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



David Hibbard
Fort Worth, TX

David Hibbard, the son of an Irish nurse and an American soldier, began piano lessons at age 7.  After two semesters as a music major at the University of Illinois he took a “summer job” on the railroad and stayed there for over 41 years, the latter half of which were in management.  In 1999, some thirty-four years after his most recent formal musical study, David entered the first International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, organized by the Van Cliburn Foundation under Richard Rodzinski, and advanced to the semifinal round.  Since then he has participated in several other amateur competitions including New York, where in 2003 he was awarded the Gold Medal and Press Jury award. 

Preliminary Round
Rachmaninoff - Lilacs, Op.21, No. 5
Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninoff - Lullaby
Rachmaninoff – Polka de W. R.

Semifinal Round
Beethoven – Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26, 1st m.
Brahms - Intermezzo in A Minor,  Op. 118, No. 1
Brahms - Intermezzo in A Major Op. 118, No. 2

Final Round
Chopin – Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posth.
Chopin – Four Mazurkas, Op. 33
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op.61


Wen-Yee Ho
Concord, MA

Wen-Yee Ho, born and raised in Hong Kong, has been teaching French at Tufts for 27 years.  She holds a B.A. in music from UCLA, and three dgrees in French, including a doctorate from the l’Universite de Haute Bretagne, France.  Her piano teachers include Harry Ore (Hong Kong), Leo Smit (UCLA), F. Aguessy (Fontainebleau, France) and Max Levinson (Boston).  Recently, she refocused her love of piano and returned to performing, giving concerts in the Boston area, a recital at the St. James American Church in Florence, Italy, and participating in student recitals at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau.

Preliminary Round
Mozart – Sonata in C Major, K. 330, 1st m.
Debussy – Arabesque No. 1
Liszt – Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104

Semifinal Round
Haydn – Sonata in A Major, Hob. XVI:12
Schumann – Intermezzo, from Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Chopin – Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2
Chopin – Mazurka in B-flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4

Final Round
Chopin - Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”


Grace Huang
Georgetown, TX

Grace Huang was born in Taiwan and moved to the US when she was 19. She received a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from University of Texas at Austin and is currently working there as a microbiology research assistant. Grace started playing the piano at age 7, and is currently taking piano lessons from Melanie Richards. 

Preliminary Round
Ravel – Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit
Chopin - Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op.posth
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C Minor, Op.23, No. 7

Semifinal Round
Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Op. 59
Chopin - Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66

Final Round
Liszt - Transcendental Etude No. 9, “Ricordanza”
Beethoven - Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No.2, “Moonlight”


Pei-Li Huang
West Newton, MA

Pei-Li Huang, MD has been a student of piano since age 5 and a student of human nature and reproduction since graduating from Boston University Medical School. She is a founding partner of Fertility Solutions, a practice specializing in fertility treatment and assisted reproduction. She won the grand prize in the 2010 Massachusetts Medical Society Creative Writing Exposition with an essay entitled "The Piano Competition", and is a frequent performer in the Massachusetts Medical Society Creative and Performing Arts Festival held each year.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Polonaise in D Minor, Op. 71, No. 1
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Major, K. 492
Barber – Nocturne, Op. 33

Semifinal Round
Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3, D. 899
Chopin - Waltz in E Minor, Op. Posth.
Schubert - Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90, No. 1, D. 899

Final Round
Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Op. 59
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 4


Hiromi Inomata
Allston, MA

Hiromi Inomata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied piano between the ages of 6 and 12, then took up the violin and later in high school the oboe. She played for 17 years with an orchestra, which traveled to Korea and Croatia, and also played with members of The Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, Hiromi moved to Boston with her husband, an oboist, and resumed her study of piano. She received the Martha Sosman Award this past spring at Longy School of Music.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne No.15 in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Chopin – Etude No.1 in F Minor, from Trois nouvelles etudes
Scarlatti - Sonata in E Minor, K. 198
Scarlatti - Sonata in E Major, K. 20

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op. 24, No. 3
Granados - Danza española in E Minor Op. 37, No. 5, “Andaluza”
Fauré - Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat Major, Op. 63

Final Round
Debussy - "La serenade interrompue", from Preludes, Bk 1
Debussy - "La danse de Puck", from Preludes, Bk 1
J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 850
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 533/494


Adrienne Johnson
Minneapolis, MN

Adrienne Johnson, born in Wichita, Kansas, has been playing piano her entire life.  As a teenager in Minnesota, she was named one of the top ten talents in the state and won state and local competitions.  As a finalist in the Young People’s Symphony Competition, she was granted a performance with the Minnesota Orchestra.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota when she was 19 with summa cum laude honors and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  Adrienne went on to receive a Master of Arts degree at the Julliard School.  She has been an elementary school music teacher at the Archdiocese of St. Paul for thirty years.

Preliminary Round
Ravel – Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Debussy – Clair de lune, from Suite Bergamasque

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, 1st m.
Liszt – Tristan and Isolde
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in B Major, Op. 32 ,  No.  11


Daniel Kandelman
Montreal, Quebec

Daniel Kandelman began his career as a doctor of dentistry in Marseille, France, moving on to the University of Geneva and then a Master of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.  He is now a full professor and Director of the international center for prevention of oral diseases, and on the Faculty of dental medicine at the University of Montreal, Canada.  Daniel is the author of two books in preventive dentistry and 90 scientific publications.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Italian concerto, BWV 971, 1st and 2nd m.
Joplin - Fig Leaf Rag
                                                       
Semifinal Round
Bach/Gratia - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Schubert - Impromptu

Final Round
Bach/Busoni - Chaconne in D Minor
Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”, 1st m.,
Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag


Christopher Kokkinos
Acton, MA

Chris Kokkinos was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and began taking piano lessons at the Academy of Music and Ballet at the age of ten. In 1979 he earned piano certificates from the Orpheon Conservatory (Athens, Greece) and The Royal Schools of Music (London, England) both with distinction.  Chris studied Electrical Engineering and Music at Cornell University from where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (EE) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Music) in 1984 and a Master of Engineering Degree (EE) in 1985.  Chris lives in Acton, MA with his wife and three sons. He is employed by PTC in Needham, MA, where he is a Vice President in Software Research and Development.

Preliminary Round
Schubert - Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4
Chopin – Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, “Revolutionary”
Chopin - Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op.53

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Reminiscences de Norma

Final Round
Bach/Liszt - Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15


Kenny Kurtzman
Houston, TX

Kenny Kurtzman lives in Houston, Texas and is a Senior Partner at Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm.  He has completed over thirty years of classical piano lessons.  Kenny also performed as Amahl in the Houston Grand Opera production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the age of 12 and sang in musicals while in high school and during his post-graduate studies at Stanford University.  Kenny served as a Board Member of the Houston Grand Opera from 2002-2004 and has been a member of the Young President’s Organization since 2000.  His other interests are soccer, basketball and U.S. Paddle Team. 

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Nocturne in B flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Schumann – Toccata in C Major

Semifinal Round
Mozart – Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333, 1st m
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, 1st m.

Final Round
Mozart - Twelve variations on A vous dirai-je Maman
Debussy – Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from Children’s Corner
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, 2nd & 3rd m.


Eun-Suk Lee
Cambridge, MA

Eun-Suk Lee recently graduated from MIT with a Ph.D. in Management, and this September he will start his career as a Professor of Management at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) Business School. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Business Administration from Seoul National University, where he participated in several recitals in the College of Music as a guest pianist. At MIT, as a recipient of an Emerson Music Scholarship, he studied piano performance with Marilyn Roth, a faculty member at New England Conservatory. 

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2
Chopin - Scherzo in E Major, Op.54

Semifinal Round
Stravinsky/Agosti – Suite from “The Firebird”

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B Minor


David Leehey
Oak Park, IL

David Leehey is President of the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest and MacDowell Artists Association, both in Oak Park, Illinois, and is a founding board member of Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago. He has participated in many chamber music conferences and workshops as well as several amateur piano competitions.  He served as chair of the competition committee for the first Chicago Amateur Piano Competition held in June 2010.  When not engaged in musical pursuits, David 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, Rebecca, Edward, and Anna. 

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Au bord d'une source, from Années de pèlerinage, Bk I
Chopin - Berceuse, Op. 57
Schumann - Noveletten, Op. 21, No. 2

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

Final Round
Schubert - Sonata in A Major, D. 959


Manuel Llorens
Bay Village, OH

Manuel Llorens was born in Caracas, Venezuela.  While he always loved piano music he didn’t start taking lessons until age 16,. While at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory he often worked as accompanist and pianist both for the orchestra and other musicians during rehearsals, exams and recitals.   He recorded a radio program at the Classical FM Radio station called "The Venezuelan Musical Youth".  Currently Manuel works as a International Sales Manager for a software company in Cleveland, Ohio.
  
Preliminary Round
Faure - Barcarolle No. 1 in A Minor
Chopin – Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Liszt – Funerailles, from Harmonies poetiques et religieuses
Chopin - Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, No. 17
 
Final Round
J S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue No 3 in C-sharp Major, WTC Bk 1
Schubert - Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 142, No. 2, D.935
Chopin - Mazurka in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
Chopin - Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23


Art Manwelyan
Waltham, MA

Art Manwelyan was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and emigrated to the US in 1989 with his wife Julia and three children. A professional mathematician and computer programmer, he graduated from Math and Mechanics School of St. Petersburg University in 1977. His music education includes private lessons starting at the age of 6 in Leningrad. Later on he took classes at the New England Conservatory as well as private lessons. He has been a member of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association since 2001. Art has performed several solo piano recitals in Boston and Newton, Mass.  His other interests and avocations are theatre, drama, poetry, literature, science history and publishing.

Preliminary Round
Handel - Capriccio  & Passacaglia in G Minor
Beethoven - Rondo a capriccio "Rage Over The Lost Penny" in G Major, Op.129
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach – Echo, from Overture in French Style, BWV 831
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein", 1st m.
 
Final Round
Chopin - Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12 "Revolutionary"
Etude in C Minor, Op. 25, No. 12
Alkan - Barcarolle. Op. 65, No. 6
Beethoven/Busoni  Six Ecossaises in E flat Major, WoO 83
Schubert/Liszt - Ständchen
Sinding - Rustle of Spring, Op. 32, No. 3
Prokofiev - The Montagues and Capulets, from "Romeo and Juliet", Op. 75, No. 6
Khachaturian - Toccata in E-flat Minor, Op. 24


Neil McKelvie
Forest Hills, NY

Neil McKelvie was born in Welwyn Garden City, England. After graduating from Cambridge University he emigrated to the US, where he was a PhD student at Columbia.  He worked for the American Cyanamid Company for two years, giving them, in his words, “around 150 useless new compounds in return for much-needed salary”.  Then it was on to Yale for a year as a post-doctoral research assistant. Neil joined the faculty of the City College of New York (CCNY) and of the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY) in Sept 1962, where he remained for 35 years until his retirement.

Preliminary Round
Ignaz Friedman – Mazurka in C Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Chopin – Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Sergei Bortkiewicz - Lyrica Nova, Op. 59, No. 3

Semifinal Round
Ignaz Friedman – Mazurka, Op. 27 No. 3
Liszt – Oh Quand je Dors
Sergei Bortkiewicz - Lyrica Nova, Op. 59, No. 1
Francis George Scott, arr. Stevenson - "There's News, Lassies, News"

Final Round
Friedman -  Mazurka in E-flat Minor, Op. 49, No. 1
Schubert/Tausig - Andantino and Variations; from Divertissement á la Francaise, 2nd m.
Purcell, arr. Stevenson - Toccata
Friedman - Viennese Dance No. 1 (after Gärtner)


Anne Miller
Boston, MA

Anne Miller spent her childhood in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she began taking piano lessons at age 5. She graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in music.  Anne attended medical school instead of pursuing a career in music, and is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. While in college and in the early years of med school at University of Virginia, she performed in both solo and chamber music/voice recitals.  After an extensive break, she has performed a number of house recitals in the Boston area with professional cellist Zarina Irkaeva over the last three years and last year worked on piano with David Kim.  She studies piano with Ya-Fei Chuang.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 7 in D Minor

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti - Sonata D Minor, K.1
Brahms – Intermezzo, Op. 119, No. 1
Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas op. 2
1. Danza del viejo boyero  
2. Danza de la moza donosa  
3. Danza del gaucho matrero

Final Round
Scarlatti - Sonata D Major, K. 96
Schubert – Impromptu, Op. 90,  No. 4
Chopin - Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, 3rd and 4th m.


Melinda Morse
San Ramon, CA

Melinda Morse, a transplant to California from Yell County, Arkansas, has been a school teacher for 34 years.  While her current teaching subject is sixth grade science, she has a BA in Music from Hendrix College and an MM from the University of Memphis.  In addition, she received national recognition as an age group runner and national board certification as a teacher.  Melinda credits the Cliburn Youtube Competition and her piano teacher, Ray Bogas, for inspiring her to study piano seriously.  She has given recitals in four states, with an upcoming performance for an Armed Forces fundraiser sponsored by Blue Star Moms.

Preliminary Round
Mozart – Sonata in C Major, K. 330, 1st m.
Hindemith – from Ludus Tonalis
Interludium No. 4
Fuga and Interludium No. 5 in E Major

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Berceuse, Op. 57
Schubert – Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3, D. 899
Ravel – Alborada del Gracioso, from “Miroirs”

Final Round
Hindemith – from Ludus Tonalis
Interludium No. 1 in C Major
Fuga No. 2 in G Major
Scriabin – Prelude in E Major, Op. 11, No. 9
Prelude in G Major, Op. 11, No. 3
Beethoven – Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”


Ali Mushtaq
Arlington, VA

Ali Mushtaq started to play piano at age 12, after listening to a recording of Horowitz play Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata. He studied seriously in High School, eventually to be accepted into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. After a year at Oberlin, however, he left to pursue a career outside music. Many years later, he is now an Independent Statistical Contractor in the DC area, studying piano on his free time.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach – Sinfonia from Partita No. 2 in C Minor
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111, 1st m.

Semifinal Round
Beethoven/Liszt - Symphony No. 7 in A, 2nd m.
Liszt - Gnomenreigen
Nikolai Kapustin - Toccatina, Etude No. 3 from Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40

Final Round
Gabriella Montero - Tango
Schubert - Sonata in A Major, D. 959, 4th m.
Prokofiev - Sonata No 3 in A Minor, Op 28
Nikolai Kapustin - Reverie, Etude No. 2 from Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40

Kazuyuki Ohmura
Kawasaki, Japan

Kazuyuki Ohmura began her piano studies at the age of three, and studied with Hiroe Nakazawa and Noriko Abe until the age of eighteen. In college she joined an amateur orchestra and began to study viola. She still plays viola in amateur orchestra concerts three or four times a year, and her instrumental activities have given her many opportunities to play chamber music also, both as violist and pianist.   She has participated as pianist in a summer school for amateur cellists for the last ten years, and played sonatas and pieces with lecturer (Tomoki Iwanaga).  Since 2006, she has studied piano with Utami Kaneko.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Polonaise in F-sharp Minor, Op..44

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826

Final Round
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Fauré - Nocturne No. 11, Op. 104, No. 1
Fauré - Nocturne No. 13, Op. 119
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28


Jose Peixoto
Sao Paulo, Brazil

José Mauro Peixoto has worked in the financial industry for his entire career, and currently manages some of the top Investment Funds in Brazil.  He started piano lessons with his mother, and by age eleven he had appeared twice on television.  At the age of twelve he abandoned the piano for twenty eight years, and only played again when asked by a friend to play, as a birthday gift, the Chopin’s Polonaise (Op. 53). The success encouraged José to return to the piano.  In January, 1999, he started to participate in amateur piano competitions, and in 2007 was a semifinalist in the Cliburn Amateur Competition.  In his spare time, Jose loves to play bridge and dance.

Preliminary Round
Schumann – Romance, Op. 28, No. 2
Beethoven - 32 Variations in C Minor, Woo 80

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach – Prelude, from English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in B Minor, Op. 32, No. 10
Chopin - Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53

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


Kathleen Penny
Toronto, Ontario

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.  Kathleen 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 build her law practice, she resumed serious piano study in 1998. Kathleen earned her diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2005.  She was a semi-finalist at the 2005, 2007 and 2009 Boston amateur piano competitions, and a finalist at the 2006, 2008 and 2009 Washington (WIPAC) piano competitions.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Denis Gougeon - Piano-Soleil, from Six Thèmes Solaires

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in C Major, K. 513,  L. S3
Liszt – Legend No. 2, St François de Paule marchant sur les flots 

Final Round
Schumann - from Fantaisiestücke, Op. 12
Des Abends
Aufschwung
Warum?
In der Nacht
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat Major, op. 81a “Les Adieux”
Das Lebewohl (Adagio-Allegro)
Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)


Misae Pergolizzi
Danbury, CT

Misae Pergolizzi  began to study the piano at the age of 5 with a private piano teacher in Japan. Although she studied literature in college, she continued playing on her own. In 2004, she began to study the piano seriously again at the Juilliard School’s Evening Division. She took a job as a Japanese teacher at some public schools in Connecticut and at a private university in New York. She says that teaching Japanese to Americans is a lot of fun, but at the same time she continuously want to pursue her music seriously at this stage of her life.

Preliminary Round
Beethoven - Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 22, 3rd & 4th m.
   
Semifinal Round
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
     
Final Round  
Chopin - Etude in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 5
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux