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

Xavier Aymonod, 40
Strategy consultant
Paris, France

Xavier Aymonod began his music studies at Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Monique Oberdoerffer and Michel Bourdoncle, and then went on to study science and technology at the prestigious École Polytechnique, outside Paris. He was a laureate of the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs from 1998–2000 in Paris, and in 2000, he was a semifinalist at “Piano20ème siècle” in Orléans. Mr. Aymonod has participated in master classes with William Aide, Jean-François Heisser, and Eric Heidsieck. Currently a principal at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, his work involves advising transportation companies on strategic issues. In his free time, Mr. Aymonod enjoys playing with his children (ages 4 and 5), traveling, running, golfing, and indulging in fine wine.

CHOPIN, Etude in G-flat Major, op. 10, no. 5 (“Black Key”)
ALBÉNIZ, “El Albaicín” from Iberia, Book 3