Andrea Davide Bonotto, 49
User interface engineer
New York, New York
United States

Born in Venice, Italy, Andrea Davide Bonotto received a diploma in piano performance from the Conservatory of Music in Milan, earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and then continued his musical pursuits at NYU in the late ’90s, taking classes in piano, harmony, and composition while pursuing a master’s in music technology. But, as Mr. Bonotto says, “life went in another direction,” and he gave up the idea of being married to music for a career in the field of user-interface engineering. A 2007 Cliburn Amateur competitor (at the time, he practiced on a Yamaha keyboard), Mr. Bonotto has since moved to a larger apartment and purchased a Baldwin baby-grand piano. Fluent in Italian and English and conversant in Spanish and French, Mr. Bonotto is a linguist and prolific writer whose work “fills whole drawers,” he says.


Preliminary Round
CHOPIN   Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23

Quarterfinal Round
BEETHOVEN   Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo; IV. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
RAVEL   Jeux d’eau

Semifinal Round
BACH-BUSONI   Chaconne in D Minor
CHOPIN   Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52

Final Round
SCHUMANN   Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54: I. Allegro affetuoso