2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Van Cliburn Recital Hall
James Carter Cathcart, 62
Fort Lee, New Jersey
A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1971, James Carter Cathcart won a Young Artist award as well as the concerto competition at the school; he also studied with Mollie Margolies at Roosevelt University in Chicago from 1969–1970. While piano has been a vital part of his life since “being in the womb,” he says, his professional pursuits led to scriptwriting and voice-acting. In the latter line of work, Mr. Cathcart’s voice has graced Pokémon, Sonic X, and Yu-Gi-Oh! projects. For the past two years, he has worked to raise money for soup kitchens and community centers across the country by giving benefit recitals. A fan of jazz and rock music, Mr. Cathcart also enjoys cooking and being a husband to his wife, Martha Jacobi, and father to his son, daughter, and stepdaughter.
CHOPIN Etude in A-flat Major, op. 25, no. 1 (“Aeolian Harp”)
CHOPIN Etude in E-flat Minor, op. 10, no. 6