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Leonard Gilbert

Born 1990 in Toronto, Canada, Leonard Gilbert is renowned for his sensitive touch, insightful playing as well as technical command. In addition to being a four times national first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition (1999, 2001, 2005, and 2009), Leonard came to the attention of audiences after his sweeping win at the Third Canadian Chopin Competition (2010)- capturing First Prize as well as all the special prizes-“Best Mazurka” and “Best Polonaise”. His other recent achievements include qualifying for the second stage and being the only Canadian accepted to the 16th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition (2011), Third prize winner and the Paderewski special prize at the International American Paderewski Competition (2010) in Los Angeles, prize winner for the “Best Performance of Romantic Work” at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition (2009), second prize winner at the World Piano competition in Cincinnati, Ohio (2006) as well as numerous other awards in Canada.

Leonard’s expressive playing and extraordinary musicianship has led him to perform at many important concerts and venues in Canada and abroad. He performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Living Arts Center (2011), and was invited to perform as part of the Chopin Year Bicentennial Celebrations at the Royal Ontario Museum (2010). During the spring and summer 2010, Leonard also gave many solo recitals across Canada and the United States- including Florida, New Mexico, Indiana, and Los Angeles. He was recorded live on Classical 96.3 FM (2010 & 2014), and became a Young Steinway Artist in 2011.

Leonard studied with Patricia Parr while in Canada and distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler while at Indiana University. Leonard was a scholarship student at Indiana University, a recipient of both Music Dean’s and Indiana University’s Distinction Scholarships, and received the Performer’s Certificate in 2011.