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THE GURWITZ 2020 San Antonio International Piano Competition 26 JANUARY - 1 FEBRUARY 2020 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS USA

Leonardo Colafelice

Anna Gershtein

Anna Grot

Jongyun Kim

Yedam Kim

Artem Kuznetsov

Jiale Li

Nikita Lukinov

Alexander Malikov

Maria Narodytska

Alexey Sychev

Joon Yoon













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table of contents History of The Gurwitz


Message from Governor Greg Abbott


Message from Mayor Ron Nirenberg


Message from Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff


Message from CEO and Honorary Chairman David Robinson


Message from 2016 Gold Medalist, Scott Cuellar


The Gurwitz Committee


Community Impact




Concert Ettiquette


The Gurwitz Jury


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Grand Opening All-Star Judges’ Showcase! 26 January, 3 PM | Pearl Stable


Round I and II 27-29 January, 10 AM - 1 PM (Morning Session) 4 - 7 PM (Evening Session) Trinity University, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall


Festival Feature Concert with Hiromi! 30 January, 7 PM | Charline McCombs Empire Theatre


Round III, World Music Round 31 January, 7 PM | Charline McCombs Empire Theatre


Round IV, Grand Finale! 1 February, 7 PM | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts


Gurwitz Awards Brunch 2 February, 11 AM | St. Anthony Hotel


Prizes & Awards




The Gurwitz Youth Ambassadors


Acknowledgements & Recognition


mission In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bridging the art of classical piano with World Music that celebrates cultural diversity.

vision Cultural accessibility, growth and interconnectedness throughout the realm of classical piano competition; expanding the viewpoint of the performer, jury, and audience beyond a traditional mindset, and building well-rounded talent that reflects the ever-changing cultural texture of our evolving planet.




HISTORY OF THE GURWITZ The San Antonio International Piano Competition (SAIPC) was founded in 1983 by a group of fellow music lovers, some of whom are still involved with the Competition today. The first Competition was held at Trinity University in October 1984. The quadrennial Competition features some of the most exhilarating young talent in the world for this “Piano Olympics” with past participants hailing from over 34 different nations. Participation in the competition inspired these young pianists to greater heights. Many took their rightful place among the most prestigious music faculties in the world and continue to concertize – bringing joy to audiences around the globe. Shortly after the completion of the 12th SAIPC in 2016, the SAIPC Board entered into discussions with the organization they felt was the best “match” for the Competition and related activities: Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW). A merger occurred in June 2017, with the SAIPC becoming a member of the MBAW family. The competition has also now been accepted as a member of the Geneva-based World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC). After the merger, the SAIPC was renamed to The Gurwitz, after Ruth Jean Gurwitz, who served as President and President Emeritus of the organization for more than 20 years.

ABOUT RUTH JEAN GURWITZ Ruth Jean Gurwitz (1929-2015), a woman of great beauty and musical ability, was born in San Antonio, TX in 1929. RJ, as she was known to her friends, displayed an enormous musical talent at a young age. She began playing the piano by ear at three, which led to a lifelong commitment to music performance and education. Ruth Jean was well remembered at Jefferson High School for her piano recitals. She graduated from Stephens College, University of Texas, Music Academy of the West, and University of the Incarnate Word (Piano). As a young woman, Ruth Jean was a piano teacher and a volunteer for Jewish communal organizations. She also began her decades of support for San Antonio musical organizations including the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, the Tuesday Musical Club, KPAC public radio, and the SAIPC, of which she was a founder and long-time president. Ruth Jean’s lifelong association with music included her family’s founding of Southern Music Company, a known San Antonio musical institution. She enjoyed hosting and traveling to meet musicians and music industry leaders from across the country and around the world. Ruth Jean was an extraordinary performer, a devotee of classical music, but also relishing improvisational jazz, playing with accomplished musicians. And she took great pleasure in performing duets with her grandchildren.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to the Gurwitz family for the generous support of the 2020 competition.

Thank you Arthur, Jonathan and Rachel Gurwitz! 2




MESSAGES FROM THE CEO AND HONORARY CHAIR As a pianist, and founder of Musical Bridges Around the World, I am thrilled to bring this unprecedented celebration of the art of piano to the heart of Texas – San Antonio. We are honored to have the torch passed on to us after 32 years of the San Antonio International Piano Competition and take it to new heights as “The Gurwitz.” This competition, like the Olympics, takes place each quadrennium. 76 pianists from 21 nations, vied to take part in this Piano Olympiad. Twelve contestants were selected this past summer and will compete live 27 January - 1 February 2020. Countries represented are: Canada, China, Italy, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine. We look forward to welcoming the best emerging piano talent from around the globe, judges and spectators from all over the world to the Crossroads of the Americas: our beautiful City of San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas! San Antonio is a unique cultural asset in Texas with tremendous southern hospitality. As The Gurwitz 2020 brings the world to San Antonio – our City, County, businesses and partners welcome you with open arms! Love,

Anya Grokhovski, DMA CEO | Musical Bridges Around the World

I have been blessed to call San Antonio my home for the last three decades and watch the city become world-recognized for basketball. Now with The Gurwitz International Piano Competition we are raising the bar for the performing arts as we attract the best and brightest emerging talent from across the globe. Music has been an incredibly important part of my family’s life and I’m honored to support San Antonio’s musical community in this effort.”

david robinson


Honorary Chairman of The Gurwitz 2020 10 Time NBA All-Star & 2 Time Olympic Gold Medalist


Dear Competitors:

My sincerest congratulations to each of you for your participation in the Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition! This competition, brought to new and exciting heights by Musical Bridges Around the World, is a highlight of San Antonio’s musical scene and is a brilliant launchpad for young pianists. The twelve competitors this year represent what is undoubtedly the highest level of playing across the board yet seen; the music lovers of San Antonio are in for quite a treat in the coming days. San Antonio, with its close-knit and extremely strong musical community, as well as the terrific network of philanthropists and advocates for classical music, has become a second home to me in the years since the 2016 competition, and has helped to launch my career, not only as a solo musician, but as a chamber musician and collaborator; I have made many friends and partnerships from my many return engagements in the city. I have no doubt that I will not be alone in this experience. I hope that you will find time away from the piano to explore the cultural and historical beauty of San Antonio; from the Mercado to the Missions, San Antonio has much to enjoy and admire. The Riverwalk will give you a chance to breathe in these stressful and emotional days, and don’t forget to eat as much great food as you can possibly handle; any native San Antonian you encounter will provide you with half a dozen unforgettable restaurants off the top of their heads. Please enjoy your time in this great city, as well as the tremendous warmth of the San Antonians you will meet. I have made lifelong friends from my time as a competitor, and I sincerely hope you will as well.

Good luck to each of you!

Scott Cuellar 2017 San Antonio International Piano Competition Winner


THE GURWITZ COMMITTEE David Robinson | Honorary Chairman David Robinson was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and was a ten-time NBA All-Star. He led the San Antonio Spurs to 1999 and 2003 NBA Championship Titles, and during his time in the league he was named NBA Most Valuable Player (1994-95), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1991-92), and NBA Rookie of the Year (1989-90). He is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and is the all-time leader in U.S. Olympic basketball history in career points, rebounds, and blocked shots. Robinson was inducted into the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition to his decorated career in the NBA, David and his wife Valerie created the David Robinson Foundation in November of 1992, demonstrating their joint values emphasizing the importance of education and investment in making a positive impact.

Susan C. Franklin | Chair Ms. Franklin is Co-Founder, alongside her husband, Aubra, of Franklin Companies, a fully integrated multi-family and senior living community industry leader where she guides Franklin Park’s brand, design, and first impressions’ management. In June 2014, the Franklins were awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year designation for Central Texas. In 2016, Susan was honored as a Creative Arts Inductee of the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and profiled in the January 2017 cover story of San Antonio Woman Magazine. In addition to her leadership of the Gurwitz Committee, Susan is also a board member for Musical Bridges Around the World and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - as a visionary and inaugural board member. She has also graciously opened her home to host notable musicians including Nobuyuki Tsujii, 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist, Lilya Zilberstein, acclaimed pianist and Anya Grokhovski, Musical Bridges’ Artistic Director and concert pianist.


THE GURWITZ COMMITTEE Debbie Montford Debbie Montford is an energetic, community volunteer, an effective advocate for the arts and for higher education. She currently serves as vice chair of the board of Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Plum Foundation in Los Angeles, and the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Previously, she was appointed to the Texas Tech System Board of Regents by past Governor Rick Perry and served as board member and vice chair from 2009-2017. She is former chair of the Briscoe Western Art Museum San Antonio, San Antonio Symphony, and Texas Cultural Trust Council. In 2010, she was honored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce with the Hope Award for philanthropic fundraising. In 2013 she was presented with the Texas Champion of the Arts Award presented by Texas Monthly and the Texas Cultural Trust. In 2017, she was honored by the Briscoe Western Art Museum with its Legacy Award.

Margaret Kelley, MD Dr. Kelley received a doctorate of medicine from Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UT Medical School at San Antonio. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has served as chief of staff, chief of surgery, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology during her tenure at former Southeast Baptist Hospital. She also served as a member of the Medical Executive Board and a member of the Quality Committee for Baptist Hospital System. She currently is a full time staff member of the Methodist Metropolitan Hospital. Dr. Kelley serves on a number of local community boards such as KLRN (PBS Affiliate) Television, Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and the Wesley Clinic Board of the Methodist Health Care Ministries. She is a member of the Bexar County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. She is currently in private practice in San Antonio.


THE GURWITZ COMMITTEE Sheryl Sculley Sheryl Sculley served as City Manager of San Antonio, Texas from 2005-2019. Sculley was the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation of 13,000 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $2.8 billion, and a city population of 1.5 million residents. During her tenure, she recruited top talent, streamlined city business systems, increased financial reserves, improved customer service and elevated the professionalism of City staff. Sculley proposed and executed successfully the three largest bond programs in city history totaling $2 billion including 450 construction projects for streets, sidewalks, drainage, parks, libraries, senior centers, fire stations and museums. Sheryl is a change agent who has worked in city management for over 40 years. She has served on the United Way boards in all three cities she has managed and raised $52.5 million as the San Antonio United Way campaign chairwoman in 2013. She currently serves on the United Way 2019 campaign cabinet and assists numerous non-profit organizations.

Tracy Wolff For more than two decades, Tracy Wolff has served as a community volunteer and fundraiser, primarily focusing on children and families issues. As first Lady of San Antonio, when her husband was Mayor in the 1990’s, she established a 3 million dollar fund in the San Antonio Area Foundation for quality childcare called ”SMART START”. She also raised corporate dollars for the downtown public library, and helped to establish the original Children’s Museum. In 2002, Tracy created the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County to serve three major goals: Restoration of the Bexar County Courthouse, Children’s Welfare, and Education. Over the years, Tracy has received many awards but outstanding is the International Recognition of the DIF Monterey Service Award, for facilitating childcare training with a sister city and providing medical supplies. Tracy is married to Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff and together they have six children and eight beautiful grandchildren.


THE GURWITZ COMMITTEE Jane Macon Jane Macon focuses her practice on public finance and administrative law, public and private partnerships, real estate, civil litigation, zoning, platting, condemnation and municipal bonds. Jane made history in the City of San Antonio when she became the first woman to serve as city attorney from 1977 to 1983. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Selective Service Appeal Board. Jane currently serves as chair of Siebert Financial Corporation.

Sonya Medina Williams Sonya Medina is a government and public affairs strategist. She has served as a consultant to the City of San Antonio since March 2015, and as a consultant to Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, since July 2013. Prior to consulting, she served as Vice President, Community and External Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors from 2009 to 2013. Ms. Medina served as a White House Commission Officer from 2001 to 2006 and again in 2008, and as Director of the AT&T Global Foundation from 2006 to 2008. She is active in global community and civic affairs.

GURWITZ BY THE NUMBERS The Gurwitz will impact approximately 12,262 people including:





GURWITZ WORKING COMMITTEE Musical Bridges Around the World is grateful to former members and employees of the San Antonio International Piano Competition for coming on board and making The Gurwitz 2020 a success!

Bryan Helbert Bryan Helbert is Senior Vice President and CFO of Raba Kistner, Inc., an Engineering and Consulting firm headquartered in San Antonio. Before joining Musical Bridges, he served as Treasurer of the San Antonio International Piano Competition and previously a volunteer with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Anne Johnson Ms. Johnson has a background in the management and administration of public, private, non-profit and for-profit organizations. A resident of San Antonio since 2002, she has enjoyed leadership positions with various community human service and arts organizations here, including San Antonio International Piano Competition, WINGS, Inc., Tuesday Musical Club Artist Series, Olmos Ensemble and others. She and her husband, Bruce Johnson, are avid supporters of SA Symphony and Maestro Society.

Suzan Lambillotte Former Executive Director of the San Antonio International Piano Competition until 2017, Suzan Lambillotte worked to make the last competition a success. She is still a part of what is now The Gurwitz, serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2020 competition.


Deborah Moore MUSIC has spent her entire 48 year business career in the piano UNIQUE CAREER industry. Serving as an advisor to all academic Higher Ed and K-12 public & private schools, Non-Profit, Performing Arts Organizations, and Government entities in Central and South Texas she provides inventory analysis, acquisition plans, and coordinates selection processes. Since 1996 she has served as Institutional Director for Steinway Piano Gallery, San Antonio & Austin. By Lisa Cruz Photography Greg Harrison


he Steinway Piano Gallery located at the intersection of Northeast Loop 410 and U.S. Highway 281 North seems rather unremarkable from its yellow-washed exterior. But stepping inside to the sights of upright, baby grand and grand pianos peppered throughout the impressive wareroom reminds one immediately of being surrounded by music history.

music sales on Sept. 9, 1971, and remained with Alamo Music for 21 years, managing the North Star Mall location for 17 of those years.

It is a history that has become the life’s work of one woman whose name is synonymous with piano music in San Antonio. For more than 40 years, Deborah Moore has dedicated herself to a life of service and a career fulfilling the dreams of many wishing to play the piano.

For Moore, her job has always been more than simply selling pianos.

“My two sons were raised at the mall,” Moore said. “From the time they were infants, and I had a port-a-crib in my office, music was a part of their lives.”

“For a lot of people who come in to purchase a piano, they are fulfilling a lifelong dream,” Moore said. “I tell parents who are enrolling their children in piano lessons “My dad became a minister when I was about six years that what they are doing is not just teaching their child an old,” Moore said. “He was a business owner and gave in to instrument, they are establishing and building profound his calling of being a minister, so I was raised in a life of memories.” service to others.” Moore celebrates her Sept. 9 anniversary every year and That service began as her father’s assistant, organist and said being involved in bringing music to life for people is soloist in the church; however, at 18, Moore decided she what has been the most fascinating and rewarding part wanted to get a paying gig and become a nurse. of her career and has kept her in it for 43 years.

Lynne Noriskin

“We had just moved back to Texas from back east, and I was 18 and ready to start a real job,” Moore said. “I learned that Methodist Hospital had a preliminary nursing program, but when I applied, classes had already started, so I needed to wait for the next round.”

When Alamo Music closed its North Star Mall location in 1992, Moore was given an opportunity to travel with the Baldwin Piano Co., and provide training and event sales assistance for piano and organ dealers in the United States and Canada.

Lynne Noriskin moved to San Antonio from South Africa in 1995. She served on the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio International Piano Competition as secretary from 2004 until 2017 when SAIPC merged with Musical Bridges Around the World. Lynne is delighted to be working with the team on The Gurwitz 2020. In the meantime, Moore’s mom kept suggesting she apply In 1996, the Steinway & Sons dealership in Austin was at a music store, in which Moore had no interest. She was looking to open a San Antonio gallery. Moore helped going to become a nurse. To appease her mother, she them launch the San Antonio Steinway & Sons gallery in called Alamo Music Center and learned they were in fact November 1996 and has been with them ever since. hiring. As director of institutional sales, Moore is responsible for “My mom was waiting in the lobby for me when I went for piano sales in the region from San Marcos to Brownsville my two-hour interview, so when we were finished, and and from San Angelo to just outside Houston. I was offered the job, I had to take my mom home and then come back to the store to start work,” Moore said. Moore manages the sales and care of pianos at more than 27 colleges and universities in the region, as well as all Despite her initial hesitation, Moore began her career in private and public pre-K through 12th grade schools, and

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COMMUNITY IMPACT Over the course of competition week, our esteemed Gurwitz Jury will share their talent, experience and knowledge with music students, local universities, colleges, schools, and the arts community in San Antonio.

Afa Dworkin Presentation to Arts Agencies at The Carver Community Cultural Center Organized by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

Olga Kern Piano Masterclass at University of Texas at San Antonio

Boris Slutsky Piano Masterclass at Trinity University

Yaron Kohlberg Piano Masterclass at MACSA Musical Arts Center of San Antonio

Carolyn True Piano Masterclass at Alamo Music Center

Guest Artist John Hadfield Masterclasses at schools throughout San Antonio





CONCERT ETIQUETTE As you attend the competition, please be aware that the contestants will be going through a rigorous process competing in front of an international panel of judges. There is a lot at stake, including cash prizes, performing career opportunities, and professional recognition.

So how can you support each contestant during their performance? u

Enter/exit only before the start of the session or during designated 10-15 minute breaks between contestants.


Turn off all electronic and cellular devices. (Even vibrating phones can be heard!)


Be as quiet as possible.


Hold applause until each contestant has completed their performance.


Photography and videography are prohibited during the performances.


Interaction with the jury is prohibited until the final results have been announced after Round IV.


Do not interact with contestants before their performance.


Remember that the jury’s decision is final and not subject to change or appeal. Audience participation is welcome only during the Audience Favorite Award voting process.

We welcome audiences of all ages, but please be mindful that children’s behavior might be distracting to the contestants. Thank you for your understanding and support of our contestants.

Enjoy the competition!


the gurwitz 2020 jury Sebastian Lang-Lessing | Jury Chairman Sponsored by W. Elisa Chan – Unintech Consulting Engineers, Inc. German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing has been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Mr. Lang-Lessing, who received the Ferenc Fricsay Award when he was twenty-four years old, began his career at the Hamburg State Opera. Based on Sebastian’s work as assistant conductor to Gerd Albrecht in Hamburg, legendary stage director and opera manager Götz Friedrich engaged him as Resident Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Today, Sebastian Lang-Lessing regularly appears with the leading opera companies of the world, including those in Paris, Hamburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. His operatic repertoire is exceptionally wide, with seventy-five works ranging from Baroque to contemporary opera. Lang-Lessing was Chief Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and Artistic Director of the Nancy Opera, which, under his direction, was promoted to Opéra National de Lorraine. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Lang-Lessing was Music Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, which grew to become one of the leading orchestras in the Pacific Rim. With this orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing built a comprehensive, award-winning discography, especially of Classical and Romantic repertoire. He appears regularly as guest conductor with leading French orchestras including the symphony orchestras of Bordeaux and Toulouse, as well as with leading orchestras in North America such as the Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee Symphonies, and European orchestras including regular appearances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Gran Canaria, Malaga, and Palermo. Maestro Lang-Lessing led the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 2013 recording performance for Renée Fleming’s Guilty Pleasures album (Decca). Other notable recordings have included the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Schumann with the Tasmanian Symphony, and the sensational re-discovery of the works of Joseph-Guy Ropartz with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. Late 2017 sees the release of the DVD of his critically acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier from the NCPA in Beijing, and of a Christmas CD with Pavel Sporcl and the Royal Liverpool Orchestra. Lang-Lessing has been at the forefront of educational programming for classical music with a younger audience, an area in which he has shown great passion and commitment with orchestras throughout the world. 16

the gurwitz 2020 jury Olga Kern Sponsored by The Steves Family Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She jump-started her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. Steinway Artist and First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions and tours throughout Russia, Europe, the United States, Japan, South Africa and South Korea. In 2016 she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Additionally, Ms. Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season. For the 2018-19 season, Kern will perform with the Moscow Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as opening Pacific Symphony’s season. Olga will also be featured soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, both in Glasgow, and on their Spring 2019 US tour. She will appear in recitals in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Southern California, Zurich, and Milan.Ms. Kern’s performance career has brought her to many of the world’s most important venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris. In 2017, Ms. Kern was gratified to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, joining other honorees including Rosa Parks, Buzz Aldrin, Coretta Scott King, and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. This commendation recognizes Americans who “embody the spirit of America in their salute to tolerance, brotherhood, diversity, and patriotism.”


the gurwitz 2020 jury Yaron Kohlberg Sponsored by Drs. Alice and Sergio Viroslav Yaron Kohlberg (born in Jerusalem on 6 March 1983) is an Israeli pianist. He won prestigious international prizes and performs regularly on major stages worldwide. Beginning in 2018, Kohlberg is the President and CEO of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He is the son of Islamicist professor Etan Kohlberg and violinist Bat-Sheva Savaldi-Kohlberg. Kohlberg started playing piano in 1990. He studied with Luisa Yoffe, Eitan Globerson and Arie Vardi, and in 2009 obtained a master’s degree with distinction from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music of Tel Aviv University. Kohlberg is among today’s top Israeli pianists. He played in major halls in 40 countries over five continents and has won ten international prizes. His performances won critical acclaim, and he was described by international media as “the pianist with the golden hands”. Centers at which he appeared in recitals and concerts include famous halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kremlin in Moscow and the Moscow Cathedral, the UN Hall in Geneva, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He also played in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and at the official residence of the Israeli President. His performances have been broadcast on major TV stations in China, Korea and Japan. He has appeared in various television shows and recorded with the Israeli radio “Voice of Music”. He served on the jury of international competitions in Israel, U.S, China and Mexico. In recent years, Kohlberg was part of the successful “Duo Amal”, together with his friend Bishara Haroni. He collaborated with international artists and ensembles and with leading Israeli artists, including Shlomi Shaban, Ariel Quartet, Carmel Quartet, Percadu, and others. In some of his appearances, he combines classical music with new transcriptions of popular music and world music. In Israel he won the piano competition of the Jerusalem Academy of Music (2000), the Clairmont award (2001), the outstanding participant at the Tel Hai piano masterclass (2006), and the young artist competition (2006). Between 1992 and 2008 he won annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (with distinction).


the gurwitz 2020 jury Afa Dworkin Sponsored by The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan Named one of Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers in the nation and Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Afa Sadykhly Dworkin is a musical thought leader and cross-sector strategist driving national programming that promotes diversity in classical music. She currently serves as President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization, the nation’s leading organization transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In this role, she oversees all fundraising, strategic and artistic initiatives through which Sphinx expands access to classical music education and supports a national roster of distinguished musicians of color, while annually reaching 10,000 through its programming and more than 2 million through live and broadcast audiences. Under her leadership, her team’s national artistic network has also grown to 30+ symphony orchestras, enabling Sphinx to continue scaling its programming to new audiences worldwide. The strength of Ms. Dworkin’s leadership across sectors and national divides is informed by her musical training, 20+ years of experience in the field, as well as her international corporate experience as a trilingual interpreter and Executive Assistant to the President of ARCO, The International Oil and Gas Company in Baku, Azerbaijan. In addition to her role at Sphinx, Ms. Dworkin has helped to shape the national classical music landscape as a multi-year orchestra grant review panelist for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, 3Arts Awards, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the MetLife Awards administered by The League of American Orchestras. Beyond the orchestral community, she has aided grant review for the Surdna Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Independent Sector’s American Express NGen Awards, and numerous state councils across the United States. Born in Moscow and raised in Azerbaijan, Ms. Dworkin’s music training began with the Soviet training at the prestigious Azerbaijan National Conservatory where she honed her craft under the tutelage of the region’s leading artists. She subsequently joined the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra as an entering freshman at the University of Michigan School of Music, also earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Violin Performance with High Honors. Her career as a performer has taken her to Russia, Switzerland, Austria, and the United States.


the gurwitz 2020 jury Boris Slutsky Sponsored by Anne Johnson Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions. Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bern Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia, and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah, and Toronto Symphonies. Slutsky has been heard on recital series throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others. An avid chamber musician, Slutsky’s more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label, as well as performances with many renowned artists. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and served as a jury member for many international piano competitions. Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Slutsky received his early training at Moscow’s Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning, and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydleman. Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in 1993 and will be a Visiting Professor of Piano, part time, at Eastman starting in fall 2018. 20

the gurwitz 2020 jury Carolyn True Sponsored by Cassandra Carr Carolyn True is a pianist equally at home on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. She walks the delicate balance between teaching in San Antonio, giving workshops, master classes, seminars, and adjudicating and actively performing as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, India, and Taiwan. A member of the music faculty of Trinity University, True teaches individual lessons, accompanying, piano ensemble, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and other related courses. In 2000, True was recognized as the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year and in 2010 was awarded the highest honor to a faculty member at Trinity University – the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship award. In addition to her solo and duo work, she is a core member of the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, the resident chamber ensemble of Trinity University. In 2013 they received the ASCAP/ CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. SOLI has commissioned numerous works, most notably from composers Mackey, Moravec, and Rorem. In the fall of 2014 they released two new CDs (Portraits and Musica, por un tiempo) and were featured on the title track of a third Overland Dream: The Music of Peter Lieuwen, vol. 1. SOLI’s work with Lieuwen reached a climax in March 2016, when they premiered the first ever QUAD Concerto with the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra. The CD, Carolyn True 1, features works of Ligeti, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, and Bennett. She has edited two volumes of piano works by Starer (Sketches in Color) and Milhaud (A Child’s Loves). A Duo Piano CD – Bradley Beckman & Carolyn True 2 –contains the works of Barber, Bernstein, and Piazzolla. Beckman and True compiled and edited a graded volume of piano duets – Duet Discoveries. The Beckman/True duo adjudicated and performed in MusiQuest – a weeklong piano festival in Pune, India. Dr. True holds the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music, an M.M. from the University of Maryland-College Park, and the B.M. from the University of Central Missouri. She was a prize-winner in national and international competitions. She was also the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for study at the Conservatoire National de la Musique in Lyon, France. Her teachers have included three Trues of distinction: Marilyn True, pre-college; Wesley True, undergraduate; and Nelita True, graduate studies.


preliminary jury The Preliminary Jury selected 12 contestants from 21 nations from a pool of 7 6 applicants:

Sophia Gilmson Credited with “brilliant driving performance” (The Houston Chronicle), Russian pianist Sophia Gilmson blends together a unique amalgam of Russian-American artistry & pedagogue. Gilmson has performed extensively in Russia, USA, and Europe to high critical acclaim. Her 2001 performance of the Goldberg Variations were ranked by the Austin American-Statesman as one of the top 10 arts events of 2001, as well as earning high praise from Fanfare Magazine: “I can now say that Sophia Gilmson has gone where no one has gone before, and if you have the slightest interest in Bach’s Goldberg Variations, it is imperative that you acquire this set.” Sophia is a dedicated educator, with students among the winners of international competitions and on state, national, and international levels. She has been on the faculty of the University of Texas Butler School of Music since 1993.

Jason Kwak Pianist Jason Kwak has already enjoyed a successful career, both as an artist and as a pedagogue. Jason has performed throughout the world, solo and with countless symphony orchestras, including the Jeju Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, and The Busan Philharmonic. He has also performed at over 40 U.S. colleges, and is consistently in high demand for masterclasses, lectures, and adjudications on a state, national, and international level. Jason is currently Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator at Texas State University, and a part of ‘Trio 488‘: a chamber group of applied music faculty at Texas State, which has commissioned and premiered several new pieces and released three commercial recordings.

Carolyn True Bio listed on page 19.


junior jury The Gurwitz Junior Jury is comprised of outstanding area piano students ages 12-18 selected through a competitive process by Vida Scott, former SAIPC board trustee; James Lucas, former president of the SAIPC board; and Charlie Goodhue, San Antonio composer.

Ellen Foreman “The primary goal of every young artist is to master her art. One of the ways to accomplish this goal is to carefully listen to and learn from other performers. The Gurwitz 2020 will offer a variety of different programs, all played with outstanding musicianship, and I hope I can be inspired by the performances and grow as a young artist. The years of experience from the competitors, their dedication, direction and methods will help me hone my skills and deliver impactful musical messages.”

Aksheeth Ilamparithi “By serving on this year’s Junior Jury, I am eager to witness the imposing qualities of professional musicians in a live environment. All my life, I have yearned to be the best performer and presenter on whichever stage I happen to set foot. I hope, by reflecting on the observations that I will gain from Gurwitz 2020, I will be closer to the best version of myself.”

Ananya Lertpradist As a competitive pianist, I’ve always been intrigued by how judges select the winner. I’ve often been surprised by the results, and found myself wishing I understood the judging process better. I hope to experience a judge’s mentality during competitions so that I can not only gain a better understanding of my competition results, but also develop new skills that will allow me to grow as both a soloist and an individual. I am excited to have the opportunity to be exposed to a professional competition.

Andrew Li “Being a part of the Gurwitz Junior Jury, I would like to gain a deeper understanding of music and experience the evaluation of performances by master musicians. I marvel at a good teacher’s ability to listen to a performance and pick out specific details with which to work, and I am grateful for my own teachers and mentors through the years. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow jurors, sharing insights with them in this competitive environment.”

Daniel Wang “Serving as a Junior Juror for The Gurwitz 2020 would allow me to share my perspective in the world of high-level professional musicianship. I would be immensely honored to not only listen to these highly advanced musicians but also to partake in an official critique of their performances. Although all musicians have unique techniques and ways of self-expression, the skill of applying fair, consistent, and high standards while comparing performances to determine a clear “winner” is a process that I would like to learn more about.”


grand opening all-star judges’ showcase!


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OLGA KERN, piano RACHMANINOFF Moment Musicaux No.4, op.16


LYADOV Music box, op. 32 RIMSKY- KORSAKOV/ RACHMANINOFF Flight of the Bumblebee

SOLI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE STEPHANIE KEY, clarinet DAVID MOLLENAUER, cello ERTAN TORGUL, violin CAROLYN TRUE, piano ETHAN WICKMAN (b.1973) From The Ballads of the Borderland Suite: Of Borders, Badlands and Banderas Something about the Clouds

YARON KOHLBERG, piano SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op.12, No 1 Des Abends (The Evening) JEWISH TRADITIONAL/KURBATOV Hava Nagila

KINAN AZMEH, clarinet JOHN HADFIELD, percussion ZLATAN REDZIC, bass KINAN AZMEH (b. 1976) Love on 139th Street November 22nd. Jisreen Wedding

BORIS SLUTSKY, piano CHOPIN Barcarolle, op. 60


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The first round of The Gurwitz 2020 will be split into a two-day schedule of 4 morning and evening sessions, with 3 contestants performing each session. There will be a short 10 to 15 minute break between each contestant and a 3-hour intermission between morning and evening session. At the conclusion of this round, 6 contestants will be eliminated.

MONDAY 27 JANUARY Morning Session: 10AM - 1PM Evening Session: 4PM - 7PM

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY Morning Session: 10AM - 1PM Evening Session: 4PM - 7PM Trinity University, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall 1 Trinity Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212

round II Sponsored by Muriel F. Siebert Foundation

The second round of The Gurwitz 2020 will consist of performances by the 6 remaining semifinalists. Each performance will feature work(s) from composer(s) of Latin or Spanish origin, as well as works from composers of the contestant’s home country. There will be a short 10-15 minute break between each contestant and 3-hour intermission between the morning and evening session. At the conclusion of this round, 3 contestants will be eliminated.

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Festival Feature Concert! With Hiromi We take a quick break for the week-long competition with a special feature concert of internationally-renowned jazz composer and pianist Hiromi from Japan!

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY | 7PM Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t need to give it a name.” —hiromi Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists, from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone. And now, well into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Ever since the 2003 release of her debut Telarc CD, Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters, taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. Her latest album, the vivid solo piano outing Spectrum, offers a dazzling evocation of the vibrant array of colors that imbue her music. “The sound of a pianist changes with age and with every experience in life,” Hiromi says. “I wanted to set these milestones so that I can see from the outside how I’ve changed and grown.”



round III Three finalists perform a selected contemporary work (after 1950) as well as a commissioned chamber ensemble piece with guests artists from YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY | 7PM A Tribute in Memory of Charline McCombs

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre 226 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78205

guest artists Sponsored by Fa Winsborough

Kinan Azmeh, Clarinet Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC. Kinan Azmeh’s utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017.

John Hadfield, Percussion As a percussionist, drummer, and composer, John Hadfield’s dedication to music has taken him from his native Missouri to concert halls across the world. He has appeared with a range of groups including: NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band, Deep Purple, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Modern Drummer says “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section.”


commissioned work:

“murmurs from the exile” Sponsored by the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation June Tanner Jaffee Honoring Beverly Tanner Widder

Ethan Wickman, Composer Described as a “composer of facility and imagination, the kind to whom both performers and audiences respond” (The New York Times), composer Ethan Wickman’s (b. 1973) music has been performed by soloists and ensembles in venues in the U.S. and around the world. He has received grants/commissions from the Barlow Endowment, Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the San Antonio Opera Guild, and more. Wickman is Associate Professor of Music at UTSA as well as Executive Director of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. Recent recordings of his compositions have garnered critical acclaim as “the most attractive new string quartet I have heard in a long while” (Fanfare), “epic and dreamy” (The New York Times), and possessing “stunning breadth and poise” (Time Out Chicago).

Murmurs from the Exile Ethan Wickman

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round iv, grand finale Three finalists perform select piano concertos with the San Antonio Symphony!

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY | 7PM Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, H-E-B Performance Hall 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205

History of the San Antonio Symphony The World Class San Antonio Symphony was created in 1939 by Max Reiter, a German- Italian immigrant, who became its first Music Director. The group’s early ambition is evidenced by the fact that the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz was a guest artist during the first season. By 1943, the orchestra employed 75 professional musicians, and in the 1944–1945 season the organization’s budget topped $100,000, making it one of only 19 “major” orchestras in the country at that time, and the only one in Texas. Unlike many orchestras, the San Antonio Symphony was able to continue operations through World War II—largely because the city’s strong military presence helped bolster the local economy. Max Reiter had started an Opera Festival, created an Opera Chorus, and brought nationwide attention to the orchestra, with world premieres by several important composers, guest appearances by world-class artists, and overall high musical quality. In 1969 the orchestra took up residence in the Theater for the Performing Arts (which would later be renamed the Lila Cockrell Theatre after a San Antonio mayor). In 1967 the orchestra made its first major-label recordings, for Mercury Records. The 1990s were highlighted by recognition and acclaim for the San Antonio Symphony’s creative and culturally diverse programming, culminating in awards by the National Endowment for the Arts(NEA), American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Knight Foundation. Sebastian Lang-Lessing became the orchestra’s eighth music director in 71 years in October 2010. The San Antonio Symphony’s primary performance venue is the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in downtown San Antonio. It became the Symphony’s home in 2014. The organization is a member of the League of American Orchestras. The San Antonio Symphony presents a large and diverse selection of music on its concert schedule. Many orchestral concerts feature performances by noted guest artists. The 2018–2019 artistic staff of the San Antonio Symphony consists of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Assistant Conductor Noam Aviel, Mastersingers Conductor John Silantien, and 72 full-time musicians.

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SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY | 11AM St. Anthony Hotel, Peacock Lounge

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Leonardo Colafelice, 24, is a Italian pianist of international repute and acclaim. Legendary pianist Martha Agerich has remarked of Colafelice as a “fabulous pianist and musician.” In August 2016, he was awarded Second Prize in the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition. He also received 3 special awards: Audience Prize, Best Performance of a Russian Piece, and The Junior Jury Prize. In May 2019, Leonardo was one of the 6 finalists during the first edition of the China International Music Competition in Beijing. In May 2014, he was one of six finalists during the Tel Aviv Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Between 2012 and 2013, he won the Gold Medal at the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA); First Prize at the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition in Oberlin and Cleveland (USA); Gold Medal at the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition in Rochester (USA); Gold Medal at the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition in Arizona; First Prize at the Aarhus Competition in Denmark; and finally, First Prize at the Hilton Head Competition in South Carolina (USA). Colafelice was born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), Southern Italy and became a pupil of Pasquale Iannone at Bari’s renowned Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music, where he later graduated. Leonardo currently teaches Piano Performance at the F. Torrefranca Conservatory of Music in Vibo Valentia, currently making him the youngest conservatory teacher in all of Italy. He has also performed in Italy and abroad, with orchestras including: The Cleveland Orchestra and The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. HOSTED BY: ELIZABETH AND DAVID FRIEDMAN



ROUND I BEETHOVEN Sonata op. 81a “Les Adieux” MENDELSSOHN Variations Serieuses, op. 54 TCHAIKOVSKY/PLETNEV Concert Suite from The Nutcracker, Op. 71

ROUND II SCHUBERT Moment Musicaux, No. 4 SCARLATTI Sonata in B Minor, K. 27 ALBENIZ Triana (from Ibéria) CHOPIN Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 Scherzo No. 4, Op. 54 STRAVINSKY Trois Mouvements de “Petrouchka”

ROUND III YUSUPOV Subconscious Labyrinths (2013) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26






Anna Gershtein, 31, is a Russian pianist who has competed in a number of international competitions and been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2016, she was awarded 2nd Prize at the International Festival and Competition «Musica Classica» in Ruza, Russia. In 2008, Anna won 2nd Prize in the International Music Competition «Mozart-Wunderkind» in Baden, Austria. In 2013, she won 3rd Prize in the VII International Piano Competition «The Path to Mastery» in Moscow. Between 2013 and 2018, Gershtein has also competed in the International Music Competition «Romanticism: its Beyond and Origins» (Moscow), the Grand Prix of Russian competition “Artists of the XXI century: Achievements. Enlightenment” (Moscow), and the National music competition (Moscow). Gershetein was born in the city of Voronezh in southwest Russia in 1988. From 1995 to 2006, Anna studied at the Voronezh College of Music (former Voronezh Central Music School) with Professor Nina Filatova, then continued her education at the Voronezh State Academy of Arts with Professor Filatova and Professor Svetlana Semenkova. From 2009-2016, she studied with Professor Vladimir Ovchinnikov at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. Anna performs as a solo pianist, accompanist and in chamber ensembles, and teaches piano at Letovo International School. Gershtein has performed with the Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gnesin Academy Student Orchestra, and the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya (or New Russian State Symphony Orchestra). HOSTED BY: DEBBIE AND RICHARD CASTILLO



ROUND I SCHUMANN Davidsbündler Dances, Op. 6 SCRIABIN Sonata No. 2, Op.19

ROUND II DE FALLA Four Spanish Pieces BACH Partita No. 1 in B -flat Major, BW V 825 RACHMANINOV Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42

ROUND III LOKSHIN Prelude and Theme with Variations (1982) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54






Anna Grot, 29, is a laureate and winner of numerous piano competitions. She has toured in major halls throughout Russia, Europe, and Asia. In 2019, she was awarded the Best Interpretation of Sonata, the Best Interpretation of Composition - 20th Century, the Best Interpretation of Composition by Khachaturian, and a special prize from the Aram Khachaturian Museum. She was also a participant of V. Spivakov concerts and received a scholarship from the corresponding foundation, as well as from foundations of M. Rostropovich, N. Petrov, “New Names”, and “Return”. In 2016, Grot received the diploma at the International Grieg Piano Competition (Bergen, Norway). In 2015, she was awarded 2nd prize at the International Almaty Piano Competition (Almaty, Kazakhstan). In 2014, Grot won the “Piano Solo” and the “Performing with the Orchestra” awards at the Festival of Young Musicians “Romantik-Fest” (Moscow, Russia), and 3rd prize and a special prize for transcription at the International Piano Competition “Minsk-2014” (Belarus, Minsk). Between 2005 and 2008, she was awarded 3rd prize at the International Piano Competition Artobolevskaya (Moscow, Russia) and 1st prize in the International Piano Competition “Blue Bird” (“Sinyaya Ptitsa”)(Simferopol). Anna was born in 1990 in the town of Checkhov, near Moscow. She graduated from the Central Music School and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Class of People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Mikhail Voskresensky). Since 2014, Grot has been a soloist of the St.Petersburg House of Music. Anna has also taken part in music festivals like “The Kremlin is musical” at the Kremlin in Moscow and “Contemporary Piano Faces” at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg. HOSTED BY: KEVIN HALL AND JOSEFINE HEIM-HALL 42


ROUND I BEETHOVEN Piano sonata No. 28, Op. 101 in A Major BRAHMS Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 PROKOFIEV Etude, Op. 2 No. 3 BARTOK Suite «Out of Doors»

ROUND II ALBENIZ Fete-deu a Seville (from Ibéria) RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 1, Op.28 in D minor

ROUND III SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue No. 24, Op.87 in D minor (1951) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 in Eb Major, “Emperor”






As a native of Iksan, Jeolla Province of South Korea, Jong Yun Kim began playing piano at age five. At twelve, he first drew the public’s attention entering the top of his class in Yewon School, one of Korea’s most prestigious music institutions for young people, and debuting at Seoul’s Young People’s Music Festival. In 2007, he was admitted to the Korea National University of Arts for the Gifted in Arts. Jong Yun has won numerous competitions in Korea, including: 2nd Prize in the Bechstein-Samik Piano Competition (2004), 1st Prize at the Ewha-Kyunghyang Music Competition (2006), and 1st Prize at the Joongang Music Concours (2008). Internationally, Kim was awarded 3rd Place in the Asia Pacific Young Artists Competition (2007), 2nd Prize at the 55th Maria Canals International Music Competition (2009), and 2nd prize at the 10th Seoul International Competition (2014). Mr. Kim has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician at venues including the Yamaha Rising Star Series, Yamaha Young Artist Concert, Euro Music Festival, Tong-Il Han Piano Institute Music Festival, Yeoneum Piano Academy Music Festival, and Palau de la Musica. In 2010 & 2011, he was invited by the Chopin Society to perform at the Moscow Recital Hall and Auditorium of Conservatory in Shanghái. Kim has also appeared as a soloist with the Pohang Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kim earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Korea University of Arts under Choong-Mo Kang, and studied with Fabio Bidini for his Masters at the Hochule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin in Germany. Currently, Jongyun Kim is pursuing his PSC Diploma at the Colburn School under Fabio Bidini. HOSTED BY: BRUCE AND ANNE JOHNSON



ROUND I HANDEL Suite No. 2 in F Major RACHMANINOFF Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (original edition) STRAVINSKY-AGOSTI Firebird Suite

ROUND II ILHOON SON ‘Toccata’ GRANADOS Goyescas No. 5 ‘El amor y la Muerte Balada’ RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit

ROUND III CARTER Catenaires (2006) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26






Yedam Kim, 31, is a South Korean pianist who has performed solo, with chamber ensemble, and orchestra in prestigious halls throughout Europe and Asia. In the past year, Yedam has won 1st prize in ‘Juries in Competition’ (Salzburg), 2nd prize in the Euregio International Competition, and 2nd prize in the Porto Santa Cecilia International Competition. In 2018, she won 2nd prize in the Ekaterinburg International Competition. She has also been a prizewinner of several other international competitions: 2nd prize in Epinal International Competition (2013), 6th prize in the Seoul International Competition (2017), 6th prize in the Hong Kong International Competition (2016). Kim was also a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth and Busoni International Competitions. Yedam Kim was born in March 1988 and has been living in France since 2002. She obtained a Master’s degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Henri Barda and Bruno Rigutto, a postgraduate degree at the Mozarteum University Salzburg in 2013 with Jacques Rouvier and a concert diploma at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in 2016. She has also obtained of Masters degree of opera coach at CNSM de Paris in 2019. During her education, she has studied piano with Eun-Ock Kim and Hae-jeon Lee, and is now currently studying with Rena Shereshevskaya. She has been a soloist and with orchestras at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Salle Pleyel and Théatre du Châtelet in Paris and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. HOSTED BY: DRS. LUIS AND AWILDA RAMOS



ROUND I MOZART Sonata K.576 in D Major DEBUSSY Etude No.11 ‘Pour les arpèges composés’ MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

ROUND II ALBÉNIZ Triana (from Ibéria) PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 4 Op. 29 in c minor DAHAE BOO Tout ce bleu (2018) RAVEL La Valse

ROUND III THIERRY ESCAICH Etudes Baroques No. 1, No. 2 (2008) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 in Eb Major, “Emperor”






A native of Balashov, Russia, pianist Artem Kuznetsov has been hailed for his artistry, virtuosity, lyricism and exciting energy (Laura Vernaci of KC Metropolis). Continuous success at more than 10 International Piano Competitions launched his global career, allowing Mr. Kuznetsov to present solo recitals and concerto performances as well as chamber music performances across Europe, Russia and the United States. Mr. Kuznetsov won First Prize in the Ivanovka International Piano Competition, the International Music Fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Grand Prize at the eMuse International Music Competition and Young Texas Artists Music Competition. He has also earned top prizes from the San Jose International Piano Competition, the Crescendo Music Awards Competition, the Wideman International Piano Competition, the San Antonio Young Artist Competition, the Dallas International Piano Competition, American International Competition and the Bendizky International Piano Competition in Russia. Artem Kuznetsov has performed in venues including Muziekcentrum Enschede, The Netherlands; Schloss Ettlingen, Asamsaal, Germany; Associazione Giosuè Carducci, Como, Italy; Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City; Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Benaroya Hall, Seattle, at the Kimmel Center, (Philadelphia) and others. He has performed and collaborated with renowned artists such as Desmond Hoebig, Jon Kimura Parker, Hans Graf, Lilit Gampel, David Radzynski, Chee-Yun, Julian Schwarz, Behzod Abduraimov, among others. His major teachers include Stanislav Ioudenitch (Park University, Missouri) and currently, Dr. Jon Kimura Parker (Shepherd School of Music, Rice University). HOSTED BY: SANDY NGUYEN AND RICHARD RYBACKI



ROUND I BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F minor, “Appassionata”, Op.57 TCHAIKOVSKY/PLETNEV Concert Suite from The Nutcracker, Op. 71 SAINT-SAENS/HOROWITZ Danse Macabre

ROUND II BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor BW V 565 GRANADOS Escenas romanticas STRAVINSKY Trois mouvements de “Petrouchka”

ROUND III LIEBERMAN Gargoyles, Op. 29 (1989) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 in B -flat minor






Jiale Li is no stranger to piano competition and the spotlight, with an impressive list to his name thus far. One of his most recent accomplishments came in 2018, when Li represented the Eastman School of Music for a recital at New York City’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall. This came to be after winning Eastman’s Douglas Lowry Award. Three years before, Jiale won 1st prize at the Eastman Concerto Competition, the same year he enrolled to pursue a Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. Li has also earned prizes in many prestigious piano competitions such as: 1st Prize in the “Conservatory Cup” Piano Competition; 1st Prize and Best Performance of Schubert’s Works at the Yamaha Award Competition; and 3rd place at the 5th International Competition of Young Pianists “A Step Towards Mastery” in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jiale was born in Huludao, Liaoning Province of China. He began piano studies at a young age until he was admitted in 2004 to the Middle School Attached to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2007, Jiale placed first on the entrance examination at the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and studied there for three years as a high school student. In 2010, Jiale was admitted to five music conservatories in the U. S. and entered the Juilliard School to study with Mr. Seymour Lipkin. Jiale also participated in several summer courses during his undergraduate years such as the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Los Angeles Music Festival; and ANME Asian New Music Festival. In Fall 2015, Jiale entered the Eastman School of Music to pursue a Master of Music Degree. Jiale is currently pursuing a DMA degree at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Professor Nelita True. HOSTED BY: DR. APRIL AND ERIC BRAHINSKY



ROUND I SCHUBERT Impromptu in F minor, Op. 142 No. 1 RACHMANINOFF 9 Etudes Tableaux, Op. 39

ROUND II SCARLATTI Sonata in B minor L33 LISZT B minor sonata ALBENIZ Evocation YIQIANG SUN Spring dance

ROUND III GINASTERA Piano sonata No.1 (1952) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18





Nikita Lukinov, 21, has been described as a “attentive and dedicated musician” with an “admirable sense of pianistic flair.” Lukinov’s first success in competition came with a Grand-Prix at the 2010 International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth (Moscow). Other accomplishments and awards include 1st place in the Inter-Russian Piano Competition for Young Pianists, the Diploma in the International Television Competition for Young Musicians “Nutcracker”, and 1st place in the Inter-Russian Concerto Competition. While studying at the Purcell School in London, Nikita had his Wigmore Hall and Kings Place debut. He has been fortunate to gain numerous concert opportunities at prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Petersburg Music House, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Fazioli Hall, The Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He had masterclasses with D. Bashkirov, D. Alexeev, A. Jasinski, Roy Howath, J-F. Bavouzet, S. Osborne, V. Viardo, D. T. Son, N. Ogawa, K. Gerstein. Nikita was born in Russia in 1998, and started studying in 2005 at Voronezh Central Music School with Svetlana Semenkova (Dmitry Bashkirov alumna). At the age of 14, Nikita moved to the UK to continue his studies with Tatiana Sarkissova (another Dmitry Bashkirov alumna) at the Purcell School in London on a full scholarship. Nikita is an owner of a personal scholarship from Voronezh’s State government “For outstanding cultural achievements”, “Russian Children’s Foundation” and an international charity foundation “New Names”. He has also received a personal scholarship from the National Artist of Russia V. Ovchinnikov. Since September 2017, Nikita has continued his education in the UK at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a full scholarship with Petras Geniušas. HOSTED BY: LYNN AND LARRY AMOS



ROUND I SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 RACHMANINOFF Corelli Variations, Op. 42

ROUND II GRANADOS Spanish dance No. 5 “Andaluza” SCRIABIN Poems, Op.32 SCRIABIN Preludes op.11 No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 SCRIABIN Valse, Op. 38 PROKOFIEV Sonata 7, Op. 83

ROUND III DESYATNIKOV Preludes No. 2, 3, 4, 12, 13 from “Songs of Bukovina” (2017) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 in B -flat minor






Alexander Malikov is a graduate of Oberlin College with Angela Cheng and the Juilliard School with Julian Martin. He has gone on to receive an Artist Diploma under Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Anton Nel at the University of Texas. Malikov has been featured as Artist-in-residence on Performance Today with the Minnesota Public Radio, and on both the modern piano and the fortepiano with members of the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a recitalist, he has appeared at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater in Toronto, the Banff International String Quartet Festival with JUNO Award winner violinist Blake Pouliot, as “Montague Artist” at the Heidelberg University in Ohio, at the “Rising Star” series at the Texas State International Piano Festival, and many others. Recent highlights include the Rachmaninov-Paganini Rhapsody with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michelle Merrill and a world premier of a new piano concerto by composer Minho Yoon. Also a composer, Alexander often performs his own solo piano works, and gave the world premier of his own piano concerto in 2016. Alexander Malikov is a winner of the Knigge, Shean, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Carl Baldassare Composer-Performer competitions. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma Program with James Anagnoson and John Perry at the Glenn Gould School in Ontario, Canada. HOSTED BY: DR. LEO ZORRILLA


PROGRAM ROUND I SCARLATTI Sonata in F minor K. 519 Sonata in B -flat major K. 545 LISZT Legend No. 2 “St Francis of Paulo Walking on the Waves” SCHUBERT Impromptu in G -flat major, Op. 90 No. 3 BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

ROUND II HAYDN Sonata in C major Hob. XVI 50 GRANADOS Allegro de Concierto, Op. 46 RAVEL Gaspard de la Nuit, I. Ondine SCRIABIN Sonata no 2 in G -sharp minor, Op. 19 “Sonata- Fantasie” I. Andante II. Presto SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in D -flat major, Op. 87

ROUND III BASHAW From 15 for Piano, I. Caccia, II. Gallery Shorts No. 2. adrift, beneath a solace of stars, III. Gallery Shorts No. 3. Ouroboros, IV. The Dreaded Lyres of Sirenum Scopuli (2012) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 in B -flat minor




Maria Narodytska is a Ukrainian pianist and composer, who has received numerous praising assessments on her performance and original works. Her compositions have also been published in the newspapers and art magazines of international, national and local levels. She is the 1st prize laureate of the International Competition for Young Pianists “Le Muse” (Agropoly, Italy); “Grand-prix” laureate of the Petar Konjovic International Competition for Young Musicians (Belgrade, Serbia); 1st prize laureate of the “School of the XXI century” International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine); 1st prize laureate of the Evgen Stankovich International Competition for Instrumentalists (Kiev, Ukraine); owner of a silver medal at Manhattan International Music Competition, as well as a prize winner at more than 25 other international piano and composition competitions. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Maria had finished Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in 2011 as a pianist under the guidance of professor Natalia Tolpygo and in 2014 as a composer, guided by Iryna Aleksiychuk. Maria holds a degree of Master of Music Arts. Now she continues her studies in Hamburg High School of Music and Theater under the guidance of professor Ralf Nattkemper. Participating in numerous master courses, Maria has had a chance to take lessons from Daniel Pollack, Lily Dorfman, Andrzej Jasinski, Lev Natochenny, Grigory Gruzman, Mikhail Arkadev, Akiko Ebi. Compositions by Maria Narodytska have been included into the fund of the Central National Library of the Academy of sciences of Ukraine. In 2019, an album with Maria Narodytska playing Brahms was released under the label OnClassical for further distribution by Naxos of America. HOSTED BY: DR. JOAQUIN AND MRS. SHEILA MIRA



ROUND I HAYDN Sonata B minor Hob XVI : 32 SCHUBERT Moments Musicaux D 780 LISZT Mephisto-Waltz # 1

ROUND II SCARLATTI Sonata D minor K.9 Sonata E minor K. 98 ALBENIZ “Almeria” from piano suite “Iberia” NARODYTSKA Moment Musical BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

ROUND III NARODYTSKA Inevitabilities (2010) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 in Eb Major, “Emperor”






Russian pianist Alexey Sychev is the First Prize winner of three International Liszt Competitions and a laureate of numerous international piano competitions across four continents. In 2019, Alexey won First Prizes at the 11th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Parma, Italy, at the International Piano Competition Tucuman in Argentina and at the Steinway Competition in Germany. In 2018, he received Third Prize at the 11th Dublin International Piano Competition from the President of Ireland. The same year he became a laureate of Third Prize at the 64th Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona. In 2015, Alexey Sychev received the First Prize, the Audience Prize and a special prize for the Best Liszt Sonata Performance at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Weimar-Bayreuth. In 2014, he won the First Prize at the 41st International Musical Competition “Dr. Luis Sigall”, Chile. In 2009, he received the First Prize at the International Piano Competition “Premio Franz Liszt” under the chairmanship of Martha Argerich. Alexey has given solo recitals and has performed with orchestras in more than 20 countries. Performance venues include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Sala de Concerts of Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Gulbenkian Hall in Lisbon, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, Sala Argentina in Buenos Aires and the National Congress of Chile. He recorded his debut CD at Czech Radio. Alexey had been a holder of the Mendelssohn scholarship (Germany) and scholarships from the “Russian Art of Performance” Foundation, M. Rostropovich Foundation, and Constantine Orbelian Foundation. He continues his musical education at the University of Münster pursuing Konzertexamen degree with Arnulf von Arnim as a holder of German Academic Exchange scholarship. HOSTED BY: DR. AND MRS. CHARLES T. GOODHUE


PROGRAM ROUND I DEBUSSY Préludes Book II, No. 12: Feux d’Artifice SCHUBERT/LISZT Erlkönig LISZT Trois études de concert, S.144/2: La Leggierezza Sonata in B minor S. 178 Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141/3: La Campanella

ROUND II LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 GRANADOS El pelele - Escena Goyesca PROKOFIEV Sonata No.7, Op.83 RAVEL La Valse

ROUND III SHCHEDRIN Basso Ostinato (1961) PÄRT Für Alina (1976) LIGETI Études, Book 2: Der Zauberlehrling (1994) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23 in B -flat minor





Praised by BBC Radio 3’s In Tune as “Magic”, pianist Joon Yoon was the unanimous winner of Guildhall School’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, previously won by artists such as Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel, for which he was named a BBC Music Magazine rising star. He won top prizes at competitions such as the Piano Campus International Competition in France, as well as winning awards at the Campillos International Piano Competition in Spain, and the Verona International Piano Competition in Italy. Joon performed in prestigious venues across Asia, Europe, and the USA, including the Barbican Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Palau de la Musica, Seoul Arts Center, and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, among others. He made concerto appearances with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Sinfonietta, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. As a chamber musician, he collaborated with faculty members of prestigious music institutions such as members of the previous and current members of the Guarneri Quartet (Peter Wiley), the Juilliard Quartet (Joel Smirnoff), the Ying Quartet (Phillip & David Ying), and New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang. His teachers are Yong Hi Moon, Robert McDonald, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Ronan O’Hora, having studied at the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama with full scholarships. He currently studies with Kirill Gerstein at Hanns Eisler Hochshule für Musik Berlin as a candidate of the school’s most prestigious Konzertexamen degree. HOSTED BY: DR. JEFF GLASS WITH THE SUPPORT OF GINI GARCIA


PROGRAM ROUND I COUPERIN Piéces De Clavecin, Book 4: Order 25 - No. 5, Order 23 - No. 2 DEBUSSY Prelude No. 10, Book 1 “La cathédral engloutie” RAMEAU Gavotte et six doubles from Suite in A minor PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

ROUND II ISANG YUN 5 Pieces for Piano (1958) GRANADOS Goyescas, Op. 11 No. 4 “Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor” LISZT Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141/3: La Campanella LISZT Nuages Gris, S. 199 SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 RAVEL La Valse

ROUND III CARTER Retrouvailles (2000) RIHM Auf Einem Anderen Blatt (2000) WICKMAN Murmurs from the Exile

ROUND IV TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 in B -flat minor



An important element of The Gurwitz mission is to encourage the development of pianists in Greater San Antonio and Texas through the Music Ambassador Program. Young pianists represent Musical Bridges & The Gurwitz to showcase the positive experiences music can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds in our community. Ambassadors are 19 years of age or younger and come with the highest recommendation from their piano teachers. They are asked to play seasonal music or a short recital, to attend or participate in a master class, or to speak with students about how they chose to play piano. These aspiring young pianists play for crowds large or small, and serve as the “Opening Act� for Gurwitz-sponsored recitals by professional pianists. Music Ambassadors receive certificates for their work and are included by Musical Bridges Around the World in select activities with international artists throughout the season.


As San Antonio welcomes pianists from the world to our home stage, congratulates its alumni for making their mark on the world stage.

Christopher Guzman

Thomas Steigerwald

Pianist Christopher Guzman has performed throughout Europe and Asia.

Pianist Thomas Steigerwald toured in China with Brett Deubner in 2019.

Rhiannon Bishop pianist, has performed concerts in Germany. Congratulations to these phenomenal musicians! MACSA is Now Accepting New Students! MACSA welcomes students of all levels in Piano, Voice, Strings, Guitar, Drums, Composition, and Preschool Music at two San Antonio locations. Visit to schedule a free Teacher Meet and Greet or contact us at MACSA Stone Oak 210-490-1500

MACSA Northwest 210-697-7111

THE GURWITZ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND RECOGNITION The Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition is a collaborative effort of artists, many dedicated volunteers, and Musical Bridges Around the World staff. We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the success of The Gurwitz 2020! MUSICAL BRIDGES AROUND THE WORLD OPERATIONAL SPONSORS

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We express our gratitude to Arthur, Jonathan and Rachel Gurwitz for their generous support of the 2020 competition. $50,000 + Arthur, Rachel, and Jonathan Gurwitz Bexar County City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture International Relations Office $20,000 - $49,999 Charles Butt Foundation SWBC Foundation $10,000 - $19,999 Avanzar Interior Technologies Carol Lee Klose and Carolyn A. Seale In memory of Ruth Jean Gurwitz Cassandra Carr Central Texas Pain Center Drs. Eric and Michelle Miller Franklin Park Susan and Aubra Franklin Drs. Jan Puckett and John Richardson Mrs. Virginia Kane Joan & Herb Kelleher Foundation MACSA - Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. 64

Mr. Ken Thompson The Plum Foundation Debbie and John Montford Precision Spine and Pain Management Raba Kistner Muriel F. Siebert Foundation June Tanner Jaffee Honoring Beverly Tanner Widder Valero Energy Foundation Fa Winsborough $5,000 - $9,999 Drs. Sheila Swartzman and Kenneth Bloom W. Elisa Chan – Unintech Consulting Engineers, Inc. The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan Enterprise Holdings Foundation Frost Bank Anne and Bruce Johnson Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Mr. Epitacio Resendez Steves Family Drs. Alice and Sergio Viroslav $2,500 - $4,999 Robert Michaelson and Anya Grokhovski Arpeggio Music Academy, LLC, Judy Garrell, and Mrs. Virginia Kane Arseni Grokhovski and Flor Beckman The Japan Foundation Vernon Haney Margo Spitz Marbut Paul Martin | Martin Capital Advisors The Plourde Family Drs. Luis and Awilda Ramos

THE GURWITZ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND RECOGNITION Luis A. Ramos and Rafael A. Ramos Michelle K Reese John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation A gift designated by Darryl Byrd fromthe John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of the San Antonio Area Foundation Victoria Seplarsky and Leonid Bogdanov Texas Commission on the Arts Donna and Ted Welsh Matt West & FASTSIGNS Downtown WestEast Design Group Fa Winsborough Dr. Leopoldo Zorrilla THE GURWITZ GROUP: $1,500 - $2,499 Lorraine and Curt Anastasio Dominic Anderson Charles Schwab & Co., Inc Anna Catherine Armstrong, MD Dr. Jeffrey Glass Leo and Teresa Greenblum Robert Michaelson and Anya Grokhovski Macrine and Bryan Helbert Bruce and Anne Johnson Mrs. Virginia Kane Raymond and Jacque McClellan Michael and Nikki Little Terrell and Janice Mullins Mrs. Lynne Noriskin Nancy Parker David and Sharon Parry Michelle K Reese Robert and Virginia Rios Cristina and Victor Saldivar, MD Terresa Stallworth, M.D. $1 - $1,499 Ildiko Agoston Ms. Anastasia Alidaan

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THE GURWITZ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND RECOGNITION Ann Pomerantz Mr. and Mrs. Philip Serwer Margaret and Jim Sims Dr. Nuala Sinisi Ronald and Joan Symes Priscilla Truesdell Dr. Gustavo Valadez Ortiz Howard and Aline Wang Eileen Weigum Wayne Witherspoon Zhenming Xu Karl Zemgals

We want to thank our Community Partners for their unprecedented generosity.

IN-KIND SPONSORS PIANOS Kawai and Alamo Music Center HOTEL PARTNER Hotel Valencia CONTESTANT HOST FAMILIES Lynn and Larry Amos April and Eric Brahinsky Richard and Debbie Castillo David and Elizabeth Friedman Dr. Jeff Glass with the support of Gini Garcia Charles and Margaret Goodhue Kevin Hall and Josefine Heim-Hall Anne and Bruce Johnson Dr. Luis and Awilda Ramos Dr. Joaquin and Sheila Mira Sandy Nguyen and Richard Nguyen Rybacki Emilia and William Westney Dr. Leopoldo Zorrilla


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meet the staff

Anya Grokhovski, DMA Founder, Artistic Director & CEO

Suhail Arastu Advancement

Diana Tatu Office Manager

Elena Portnaya Artistic Director of The Gurwitz

Julya Jara Director of Development

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