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

Luisa Kay Reyes, North Canton, OH. Luisa Kay Reyes began her piano studies at the age of eight under the Mexican concert pianist, Carlos Alberto Pecero.  She continued taking private lessons off and on as her family moved.  She started off double-majoring in Math and Piano but dropped the piano major after her professor switched universities.  She is currently studying with Ron Palka at the Oberlin Community Music School.  Luisa previously competed in the Boston International Piano Competition in 2009.

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Sonata in A Minor, K. 310, 1st m.   
Granados - Spanish Dance No. 2, “Oriental”

Semifinal Round
Sibelius - Romance in D-flat Major, Op. 24, No. 9
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1

Final Round
Granados - Spanish Dance No. 9, “Mazurka Romántica”
Rachmaninoff - Moment Musical, Op. 16, No. 5

Alexandre Rezende, Lowell, 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 - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Mompou  - Song and Dance
Oscar Lorenzo Fernández  - Suite brasileira No.2

Semifinal Round
Tchaikovsky – Song of the Autumn (October), from The Seasons, Op. 37a
Villa-Lobos - Impressões Seresteiras
Amaral Vieira - Toccata

Final Round
J.S. Bach - Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Chopin – Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Rachmaninoff – Etude-Tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6

Tony Rosenberg, Newton, MA. Toni Rosenberg began piano lessons at age eleven, playing on a Steinway that she also sat beneath in retreat and contemplation, often with her cocker spaniel Tigger. She discontinued lessons at the end of her freshman year at Harvard, where she majored in English literature, and resumed playing intermittently about two decades later. She works as an editor and proofreader, and added a pet-sitting service five years ago.  Her daughter is entering her junior year in college. In 2009 Toni joined the Boston Piano Amateurs Association. She studies with Roberto Poli, who has inspired her to seek the focus she lacked in her earlier piano experience.

Preliminary Round
Debussy - La cathédrale engloutie, from Preludes, Bk 1
Brahms - Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79, No. 2

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Mazurkas, Op. 63, Nos. 1 and 2
Brahms - Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, 2nd m.
J.S. Bach – Toccata, from Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830
Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K.309, 1st m.
Chopin - Cantabile in B-flat Major, Op. Posth.

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
Soler – Sonata in F-sharp Major
Haydn – Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32
Juan Jose Ramos – Milonga Sureña No. 5

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach – Prelude in B-flat Minor
Thalberg – Impromptu on Themes from 'Siège de Corinth' by Rossini, Op. 3
Ernesto Nazareth – Brejeiro Tango

Final Round
Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Op. 59
Sviridov/Titarenko – Romance
Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Gy Salvevold, Culbertson, MT. Gy Salvevold started his piano career when he was three years old, studying the Suzuki piano method under Sharon Anderson until he was eighteen. Continuing his studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana under Laurel Yost, he performed extensively while also appearing with the Bozeman Symphony. Living in Culbertson, Montana, where he runs the family's corporate farm with his father and brother, Gy is married and has three children. He is often asked to perform as a part of conventions, foundation benefits and large corporate gatherings.

Preliminary Round
Ravel – Ondine, from Gaspard de la Nuit
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C Minor, Op. 23, No. 7
Chopin – Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, “Revolutionary”

Semifinal Round
Ravel – Sonatine
Chopin – Etude in C Minor, Op. 25, No. 12

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”, 3rd m.
Addinsell – Warsaw Concerto
Gottschalk – Grand Scherzo

Mike Serio, Boston, MA. Mike Serio began performing concerts as a teenager and continues to perform regularly. In July 2009, he competed in the 7th Washington International Piano Artists Competition and was awarded third prize and the Audience Choice Award.  He was also a semifinalist in the 2011 Boston International Piano Competition.  Mike is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique having received his certificates from Tommy Thompson and from Alexander Technique International. When not at the piano, Mike is web development manager for America's Test Kitchen.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti – Sonata in C Major, K. 132
Debussy - Dr Gradus ad Parnassum, from The Children’s Corner
Granados – The Maiden and the Nightingale, from Goyescas

Semifinal Round
Beethoven - Bagatelles, Op 126
  1. Andante con moto
  2. Allegro
  3. Andante
Albeniz/Godowsky - Tango

Final Round
Albeniz – Evocación, from Iberia, Bk 1
Granados – Escenas Románticas 
  1, Mazurka, Recitativo
  2, Berceuse
  3, Lento con extasis
  4. Allegretto
  5. Allegro appassionato
  6. Epilogo

Michael Slavin, Manhasset, NY.  Michael Slavin begin playing the piano at age 5 and by the age of 9 attended the Julliard School of Music preperatory division for the next 10 years.  His undergraduate years were spent at Cooper Union in New York City where he studied physics.  He then attended medical school, and was a full time practicing ophthalmologist in Long Island for 25 years.  Michael's retirement from ophthalmology practice several years ago afforded him the time to again study music and practice the piano seriously.  He was awarded first prize in the Chicago International Piano Concerto Competition in May 2012 and was a finalist in the international solo piano competition in Chicago and Washington, DC.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31

Semifinal Round
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
Liszt - Concert Etude No. 2, "Gnomenreigen"

Final Round
Mendelssohn - Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Mozart - Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Beethoven - Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata", 1st m.

Jeremy Stone, Pawling, NY. Jeremy Stone, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, began formal piano study at age five. As a teenager, he performed as piano soloist with several symphony orchestras including the Denver Symphony under Vladimir Golschmann.  After graduation from Yale, he spent 20 years as a professional pianist, conductor, composer, arranger and music producer on and off Broadway.  In 1992, Jeremy left commercial music to begin graduate study in psychology.  A faculty member of Weill Cornell Medical College (at New York Presbyterian Hospital), he treats adolescents and adults with severe problems and serves as Director of the Adolescent DBT Program for self-injuring teenagers.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in B Minor, K. 87, L. 33
Kreisler/Rachmaninoff - Liebesleid
Moszkowski - Etincelles ("Sparks"), Op. 36, No. 6

Semifinal Round
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

Final Round
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition, selected movements

Una Stroda, Chicago, IL. Una Stroda was born in Latvia, and came to the US in 2004 to pursue graduate and postgraduate studies in theology. Her education includes a BA in Piano Performance and  Accompaniment from Latvia Academy of Music, a BA in Theology from the University of Latvia, an MA in Ecumenical Studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and an MA in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Una is currently an ABD doctor candidate and a teaching assistant at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She competed in the 2012 Chicago Amateur Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4
Hindemith - Suite "1922", Op. 26
   4. Baston
   1. March

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in E-flat Major, WTC Bk 2
Haydn - Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20, 1st m.
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 7

Final Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in F Major, WTC Bk 2
Satie - Embryons desseches
Schumann - Kinderszenen, Op. 15

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.  He has previously competed in the 2012 Chicago Amateur Piano Competition and the International Chopin Amateur Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Boston International Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in D Major, WTC Bk 2
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

Semi-Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata in E Major, Op. 109

Final Round
Debussy - Images Book II
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat Major, Op. 61

Ronald Tardanico, Bronxville, NY. Ronald Tardanico, a native Bostonian, began his piano studies as a senior in high school. Within 5 years of piano study he gained admission to the Graduate Program in Piano at the New England Conservatory and upon graduation was invited to join their Preparatory Divison faculty. In the early 1980s he entered the real estate profession in New York City and retired in 2010 as an Executive Vice President at a major Manhattan firm. Since his retirement, Ronald has returned to the piano and gave his first solo recital in 30 years in March of 2012.  He also competed in the 2012 Paris amateur competition.

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, from Années_de_pèlerinage
Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse

Semifinal Round
Liszt – Transcendental Etude No. 11, “Harmonies du soir”

Final Round
Schumann - Carnaval, Op. 9

Yoko Taruki, Yokohama, Japan. Yoko Taruki is a director of a kindergarten in Japan.  She started the piano practice at age four, but stopped in high school.  After receiving an MS at Indiana University, she worked in the social science fields. In 2005, Yoko performed at the music concert in the Dominican Republic. From 2005 to 2012 she took a piano amateur program at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and attended the summer piano programs at Mannes College in NYC. In 2009 she was a finalist of the International piano amateur competition at Osaka and Tianjin. She also participated in  amateur piano competitions in Paris, Boston, Berlin, Texas, and Chicago. 

Preliminary Round
Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3, 4th m.
Debussy – L’isle Joyeuse

Semifinal Round
J.S. Bach – French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
Schumann – Sonata  No. 2  in G Minor, Op. 22

Final Round
Schubert – Sonata in A major, Op. 120, D. 644
Chopin – Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31

Shi-Chin Yvonne Tsai, La Palma, CA. Upcoming Performances Adult Performance Program, MTAC Convention, 2013 Shi-Chin Yvonne Tsai is a pediatrician in California. She received her BA in Music from UC Berkeley and her MD from University of Pittsburgh. She spends her spare time playing the piano, taking Chinese classical dance and line dance lessons, and volunteering in her son's school. Her piano teachers include Robert Turner, Janet Guggenheim, Lillian Wang, and she is currently studying with Mark Richman. Yvonne previously competed in the 2009 Boston International Piano Competition, and the 2011 Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Prokofiev – Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82, 1st m.

Semifinal Round
Medtner – Forgotten Melodies (First Cycle), Op. 38, No. 1, “Sonata Reminiscenza”

Final Round
J. S. Bach - Aria & Variations 1-5, from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Bach/Rachmaninoff –  Suite from Violin Partita in E Major
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Darin Tysdal, Bloomington, MN. Darin Tysdal is currently co-manager of the sheet music department at Groth Music in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has been an avid soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician in the Twin Cities Area. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the MacPhail Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony (3 times), Minnesota Freedom Band, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Century College Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnetonka Civic Orchestra. He has participated in the Van Cliburn Amateur piano competition twice, as well as the New York and Boston amateur competitions. Darin is also a composer and conductor. He lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Lynda, a writer, and their cats Sunny and Sherry.

Preliminary Round
Ross Lee Finney - Sonata No. 4 in E Major, “Christmastime 1945”

Semifinal Round
Ginastera - Sonata No. 1, Op. 22

Final Round
Erno Dohnanyi - Four Rhapsodies, Op. 10

Vineta Vilka-Brezge, Riga, Latvia. Vineta Vilka-Brezge was born in Latvia, and started playing the piano at age five.  She attended Primary Music School and has a BA in Art and Culture History from Latvia University. Vineta is the mother of four daughters.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach – Sinfonia, from Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
Grieg – Sarabande, from Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Semifinal Round
Grieg – Air, from Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Beethoven  - Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No.2, 1st m.

Final Round
Beethoven – Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No.2, 2nd and 3rd m.
Rachmaninoff – Etude-Tableau in C Minor, Op. 33, No. 3

John Vineyard, Ithaca, NY. John Vineyard has a BA in English from Oberlin College, an MA in English from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from Cornell. He has 30 years experience in the Investment Management field, working for Cornell in the 1980s and then founding his own firm, Sunlake Investment Management in 1990. Among other careers, John was an Instructor in English at the Franklin Institute of Boston, a published writer of fiction and non fiction, and served 28 years as a warrant officer doing intelligence analysis for the US Army.  He has competed in amateur competitions in Boston, Berlin, New York and Washington, DC.

Preliminary Round
Scharwenka - Romanzero, Op. 33,  4th m.
Czerny - Sonata No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 124, 6th m.

Semifinal Round
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332, 3rd m.
Albeniz - Almeria from Iberia, Bk 2

Final Round
Mozart – Sonata in F Major, K. 332, 2nd m.
Chopin – Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 9, 10, 11, 22, 23
Moscheles – Etudes Characteristiques, Op. 95
No. 7, Zartlichkeit (Tenderness)
No. 12, Angst (Fear)
Schubert – Sonata in C Minor, D. 958, 1st m.

Wei Ling Wang, Plano, TX. Wei Ling Wang began studying piano at a young age and competed in several local, state and regional competitions through high school years. She is also interested in math and science and pursued a degree in computer science. Wei Ling works for a telecommunication company on delivering high speed voice and data services through a complex computer network. In addition to playing the piano, Wei Ling enjoys opera music and travel, and is an active supporter of several music schools and non-profit music organizations.  She has won awards at amateur competitions in Seattle, Houston and at PianoTexas.

Preliminary Round
Tan Dun – Herdboy’s Song, from Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 4, “Polichinelle”

Semifinal Round
Paradies - Toccata in A Major
Balakirev – “In the Garden”
Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 1, “Elegie”

Final Round
Mozart - Sonata in A Minor, K. 310. 1st m.
Brahms – Intermezzo in E Major, Op. 116, No. 6
Brahms – Capriccio in D Minor, Op. 116, No. 7
Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 2, Prelude in C-sharp Minor
Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Eberhard Zagrosek, Berlin, Germany. Eberhard Zagrosek was born in 1942 into a family of musicians. He grew up in Munich and Regensburg in Bavaria in Germany. His musical education started with piano in the age of six and was very intense during the time until the age of 18 years. After that he studied physics at Munich Technical University. For 28 years he worked for Siemens, the German electronics giant, in charge of different management positions in development, sales and general management in Germany and Japan. Since his retirement he again started playing piano, and competed in many amateur competitions. In 2006 he founded the International Piano Amateur Competition Berlin, taking place in the Berlin Philharmonic.

Preliminary Round
Beethoven – Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux”, 1st m.
Chopin – Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20

Semifinal Round
Scarlatti – Sonata in A Major, L. 345
Chopin – Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61

Final Round
Haydn - Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6
Liszt - Variations on “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”, S. 179
Ginastera – Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5