Leopoldo Erice, piano

Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice, born in Madrid in 1977, enjoys a performing and teaching career, which has brought him to Europe, the two Americas, Asia, and Africa. Among his performances, the recitals with cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, clarinetist James Campbell, the Cecilia, Quiroga, Vega, and Penderecki String Quartets, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española especially stand out. He has been a member of the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), has held the position of Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), and also has taught at Middle Tennessee State University (USA). Leopoldo has been guest faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain) and at Middlebury College (USA).

Eleven years ago Leopoldo founded the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica de Ribadeo (Spain), a summer chamber-music festival and workshop whose mission is to offer a high-quality program, to bring culture closer to the general public, and to develop the artistic abilities of its students. The FIMCR has established itself as one of the cultural references of Northwestern Spain.

Leopoldo has won several prestigious awards, including first prize at the Ciudad de Albacete National Piano Competition, and the prize for the best collaborative pianist at the Acisclo Fernández International Singing Competition, which he won by a unanimous jury vote. He has also made recordings for television and radio programs in Spain, Argentina, Syria, and the USA.

Leopoldo studied music in his home country with José Ramón Martínez Reyero, Beata Monstavicius, and Joaquín Soriano (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid), and in Holland with Rian de Waal (Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague). As a Fellow of the prestigious “la Caixa” Foundation Fellowship Program (Spain), he studied at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) under Leonard Hokanson, Menahem Pressler, and Emile Naoumoff. While at IU, he won by a unanimous faculty vote the coveted and rarely awarded Performer’s Certificate in recognition of his outstanding performance. He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA), where he studied under Christina Dahl.