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


Alexandre Rezende
Stoneham, MA

Alexandre Rezende was born in Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil, and began taking piano lessons at the age of twelve. He graduated with honors from the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, studying with Heitor Alimonda. He continued his studies with Gloria Maria da Fonseca and Tamara Ujakova while taking classes 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 recording productions. Alexandre also has a bachelors degree in voice, and is a recipient of a scholarship at Berklee College of Music.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Etude in F Minor, Op. 25, No. 2
Chopin - Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1
Chopin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Prelude in A-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 17
Chopin - Prelude in G Minor, Op. 28, No. 22
Chopin - Prelude in B-flat Minor, Op. 28, No. 16
Amaral Vieira - Trilogia - Elegia, Noturno and Toccata

Final Round
Mozart - Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Lorenzo Fernandez - Second Brazilian Suite
Ponteio (Prelude), Moda (Song), Caterete (Dance)
Chopin – Scherzo in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Nikolai Kapustin - Concert Etude No. 7, “Intermezzo”


Esfir Ross
Oakland, CA

Esfir Ross was born and grew up in Moldova. She began playing piano at age six, and graduated from Kishinev 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
Scarlatti – 2 Sonatas, K. 1 & K. 141
Alkan – Barcarolle, Op. 65, No. 6
Debussy – La Puerta del Vino, from Preludes, Bk 2

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posth.
Hummel – Variations on a Theme from “Armide” by Gluck, Op. 57
Wim Statius Muller – Two Antillean Dances

Final Round
J.S. Bach/Frederic Chiu – “Erbarme Dich” from the St. Matthew Passion
Schubert/Liszt -  Gretchen am Spinnrade
Liszt – Oh Quand je Dors
Valeri Gavrilin – Liszt Remembered
Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Op. 59


Ian Roy
Dunfermline, Scotland

Ian Roy was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and attended Wick High School. He began playing the piano at age eight and studied initially with Emma Bruce in Wick. After leaving Wick High School he studied for two degrees in math and physics at the University of Aberdeen. He then worked on two research contracts at the universities of Plymouth and Newcastle upon Tyne. Thereafter he worked for the ship safety department of QinetiQ at Rosyth. Until May 2011 Ian was employed by the Edinburgh-based firm of Petroleum Experts.
 
Preliminary Round
Liszt – Sposalizio, from Années de Pèlerinage
John Ireland - April
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Debussy - La Soirée dans Grenade, from Estampes
Chopin – Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1
Ravel – Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit

Final Round
Chopin - 12 Etudes, Op. 10


Abel Sánchez-Aguilera
Boston, MA

Abel Sánchez-Aguilera was born in Madrid, Spain. He studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid. He has given recitals in several countries in Europe and America, including a performance of Pierre Boulez’s Second Sonata at the Mozarteum (Salzburg, 2010), performances of Chopin’s complete Etudes, and the premiere of the work “Brevedades” by C. M. González-Portela. He has won prizes at the international amateur piano competitions of Boston (2009) and Chicago (2010). Abel obtained a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2006 and performed research on blood cell formation and leukemia at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he completed his postdoctoral training in May 2011.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in B Minor, K.27
Chopin – Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op.10 no.4
Schoenberg - Klavierstücke, Op.33a
Albéniz – Eritaña, from Iberia, Book IV

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in A Major, K. 24
Scriabin - Sonata No. 7, Op. 64

Final Round 
Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Bks I and II


Michael Serio
Boston, MA

Michael Serio performed solo concerts as a teenager throughout Western New York and was awarded a scholarship to the Eastman School, where he pursued a double major in piano performance and computer science at the University of Rochester and later at SUNY-Buffalo.  After a career in software development, Mike trained as an Alexander Technique teacher, receiving his certification in 2009.  Mike then co-founded The Well Tempered Pianist to help pianists perform with less effort and more ease by applying principles of the Alexander Technique.  Also in 2009, Mike won third prize and the audience choice award in the Washington International Piano Artists Competition He has recently returned to Berklee College as a software development manager .

Preliminary Round
Shostakovich - Prelude Op. 34, No. 10
Granados – The Maiden and the Nightingale, from Goyescas
Frank Bridge - The Dew Fairy, from “The Hour Glass”

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in C Major, L. 457
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, 1st m.

Final Round
Granados – Mazurka alla Polacca, Op. 2
Albeniz – Evocación, from Iberia, Bk 1
Schumann – Arabeske, Op. 18
Debussy - Estampes
Pagodas
Soirée dans Grenade
Jardins sans la pluie


Toshiko Shimogaki
Tokyo, Japan

Toshiko Shimogaki began piano lessons when she was 7 years old.  Her parents liked to sing along while she played, leading to a life-long association with singers and interest in vocal music.  She studied piano at Musashino Academia Musicae, one of the most prestigious music conservatories in Japan.  Toshiko competed in the Berlin Amateur competition Gold Class in 2010. 

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue, WTC Bk 2 ,BWV 874
Schumann – Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17, 1st m.

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Ravel – Jeux d’eau

Final Round
Granados – Los Requiebros, from Goyescas
Brahms – Intemezzo, Op. 118, No. 1
Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2
Ballade, Op. 118, No.3


Max Sung
New York, NY

Max Sung is currently a full-time practicing physician specializing in cancer.
Prior to becoming a doctor, Max studied with Helmut Roloff at the National College of Music in Berlin, Germany for one year on a German Academic Exchange Service fellowship. He then proceeded to Harvard University where he majored in chemistry but participated in the Chamber Music performance course taught by Leon Kirchner and Earl Kim.
 
Preliminary Round
Schumann - In Der Nacht, from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Schoenberg - Klavierstücke, Op. 33a
Ravel - Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit

Semifinal Round
Schubert/Liszt - Gretchen am Spinnrade
Schubert/Liszt - Der Müller und der Bach
Albeniz - Rondeña, from Iberia, Book II
 
Final Round
Chopin - 12 Etudes, Op. 10
 

Viscount Thurston
Columbia, MD

Viscount Thurston began piano studies at age 7. At age 17 he played Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Denver, Colorado, with an orchestra led by his teacher, Antonia Brico. As a graduate student competition winner at Ohio State University, Viscount performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance in 1984. In 2003, he reprised his performance of the Rachmaninoff 3rd with the Littleton Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He won 1st place in the 2010 Washington International Piano Artists competition. Viscount is also a performing member of the DC-based Friday Morning Music Club and Piano Society of Greater Washington.

Preliminary Round
Schumann - Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2
Beethoven - Theme & 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Debussy - L’isle joyeuse


Darin Tysdal
Bloomington, MN

Darin Tysdal has been a vital force on the Twin Cities musical scene for 18 years. He has been active as a pianist, composer and conductor. He has performed concertos with many orchestras and bands in the Twin Cities Area.  Darin also is a busy accompanist with the Trinity Choir of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, as well as the South Metro Chorale in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  His compositions have been played by chamber groups throughout the Twin Cities, the Dakota Valley Symphony, and the world premiere of "5 Haiku" by the Century College Orchestra. Darin lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with his wife Lynda and their two kittens, Sunny and Sherry.
 
Preliminary Round
Copland - Piano Variations
Scriabin - Etude in D-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 12
 
Semifinal Round
Schubert - Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 142, No. 2
Rachmaninoff/Wild - Floods of Spring, Op. 14, No. 1
Ginastera - Sonata No. 1,  Op. 22, 4th m.
Nikolai Kapustin - Prelude in Jazz Style, Op. 53, No. 17
 
Final Round
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83


John Vineyard
Ithaca, NY

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. John has previously participated in amateur competitions in New York, Washington, Boston and Berlin.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 1, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 22
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti – Sonatas, L. 239, 474, 232
Leopold Godowsky – Boro Budur in Moonlight, from Java Suite
Brahms – Capriccio, Op. 116, No. 7

Final Round
Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
Allegro
Adagio
Menutto – Allegro
Allegro


Graeme Wilkinson
Montreal, Quebec

Graeme  Wilkinson first studied music seriously while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Literature at the University of British Columbia. Further studies in Switzerland included piano instruction at the Conservatories of Neuchâtel and Lausanne. In 1979, he was employed by Air Canada, and has remained with the company until the present time. Graeme furthered his musical education at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and obtained an Associateship Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.  He has resided in Montreal since 1989, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at l'Université du Québec à Montréal.

Preliminary Round
Ravel - Menuet Antique                   
Granados – from Danzas Españolas, Op. 37
1.Minuetto (Galante)
2.Oriental
5.Andaluza

Semifinal Round
Handel - Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, Nos. 1, 2 ,4, 5, & 9

Final Round
Liszt – Sposalizio, from Années de pèlerinage
Beethoven - Sonata in E Major, Op. 109


Joan Zarry
Toronto, Ontario

Joan Zarry comes from a musical background, and her father was a jazz musician.  She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and also holds a degree in Psychoanalytic Thought.  Joan worked in property design and Management for 35 years until her retirement.  During those years she remained involved with youth orchestras and string coaching, and organized the first tour of mainland China of a North American youth orchestra.  Since retiring she has returned to the piano and enjoys playing in festivals, recitals and fund raising galas, and in amateur events throughout the world.  She also keeps busy teaching and accompanying her six musical grandchildren.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti – Sonata in F Major, K. 466
Rachmaninoff – Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4
Larysa Kuzmenko – In Memoriam to the Victims of Chernobyl

Semifinal Round
Schumann – Papillons, Op. 2

Final Round
Granados – The Maiden and the Nightingale, from Goyescas
Granados – Asturias, Op. 47, No. 5, from Suite española
Beethoven – Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”