Robert Seppy, 58
Healthcare executive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

Robert Seppy began piano lessons at age 9 and went on to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and The Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. Since 1993, he has worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a charge entry manager. In 2011, Mr. Seppy placed first in the Music Minus One YouTube Video Contest. He looks to the Cliburn Amateur Competition as an opportunity to improve his playing, since it provides motivation to practice. He is also looking forward to meeting other like-minded competitors at this year’s event. Besides playing the piano, Mr. Seppy enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He also likes to attend concerts and values the increasingly important role social media plays in performing arts.


Preliminary Round
BACH-BUSONI   Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
BEETHOVEN   Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, op. 31, no. 3: II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace

Quarterfinal Round
CHOPIN   Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47
RACHMANINOV   Prelude in G Minor, op. 23, no. 5
CHOPIN   Etude in C Minor, op. 10, no. 12 (“Revolutionary”)

Semifinal Round
BACH-SILOTI   Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a
CHOPIN   Nocturne in B-flat Minor, op. 9, no. 1
BACH   “Sarabande” and “Bourrée I & II” from English Suite No. 2 in A-Minor, BWV 807
MOZART   Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331: III. Rondo alla turca
KAPUSTIN   Concert Etude No. 3, op. 40 (“Toccatina”)

Final Round
MENDELSSOHN   Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25: III. Presto