Pianist Laura Leon is recognized for the insightful and sensitive performances she brings to both her solo and collaborative performances of American music Broadening the spectrum of where American music can be experienced, she is bringing a wide roster of composers-including Peter Schickele, Eric Ewazen, Sting, Hugo Weisgall, Leo Kraft, William Bolcom, Steven Rosenhaus and Mark Isham-to audiences beyond traditional concert venues to new settings, special events and unique recordings.
The New Music Connoisseur has called Laura's performances "an even blend of fine technique, intelligence and passion," and The Knight News' Imani Mosely writes "I found myself captivated by the sound of the piece with its rich chords and the performance of Ms. Leon."
In November 2013, Laura performed selected piano works in honor of Peter Schickele receiving the Classical Recording Foundation's Composer of the Year Award, presented by John Schaefer, Host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds at the CRF's 12th Annual Awards Ceremony at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. This performance was in anticipation of the release of "Morning Music: Piano Works by Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach."
Laura's performances include violinist Colin Jacobsen honoring Morton Gould, the New York Australian Consulate's premiere of Rosenhaus' "Matilda Variations," based on the beloved Australian song "Waltzing Matilda," the International Symposium "Imagination and Catastrophe" featuring Weisgall's renowned song cycle "The Golden Peacock" with soprano Emily Duncan-Brown, the ASJM's Music In Our Time concert series, The White HouseCapitol Hill's "Days of Remembrance: and Heifer's "International Bee Day" featuring piano works by Schickele, Copland, Ewazen, Martinu, and a special work for piano from the acclaimed film score "The Secret Life of Bees," arranged by the composer for the event.
She has created and collaborated on live multimedia works including "Found in Nature", composed y Leo Kraft for solo piano, featuring award winning photographer Barry Rosenthal's 'Photobotanicus'. Performances following its premiere included Czech artist Anna Matoushkova's N.Y. exhibition Places: Homage to Leo Kraft and being shown at the Museum of Music in Prague; and PRO.JECT (the inspiration for her CD "Changing the Pace'), composed by Steven Rosenhaus, with images by photographers Eric Jacobson and Barry Rosenthal, with backdrop designed by Sandro LaFerla. Laura was the Music Director for the Emmy award-winning documentary "The Hidden Life," which aired on PBS.
Her new release, "Morning Music," cam about from Laura having championed Mr. Schickele's works in concert and recordings for many years, beginning with "Michael Praetorius" on her "Preludes to Passion" CD. She gave the premiere of the composer's PRESENTS II at her N.Y. recital, "American images from the Piano: Neo Classic to Nature 1946-2008." She produced-and performed in-Mr. Schickele's 75th birthday concert at Steinway Hall in March 2011, with an exciting roster of musicians introduced by the renowned radio host Robert Sherman. IN honor of P.D.Q. Bach's 271st birthday on April 1, 2013, she interviewed Professor Peter Schickele on her website's "At the Piano Bench" conversation series.