LISA LEONARD

 

LISA LEONARD

 

About Lisa

Hailed as a pianist who “communicates deep artistic understanding through a powerful and virtuosic technique”, Lisa Leonard enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center.  She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including recent performances with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela with conductors including Gunther Schuller and Gustavo Dudamel.

An active and dedicated chamber musician, her recent collaborations have included recitals with Elmar Oliveira, Marc Reese and Guillermo Figueroa. She is a long time member of the Palm Beach Chamber Players and has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota and Cincinnati Symphonies; American and Miami String Quartets, and the Empire Brass Quintet in performances featured on National Public Radios’ “Performance Today” and “Command Performance” programs.

Her love of new music has resulted in many premieres of both solo and chamber music. James Stephenson wrote Concerto for Trumpet and Piano for her and her husband, Marc Reese, which the duo has performed in both Florida and Virginia and they recently recorded Gee’s Bend, a trio for trumpet, piano and marimba, by Kenneth Frazelle. Her eclectic taste embraces all styles of modern music including avant-garde and electronic. She has worked with George Crumb and John Adams and her recently lauded performance of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No.6 was presented with an electronic-visualization of the recorded sound part.

Ms. Leonard joined the faculty of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida in 2002 where she created the Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program which is the only graduate program in the country which focuses solely on the instrumental – keyboard repertoire. She also founded and directs the Conservatory’s New Music Festival now in its ninth year. Ms. Leonard has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Las Vegas Music Festival and the Meadowmount School of Music as a collaborative pianist and has performed at the Pacific Music Festival, Gilmore International, Caramoor, Utah and East/West International Festivals in addition to others.

A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her M.M. and B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music where she was the premiere recipient of both the Rubinstein and Balsam awards, two of the highest awards given.   Her teachers include Marc Silverman, Suzanne W. Guy, Eric Larsen, Isidore Cohen, Thomas Schumacher, Cynthia Phelps, David Geber and the Meadowmount Trio.

“Her technique is impeccable. Moreover, Leonard is a pianist in the grand romantic tradition. She brings rhapsodic hues, commanding virtuosity, and fervent musical conviction to every bar she plays.”

– Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review

Hailed as a pianist who “communicates deep artistic understanding through a powerful and virtuosic technique,” Lisa Leonard enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center.  She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including recent performances with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. An active chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland and Cincinnati Symphonies. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her M.M. and B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Meadowmount School of Music, Las Vegas Music Festival and is currently the head of the Graduate Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program at Lynn University.
Hailed as a pianist who “communicates deep artistic understanding through a powerful and virtuosic technique,” Lisa Leonard enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including recent performances with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. An active chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland and Cincinnati Symphonies. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her M.M. and B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Meadowmount School of Music, Las Vegas Music Festival and is currently the head of the Graduate Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program at Lynn University.
 

About Lisa

Hailed as a pianist who “communicates deep artistic understanding through a powerful and virtuosic technique,” Lisa Leonard enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center.  She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including recent performances with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. An active chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland and Cincinnati Symphonies. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her M.M. and B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Meadowmount School of Music, Las Vegas Music Festival and is currently the head of the Graduate Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program at Lynn University. 

 
 

Sounds

“Lisa Leonard made that almost-too-familiar concerto (Grieg) fresh, exquisitely beautiful and exciting…..technique and fireworks in a piece that demands both, but also a musical sensibility that made….it into a thing of satisfying musical beauty.”

– Betty Tyler, Redlands Daily Facts (CA)

 

“Lisa Leonard made that almost-too-familiar concerto (Grieg) fresh, exquisitely beautiful and exciting…..technique and fireworks in a piece that demands both, but also a musical sensibility that made….it into a thing of satisfying musical beauty.”

– Betty Tyler, Redlands Daily Facts (CA)

 

Study

Instrumental Collaborative Piano Studio at Lynn University (2014) title=Instrumental Collaborative Piano Studio at Lynn University (2014)

Instrumental Collaborative Piano Studio at Lynn University (2014)

Ms. Leonard founded the Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program for the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in 2009 with the intent of providing a supportive and structured environment for exceptional pianists to expand outwardly from traditional solo training. It is the only graduate program in the United States with an exclusively instrumental focus. The cornerstone of the program is the equal division between personal artistic development, amassing of chamber repertoire and practical experience within all orchestral-instrumental studios. Substantial performance experience and opportunities include the annual Lyric Chamber Competition which awards a chamber group with a full concert on the Lyric Chamber Music Society’s Series in New York City. All students receive full tuition scholarships and housing assistance is available based upon need. She also serves on the Lynn University Preparatory faculty where she enjoys teaching pre-collegiate and amateur pianists. Please visit www.lynn.edu/music for additional information.

 

Ms. Leonard spends her summers teaching and performing at the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne, NY. 

 

 

 

 

 “She brings to this music equal parts steel, flash, and poetry, and you can hear clearly that she has thought about how she wants to interpret every bar. It is satisfying music-making in the best sense…”

– Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Arts Paper