The colourful musical environment in Havana, permeated by the many influences existing there and the solid pianistic tradition, developed over the last centuries, is the essence and the core of his interpretative spirit as a pianists of the new Cuban generation.
Leonardo Reyna 1985, was born in Havana (CUB) within an intellectual family that has its roots in the arts and music. He started his musical studies at the age of five, receiving piano lessons from his mother the pianist Alejandrina Reyna. Ever since, piano has been his principal instrument and best mean of expression.
As a performer, Leonardo represens a new generation of cuban pianism. His interpretative passion is given by his musical heritage and the fundaments of the classical european school, and is shown by his wide repertoire incorporating the epoches from baroque to the contemporary, jazz and world rythms.
Leonardo has studied at the University of Art (ISA) and the National Conservatory “Amadeo Roldan” in Havana (CUB), with Theresita Junco and Rosario Franco, and in Chile as the protegee of Claudio Arraus disciple Roberto Bravo, supported by the Roberto Bravo Foundation. (He continued his Bachelor at the Superior Academy of Music Reina Sofia in Madrid and completed his Bachelor and Master degrees at the prestigiuos Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin tutored by pianist Prof. Gabriele Kupfernagel. During this time, he also worked intensively as a chamber music performer and Lied accompanist coached by Prof. Wolfram Rieger and Thomas Quastoff.
parallely expanded his knowledge of compositiontechniques and his composition skills, in which afro-cuban music, jazz and classic melt together.
A regular visitor to international festivals both as a soloist and chamber musicians, Leonardo has constantly performed around the world since 1997, when he was a very young prize winner in the "Claudio Arrau" International Piano Competition. Amongst his concert venues, were the world’s most beautiful concert halls, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Mendelssohn Haus Leipzig, Teatro Marti Habana, Cuba, and the Steinway House Berlin. He has worked together with many great artists, such as Roberto Bravo, Edicson Ruiz, Jorge Luis Prats, Thomas Quastoff, Wolfram Rieger, Sylvian Gasancon, Enrique Pérez Mesa, Reggie Wachington, Annelies van Parys, Edesio Alejandro, Regis Molina, Havana Abierta,
At the age of twelve, Leonardo debuted as a soloist with orchestra, playing Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 21. In the years that followed, Leonardo has been invited to play concerts as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepcion, Chile and the National Cuban Symphony Orchestra. Recent performences as a soloist, have included his invitation to the fifth annual International Festival of Young Pianists in Habana Cuba, where he performed Grieg’s pianoconcerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. Here, he also debuted with his own composed repertoire, presenting his work as a composer on an international level. Very well fitted to the cultural diversity of this festival, are also Leonardo's compositions.
Leonardo defines his music as the sound, perhaps a more representative one of his own musical identity two worlds the Afro-Cuban diaspora and Yoruba music, brought to the island in the XVI Century, preserved as one of the foundation stones of a Cubanism, this together with the distinguished and diverse landscape of sounds that the European music has so far given him along with his growth as an artist.
In Cuba, Brazil and Chile, Leonardo was prizewinner at the most important piano competitions such as "Amadeo Roldan", "Musicalia" and "UNEAC", including prizes for the best performance of Cuban music. In 2006 he won the second Prize at the International Piano competition "Ignacio Cervantes" in Havana and in 2009 and 2010 he was awarded with both a scolarship of the Albeniz Foundation for the Superior Academy of Music Reina Sofia of Madrid and the scolarship Lucia-Loeser Kulturfonds Berlin.
From April 2015 onwards, Leonardo has been part of the piano department of the Music School in Bethaniendamm, Berlin
Moreover, Leonardo has been appointed Music Director for the Ballery Concert Series 2017-2018 at the Ballery Berlin. During this season, monthly concerts will take place, in which Leonardo Reyna presents classical piano works, and his own compositions together with invited guest musicians. this diaspora of musics and musicians conform the LR Classic Vibrations Project.
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Alejandrina Reyna, piano / Cuba
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