at the keyboard. 

Preliminary Round
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Beethoven - Sonata in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B Minor


Louis Dalaveris
New York, NY

Louis Dalaveris was born in Greece and grew up in Pennsylvania, where he studied with several local teachers and participated in a local competiton which allowed him to perform the Beethoven Fifth Piano Concerto with a local orchestra. He attended Columbia University where he majored in Chemistry and minored in German Literature, while studying piano with Niels Ostbye. Mr. Dalaveris attended Johns Hopkins Medical School followed by a residency in
Ophthalmology. He stopped playing the piano during his medical training but started once more when he discovered the Evening Division at Juilliard where he attends the class of Lisa Kovalek. He has participated in numerous recitals at Juilliard and in the summer of 2008 was invited to the Amateur Festival sponsored by Radio France in Paris.

Preliminary Round
Bartok – Piano Sonata

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach – French Suite No. 5 in G Major
Ravel - Une Barque sur l'Ocean, from "Miroirs"

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
Schumann – Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Liszt – Legend No. 2, St François de Paule marchant sur les flots 


Judy Darst
Bend, OR

Judy Darst holds a degree in Piano Perforrnance frorn the University of
Colorado where she affiliated with Sigma Alpha Iota, music honorarary. She
taught and adjudicated as a member of the Music Teachers National
Association and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She performs in recital
several times each year and has performed with the Minneapolis Youth
Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic and the Bainbridge Island Orchestra.
Judy is the mother of two boys and the grandmother of two girls. She is an accomplished equestrian and an avid line dancer.

Preliminary Round
Granados – Mazurka, from Escenas Rmanticas
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
Schubert – Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817
Rodrigo – from Three Spanish Dances
Rustica
Serrano

Semifinal Round
Liszt – Consolation No. 5
Brahms – Waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 2, 8, 14, 15
Brahms – Ballade, Op. 118, No. 3

Final Round
Chopin – Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3
Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op. 59, No. 2
Beethoven – Bagatelle, Op. 126, No. 5
Bagatelle, Op. 33, No. 4
Respighi – Gagliarda, from Ancient Airs and Dances


Seth Darst
New York, NY

Dr. Seth Darst obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford University. After postdoctoral work at Stanford, he went to The Rockefeller University (New York) to run a research laboratory in structural biology. He is currently a Professor of Molecular Biophysics, and lives in New York with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Campbell (also a scientist), and two daughters (Maya, age 13; Amba, age 6). Seth has taken private piano lessons off and on since the age of 7 (depending on professional commitments, see above). His first teacher was his mother, Judith Darst. 

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C Minor from WTC Bk 1
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major from WTC Bk 1
Bartok - Roumanian Folk Dances, Sz.56

Semifinal Round
Schumann – Papillons, Op. 2

Final Round
Chopin - Waltz in B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2
Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales
Ginastera - Suite de Danzas Criollas


Carl DiCasoli
Waukegan, IL

Carl DiCasoli has won numerous state and local competitions in his home state of Florida.  He competed in the junior division of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 1995. In 1999-2001, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Russell Sherman, and won first prize in their Concerto Competition. He holds degrees in statistics from University of Central Florida and North Carolina State University. In 2008, he was the second prize winner of the Concours International des Grands Amateurs in Paris, France.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Schumann-Liszt - Widmung

Semifinal Round
Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse
Balakirev - Islamey

Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata in F Major, Op. 54
Liszt - Transcendental Etude No. 12, "Chasse neige"
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 7, Op. 83


Thang Dinh
Gainesville, FL

Thang Dinh is an energy consulting engineer for Cosmos International Hong Kong and Thermo-Tech Korea, engaged in the design and manufacture of dehumidification and energy recovery systems.  Thang started learning piano at the age of 11.  In 1989, he won first prize in division A of the Florida West Coast Chopin Piano Competition in Sarasota.  In 2006, he was a gold medalist of the Chopin Competition for Adult Amateur Pianists in Houston Texas.

Preliminary Round
Tchaikovsky – “June”, from The Seasons
Chopin - Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Transcendental Etude No 10 in F Minor
Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3
Chopin - Etude in C Minor, Op, 10, No. 12, “Revolutionary”

Final Round
Mendelssohn - Song without Words, Op. 19, No. 1
Chopin – Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 21, 22, 23, 24
Liszt - Liebestraum No. 3
Chopin – Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6


David Doran
St. Louis, MO

David Doran holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and a Master of Music degree in organ from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London.  Currently he studies piano with Alla Voskoboynikova and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet, both at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He has competed in amateur competitions in Paris, Washington, DC, and Berlin.  David was a finalist in the 2008 Berlin competition and was awarded a special prize for best interpretation of a Classic period work.  He serves as organist and choirmaster of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in St. Louis.

Preliminary Round
Liszt - La Vallée d’Obermann, from Années de Pèlerinage

Semifinal Round
Brahms - Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 188, No. 2
J. S. Bach - French Suite in E Major, BWV 817

Final Round
Prokofiev - Sonata in D minor, Op. 14
Beethoven - Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”


David Duebendorfer
Westport, CT

David Duebendorfer is President and Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Wealth Advisors, a New York-based wealth advisory firm with over $500 million in assets under management. He holds a BA degree with high honors in International Management from UCLA and an MBA in International Finance from the Harvard Business School.  A semi-finalist in the 2002 IPCOA, he currently studies with Natalie Ryshna, a former Steinway Artist ,and Michael Fennelly, a student of Byron Janis.
 
Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Minor,  K. 517
Tchaikowsky/Pletnev – “Pas de Deux” from the Nutcracker Suite
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9

Semifinal Round
Brahms – Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2                    
Balakirev - Islamey                                                 

Final Round
Schubert - Impromptu in B-flat Major, Op. 142, No. 3, D. 935
Albeniz - Iberia Suite, Book I                                                                                                    Evocación
             El Puerto
             Fête-dieu à Seville


Philip Feng
Nashua, NH

Philip Feng, a native of Taiwan, began his piano training at the age of four, and won his first competition at age of 11 in the Taiwan National Piano Competition. He received a bachelor degree in physics at Fu-Jen Catholic University, and masters degrees in piano performance and in computer science at Binghamton University. He pursued a doctoral degree in piano performance at Indiana University, Bloomington, and later received a Performer Diploma. He has worked as a software engineer since 2000, and also maintains a private studio for ten students to pursue his love of teaching.  
 
Preliminary Round
Beethoven - Sonata in F Major, Op.54, 2nd m.
Liszt – Tarantella, from Venezia e Napoli

Semifinal Round
Menotti - Ricercare and Toccata on a theme from "The Old Maid and the Thief"
Debussy – from Estampes
II.  La Soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie
 
Final Round
Chopin - Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58


Lara Fesdekjian
Montreal, Quebec

Lara Fesdekjian has been a pharmacist for seven years, working in pharmacies all over Ontario, Canada, as well as acting as Director of Orton Park Pharmacy in Toronto. After graduating as the top student in the pharmacy class of 2003 at the University of Toronto, she decided to follow her love for music by pursuing graduate studies in piano performance at McGill University in Montreal. She currently divides her free time between writing, playing the piano and backpacking through nearly every continent.

Preliminary Round
Schumann - Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17, 1st m.

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Scriabin - Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12

Final Round
Ravel - Une barque sur l'océan, from Miroirs
Franck - Prélude, Choral et Fugue


Matthias Fischer
Wuerzburg, Germany

Matthias Fischer was born in 1973 in Bad Kissingen, Germany. He studied piano in Munich with Prof. Karl-Hermann Mrongovius for one year. Between 1995 and 2002 he studied medicine in Würzburg. Matthias won prizes in the International Students Piano Competition in Utrecht. In 2000, he won the first prize in the Les Grands Amateurs de Piano competition in Paris, and in 2008 he won the first prize in the Internationaler Klavierwettbewerb für Amateure in Berlin. Matthias currently works as a psychiatrist and researcher at the university-clinics in Würzburg.

Preliminary Round
Schumann – Novelette in D Major, Op. 21, No. 2
Mendelssohn - Variations sérieuses, Op. 54

Semifinal Round
Rachmaninoff - Etude-tableau in E-flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5
Chopin – Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Final Round
Schumann - Carnaval, Op 9
Schumann – Träumerei, from Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Daniel Gaspard
Montreal, Quebec

Daniel Gaspard was born in a small village in France, and has lived in Canada since 1990.  He began to study the piano at age 14.   After many years as a sales manager, since last year he resumed regular practicing after a twenty year hiatus. In his spare time, he is building a sailboat

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Légende No. 2, Saint François de Paule marchant sur les flots

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, from WTC Bk 2, BWV 871
Schumann – Arabesque, Op. 18

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Schoenberg - Six Pieces, op 19

Judith Gore
Southport, England

Judith Gore was born in Southport, England.  She studied piano with Phyllis Eley and won the Liverpool Piano Student of the Year.  She studied music at Liverpool and London Universities and has a Masters degree in Literature.  She was awarded a Piano Recital Diploma from Trinity College London and did further piano studies at the Guildhall School of Music.  Judith has performed for BBC Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, BBC Television Centre and the University of Leeds.  She performed at the home of Prince Loewenstein in London for the Chopin Society and at the Chelsea Festival

Preliminary Round
Liszt – Funerailles from Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses
Piazzolla – Toccata, from Suite para Piano, Op. 2

Semifinal Round
Bach/Busoni – Chaconne in D Minor

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, 1st & 3rd m.
Liszt – La Vallée d’Obermann, from Années de Pèlerinage


Robin Green
Dallas, TX

Robin Green graduated from Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, CA, and subsequently practiced corporate and securities law for 15 years.  She went on sabbatical when her children were young, and now practices the piano instead of law.  She works as an artist, primarily in oil.  Robin is a member of numerous boards of directors of nonprofits in the Dallas community and New York City, where she resides part time, most of a musical nature, such as the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Music Society, and the New York Piano Society.

Preliminary Round
To be submitted at a later date (but before the deadline!).

Semifinal Round
To be submitted at a later date.

Final Round
To be submitted at a later date.


Jonathan Guttmacher
Boston, MA

Jonathan Guttmacher has been a physician in the Boston area for fifty years.  His recent piano studies have been with Judith Gordon and Roberto Poli.  He is a member of Boston Piano Amateurs and competed in the first Boston piano competition in 2001.

Preliminary Round
Mozart – Rondo in D Major, K. 485
Brahms – Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5, 3rd m.

Semifinal Round
Haydn – Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7