2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Sandra Baumgarten, 37
Brush Prairie, Washington
Sandra Baumgarten received a degree in piano performance from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2001, worked briefly as a flight attendant, and then, as a stay-at-home mother, became active in her church. Inspired by the Amateur Competition, she aims to prove to herself that she is not a “has-been pianist,” but rather one who continues to grow and refine her skills. Also a voice soloist, Ms. Baumgarten is a fan of musical theater and sacred choral music. In addition to her musical pursuits, she enjoys running, dancing, and painting. An avid baker, she maintains a cooking blog and has reviewed recipes for Clean Eating magazine. Her own recipe for chocolate-covered candy canes was featured in A Taste of Home magazine in 2013.
SCARLATTI Sonata in E Major, K. 380
LISZT Concert Etude No. 3 in D-flat Major (“Un sospiro”)