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date: 19 February 2020

Bates, Leonlocked

  • Daniele Buccio

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(b Philadelphia, PA, Nov 3, 1949). American pianist and teacher. He began his studies of piano and violin at the age of six and gave his first piano recital in his native city at seven. He studied with Irene Beck at the Settlement Music School (1962–67) and with NATALIE HINDERAS at the Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University in Philadelphia. A prominent African American figure on the concert scene, he has maintained an intense performance schedule since the 1970s with major symphony orchestras in the United States and has performed at prestigious venues in Europe and Africa. In 1992 Leon Bates premeried Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork’s Piano Concerto. He has composed pieces for beginning piano students employing a progressive method (Piano Discoveries, 2001, in collaboration with Janet Vogt). Bates’s large repertoire, released on Orion, Performance Records, and Naxos, ranges from the classics to contemporary works, with particular interest in Ravel, Gershwin, Barber, Corea, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and African American women composers. He has also received awards for his extensive work in the field of music education....

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