Boston International Piano Competition 2013
Competitors A-G H-Q R-Z


Tim Adrianson, Madison, WI. Tim Adrianson has piano "roots" both in Classical and American Popular piano repertoire. Over the years, he has served as pianist for many community theater productions, and as accompanist for numerous cabarets, opera productions, and recitals. More recently, he has participated in several regional Amateur Piano Competitions, with an emphasis on presenting rarely-heard pieces, predominantly from the Early to Mid 20th century. He competed in the Van Cliburn Amateur Competition in 2007, and was a finalist in the 2003 Boston International Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
John Harbison - "On An Unwritten Letter", from Montale Sketches
Milton Babbitt - "The Old Order Changeth"
Stephen Paulus - "Rollicking", from Preludes, Bk 1

Semifinal Round
Katherine Hoover - "Toccata"
Richard Danielpour - "Elegy", from The Enchanted Garden: Preludes, Bk 2
Michael Torke - "Blue Pacific"

Final Round
Judith Zaimont - "Wizards -  Three Magic Masters"
John Harbison - Sonata No. 2


LaMont Barlow, New York, NY. LaMont Barlow began studying piano at age six; he also plays the bassoon and several other woodwind instruments.  As a youth, he won numerous young artist competitions and gave performances across the country.  He became the second person ever to win the Interlochen Arts Camp concerto competition on two different instruments in consecutive years (bassoon and piano).  During college, he won the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra concerto competition on the saxophone.  Dr. Barlow is currently finishing his third year of residency in urology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City where he continues to perform as his schedule permits.

Preliminary Round
Ravel – Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit
Khachaturian -  Sonata for Piano, 1st m.

Semifinal Round
J. S. Bach -  Chromatic Fantasy in D Minor, BWV 903
Ginastera -  Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2
   1.. Danza del viejo boyero (Dance of the Old Herdsman)
   2.. Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the Beautiful Maiden)
   3.  Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy)

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332, 3rd m.
Tchaikovsky/Mikhail Pletnev - Adagio from Sleeping Beauty Suite
Debussy -  from Preludes for Piano, Bk 2
     11. Les tierces alternées
     12. Feux d’artifice
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 1


Sibylle Barrasso, Wellesley, MA. Sibylle Barrasso is an author of mystery novels, a pianist, and business consultant. She started playing the piano at age 9, but quit after a year due to a philosophical difference with her teacher (Schubert vs. Czerny). Much later, she fell head over heels in love with the piano while writing a novel about 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 studies with Roberto Poli and is a piano performance student at the Rivers School Conservatory.

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

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 4, 15, 20, 22
Barrasso - Flamenco "Partida del Sol Sobre Geranios"

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K 332, 1st m.
Schumann – Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Gershwin - Embraceable You


Miriam Perez Berro, Montreal, QC, Canada. Miriam Berro started studying piano at age 6 and gave her first recital at age 10.  She continued her studies at the Conservatorio Juan Jose Castro, Argentina with pianist Ines Gomez Carrillo until graduation.  Passionate about math and physics, she earned a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. She also holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Shebrooke, Canada. Miriam has never given up the piano even though his career has been developed always in the field of engineering.  Currently she lives in Montreal and continues her studies at McGill University.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in E-flat Major
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor,  Op.52

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Ginastera - Tres Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2

Final Round
Schumann – Fantasiestücke, Op.12
Debussy - L'Isle Joyeuse


Douglas Calegari, Ivoryton, CT. Douglas Calegari is an Information Technology Architect, specializing in enterprise system integration, rules engine and process automation technology. He is currently Director of Architecture and Strategic Development at a US-based financial services company. Doug began
learning piano at the age of four and continued his studies with local teachers until the age of 21. He took a break from his studies to focus on his career and family but recently started studying again, playing at local recitals and competing in international amateur competitions in Boston, Vienna and Paris.

Preliminary Round
Debussy - Cloches à travers les feuilles, from Images, Bk 2
Schubert/Liszt - Gretchen am Spinnrade
J.S. Bach - Fantasie and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 944

Semifinal Round
Albeniz – Jerez, from Iberia, Bk 4
Ravel – Toccata, from Le Tombeau de Couperin

Final Round
Brahms - Sonata No.1 in C Major,  Op .1


Gorden Cheng, San Diego, CA. Gorden Cheng is a systems architect living in San Diego, California. He has received numerous awards and top prizes at amateur competitions in Paris, Colorado Springs, Washington DC, Chicago, and Warsaw. For fun, Gorden likes to play “Star Wars: The Old Republic” and watch UFC fights.

Preliminary Round
Beethoven - Sonata in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in E-flat Minor, BWV 853
Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Op. 59

Final Round
Haydn - Sonata in E Major, Hob.XVI:31
Prokofiev – from Romeo & Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 75
4. Juliet as a Young Girl
8. Mercutio
6. Montagues and Capulets
Chopin - Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53


Judy Darst, Bend, OR. Judy Darst has a BMA in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado. She was a teacher and adjudicator member of MTNA and the National  Guild of Piano Teachers, and a performing member of Ladies Musical Club in Seattle.  Judy has performed with the Greeley Colorado Philharmonic and the Bainbridge Island Orchestra of Washington. She is an Equestrian and showed in the Hunter Division over fences for several years. She has also taught Line Dancing.

Preliminary Round
Schubert -  Sonata in A-flat Major, D. 557, 2nd m.
Schubert – Sonata in ?, Scherzo
Chopin - Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Brahms – Waltzes, Op. 39, Nos. 2, 4, 8, 15, 16
Chopin - Prelude in A-flat major, Op. 28, No. 17
Respighi – Siciliana, from Ancient Airs and Dances

Final Round
Chopin - Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1
Chopin - Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
Chopin – Mazurka in C Major, Op. 67, No. 3
Chopin - Mazurka in A-flat Major, Op. 59, No. 2
Schumann – Romanze in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2
Respighi – Gagliarda, from Ancient Airs and Dances


Carl DiCasoli, Randolph, MA. Carl DiCasoli is a senior biostatistician at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA. He earned his masters and PhD degrees in statistics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Prior to that he attended the New England Conservatory of Music as a piano performance major under the guidance of Russell Sherman and was the winner of the concerto competition at the conservatory in 2001 Recently, Carl was the second prize winner of the 2008 Concours International de Grands Amateurs in Paris, the third prize winner in the 2011 Boston International Piano Competition, and a finalist and honourable mention winner in the 2012 International Chopin Competition for Amateur Pianists in Warsaw, Poland.

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Ballade No. 2 in B Minor
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in D Mnior, Op. 39, No. 8

Semifinal Round
Franck - Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue

Final Round
Brahms - Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5


Philip Feng, Nashua, NH. Philip Feng, a native of Taiwan, began his piano training at the age of 4, and won his first competition at age 11 in the Taiwan National Piano Competition. He received a bachelors degree in physics at Fu-Jen Catholic University, and masters degrees in piano performance and in computer science at State University of New York at Binghamton. 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  teaches piano as a hobby in his home studio.
 
Preliminary Round
Menotti - Ricercare and Toccata on a theme from "The Old Maid and the Thief"
Brahms - Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, 1st m.
Rachmaninoff – Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1

Final Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Minor, K. 9
Chopin - Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58


Marina Fish, Kamloops, BC, Canada. Marina Fish was introduced to the Royal Conservatory piano program at age eight, and participated in lessons, exams, and local festivals for several years. After a 15 year hiatus from playing, she returned to the piano as an adult student.  She has studied with Dimiter Terziev for the past three years and has participated in Masterclasses with Arne Sahlen, Sergei Saratovsky, and Pavel Egorov.  Marina holds a degree in Social Work and is currently employed by the Kamloops Hospice Association as a Grief Counsellor. She belongs to multiple piano recital groups which foster the love of piano performance in a home environment.

Preliminary Round
Kapustin – Prelude in F Major, Op 53, No. 23
Scriabin - Etude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 2
Granados - The Maiden and the Nightingale, from Goyescas

Semifinal Round
Brahms – Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1
Poulenc - Melancolie

Final Round
Poulenc - Three Novelettes
Granados - Valses Poeticos
Chopin – Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2


Christine Foster, Mukilteo, WA. Christine Foster is an attorney with her own law practice in Seattle, Washington.  Her Juris Doctorate degree is with Honors from Seattle University and her self-employed private practice is devoted to representing people injured and disabled owing to work-related incidents. She began piano lessons at age 7 and won numerous local, state and regional  competitions between 1975-1983.  After a 27-year estrangement from the piano, Christine resumed lessons with Judy Baker in 2010 and was a gold medal winner in the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition, with the additional recognitions as both Teacher and Audience favorite.  In 2011, she was selected a quarter finalist in the Paris International Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Polonaise in D Minor, Op. 71,  No. 1
Ginastera - Danza de la moza donosa, from Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2
Griffes - The Fountain of the Acqua Paola, from Roman Sketches, Op. 7

Semifinal Round
Schumann - In der Nacht, from Fantasiestucke, Op. 12
Haydn – Sonata in C Minor, Hob XVI: 20, 3rd m.
Liszt - Notturno No. 3, “Liebesträume”

Final Round
J.S. Bach - Chromatic Fantasie, BWV 903
Chopin - Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op. 52
Liebermann - Gargoyles, Op. 29, No. 3
Stravinsky - Tango


George Foukal, Vernon, BC, Canada, George Foukal studied piano from the ages of 9 to 16. This was followed by an interlude of 40 years of veterinary studies ,practice and family priorities until his semi retirement 5 years ago. After relocating from Vancouver to Vernon, B.C. he resumed lessons at his local music school and formed the North Okanagan Amateur Piano Society . George has studied with Frantisek Stein, Jean Sebastien Savoie and Dimiter Terziev, and recently participated in a master class with concert pianist Sergei Saratovsky.  He and his wife, an amateur cellist, regularly host chamber music recitals at their home.  George’s other interests include cross-country skiing, sculling, reading and travel with his wife and adult children.

Preliminary Round
Schubert - Sonata in A major, Op. 120

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Andante in F
Schumann – Aufschwung, from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Prokofiev – Gavotte, Op. 12, No. 2

Final Round
Beethoven - 32 variations in C minor, WoO 80
Chopin – Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66


Robert Fraser, Jamaica Plain, MA. Robert Fraser was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and studied music history and theory at Harvard, before graduating from Harvard Law School  He made his professional career at Goodwin Procter, Boston, retiring as Chairman and Managing Partner.  Robert studied piano with Alexander Borovsky during his college years; and for the last seven years with Roberto Poli.  He has previously competed on two occasions in the Boston International Piano Competition, and twice in the Berlin competition.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude in B-flat Minor, from WTC Bk 1
Rachmaninoff – from Preludes, Op. 32
No. 1 in C Major, No. 5 in G Major, and No. 12 in G-sharp Minor
Rachmaninoff - Etude Tableau in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 7

Semifinal Round
Brahms - Intermezzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 117,  No. 2
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Final Round
Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, from Années de Pèlerinage, Bk 2
Beethoven – Sonata in A Major, Op. 101


Amber Glynn, Randwick, Australia. Amber Glynn studied pure mathematics in Tuebingen, Germany before becoming a software engineer in London. After living there for nearly a decade, she travelled around the world for a year before returning to her native Australia. She currently works as a business analyst at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney.  Amber was a finalist in the 2012 Concours International de Grands Amateurs in Paris.

Preliminary Round
Mozart – Adagio in B Minor, K. 540
Schumann – In der Nacht, from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude, from English Suite No. 2 in A Minor
Messiaen – from Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
5. Regard du Fils sur le Fils
2. Regard de l'etoile,

Final Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in G Major,  K  13
Scarlatti - Sonata in B Minor, K  27
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev - Nutcracker Concert Suite



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