Get to Know Leo

My life in music began on Mothers Day weekend 1996 on a trip to House on the Rock.  I saw a player piano playing the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt.  By the end of the piano roll, I was determined to learn how anybody could play all those notes.  

The following year I enrolled in UW-Stevens Point as a music student with no formal musical education.  Through countless hours of practice, I overcame many obstacles that were before me as a person who started playing very late in life.  My main focus during undergrad was composition.  I was the first student at UWSP to give a recital of all original music.  I graduated in 2002 with BA in music.  I began my teaching career through the Conservatory for Creative Expression (UWSP's continuing ed program) in 1998.

After a few years of teaching privately, and getting married, I moved to Chicago where my wife was working on her Masters degree in vocal performance and pedagogy.  During the Chicago years, I studied performance practice and aural skills with Keith Hill and Marianne Ploger.  I continued teaching in Chicago and the suburbs.

In 2008 I was accepted to the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany where I successfully completed a master's of harpsichord performance.  Our time there was greatly formational not only musically but also culturally.  It was a great honor to spend two years assimilating to a new country.  I had the opportunity to teach piano in Germany too.

Playing a public piano in Philadelphia.

We moved back to the US in the fall of 2010 and I immediately began teaching.  In the time since, I've continued developing not only my teaching but also my performing.  I've performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in dozens of concerts since returning to the States.  

Aside from music, I enjoy roasting coffee especially beans from Brazil.  The roasting process can't be done indoors and the beans need to be constantly turned so I'm forced to spend time outside thinking!  I enjoy designing and building instruments because of the learning involved

and the pride of having made something.  I am also a huge advocate for train travel.  I have,

on separate trips, gone coast to coast by train and thoroughly enjoyed it. Most recently I

traveled from San Francisco to Milwaukee and found the time in the Rockies astounding.  

My wife Wendy and I are both Wisconsin natives.  We enjoyed our time living in other places but are happy to have put down roots here in Madison.

A mountain pass in the Rockies.  This was taken from the back window of my train.

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