The Second Chicago Amateur Piano Competition, Solo Piano Prelims, Day 2/4

This broadcast aired on Thu, May 24, at 9:45 AM CST
Chicago, Illinois
1335 S Michigan Ave
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Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wen-Yee Ho has just retired from a long career of teaching French at Harvard University and Tufts University, now in Boston. She holds a BA in music from UCLA and three degrees in French, including a Doctorate from the l’Universite de Haute Bretagne, France. More recently, in July of 2011 she received a Best Performance of a Polish... More


Andrew plays regularly at the BSO Cafe at Symphony Hall. He also composes. One of his latest compositions is a wedding song he wrote for his daughter Sutton (see website) . On July 13th he will be performing 6 original works for the Theoreau Society's Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts including a work he dedicated to another contestant, Abel... More


Born in Kanazawa, Japan, Toshimitsu Takagi came to the US in 1994 after receiving an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Currently, he is working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He took private piano lessons for 16 years starting at age 4. After moving to NYC for his current job 3 years ago, he resumed taking lessons. His teacher, Ms.... More


Hassan Al-Mufti is an accomplished performer, teacher and composer who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iraq in September of 2001 and found a new beginning in Buffalo, NY.

Prior to leaving his native country, he studied piano at the Music and Ballet School of Baghdad under Igor Chernyavsky and Agnes Bashir, and earned his Bachelors in Music at the College of... More

Leslie Blei – Devoted to piano since age 6, Leslie grew up studying at The Juilliard Preparatory with Katharine Parker and Edgar Roberts, also working with Roberts at New York University while achieving BA and MA degrees in piano and music education. Further studies included work with Zelma Bodzin and Eva Lisa Kovalik (Juilliard Evening Division). Retired from... More

Neil McKelvie, Emeritus Professor (Organic Chemistry), was born in England
Dec 9, 1930. He has no academic musical training, only extensive private teaching. 44 years after coming to the US in 1954. he again had lessons; from Seymour Bernstein; and recently also from Mara Waldman. He gave recitals each Spring for the CCNY Music Department for 13 years. and has... More

Mrs. Darst holds a degree in Piano Performance from the U. of Colorado. She taught and adjudicated as a member of MTNA and Natnl. Guild of Piano Teachers.She has been going to Amateur Piano Competitions for 4 years. She is the Mother of 2 boys, Grandmother of 2 girls, an accomplished Equestrian and Line Dancer! More

As a child, I was sure that music is my pursuit. I went to music school and Music College, simultaneously getting philology degree at the University. My plan was to continue to the conservatory but instead, I worked as a journalist and PR professional, started a family. I have not played for ten years. Three years ago, I bought a piano and started playing again.... More

Graeme Wilkinson first studied music and the piano seriously while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
In the course of his career with Air Canada, he went on to obtain an Associateship Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, a... More

For over forty years, Ron Jordan has been highly regarded in the Toronto area as an accompanist and organist, performing with choirs and soloists throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., returning to solo piano performance in 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Mus., Piano Performance) where he studied with Anton Kuerti, Katherina Wolpe and Patricia... More

Michelle was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to America at the age of 16. She holds BS and MS degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering, and she designs computer chips for Micron Inc.

Michelle started studying piano in Vietnam. For financial reasons, she interrupted her studies after moving to the U.S. After graduation, Michelle resumed studying piano... More

A transplant to the San Francisco Bay Area from “near Dardanelle in Yell County” Arkansas, I have taught school 35 years. Although I now teach science to sixth graders, I acquired a B.A. in music from Hendrix College and a M.M. from University of Memphis. In addition, I achieved national recognition as an age group runner and National Board Certification as a... More

Joining the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2009, Dr. Leow currently maintains a small private practice in the bay area, and previously received medical specialty training in psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic... More

Mark Hensley holds undergraduate degrees in molecular biology and in piano from the University of Denver, where he wrote his undergraduate thesis on the Chopin/Godowsky etudes. Since earning his master’s in molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, he has taught at community colleges in Oklahoma and Colorado. Mark is a 2012 PhD matriculate in the... More

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