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


Rebecca Henson, Brownfield, TX. Rebecca Henson is a retired elementary school teacher living in her hometown of Brownfield, Texas, after teaching 3rd and 4th grades in the public schools for 22 years.  During retirement she is spending more time with her wonderful children and beloved grandchildren, playing the piano, and reading all those books for which she never had time.  The first year of her retirement she competed in the 2007 Cliburn Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.  Rebecca previously studied with Jerry Gannaway and Louis Catuogno, and currently takes lessons with Eddie Sharp.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, 2nd m.

Semifinal Round
Brahms – Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118,  No. 2 
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3,  No. 2 

Final Round
Chopin - Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27,  No. 2  
Mozart - Rondo in D Major, K.485  
Grieg – Notturno, Op. 54,  No. 4  
Khachaturian  - Toccata in E-flat Minor  


David Hibbard, Fort Worth, TX. David Hibbard 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
Bach/Alkan - Siciliano, from Flute Sonata, BWV 1031
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61

Semifinal Round
Bach/Siloti - Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a
Haydn - Sonata in F Major, XVI:23

Final Round
Rachmaninoff - Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Rachmaninoff  - Daisies, Op. 38, No. 3
Kreisler/Rachmaninoff - Liebesleid


Adrienne Johnson, Minneapolis, MN. Adrienne Johnson is a music teacher, playwright and proud mother of four boys. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Adele Marcus, and now works as a playwright and theatre director.  Adrienne presents two plays a year in the Northeast Minneapolis Community, and has been awarded  national grants. She has participated in the amateur competitions in Boston and in Washington  DC., and recently won a  grant that will take her to New York City to participate in the  International Keyboard Festival this July.  Adrienne most recently appeared as soloist with the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra in May.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Ravel – Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit

Semifinal Round
Rachmaninoff - Moments Musicaux,  Op. 16, Nos. 1, 3, 4

Final Round
Haydn - Sonata in C Major, Hob. HVI:50
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12


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
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Minor, K. 213 (L. 108)
Rachmaninoff- Etude Tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Major, K. 45 (L. 265)
Schubert - Impromptu in E flat major, Op. 90, No. 2
Scriabin - Vers la Flamme, Op. 72

Final Round
Brahms - Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, No. 2
Brahms - Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119, No. 3
Liszt - Réminiscences de Norma,  S. 394


Yasuo Kurimoto, Kobe, Japan. Yasuo Kurimoto is currently both a clinical professor at Kyoto University, and director of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation Hospital. After receiving his PhD from Kyoto University, he was a lecturer and associate professor at Shinshu University and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. Yasuo was first price winner in both 2009 and 2011 competitions sponsored by Piano Teachers National Association of Japan, and competed in the first Boston International Piano Competition in 2001.  He has studied with Keiji Serizawa, Ernst F. Seiler, and Kuri Kojima.

Preliminary Round
Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, Bk 1

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Aprés une Lecture de Dante -
Fantasia quasi Sonata, from Années de pèlerinage

Final Round
Granados - Allegro de Concierto, Op. 46
Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod, S. 447
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op 28, “From Old Notebooks”


Cathryn Lai, Chicago, IL. Cathryn Lai works in new product development as Director of Product Management at WMS Gaming. She was named by Casino Enterprise Magazine as an award recipient of the 2012 Great Women of Gaming - Rising Star.  She has an MBA in Strategic Management from DePaul University and a MM in Piano Performance from University of Houston, where she studied with renowned pianist Abbey Simon. Cathryn completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory receiving a double degree in Audio Technology and Piano Performance. At Oberlin, she won the Conservatory Concerto Competition and performed the Barber Piano Concerto with the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra. She has won prizes in several competitions, and has performed as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Symphony, Charlotte Repertory Orchestra, Woodlands Symphony (TX), and the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra. Cathryn lives in Chicago with her husband and two year old daughter.

Preliminary Round
Haydn – Sonata in B-flat Major, Hob. XVI:41, 1st and 2nd m.
Rachmaninoff - Preludes Op 32, Nos. 10 & 8

Semifinal Round
Carl Vine - Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990), 1st m.
Bach/Busoni - Chorale Prelude: Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Rodion Shchedrin - Basso Ostinato

Final Round
Liszt - Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”, S. 179
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op 28


David Leehey, Oak Park, IL. David Leehey is President of the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest and MacDowell Artists Association and is a founding board member of Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago. He performed the Brahms D minor Concerto in October 2001 and Beethoven Choral Fantasy in April 2011 with the Oak Park Symphony and serves as its orchestral pianist and rehearsal accompanist. He was a semifinalist in the 2001 and 2003 Boston competition and the 2009 and 2011 WIPAC competition. 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 and have three children, Rebecca, Edward, and Anna.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude No. 22 in B-flat Minor, WTC Bk 1
Chopin - Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49

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

Final Round
Albeniz - El Albaicin, from Iberia, Book 3
Schumann - Faschingsschwank aus Wein, Op. 26


Andy Liao, Brookline, MA. Andy Liao has been playing piano since he was seven. He has previously studied with Howard Aibel, Daniel Shapiro, Sergey Schepkin, and Uriel Tsachor. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.M. in piano performance and B.S. in Actuarial Science. After college, he moved to Boston for work, but continued to play piano extensively. He has taken various classes and chamber music coachings at the Longy School of Music to further his musical education. Additionally, he studies privately with Randall Hodgkinson in Boston.

Preliminary Round
Debussy - Estampes
1.Pagodes
2.La soirée dans Grenade
3.Jardins sous la pluie

Semifinal Round
J.S. – Bach - Prelude & Fugue in E minor, WTC Bk 2
Tchaikovsky - Dumka, Op. 59

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12


Manuel Llorens, Bay Village, OH. Manuel Llorens was born in Caracas, Venezuela and immigrated to the US in 1989. He was first exposed to music at age 5, then saw the movie “A Song to Remember” about the life of Chopin and fell in love with his music and the artist, but had to wait until age 16 to start taking lessons. He studied at Simon Bolivar Conservatory, which today is the conservatory for El Sistema in Venezuela.  While there he often worked as accompanist and pianist both for the orchestra and other musicians during rehearsals, exams and recitals. Currently Manuel works as a director of sales technology for a software company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Preliminary Round
Brahms – Intermezzo in A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Chopin - Etude in G-flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in B-flat Major, K  333
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23


Sharon Madison, Chicago, IL. Sharon Madison is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  Her first piano teacher was her father, Dr. Earl W. Madison, a musician and educator in the Chicago Public Schools.  As a youth she attended the Cosmopolitan School of Music and American Conservatory of Music, going on to earn a bachelors degree in music from Hampton University and a masters degree in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University.  Sharon also attended DePaul University, where she earned her Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Development.  She taught music for many years in the Chicago Public Schools in grades K through 12 before retiring.  She has performed at numerous recitals and is a member of the Adult Amateur chamber Ensemble at Sherwood Community Music School

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach – Toccata, from Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830
Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
    1. Presto       
    2. Largo        

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”, 1st m.
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Chopin – Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
Ravel - Jeux d'eau
J.S. Bach – Partita No. 6 in E Minor , BWV 830
2. Allemande             
           3. Courante               
Chopin - Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1 


Serge Mallet, Ludwigshafen, Germany. Serge Mallet is a French citizen born Germany, and is currently purchasing manager at BASF Chemical Company.  He started piano at the age of 6,  then studied at the conservatory of the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris, France, then at the conservatory of Reims, France, while at the same time earning an MBA.  He has competed in the Chicago Amateur competition in 2012, and three times in the Grands Amateurs Piano Paris.  His other activities include theater, swimming and jogging. According to Serge’s father, Camille Saint-Saens was related to his Norman great-grandfather’s family.

Preliminary Round
Debussy – Toccata, from Pour le Piano

Semifinal Round
Saint Saens – from “Le Carnaval des Animaux”
Hémiones, Tortues, Aquarium, Pianistes, Fossiles, Final

Final Round
Prokofiev/Nikolayeva – Suite from “Peter and the Wolf”


Thomas Maurice, Baltimore, MD.  Thomas Maurice is currently the Senior Program Manager (Government Contracts) for a large IT company and resides in Baltimore, Maryland.  He has been a prize-winner in several amateur competitions, including the Bosendorfer International Piano Competition for Amateurs in Vienna, Austria, the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (Amateur Division), MusicAppassionata Competition (West Chester University), the 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition (Colorado) and the Gina Bachauer International Amateur Competition (Utah).  Thomas and his partner also open their doors as a registered ‘Safe House’ for lost or abused feline friends.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata K.213 in D Miinor
Scriabin - Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
Rodion Shchedrin - Prelude No. 12, “Toccatina-Collage”

Semifinal Round
Schumann - Toccata, Op. 7
Wagner/Liszt/Maurice - Isolde’s Liebestod

Final Round
Liszt - Aprés une Lecture de Dante - Fantasia quasi Sonata, from Années de pèlerinage
Ginestera - Sonata No. 1, Op. 22
Allegro Marcato
Presto misterioso
Adagio molto appassionato
Ruvido ed ostinato


Neil McKelvie, Forest Hills, NY. Neil McKelvie was born in England in 1930. After obtaining an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Columbia University in Organic Chemistry, he had two years in the chemical industry and a post-doctoral year at Yale.  He then became a Chemistry Professor at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate School for 45 years, until retiring six years ago. He has no academic musical education, but his piano teachers have included Manuell Frankell in London until 1954; and (nearly 50 years later) Seymour Bernstein in NY, and lately Mara Waldman. He has played in amateur competitions since 2005 in Boston, Chicago, Berlin and Washington DC, winning a total of six special prizes for e.g. Best Performance of Romantic Music or Best Program.

Preliminary Round
Maude Valerié White/Ronald Stevenson - "So We'll Go No More a-Roving"
Schubert- Sonata in C Minor, D. 958, 2nd m.

Semifinal Round
Bach/Busoni - "Ich Ruf' zu dir"
Chopin - Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 59, No. 1
Ignaz Friedman - Mazurka in E-flat Minor, Op. 49, No. 1
Ignaz Friedman - Viennese Dance No. 1

Final Round
Schubert – Sonata in C Minor, D. 958, 1st m.
Anatol Liadov – Prelude, Op. 11, No. 1
Ignaz Friedman; - Pölnische Lyrik, Op. 53, No. 1, “Herbst”
   Pölnische Lyrik, Op. 53, No. 2, “Schlummerlied”
   Mazurka in C Major, Op. 15, No. 1
   Mazurka, Op. 27, No. 1
Brahms - Theme and Variations in D Minor, Op. 18b


Anne Miller, Brighton, 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. Anne then took a very long break from piano to raise children and practice medicine, returning to music about five years ago.  She studies piano with Ya-Fei Chuang.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Prelude and Fugue in C major, K. 394
Debussy - L'Isle Joyeuse.

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Réminiscences de Norma,  S. 394

Final Round
Chopin - Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58


Melinda Morse, San Ramon, CA. Melinda Morse has been a public school teacher for over 36 years, retiring just before the start of this competition.  A transplant to the San Francisco Bay Area from rural Arkansas, she earned a BA in Music from Hendrix College and an MM from the University of Memphis.  In addition, Melinda received national recognition as an age group runner and national board certification as a teacher. She is active in both civic and church organizations, as well as competing in previous amateur competitions in Boston, Chicago, Paris, the Rocky Mountains, and Washington, D.C.

Preliminary Round
Hindemith - Fugue No. 4 in E Major
Hindemith - Fugue No. 1 in G major
Ravel - Une barque sur l’ocean, from Miroirs

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
Beethoven - Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78, 1st m.

Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata C-sharp Minor, Op. 27,  No. 2, “Moonlight”
   Adagio sostenuto
   Allegretto
   Presto agitato
Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso, from Miroirs


Ayuko Mueller, Bronxville, NY. Ayuko Mueller has been playing the piano since the age of 4. After working as a CPA in Los Angeles, she worked at investment banks in various locations in Asia such as Japan and Singapore until 2 1/2 years ago, when she and her family relocated to New York due to her husband's work. She currently studies with Dr. Peter Vinograde at Manhattan School of Music. Aside from her solo work, she enjoys volunteering as an accompanist to children's recitals. She also occasionally plays chamber music with amateur and professional players.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Fantasie and Fugue, BWV 904
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in A Minor, Op. 32, No. 8

Semifinal Round
Bartok - Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20
Schumann – Romance, Op. 28, No. 2

Final Round
J.S. Bach - Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Beethoven - Sonata in A Major, Op. 101


Jose Peixoto, Sao Paula, Brazil.  José Mauro Peixoto started to study piano when he was 3 years old. At age 9 he played a recital in the important Society Pro Arte in Sao Paulo. By age 12 he had performed twice on Brazilian TV, but then stopped playing for 28 years.  During that time developed some investment funds in Brazil, in many years ranking among the best performing. Since then he has participated in many amateur piano competitions in Fort Worth, Boston, Washington D.C. and others, In 1994 Jose performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Eleazar de Carvalho

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach – Prelude, from English Suite No. 2 in A Minor
Mozart – Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K. 573
Chopin – Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58, 4th m.

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


Kathleen Penny, Toronto, ON. 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 in the four previous Boston International Piano Competitions, and was awarded 3rd place at the 2011 WIPAC (Washington) competition, along with the prize for the best performance of a Beethoven work.

Preliminary Round
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein", 1st m.

Semifinal Round
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein", 2nd and 3rd m.

Final Round
Schubert, - Impromptus, op. 90, Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4





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