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

Hiromi Inomata
Allston, MA

Hiromi Inomata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied piano between the ages of 6 and 12, and took up the oboe in high school. She joined an amateur orchestra, which traveled to Korea and Croatia and also played with members of The Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, Hiromi moved to Boston and resumed her study of piano as a Continuing Study Student at Longy School of Music where she received the Martha Sosman Award in 2011. She was a Second Prize Winner in 2015 and received Honorable Mention in 2012 and 2014 in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2 
Haydn – Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:48 

Semifinal Round 
Mozart - Sonata in D Major, K. 311, 1st m.
Debussy - La soirée dans Grenade, from Estampes
Scriabin - Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9 

Final Round
Schubert - Four Impromptus, D. 935 


Daniel Kandelman
Montreal, QC 

​Daniel Kandelman received his DDS in France, followed by a Doctoral degree in dental medicine from the University of Geneva, and a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently a full professor of dental medicine, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, and Director of the International Center for prevention of dental diseases in specific needs populations, at the University of Montreal. He has performed, and was in the past, semi-finalist in amateur piano competitions in Boston, Paris, Vienna, and more recently finalist in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 2013. He has also twice competed in the Cliburn and Washington amateur competitions.

Preliminary Round
Bach/Gratia - Toccata &Fugue in D Minor  
Chopin – Waltz, Op. 69 
Hampton - Cataract  

Semifinal Round 
JS Bach - Italian Concerto, BWV 971, 1st m.
Liszt - Le Rossignol  
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise  
Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag

Final Round 
JS Bach/Busoni - Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004 
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique”, 1st m.
Joplin - Fig Leaf Rag


Scot King
Costa Mesa, CA  

Scot King began practicing the piano at age 6 and he has never stopped playing. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the California Institute of the Arts.. He also completed post graduate study in piano at the Royal College of Music in London the following year. He is a mortgage broker and certified public accountant. He tied for 1st prize at the Rocky Mountain Amateurs event in 2002, and was a finalist at the Paris competition in 2003. He was also a finalist at the Gina Bachauer amateur competition and Second prize winner at WIPAC. In his spare time he enjoys reading biographies of the great composers.

Preliminary Round
Chopin -Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1
Etudes Op. 10, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 

Semifinal Round 
Rachmaninoff - Etude Tableau in F Minor, Op. 33, No. 1  
Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Chopin - Etude in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 11  

Final Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1
Chopin - Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53
Debussy - L'isle joyeuse 


Miho Kiyoki
Medford, MA

Miho Kiyoki started playing the piano at age three. She was selected as a representative pianist of the University of Tokyo. She has studied under Nanae Sakurai, Etsuko Tazaki and Gabriel Chodos. She tied for first place at the 2014 Aloha International Piano Competition in the amateur division. She is currently a graduate student in international relations at Tufts University.  

Preliminary Round
JS Bach - Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
Rachmaninoff - Etude-tableau in D minor, Op. 33, No. 5 

Semifinal Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”, 1st m.
Rachmaninoff - Moment Musical in E Minor, Op. 16, No. 4 

Final Round 
Chopin - Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Debussy - Estampes 
1.Pagodes
2.La soirée dans Grenade 
3.Jardins sous la pluie


Christopher Kokkinos
Acton, MA

Chris Kokkinos began taking piano lessons at the age of 10 in Nicosia, Cyprus. At age 17 he earned piano certificates from the Orpheon Conservatory (Athens, Greece), and The Royal Schools of Music (London, UK), and the following year the piano diploma from the Orpheon Conservatory with distinction. Chris pursued Electrical Engineering and Music degrees at Cornell University with Malcolm Bilson as his piano instructor. He is currently studying piano with Konstantinos Papadakis at NEC and attending Ya-Fei Chuang's Piano Interpretation & Performance Seminar also at NEC. He was a semi-finalist and prize winner for the best Baroque performance at the 2013 Boston competition. Chris is a software executive in the greater Boston area.

Preliminary Round
Handel - Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
Debussy – Mouvement, from Images, Book I 
Grünfeld - Soirée de Vienne, Op. 56

Semifinal Round 
Scriabin - Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 42, No. 5 “Affannato”
Beethoven - Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”, 1st m.

Final Round 
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in B flat major, Op. 23, No. 2 
Liszt - Ballade No. 2 in B minor 
Bartok - 3 Burlesques, Op. 8c
1.Quarrel
2.A Bit Drunk
3.Molto Vivo, Capriccioso


Sheldon Kostelecky
Lexington, MA

Sheldon Kostelecky, born profoundly deaf (80 dB loss in both ears), was drawn to the beautiful music he heard from a neighbor’s piano soon after he received his first hearing aids when he was 4-1/2, hearing for the first time. He started piano lessons at age 6 and continued until he was 13. Sheldon played casually for another 15 years, and then stopped playing for 25 years to concentrate on his architectural, teaching and writing career, specializing in traditional residential design. He received his architectural education at NDSU, Harvard GSD and Notre Dame. Sheldon then returned to the piano studying under Victoria Suchodolski in 2012, adding new baroque, classical, and early romantic pieces to his repertoire.

Preliminary Round
JS Bach - Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major

Semifinal Round 
Chopin - Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
Schubert - Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90, No. 1 

Final Round 
Haydn - Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52


Suzanna Perez Laramee
Newport, RI 

Suzanna Laramee received her Bachelors Degree in Piano from Oklahoma City University, and her Masters Degree in Piano from The University of Kansas, where she studied with the outstanding Portuguese pianist, Sequeira Costa. She has spent the last 17 years in the financial industry, working for Merrill Lynch in San Francisco and Morgan Stanley in Providence, RI and New York. Suzanna has now retired to Newport, RI, and is the grandmother of a two year old and a soon to be born baby girl. She has been a finalist in the WIPAC, Boston, Bachauer, Paris and Cliburn amateur competitions. Her interests other than the piano include travel, reading, and cooking. 

Preliminary Round
Mozart - Sonata in D Major, K.311, 1st m.
Liszt - Transcendental Etude No. 11, “Harmonies du soir”

Semifinal Round 
Ives - Sonata No. 2, "The Concord Sonata", 3rd m. "The Alcotts" 
Schubert - Moments Musicaux, D. 780
1. Moderato
3. Allegro Moderato
5. Allegro vivace
6. Allegretto

Final Round 
Schumann - Carnaval, Op. 9


David Leehey
Oak Park, IL

David Leehey is President of the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest in Illinois. He performed the Brahms D minor Concerto in October 2001 and Beethoven Choral Fantasy in April 2011 and in May 2015 will perform the Dvorak Concerto with the Symphony. He also serves as its orchestral pianist and rehearsal accompanist. He was a semifinalist in the 2001 and 2003 Boston amateur competitions and the 2009 and 2011 Washington competitions. He is a founding board member of Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago, serving as chair of the competition committee for the first Chicago competition held in June 2010. David is a Professor of Medicine at Loyola University.

Preliminary Round
Albeniz - El Albaicin, from Iberia, Bk 3
Smetana – Furiant, from Czech Dances, Bk 2

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

Final Round
Albeniz – Almeria, from Iberia, Bk 2
Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26


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 the American Conservatory of Music, going on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Hampton University. She earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University. Sharon taught music for many years in the Chicago Public Schools in grades K through 12 before retiring. She has performed in numerous recitals and is a member of the Adult Amateur Chamber Ensemble at Sherwood Columbia Music School.

Preliminary Round
JS Bach – Toccata, from Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830
Ravel - Jeux d’eau

Semifinal Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”, 1st m.
Debussy – L’isle Joyeuse

Final Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in D Major, Op. 10 no. 3
1.Presto 
2.Largo e mesto
3.Menuetto: Allegro
4.Rondo: Allegro
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1


Art Manwelyan
Waltham, MA

Art Manwelyan is a mathematician by training, a computer programmer by profession, and, by passion, an active member of the three Boston area piano societies. An avid piano competitor, Art has participated in several piano amateur competitions in Boston, Chicago, Fort Worth and Paris. He often performs at piano soirees and solo recitals, and also regularly plays piano at the Boston Symphony Cafe. Art is very grateful to his mother, Olga, thanks to whom he studied piano from the early age of six. He is also extremely grateful to his wife Julia, his three children and their spouses, his two adorable grandsons, Abraham and Pedro and his adorable mutt Bella, all of whom both support his passion for the music and tolerate hours of piano practice.

Preliminary Round
Handel - Capriccio and Passacaglia in G Minor
Beethoven - 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C Minor, WoO 80

Semifinal Round 
D.Scarlatti - Sonata (Fugue) in G Minor, K. 30, L. 499
Chopin - Nocturne in G Minor, Op. 37, No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff - Flight of the Bumblebee

Final Round 
Beethoven - Sonata in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”
1.Allegro con brio
2.Introduzione: Adagio molto
3.Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo


Neil McKelvie
Forest Hills, NY

Neil McKelvie was born in England in 1930. After obtain¬ing an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Co¬lumbia University in Organic Chemistry, he became a Chemistry Professor at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate School for 45 years. He has no academic musical educa¬tion, 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. He is also a chess master with a top rating over 2400.

Preliminary Round
JS Bach/Busoni - Choral Prelude "Nur Komm' der Heiden Heiland"
Schubert – Sonata in C Minor, D. 958, 2nd m.  
MacDowell - Clair de Lune, Op. 37, No. 1  
Sergei Bortkiewicz - Lyrica Nova, Op. 59, No. 3

Semifinal Round 
Robert Franz /Liszt - Der Schalk, Op. 3, No. 1  
Ronald Stevenson - Recitative and Air
Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47 

Final Round 
Chopin - Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 59, No. 1
Ignaz Friedman - "Herbst", Op. 53, No. 1
Ignaz Friedman – Mazurka, Op. 27, No. 3
Ignaz Friedman – Mazurka, Op. 49, No. 1  
Sergei Bortkiewicz - Lyrica Nova, Op. 59, No. 1
Chopin - Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52  


Anne Miller
Brighton, MA

Anne Miller began piano lessons at age 5, taking a few breaks along the way. She was enrolled in the M.M. piano program with Leonard Shure at B.U. but did an about face into medicine instead, raising two children along the way. She didn't touch the piano for over 25 years, but now is back to her real love. She has been a finalist in the Chicago Amateur concerto competition, and a semi-finalist in the Boston competition.

Preliminary Round
Schubert - Sonata in C Minor, D. 958, 1st m.
Ravel – Rigaudon, from Le Tombeau de Couperin 

Semifinal Round 
Liszt – Funerailles, from Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses 
Ravel - Menuet and Toccata, from Le Tombeau de Couperin

Final Round 
Chopin - Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Scherzo - molto vivace
3. Largo
4. Presto non tanto; Agitato


Melinda Morse
Reno, NV

Melinda Morse is a native of Arkansas, transplanted to the San Francisco Bay area and Reno, Nevada. The love of music-making has enhanced her life since childhood. She was a public school teacher for over three decades, including achieving National Board Certification in EA Mathematics, as well as science and music certifications, After retiring in 2013, Melinda’s favorite time is spent enthralled with her 18 -month old granddaughter. In addition, she participates in an age group women's running and racing team, a local Toastmaster's club(AVTM) and her local Methodist church, SRVUMC. 

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso, from Miroirs

Semifinal Round 
Hindemith - Fuga No.2 in G major from Ludus Tonalis
Scriabin – Prelude in E Major, Op. 11, No. 9 
Ravel - Une Barque sur l'Ocean, from Miroirs

Final Round 
Beethoven – Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”
1.Adagio sostenuto
2.Allegretto
3.Presto agitato
Beethoven – Sonata in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
1.Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
2.Allegro vivace