Eberhard Zagrosek, 73
Retired physicist
Berlin, Germany

Eberhard Zagrosek, a retired physicist from Berlin, competed at the Cliburn Amateur in 2011. Growing up in Bavaria, he began playing piano at age 6, but gave up his musical pursuits for a career as a physicist. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Zagrosek worked in the electronics field, primarily for Siemens. Since his retirement in 1999, he has resumed piano lessons and has participated in amateur competitions in Colorado Springs, Colorado (second place), Washington, D.C. (second), and Boston (first). Mr. Zagrosek is the founder of an international piano competition in Berlin, which is supported by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, he has also organized festivals and over 60 recitals in Berlin, Munich, and Stuttgart as an impresario for amateur pianists.


Preliminary Round
CHOPIN   Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, op. 20

Quarterfinal Round
PROKOFIEV   Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, op. 29

Semifinal Round
CHOPIN   Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, op. 61
LISZT   Variationen über ein Thema von Bach Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen

Final Round
BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73: III. Rondo (allegro)