Rebecca Leshures, Instructor, Piano
Canadian pianist Rebecca Leshures recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music with her masters degree in piano performance, studying under sought-after teacher Phillip Kawin. She graduated summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College in 2010 with her B.M. in Piano, studying with esteemed pedagogue Ingrid Clarfield. Rebecca also holds an ARCT Performer's Diploma from the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music, earning First Class Honors with Distinction. While in Canada she performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 in the finals round of the National Piano Competition for the 16 years and under age category. In 2007 she performed Beethoven's “Emperor” Concerto No. 5 at the MTNA conference in Toronto, and in 2008 performed R. Schumann’s Concerto in A minor with the Princeton Community Orchestra. She performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2008 as a winner of the Young Musician's Competition. Rebecca has enjoyed performing solo recitals in New York, Florida, New Jersey, and Alberta, as well as numerous recitals as a vocal accompanist. She was the first place winner of all four annual piano competitions held at Westminster during her Undergraduate Degree and in 2009 was awarded a scholarship that included a trip to Florida to perform a solo recital. In 2009 Rebecca won first place in the Collegiate Division of the NJMTA Piano Competition. In addition to performing Rebecca loves to teach, work at piano summer schools, participate in new music concerts, and collaborate with vocalists and chamber musicians.