2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Andrea Davide Bonotto, 49
User interface engineer
New York, New York
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.
CHOPIN, Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23