Boston International Piano Competition 2015
Competitors A-G H-P R-Z

Rady Almadany
Montreal, QC

Rady Almadany is the founder of a special educational and therapeutic approach through music for people with autism. He studied piano from childhood and worked with professors from English and Russian (Victor Bunin) schools. He obtained in Paris the Ecole Normal de Musique diploma after working with famous French pianists such France Clidat. With a MD diploma followed by MS in clinical research, he became passionate of Music-Medicine, the application of music for clinical objectives. He studied music therapy, and recently obtained a Tomatis consultant certificate from NYC. He has worked for many years with autistics using his special approach, offering them the possibility to develop many of their skills and to have a better understanding of their environment. 

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.19 in D Minor 
Mozart - Fantasy in D Minor, K. 397/385g 

Semifinal Round
Handel/Liszt - Sarabande and Chaconne, from Almira

Final Round
Cage - In a Landscape 
Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Saint-Saëns/Liszt/Horowitz - Danse Macabre 

Sibylle Barrasso
Wellesley, MA

Sibylle Barrasso is an author of mystery novels, a pianist, business consultant, and proud mother of a lawyer. She started playing the piano at age 9, but quit soon due to philosophical differences with her teacher (Schubert vs. Czerny). Her passion for the piano resurfaced 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. She studies with Roberto Poli and also at the Rivers Conservatory.

Preliminary Round
Haydn – Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6 

Semifinal Round
Chopin – Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 6, 15, 22 
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2

Final Round
Schumann - Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Miriam Berro
Montreal, QC

Miriam Berro began studying piano at age 6 and gave her first recital at age 10. She continued her studies at the Conservatory 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. Her career has developed in the software engineering field. She has worked in Montreal since 2006 and continues with musical activities at McGill University. Miriam was the Second Prize Winner of the 2015 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York.

Preliminary Round
Scriabin – Preludes, Op. 11, Nos. 1, 4, 11, 14 
Debussy – Preludes, Bk II
8. Ondine
12. Feux d'artifice  

Semifinal Round 
D Scarlatti – Sonata in B Minor, K. 27 
Sonata in G Major, K. 337 
Liszt – Transcendental Etude No. 11, “Harmonies du Soir”

Final Round 
JS Bach - Prelude & Fugue in C-sharp Minor 
Beethoven – Sonata in E-flat Major, Op.81a “Les Adieux” 
Brahms – Fantasien, Op.116, Nos. 6 and 7 
Ginastera - Preludios Americanos, Nos. 1, 3, 6 

Steven Boyce
New York, NY 

Steven Boyce, from the small college town of Fredonia in western New York State, is a long-time New York City transplant. He began finding tunes on the rickety family upright at age two, and rarely goes a day without time at the piano. After raising two children who are now young adults, still working as a managing director of operational risk in the securities industry, and volunteering time to teach how to care for New York City’s street trees, in 2013 he began to really practice, as well as study with a concert pianist to help achieve his musical goals. Steven frequently performs with members of NY Piano Society, at Baruch College Performing Arts Center and at Lincoln Center Library.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 
Shchedrin - Basso Ostinato

Semifinal Round 
Liszt - Vallée d'Obermann, from Années de Pèlerinage

Final Round 
Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition 

Alan Brock
Boston, MA

Alan Brock grew up in Denton, Texas, with two years in sixth and seventh grade in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied with Jean Mainous until entering Oberlin Conservatory. At Oberlin, Alan studied with Jack Radunsky and Joe Schwartz. He then didn't play for almost 25 years, but returned to playing a little about 2008. He has been studying privately with Doug Buys, professor from New England Conservatory, since November of 2011.

Preliminary Round
Schoenberg - Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke, Op. 19 
Debussy- "Reflets dans l'eau", from Images, Book 1

Semifinal Round 
Chopin - Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2 
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 

Final Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata" 

Mark Cannon
Larchmont, NY

Mark Cannon is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. This is his first return to public playing since life being upended when his house was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His piano survived very well, as did almost everything except the house, but he was not able to resume working on music until a few months ago. His principal piano studies have been with Malcolm Bilson and Seymour Bernstein. He has been a semifinalist in past Boston amateur competitions in addition to attending several times as an audience member, and is very glad to be returning as a competitor.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Introduction and Rondo in E-flat Major, Op. 16 
Joplin - Pine Apple Rag

Semifinal Round 
Chopin - Polonaise in F-sharp Minor, Op. 44 
Chopin - Mazurka in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3

Final Round 
Schubert - Sonata in A Major, D. 664
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 

Inning Chen Walter
Scottsdale, AZ

Inning Chen Walter, a California native, received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry from University of California, Berkeley. She began studying piano at the age of 5 and spent the majority of her education in music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been practicing in the greater Phoenix area for a few years, now at Ophthalmic Surgeons and Physicians. She is active in the valley music culture, including the Scottsdale Bible Church worship team, Phoenix Piano Club, Sunday Classics Club, and RAC Chamber Music. She and her husband enjoy supporting the ASU football program, serving at church, and spending time outdoors with their Doberman, Duchess.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Beethoven – Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”, 1st m. 

Semifinal Round
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

Final Round 
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue 
Beethoven - Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, 1st m.

Gorden Cheng
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Gorden Cheng is a systems engineer and pianist living in San Diego, California. He studied piano privately and continues to practice daily. He has received numer¬ous awards and top prizes at amateur competi¬tions in Paris, Colorado Springs, Washington DC, Chicago, and Warsaw. Gorden works for EveryoneCounts, Inc., a software company specializing in electronic voting solutions.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3 
Schumann - Abegg Variations, Op. 1 

Semifinal Round 
Ravel - Jeux d'eau
Prokofiev - 3 pieces from Romeo & Juliet Suite, Op. 75 
  Young Juliet
  Montagues & Capulets

Final Round 
JS Bach - Italian Concerto, BWV 971 
Chinese Folk Tune - Liu Yang River Melody 
Stravinsky - Trois mouvements de Petrouchka 
  Danse russe
  Chez Petrouchka
  La semaine grasse

Michael Cheung
Paris, France

Michael Cheung was prescribed the piano by a hand surgeon as a physiotherapy starting at age 4. Training under private tutors and in masterclasses, he subsequently obtained a Diploma from the Trinity College of London (UK) at age 18. The piano took a hiatus as Michael decided to pursue a university degree in the sciences (biotechnology and psychology) in his native Canada, followed by a first career in banking in Hong Kong, before moving to Europe to obtain a Masters in Business. Settling down in Paris, where he currently works as a coach-consultant in international business management, Michael discovered the world of amateur pianists and renewed his passion for the piano.

Preliminary Round
Rameau - Gavotte et Six Doubles 
Debussy - L'isle joyeuse

Semifinal Round 
Liszt - Liebestraum No. 3
Romberg - The Piano
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Final Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110 
Rachmaninoff - 3 Preludes, from Op. 23 

May Chung
Fremont, CA

May Chung completed the Advanced Certificate Diploma and the Licentiate Diploma for the Royal School of Music in London. She won the first prize in the Bartok competition in 1990-90, first prize in the United States Music Competition and Accomplished Pianist Prize in the IBLA Competition in Ragusa, Italy. May Chung current works as a full time pharmacist.

Preliminary Round
Albeniz – from España, Op. 165 
2. Tango  
3. Malaguena  
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 6, Op. 82, 1st m. - Allegro Inquieto

Semifinal Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat Major, Op 81a "Les Adieux" 

Final Round 
Albeniz – from España, Op. 165 
  5. Capricho Catalan  
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 6, Op. 82
2. Allegretto  
3. Tempo di Valzer, Lentissimo  
  4. Vivace  

Gérard de Botton
Prunay-le-Gillon, France

Gérard de Botton started piano in childhood and never quit, even during his professional career as an Orthopedic Surgeon, from which he is now retired. He studied piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Gérard previously competed in the 2014 WIPAC competition, and gives annual performances in Paris and Chartres.

Preliminary Round
JS Bach/Brahms - Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 (for the left hand)

Semifinal Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in E major, Op. 109

Final Round 
Chopin – Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
Franck – Prelude, Choral et Fugue

Stephan Dimos
Chicago, IL

Stephan Dimos, a native of Schererville, Indiana, began his piano studies with Michele O Day and Bethyne Emery, a former pupil of Rudolph Ganz. In 1998, he placed fourth in the United States Open Music Competition before beginning his collegiate piano studies with Anton Nel at the University of Michigan. After two years of study, Stephan pursued a B.S. in Financial Information Systems at Indiana University Northwest. He is a current student of Dr. James Giles, Dr. Andrea Schneider, and Junichi Sato. Since July 2011, he has been the Endowment Fund Accountant at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Preliminary Round
JS Bach - Prelude and Fugue in D minor, WTC Bk II, BWV 875
Chopin - Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31

Semifinal Round 
Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47  
Ravel – Sonatine, 3rd m.
Bartok - Romanian Folk Dance No. 6, Sz. 56, “Maruntel” 

Final Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, No.3, 1st m. 
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Barber - Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26, 4th m.

Michael Errico
New York, NY

Michael Errico is an Orthopedic Surgeon practicing full time in Manhasset, New York. He began piano studies at age 4 studying with Gilda Sant Ambrogio and later Isabel Sant Ambrogio at Steinway Hall in New York City. He majored in Theory and Composition of Music at Yale University and then went on to medical school, discontinuing formal training for 35 years. He continued at the piano in jazz and cabaret for those years, ultimately co-writing and performing a cabaret show at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel, a show which ran for 8 years. In 1995, he returned to serious classical music study at Juilliard School of Music. He is a Board member of the Pianofest of the Hamptons, a training ground for young brilliant up and coming pianists. 

Preliminary Round
Medtner - Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38, from Forgotten Melodies

Semifinal Round 
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
JS Bach/Busoni-Tausig-Errico - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor 

Final Round 
Wagner/Liszt, Liebestod 
Debussy – Images, Book II 
Medtner - 3 Fairy Tales

Lara Fesdekjian
Montreal, QC

Lara Fesdekjian was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she grew up in a musical family. She studied music and then pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and has worked as a pharmacist in clinics and pharmacies across the province of Ontario, as well as being director and manager of Orton Park Pharmacy in Toronto. Aside from music and pharmacy, her passion for travel has taken her backpacking through more than 60 countries in the world.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35, 1st m.
Debussy - L'isle Joyeuse

Semifinal Round 
JS Bach - Capriccio from Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor

Final Round 
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Franck - Prelude, Chorale et Fugue

Edward Fritz
Mesa, AZ 

Edward Fritz, a native of Cleveland Ohio, studied classical piano with Harold Swingle until his graduation from Hawken School in 1968. During his collegiate years at the College of Wooster, he continued to take piano lessons from the school faculty, including Daniel Winter. He then attended Case-Western Reserve University Dental School, where he received his DDS degree in 1978.
After 3 years as a dentist with the U.S. Air Force at Williams AFB, in 1981 Edward opened his private dental practice, New Health Dental, in Mesa, Arizona. Besides music, he enjoys movies, theater, Asian foods, and most of all spending time with his son.

Preliminary Round
Stenhammer - Fantasy Op. 11, No. 1 
Liszt - Cantique d'Amour, from Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses No. 10 

Semifinal Round 
Chopin – Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1 
Scriabin - Etude Op. 42, No. 7 
Schubert/Liszt - Gretchen am Spinnrade

Final Round 
Rachmaninoff/Gryaznov - Vocalise 
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5 
Debussy - Prelude Bk 1, No. 2 “Voiles”
Sibelius/Dube - Was It a Dream? 
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 

Robert Gemmell
Suwanee, GA

Robert Gemmell began playing piano by ear at the age of four and studied classical piano from age five through high school, performing and competing frequently. He minored in music during undergraduate school while studying engineering at Georgia Tech. Robert has an M.B.A. from Duke University and received his Ph.D. in management from Case Western Reserve University. He was a successful serial technology entrepreneur and most recently Chairman and CEO of wireless technology company Cirronet, Inc. until 2006. He transitioned to a second career in teaching, consulting and writing in 2011 and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategy at Wake Forest University’s School of Business.  

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata K. 487
Debussy - - La cathédrale engloutie, from Preludes, Bk 1
Scriabin - Vers la Flamme

Semifinal Round 
Hindemith - Sonata No. 2
1.Mäßig schnell
3.Sehr langsam - Rondo. Bewegt

Final Round 
Medtner - Skazki in F Minor, Op. 26, No. 3
Brahms - Sonata No. 3, Op. 5
1.Allegro maestoso
2.Andante: Andante espressivo