Biography

Theirs is a story of romance and musical discovery. Trumpeter Marc Reese and pianist Lisa Leonard met at the turn of the new millennium when both joined the faculty of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. They gave their first recital nine months later and exchanged vows two years after that. They have since performed across the United States, South America and Europe with the goal of redefining the traditional trumpet recital.

The first work they jointly commissioned was a trumpet and piano concerto by American composer James Stephenson written for the same instrumentation as the popular Concerto for Piano and Trumpet by Shostakovich. The world premiere was noted as one of South Florida’s Top 10 performances in 2007 and continues to be well received, most recently with the Williamsburg Symphonia. They have performed Shostakovich with renowned conductors including Gunther Schuller and Gustavo Dudamel and look forward to the day when both works are performed on the same program.

Accomplished and comfortable in a variety of musical formats, both are inspired by the musical possibilities of small, mixed chamber ensembles. They perform everything from satirical septets of Martinu to heroic works by Hummel and recently recorded another commissioned work by celebrated composer Kenneth Frazelle for piano, trumpet and marimba titled “Gee’s Bend,” which features an original Appalachian hymn described by critics as “one of the most imaginative and beautiful works of modern day”. They also enjoy featuring their own arrangements of classical masterworks including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at Exhibition, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

Marc is originally from Long Island, NY and was a member of the renowned Empire Brass Quintet for 17 years. He studied at Boston University and New England Conservatory and is currently the head of the Brass Department at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music where he also serves as Assistant Dean. Lisa was born in Washington, D.C. where she gave her orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center when she was 17. She studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Manhattan School of Music and is now the head of Lynn’s Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program which she founded in 2009. They have two sons, Carter and Luke.

 
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Biography

Theirs is a story of romance and musical discovery. Trumpeter Marc Reese and pianist Lisa Leonard met at the turn of the new millennium when both joined the faculty of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. They gave their first recital nine months later and exchanged vows two years after that. They have since performed across the United States, South America and Europe with the goal of redefining the traditional trumpet recital.

 

 

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The ReesePiece is the culmination of two years of research and development to create a well-balanced, efficient mouthpiece to fulfill the needs of today’s classical trumpeter. Click Here to learn more about the ReesePiece.


Repurposing Clarke was created to encourage trumpeters to approach double tonguing practice in a relaxed and efficient manner. Each exercise has been designed to help counteract one’s tendency to close their throat and tighten their chest while double tonguing.
 

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Reese Leonard Duo’s debut album consisting of standard repertoire and classical favorites transcribed for trumpet and piano.
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