Meet the Ensemble
Leo Van Asten
Master’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance
Hochschule für Musik in Germany,
Bachelor’s Degree in Music
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.
Teaching Experience: 19+ years
Leo began teaching in 1998 through the Conservatory for Creative Expression at UWSP. Since then, he has taught many ages and abilities and has seen countless students blossom and go on to study music in college. In addition to a love for teaching, Leo has a love for learning. He constantly seeks out new areas to study, or to deepen existing knowledge and enjoys learning from his students.
As a teacher, soloist, chamber musician and composer, Leo has been making music throughout the Midwest, Oregon, Virginia, Florida and Germany.
As an advocate for Arts Education, Leo has been very involved with the National Guild for Community Arts Education and has served as an Ambassador to the nationwide Small Schools Network for the Guild. He was also a member of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) class of 2017. This institute pulled 26 leaders from across the country to participate in a 7- month training course designed to develop strong leaders to have a broad impact on the communities they serve.
In addition to teaching music, Leo taught German at St. Lawrence Seminary high school where he also served in the role of Dean of Students. As dean, Leo oversaw the disciplinary aspects of this all- boys boarding school, worked on long-term planning committees and was chairman of the discipline board.
Erudite Music is proud to have twin Boston grand pianos. Though they are a few years apart, they are identical pianos. Boston pianos are designed by Steinway and Sons so you know the quality is top-notch. Despite being identical pianos, they have unique characteristics that are fun to play around with!
I have chosen to name them Felix and Fanny after the famed Mendelssohn siblings. Both Felix and Fanny were outstanding pianists.