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

Alexandre Rezende
Lowell, MA

Alexandre Luiz de Rezende Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began taking piano lessons at the age of twelve. He graduated at Rio de Janeiro Federal University with a bachelors degree in piano and voice. He studied with Heitor Alimonda, Dulce Leal, Gloria Maria da Fonseca and Tamara Ujakova. Alexandre also has a degree in audio and speech therapy. He has given several piano recitals in concert halls, governmental houses and churches, and he has performed as a guest artist in several recordings. He also has two albums of his own. Nowadays, Alexandre continues his piano education with private piano lessons. 

Preliminary Round
Schubert - Moment Musical No. 5 in F Minor, D. 780 
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Prokofiev – Toccata, Op. 11
Ernesto Nazareth - Odeon

Semifinal Round 
JS Bach – Allemande, from Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major  
Chopin - Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6
Villa-Lobos - Impressoes Seresteiras

Final Round 
Liszt - Sonata in B Minor


Max Sung
New York, NY

Max Sung is a full-time practicing physician who also enjoys practicing the piano in his spare time. Prior to his medical studies, he spent a year studying piano with Helmut Roloff at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Berlin. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, he also participated in chamber music performance classes with Leon Kirchner, Earl Kim and Patricia Zander.  

Preliminary Round
JS Bach - Prelude & Fugue in C-sharp Minor, WTC Bk I
Schumann - In Der Nacht, from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Schoenberg – Klavierstuck, Op. 33b
Schubert/Liszt - Gretchen am Spinnrade

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

Final Round 
Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39


Viscount Thurston
Sykesville, MD

Viscount Thurston began piano studies at age 7. As a graduate student at Ohio State University, Viscount won the music school’s concerto competition and performed with the university orchestra. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance in 1984. In 2003, he performed with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra in Colorado. Viscount has performed for several years in the Washington, DC area’s Friday Morning Music Club. He has been a regular with the Piano Society since 2007. He won First Prize in the 2010 Washington (DC) International Piano Arts Competition. Viscount manages leadership development programs for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Preliminary Round
Schubert - Sonata in A Minor, D. 537  
            1.Allegro ma non troppo
            2.Allegretto quasi andantino
            3.Allegro vivace

Semifinal Round 
Rachmaninoff - Etude-Tableau in F-sharp Minor, Op. 39, No. 3  
Etude-Tableau in D Minor, Op. 39, No. 8
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5
Etude-Tableau in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9

Final Round 
Franck - Prelude, Chorale et Fugue  
Chopin - Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60  


Angela Lee Tien
Winchester, MA 

Angela Lee Tien began playing the piano at the age of four. As a child, she performed with the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their Youth Concerts. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Juilliard and her master's from New England Conservatory, and then took a thirteen year hiatus. At the 2014 Chicago Piano Amateur Competition, she was the third prize winner in the solo competition and a finalist in the concerto competition. Angela also sings on the worship team at her church. She is raising her three amazing sons with her loving and supportive husband.

Preliminary Round
Debussy - Suite Bergamasque 
  Prélude
  Menuet
  Clair de lune
  Passepied

Semifinal Round 
JS Bach - Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914 
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”, 1st m.

Final Round 
Mendelssohn - Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54 
JS Bach/Busoni - Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004 


​John Vineyard
Ithaca, NY 

John Vineyard grew up in eastern Long Island. He has a Bachelor's in English from Oberlin College and a Master's in English from Colgate University. He taught English for four years at the Franklin Institute of Boston. After considerable soul-searching, he left literature in favor of finance, receiving an MBA at Cornell in 1980. He worked as an Investment Officer at Cornell and Syracuse University before founding the investment firm Sunlake Investment Management in Ithaca, NY in 1990. He was a warrant officer in the US Army Reserve for 28 years. He was formerly President of the Ithaca Opera Association and is now Treasurer of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. He has two adult children. His wife Carol works with him in the investment business.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
Henselt – Etude Caractéristique, Op. 2, No. 1, "Orage, tu ne saurais m'abbatre!”
Moszkowski - In Autumn, Op. 36, No. 4

Semifinal Round 
Albeniz – Almeria, from Iberia, Bk 2 
Moszkowski - Etude for Left Hand Alone, Op. 92, No. 3
MacDowell - A Haunted House, Op. 62, No. 5

Final Round 
JS Bach/Liszt - Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K. 332
            2.Adagio
            3.Allegro assai
Liszt - At Richard Wagner's Grave
Schubert - Sonata in C Minor, D. 958, 1st m.


Wei Ling Wang
Plano, TX

Wei Ling Wang works for a telecommunication company where she engages multiple engineering teams in building computer networks to transport data, voice and video for global companies. She recently participated in several amateur piano competitions, and performed a concerto movement with the Fort Worth Symphony in the Piano Texas Festival. She is also an active supporter of music schools and non-profit music organizations in the city of Dallas and Fort Worth.  

Preliminary Round
Mozart – Sonata in A Minor, K. 310, 1st m.
Balakirev - In the Garden  
Chopin - Waltz in E Minor, Op. Posth.

Semifinal Round 
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Minor, K. 213  
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No.1 
Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3, No. 4, “Polichinelle”

Final Round 
Pärt - Für Alina 
Chopin - Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4
Chopin - Mazurka in C Major, Op. 56, No. 2  
Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3, No. 1, “Elegie”
Tan Dun - Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1 
                1.Missing Moon
                2.Staccato Beans
                3.Herdboy’s Song
                4.Blue Nun
                  8. Sunrain