Our amateur pianists hold a special place in the Cliburn Family. Their commitment to music and music-making is extraordinary, as is their talent. The 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition has been rescheduled to 2022, but that won’t stop us from celebrating them.


Deirbhile Brennan

Accountant from Dublin, Ireland
Age 50
JANÁČEK Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, “From the Street”

Dominique Salloum

CEO, Artificial Intelligence Industry from Cormontreuil, France representing France & Lebanon
Age 50
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, op. 13 (III)
BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (II)

Aaron Miller

Academic Administrator from Los Angeles, California
Age 39
HAYDN Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46 (I)
POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (I) (with Nicholas Kim, clarinet)


Youjin Hong

Psychiatrist from Gangneung, South Korea
Age 39
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, op. 58 (I)

Hajime Kobayashi

Management Consultant from Niza, Japan
Age 54
TAKEMITSU Rain Tree Sketch II


Miriam Berro

Software Engineer from Montréal, Canada representing Argentina & Canada
Age 62
CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major, op. 38
DEBUSSY Feux d’artifice

Stephen Bertges

Retired Sales and Marketing Executive from El Dorado Hills, California
Age 68
BACH-BUSONI “Chaconne” from Partita No. 2 for Violin, BWV 1004


Dmytro Vynogradov

Business Development Manager from Kyiv, Ukraine
Age 50
CHOPIN Etudes, op. 10, nos. 4 and 5
LISZT-BUSONI La campanella
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 8


Matthew Barnhill

Accountant from Charlotte, North Carolina
Age 36
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 16 in G Major, op. 31, no. 1 (I)

Luis Alberto Bernhard

Retinal Angiographer from Miami, Florida
representing Honduras & the United States
Age 70
SCARLATTI Sonata in E Major, K. 380
VILLA-LOBOS Impressões seresteiras
LISZT Harmonies du soir from Transcendental Etudes

Keiko Kircher

College Physics Instructor from Champaign, Illinois
representing the United States & Japan
Age 39
RAVEL Sonatine


Eladio Santiago

President & CEO, Advisory Investment Management
from West Friendship, Maryland
Age 56
CHOPIN Polonaise in A-flat Major, op. 53 (“Heroic”)


Richard Reid

Software Engineer from Cary, North Carolina
Age 69
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, op. 58


Anna Antimiichuk

Marketing Communications Professional
from London, England representing Russia & the United Kingdom
Age 37
MOZART Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333 (I)

Michael Slavin

Retired Neuro-ophthalmologist from Manhasset, New York
Age 69
RAVEL “Noctuelles” from Miroirs
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Eiji Yoshimura

Director of Business Planning, Semiconductor Sales from Tokyo, Japan
Age 47
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 21 in C Major, op. 53 (“Waldstein”) (I)

Sean Sutherland

Product Manager from Montréal, Canada
representing Saint Vincent and the Grenadines & Canada
Age 43
RAVEL La valse

Vivienne Fleischer

Ergonomics & Wellness Consultant from Brooklyn, New York
Age 56
RACHMANINOV Étude-tableau in E-flat Minor, op. 39, no. 5
SANCAN Toccata


Heesun Joyce Rogers

Physician from North Royalton, Ohio
Age 56
HAYDN Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46 (I)



Saffet Bayka

Retired Electrical Engineer from Ankara, Turkey
Age 61
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in C Major, op. 2 (III, IV)


Hiroko Toya

Attorney from Tokyo, Japan
Age 63
BACH Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903



Irene Longacre-Whiteside

Executive Assistant from Arlington, Texas
Age 64
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, op. 14 (IV)


Barbara Roeser-Liebech

Dermatologist from Bad Arolsen, Germany
Age 64
BRAHMS Capriccio in F-sharp Minor, op. 76, no. 1
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109 (I)
BRAHMS Capriccio in C-sharp Minor, op. 76, no. 5


Xavier Aymonod

Marketing Director – Public Transportation from Paris, France
Age 44
BACH Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906
HOROWITZ Variations on a Theme from Bizet’s Carmen

Ipek Bozkurt

Professor from Seabrook, Texas, representing Turkey & the U.S.
Age 40
SCHUBERT Impromptu in E-flat Major, op. 90, no. 2
CHOPIN Etude in F Minor, op. 25, no. 2

Eugene Lee

CEO – Technology Entrepreneur from Palo Alto, California
Age 57
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52

Jorge Zamora

Business Development Director from Huixquilucan, Mexico
Age 47
LISZT Ballade No. 2 in B Minor

Robert Finley

Retired Electronics Engineer from Northborough, Massachusetts
Age 69
CHOPIN Etude in A-flat Major, op. 25, no. 1
FAURÉ Impromptu No. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 34
DEBUSSY “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” from Children’s Corner


Yuka Otohata

Marketing Operations Professional from Tokyo, Japan
Age 49
BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971

Noah DeGarmo

Physician from Dallas, Texas
Age 42
PROKOFIEV Sarcasms, op. 17, nos. 1 & 4 


Kathy Abrahamson

Nurse Practitioner from Arlington, Texas
Age 58
CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, op. 23

John Gutheil

CEO – Medical Oncologist from San Diego, California, representing the U.S. & U.K.
Age 63
BACH Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801
BACH Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp Major, BWV 848
CHOPIN Etude in G-flat Major, op. 10, no. 5 (“Black Key”)


James Rosenblum

Attorney from Harwich, Massachusetts – Age 39
CHOPIN  Polonaise in A-flat Major, op. 53 (“Heroic”)


Diane Austin

Retired Biostatistician from Fort Worth, Texas – Age 65
BRAHMS  Klavierstücke, op. 118, nos. 2 & 3

Simon Finlow

Retired IT Project Manager from Washington, D.C., representing the U.S. & U.K. – Age 64
RAVEL  Jeux d’eau
PROKOFIEV  Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, op. 83 (III)


Hideko Tazawa

Supply Chain Manager from Tokyo, Japan – Age 63
LISZT Les jeux d’eaux a la Villa d’Estes

Julien Bedon

System Simulation Engineer living in Yokohama, Japan (representing France) – Age 38
CHOPIN Rondo in C Minor, op. 1

Xiao Chen

Professor of Management living in Charlottetown, Canada (representing China) – Age 41
JIANZHONG WANG Five Folk Tunes of Yunnan

Rie Moore

Translator from Lexington Park, Maryland (representing Japan) – Age 45
BACH  Prelude from English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807


Ferdy Talan

Realtor from West New York, New Jersey (representing Indonesia) – Age 36

Adrienne Johnson

Playwright from Minneapolis, Minnesota – Age 65
RAVEL  Ondine

Ken Iisaka

Software Engineer from Foster City, California (representing Japan/Canada) – Age 51
CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp Minor, op. 60



International Tax Consultant from Barletta, Italy – Age 38
LISZT Funérailles

Masanori Murakami

Clinical Research Associate from Tokyo, Japan – Age 35
LISZT Spanish Rhapsody
BILL EVANS Waltz for Debby