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• American pianist, Leann Osterkamp, has performed at Caramoor, the Kennedy Center, The Baryshnikov Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall,  and as a featured soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Boettcher Concert Hall. The NY Times has described her as bringing “descriptive color” to her performances. The LA Times describes her as a “strong” collaborator with “the desired flashiness.”

• She has garnered numerous accolades, in both performance and academia. She was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts through the United States Department of Education under President Obama. A recording artist, she has recorded for Steinway Spirio and her recordings of Ravel were featured by David Dubal on WQXR. Her solo album The Complete Works of Leonard Bernstein for Solo Piano and her recording of John Musto’s Improvisation & Fugue on a second album are released under the Steinway and Sons Label. Her featured album release concert at Steinway Hall was heralded as “breathtaking” and “one for the history books” by New York Music Daily. Her recordings were featured on Alex Ross’ (critic for The New Yorker) “Nightafternight” playlist. The Santa Fe New Mexican states, “she infuses her interpretations with vigor, wit, sonic color, and a variegated touch, drawing effectively on the broad expressive range of her instrument.” Most recently, she was interviewed by BBC Music Magazine.

• Leann’s academic research has been awarded the Baisley Powell Elebash Dissertation Award and the Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies.  She has lectured on this research at prestigious New York universities such as Brooklyn College, The Juilliard School, and The Graduate Center CUNY as well as the Early Research Initiative Conference. She has been invited as an archival lecturer and performer at the Library of Congress in Spring 2018.

• Leann is an Adjunct Faculty member at The Juilliard School, having taught for over five years in every area of the Keyboard Studies Department at the conservatory.

 

Steinways are able to produce more colors and textures than any other piano. The action on every instrument, regardless of venue or situation, has this almost indescribable freedom to it. It allows the artist to work with the piano instead of working against it.”

Leann Osterkamp

 

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