2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Van Cliburn Recital Hall
Tessa Knipe, 53
San Diego, California
South Africa/United States
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Tessa Knipe achieved much pianistic success from ages 8 to 18. Highlights included appearing on the “Young South Africa” show at age 9; performing the first movement of the Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at 11; and receiving a four-year undergraduate scholarship at age 17 to the Royal College of Music in London—one of just eight offered per year. Instead of furthering her musical pursuits, Ms. Knipe turned the scholarship down to forge a career in law. Now a deputy attorney general for the department of justice in California, she has returned to music after 35 years away, realizing “how central the piano is to my life.” A mother of two grown daughters, Ms. Knipe is a lover of the performing arts, movies, and books, as well as a fan of good food and wine.
BACH, “Sinfonia” from Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
DOHNÁNYI, Rhapsody in C Major, op. 11, no. 3