"Great talent, this cuban pianist. His performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto is very poetic and beautiful"
Leonardo Reyna (1985) was born in Havana (CUB) within an intellectual family which has its roots in the arts and music. He started his musical studies at the age of five, receiving piano lessons from his mother and pianist Alejandrina Reyna. Ever since, the piano has been his principal instrument and best mean of expression.
Being one of the most outstanding young contemporary pianists from Cuba, Reyna has been awarded in more than fifteen Festivals and Competitions internationally, His playing characterizes an interpretative passion given by his Caribbean heritage and a solid training based on the techninc and stylistic fundaments of the classic european school of music. Reyna shows himself a versatile musician considering his wide repertoire as a soloist, chamber music performer.
Reyna has studied at the University of Art (ISA) and the National Conservatory “Amadeo Roldan” in Havana (CUB), with Teresita Junco and Rosario Franco, and in Chile as a protegee of Claudio Arrau´s disciple Roberto Bravo. He continued his Bachelor studies with a scholarship of the Escuela Superior de Musica "Reina Sofía" 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, while deepening his knowledge as a soloist. During this time, Reyna also intensively worked as a chamber music performer and Lied accompanist coached by Prof. Wolfram Rieger and Thomas Quastoff. Parallely to his piano studies, Reyna has always expanded his knowledge of composition techniques and skills, in which his diverse influences melt with the important presence of the Afro-Cuban musical elements present in his roots.
Reyna has constantly performed around the world since 1997, when he was a very young prize winner in the "Claudio Arrau" International Piano Competition including halls such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Mendelssohn Haus Leipzig, Teatro Marti Habana, Cuba, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Auditorium Amadeo Roldan Cuba, and the Steinway House Berlin. In addition to these important cconcert venues, Reyna has performed for all kinds of audiences bringing his music to more than the concert halls in Latin-America and Europe. Being part of the "Roberto Bravo" Foundation in South America since a very young age, Reyna found could play music for comunities in places like hospitals, prisons, underground copper mines, and comunities at the top of a remote mountain
Leonardo has so far collaborated in many art projects where he finds a special affinity with dance. Furthermore, his versatility allows him to collaborate with audiovisual projects in which he has composed music for films and documentaries.