Boston International Piano Competition 2017
Competitors A-G H-P R-Z

Ian Roy
United Kingdom

Ian Roy was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and attended Wick High School. He began playing the piano at age eight and studied initially with Emma Bruce in Wick. After leaving Wick High School he studied for two degrees in math and physics at the University of Aberdeen. He then worked on two research contracts at the Universities of Plymouth and Newcastle upon Tyne. Thereafter he worked for the ship safety department of QinetiQ at Rosyth, and then for Petroleum Experts in Edinburgh. He now works as an engineering analyst for the Coventry based firm of OLEO International.

Preliminary Round
Respighi – Notturno, from 6 Pieces for Piano
Ireland - Chelsea Reach, from London Pieces
Gershwin/Wild - Embraceable You

Semi Final Round
Chopin - Nocturne Op27 no2
Headington - Barcarolle
Ravel - Ondine from Gaspard de la nuit

Final Round
Chopin – Etudes, Op. 25, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 
Chopin – Etudes, Op. 10, Nos. 1, 2
Balakirev - In the Garden
Debussy - Reflets dans l'eau, from Images, Bk 1 
Ireland - Amberley Wild Brooks
Rachmaninoff - Etude-tableau in E-flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5

Alexandre Santos

Alexandre Luiz de Rezende Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began taking piano lessons at the age of twelve. He graduated from Rio de Janeiro Federal University with bachelor’s degrees 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
J.S. Bach - Prelude in A Minor, from English Suite No. 2, BWV 807
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39 
Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff - The Flight of the Bumblebee 
Chiquinha Gonzaga - Corta Jaca, Brazilian Tango

Semi Final Round
Ernesto Nazareth – Escorregando, Brazilian Tango 
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 
Prokofiev – Toccata, Op. 11

Final Round
Liszt - Sonata in B Minor

Ronald Setiawan

Ronald Setiawan, originally from Indonesia, started learning how to play piano ten years ago after watching an amateur piano competition in Youtube. He enjoys setting goals for himself and feels amateur competitions offer him an opportunity to become more disciplined in his practice, and he finds it inspirational. Ronald had difficulty at first in finding a piano teacher who was willing to teach an adult beginner. He also enjoys playing saxophone and taking pictures as well as traveling. Ronald is currently employed as a tax accountant in the Chicago area.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in B Minor, K. 87
Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K. 330, 1st m. 
Chopin - Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Final Round
Final Round  
Scarlatti - Sonata in A Major, K. 322
Mozart - Sonata in C Major, K. 330, 2nd m. 
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”
                  1. Rondo: Allegro

Max Sung
New York

Max Sung is a full-time practicing physician who also enjoys playing the piano. Prior to his career in medicine, he spent a year on a German Academic Exchange Fellowship studying with Helmut Roloff at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, he studied chamber music with Leon Kirchner, Earl Kim and Patricia Zander. He has participated in the Cliburn, WIPAC, Berlin and Chopin amateur competitions, as well as several previous appearances in Boston.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in D Major, WTC Bk II
Brahms – Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2 
Chopin - Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Semi Final Round
Chopin – Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Debussy – Images, Bk 2
                1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
                2.Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut 
                3.Poissons d'or

Final Round 
J.S. Bach - Capriccio, from Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
Beethoven - Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
                1. Allegro con brio
                2. Introduzione. Adagio molto
                3. Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo

Sean Sutherland

Sean Sutherland was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he serendipitously discovered the piano as a child and was instantly enamored. At 15, Sean was offered a scholarship to study piano at one of the Royal Schools of Music, but had to decline under strong parental directive as he had not yet completed high school. He resumed his studies upon his arrival at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while earning a bachelor’s degree in music, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, and later pursued an MBA at McGill University. Since graduating, he has started a niche tutorial service that specializes in standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, SSAT, and GMAT) and lectured at McGill as an adjunct professor of international finance and information systems. Sean has continued to pursue his passion for classical piano music as an amateur pianist and has performed solo recitals in the US, Canada, Germany, and throughout the Caribbean.

Preliminary Round
Chopin – Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 1 - 12

Semi Final Round
William Bolcom - Three Dance Portraits 
                1.The Dead Moth Tango

Final Round
Haydn - Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:50, 1st m. 
Chopin – Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 13 - 24

David Swenson

David Swenson took private lessons for many years with Earle C. Voorhies, head of piano at California Institute of the Arts. He attended medical school at the University of VA Charlottesville and worked full time in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Pittsburgh area until retiring in 2013, where he still works part-time. David restarted private lessons in piano and theory with Tom Hill in Pittsburgh in 2015, and competed last year in the Cliburn and Chicago amateur competitions.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach/Petri - Three Minuets, BWV 841-843 
Liszt - Étude de Concert No. 2, “La Leggierezza”
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2

Semi Final Round
J.S. Bach - Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
Chopin – Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1

Marina Syrchina

Marina Syrchina was born in Izhevsk, Russia, and was interested in music since a very early age. In 2004 she competed in several major Russian music events among students and won 1st place in music harmony and 3rd place in music theory in the all-Russian Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory Olympiad. Other awards include 3rd place in the inter-regional Kazan Conservatory music theory Olympiad, 1st place in a prima vista piano and 2nd place in piano among students of director, choir and music theory faculties in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Although afterwards Marina did not pursue further musical education, she schooled herself in jazz and soul singing, and currently performs as a jazz/soul singer in various Russian venues.

Preliminary Round
Liszt - Étude de Concert No. 3, “Un Sospiro” 
Chopin - Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Semi Final Round
Beethoven - Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique”
                1. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
                2. Adagio cantabile
                3. Rondo: Allegro
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 23, No. 1 
Rachmaninoff - Moment musicale in E Minor, Op. 16, No. 4

Final Round
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5 
J.S. Bach - Prelude & Fugue in F-sharp Major, WTC Bk I 
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 
Tchaikovsky - “May: Starlit Nights”, Op. 37a, No. 5, from “The Seasons”
Prokofiev - Obsession diabolique, Op. 4, No. 4, from Four Pieces for Piano
Scriabin – Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 11, No. 10
Shchedrin - A La Albeniz 

Kazuko Taki

Kazuko Taki has performed music multi-dimensionally in her long life. She started her career in music as a soprano singer after graduation from Toho Gakuen School of Music, joining the Nikikai Opera, which provided her with a huge number of stages. Kazuko acted mainly as a member of the chorus, with distinguished conductors including Charles Dutoit and Wolfgang Sawallisch. After over ten years, she changed her career to education. At public middle schools, Kazuko organized music classes, and coached choirs and brass bands. In 2008, she restarted playing the piano after a 20 year silence, studying with Slawek Kowalewski in Tokyo. In 2017, she was selected as a volunteer member for the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which deals with development assistance projects. She is going to the Dominican Republic to work as a singing trainer for two years. Kazuko is very excited and looking forward to meeting a new musical dimension.

Preliminary Round
J.S. Bach – Praeludium, from Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825 
Ravel – Sonatine
                1. Modéré 
                2. Mouvement de menuet 
                3. Animé

Semi Final Round
Mendelssohn – Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54

Final Round
Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op.23
Chopin Nocturne posthume c-moll
Chopin Nocturne Op.9-2
Chopin Fantasie Op.49

Ferdy Talan

Ferdy Talan was raised in Jakarta amid a heady mix of cultures and traditions. He has been drawn to and inspired by influences from Flamenco to bossa nova and electronic music to Taiko drumming. In 2003, Ferdy moved to New York to attend The Manhattan School of Music, but was soon driven by his curiosity to try a less-traveled path. From 2005-2010, he performed with the New York Theatre Ballet, traveling with the company to far-flung corners of America while developing its live music department. The writers, dancers, directors, musicians, composers, designers, thinkers and dreamers he encountered along the way and in further journeys have all played a powerful role in shaping and expanding his musical sensibility. Cited for his imaginative programming, Mr. Talan was awarded Third Prize at the 2016 WIPAC competition and was a semifinalist at the Paris amateur competition. Since 2012, he has studied with Zitta Zohar, whose vision and guidance have shaken and continue to awaken his sense of being and purpose.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36
Chopin - Tarantella, Op. 43

Semi Final Round
Liszt - Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S 171 

Final Round
Bowen - Toccata, Op. 155
Grieg - Ballade in G minor, Op. 24

Yoko Taruki

Yoko Taruki works as a School Director in Japan. She started piano lessons at age four, but stopped in high school. After receiving an MS at Indiana University, she worked in the social science fields. From 2005 she took a piano amateur summer program at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and at Mannes College in New York. In 2009, Yoko was a finalist at the International piano amateur competition in Osaka and Tianjin. She also participated in amateur competitions in Paris, Boston, Berlin, Texas, and Walzo, and has played concerts in Tokyo.

Preliminary Round
Chopin - Ballade No.3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Ravel - Jeux d'eau 

Semi Final Round
Schumann - Sonata No.2 in G Minor 
                1.So rasch wie möglich 
                2.Andantino. Getragen
                3.Scherzo. Sehr rasch und markiert
                4.Rondo. Presto

Final Round
Schubert - Sonata in A major, Op. 120, D. 664
                1.Allegro moderato
Debussy - L’isle joyeuse 

Wei Ling Wang

Wei Ling Wang graduated from Rice University with a degree in computer science, and has since been building computer networks for telecommunication companies to transport voice and data for consumers and corporations. In recent years, Wei Ling participated in amateur piano competitions in Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. She is also an active supporter of music schools and non-profit music organizations. In 2014, Wei Ling was a gold medalist in the Chicago amateur competition and a finalist in the WIPC competition.

Preliminary Round
Scarlatti - Sonata in D Minor, K. 213  
Chopin - Mazurka in C Major, Op. 56, No. 2  
Chopin - Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4  
Rachmaninoff - Morceau de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 4 “Polichinelle”

Final Round
Chopin - Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1  
Chopin - Polonaise in G-flat Major, Op. Posth.
Tan Dun - Eight Memories in Watercolor, Op. 1, No. 8 “Sunrain“

Graeme Wilkinson

Graeme Wilkinson was born in Vancouver, Canada, and first studied music seriously while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Literature at the University of British Columbia. In 1979, he was employed by Air Canada, and remained with the company for the next thirty years. Graeme furthered his musical education at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and obtained an Associateship Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. In 1999, Graeme took his musical avocation a step further, and competed in the first Cliburn amateur competition, and has since been a regular at competitions and workshops in Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Czech Republic, Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Fort Worth. During the past fourteen years, Graeme has been increasingly active in choral work in Montreal, and in 2015 he was a founding member of the amateur opera company, Light Opera of Montreal.  

Preliminary Round  
Handel - Chaconne & Variations, HWV 435 
Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 (excerpts)

Final Round  
Haydn - Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI:52, 1st m. 
Ravel - Menuet Antique​