Boston International Piano Competition
2015  

  Jury     

Tatyana Dudochkin, a distinguished pianist and 
teacher,is currently on the piano faculty and is former Chair 
of the Piano Ensemble Department in the Preparatory and 
Continuing Education Division at the New England 
Conservatory as well as on the piano faculty of the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Puigcerda 
Music Festival in Spain. A graduate of the St. Petersburg 
and Kiev Conservatories of music, she is the Founder and 
has been Artistic Director of the Annual Composer’s 
Anniversary Celebrations at New England Conservatory’s 
Jordan Hall since 1991. She is President of the Chamber 
Music Foundation of New England as well as Founder and 
Director of the International Chamber Music Ensembles 
Competition. 

Ms. Dudochkin has been described as a "formidable 
Russian born pianist.... highly sensitive and passionate playing with colorful tone" and as a "Strong and fiery player!" by the Boston Globe. She won First Prize and Grand Medal at the prestigious International Early Music Festival-Competition in Lithuania, as well as having earned numerous awards including Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition, All-Union Music Competition and others. Critically acclaimed for her performances as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Dudochkin has performed extensively throughout Canada, Holland, Italy, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Spain and the United States. She has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions in Mexico, Russia, Spain and United States. She has been Artist in Residence at the Rockport Music Festival, Spring at Prague Festival, Hampton Music Festival and many others.

Ms. Dudochkin has recorded extensively on the Melodia label, performed and recorded at WGBH, WBUR, "Voice of America”, “Morning Pro Musica”, Washington National Public Radio and Continental CableVision's "In Performance.” She has also been featured on many annual "Live from Jordan Hall" recordings over the last 25 years and recently performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Her students have won more than 280 top prizes at International, National and World competitions. 

Max Levinson Pianist Max Levinson is known as an 
intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. 
Levinson's international career was launched when he won 
First Prize at the 1997 Dublin International Piano Competition,
the first American to achieve this distinction. He is also 
recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew 
Wolf Award. He has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San 
Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, 
Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, 
Boston Pops, San Antonio Symphony, Louisville Symphony, 
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and National Symphony
Orchestra of Ireland, and in recital at New York’s Alice Tully 
Hall, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore 
Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Jordan Hall in Boston, and throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.  

Levinson is a graduate of Harvard and the New England Conservatory.  His teachers include Patricia Zander, Aube Tzerko and Bruce Sutherland.  An active chamber musician, Levinson has performed with the Tokyo, Vermeer, Mendelssohn, and Borromeo Quartets, and appears at major music festivals including Santa Fe, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Bravo/Vail, La Jolla, Seattle and Cartagena.  His recordings have earned wide acclaim, including his most recent recording with violinist Stefan Jackiw of the Three Brahms Sonatas (Sony).  In May, he served on the jury of the Dublin International Piano Competition, and is judging the BPA International Competition for the third time. Max Levinson is on the faculty at New England Conservatory  and Boston Conservatory.  He lives in  Newton with his wife, cellist Allison Eldredge, and their daughters Natalie and Jessica.  www.maxlevinson.com


Michael Lewin, Chair is internationally applauded as 
one of America’s most abundantly gifted and charismatic 
concert pianists, performing to acclaim in over 30 countries 
with orchestras, in recital and as a chamber musician. His 
career was launched by winning the William Kapell 
International Competition, the American Pianists Association 
Fellowship and the Liszt International Piano Competition 
in the Netherlands. He has been awarded career grants 
from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation, National 
Endowment for the Arts and the Aaron Copland Recording 
Fund. 

The New York Times wrote of his New York recital debut in 
Lincoln Center in 1984 that “his immense technique and 
ability qualify him eminently for success”. Since then, his 
tours have taken him to New York’s major halls, Boston's 
Symphony Hall, Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium, the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington, Moscow’s Great Hall, Hong Kong's City Hall Theater, Taipei's National Concert Hall, the Opera Houses of Cairo and Wilmington, the Athens Megaron, Holland’s Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Spoleto Festival. Television appearances include a PBS recital performing Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy” and Chopin works, hosted by Victor Borge. He has been the featured interview in Clavier and Piano & Keyboard Magazines, and edited piano music of Griffes for C.F.Peters. A Steinway Artist, he was Artistic Director of Steinway’s Gala 150th Anniversary Concert held in 2003 in Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Deeply committed to guiding and nurturing gifted young pianists, Michael Lewin is one of America’s most sought-after teachers. He is a member of the Piano Faculty at The Boston Conservatory, where he also directs the Piano Masters Series, and at Boston University, where he is Visiting Artist in Piano. A native of New York, he studied at the Juilliard School. His own teachers included Leon Fleisher, Irwin Freundlich, Adele Marcus, and Yvonne Lefébure. 


Sally Pinkas has been heard as recitalist and chamber 
musician throughout Asia, Europe, Nigeria, Russia and the 
USA. Israeli born, she has been described by Gramophone 
Magazine as "...an artist who melds lucid textures with 
subtle expressive detailing, minus hints of bombast or 
mannerism...", she has appeared with the Boston Pops, 
Aspen Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony and the Bulgarian 
Chamber Orchestra. Her summer credits include festivals 
at Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen, Monadnock, Apple Hill 
and Rockport, as well as Kfar Blum in Israel, Officina 
Scotese in Italy and Masters de Pontlevoy in France.

Praised for her exquisite tone and driving energy, Ms. Pinkas 
commands a wide range of repertoire. With Evan Hirsch 
(The Hirsch‐Pinkas Piano Duo) she has toured extensively, 
and has premiered and recorded works by George Rochberg, 
Daniel Pinkham, Peter Child, Kui Dong and Thomas Oboe Lee. With flutist Fenwick Smith she has recorded a 3‐CD set featuring the music of Philippe Gaubert for the Naxos label. Other recent collaborations include the Villiers Quartet in London and the Apple Hill Quartet in New Hampshire. She is a member of Ensemble Schumann, an Oboe‐Viola‐Piano Trio, and appears regularly with the Adaskin String Trio. Pinkas's solo discography includes works by Schumann, Debussy, Christian Wolff and George Rochberg for the MSR, Naxos, Mode and Centaur labels. Following her critically acclaimed release of Fauré's Nocturnes on Musica Omnia, she has recorded Fauré’s Barcarolles and Dolly Suite, as well as his Piano Quartets (both for MSR). The Wall Street Journal praised her “exquisite performance” in her “superlatively well‐played” recording of Harold Shapero’s Piano Music, recently released on the UK label Toccata Classics.

Ms. Pinkas holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England
Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in Composition from Brandeis University. Her principal teachers were Russell Sherman, George Sebok, Luise Vosgerchian and Genia Bar-Niv (piano), Sergiu Natra (composition), and Robert Koff (chamber music). She is Professor of Music at Dartmouth College and their Pianist‐in‐residence at their Hopkins Center. 


Roberto Poli, a native of Venice, Italy, has appeared as 
a soloist, harpsichordist, chamber musician and conductor
around the world in cities such as Boston, Brussels, Calgary,
Dublin, New York, Rome and Seoul. He has studied with 
Giorgio Vianello, Phillipe Cassard and Boris Petrushansky.
After moving to the United States in 1998, he received a 
Master’s Degree and the prestigious Artist Diploma from 
the New England Conservatory of Music under the guidance 
of Russell Sherman.  

The music of Chopin, which Mr. Poli has studied through 
manuscripts and original editions, is the current center of 
a project including the recording on video of the composer’s 
complete works; the organization of the Chopin Symposia, 
featuring illustrious performers, pedagogues and lecturers; 
and the publication of his first book, The Secret Life of 
Musical Notation: defying interpretive traditions (Amadeus Press, 2009) - a volume on pianistic interpretation which provides a new vision of Chopin's works that is both scholarly and practical. His debut CD, "Shall We Dance...", was released on Americus Records in 2002. An all-Liszt album was recently presented by Onclassical, a European label which will also release his recording of the complete works of Chopin.  

After Mr. Poli’s American debut was saluted by the press as “pure magic”, similar assessments have been expressed around the world in cities such as Boston, Brussels, Calgary, Dublin, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Tokyo, Vilnius, Zurich and wherever he travels. Acclaimed as a soloist on both piano and harpsichord, and as a chamber musician and conductor, Roberto Poli has appeared with the Monet Ensemble, the Trio di Venezia, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, soprano Elizabeth Keusch, clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, violinist Markus Placci, and cellists Sarah Carter and Ronald Lowry. In recent years, he has appeared in extensive and critically acclaimed tours of South Korea and the United States with cellist Daniel Lee. In April of 2014, he appeared as a conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of El Salvador in a program devoted to Mozart and Chopin

Roberto Poli is an enthusiastic sought-after teacher and lecturer. He holds positions at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Massachusetts, where he is the Artist-in-Residence and Co-chair of the Piano Department; and at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. He also enjoys a busy schedule of master classes, and has been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at institutions such as Cornell University, Dartmouth College, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.


2015