2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Preliminary Round
Van Cliburn Recital Hall

John Gutheil, M.D., 59
CEO/Medical oncologist
La Jolla, California
United States

John Gutheil recently returned to playing the piano after an absence of several decades. Originally on a musical track—he completed two years as a piano performance major at California State University Northridge—he went on to medical school and became an oncology clinical physician. Currently, he is president and CEO of SciQuus Oncology Inc. in La Jolla, California. Looking for a goal, and to give focus to his piano practice, Dr. Gutheil entered this Competition and says he has achieved much already just by preparing for the event. He notes his music has improved steadily and hopes the event will “give him additional ideas about how to continue improving my piano playing.” The avid marathoner and woodworker also enjoys Italian literature and the work of Caravaggio.

BEETHOVEN, Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, op. 2, no. 1: I. Allegro
CHOPIN, Etude in A-flat Major, op. 25, no. 1 (“Aeolian Harp”)
CHOPIN, Etude in C Minor, op. 25, no. 12 (“Ocean”)