Leonid Treer, born in the former Soviet Union, performs in the tradition of his great Russian predecessors. Critics hail his “striking demonstration of the grand Russian piano manner”, citing his union of “sensitive, emotional interpretations with a formidable technique”.
He began piano studies at the age of six and progressed under tutelage of Anna Stoliarevich, a student of the eminent pianist, composer and conductor Felix Blumenfeld, who taught Vladimir Horowitz. Blumenfeld came from the school of Rimsky-Korsakoff and Anton Rubinstein.
Mr. Treer’s distinguished teacher at the prestigious Gnessin State Institute of Musical Pedagogics in Moscow was Professor Boris Moiseyevich Berlin. His musical lineage can be traced all the way back to Franz Liszt by way of legendary pianists Konstantin Igumnov and Alexander Siloti.
Mr.Treer graduated with MM
from the prestigious Gnessin State Institute of Musical Pedagogics in Moscow, Russia.
Mr. Treer has performed throughout the former USSR, Europe, Israel, the United States, Australia and most recently, the People’s Republic of China, as soloist, chamber musician and lecture–performer. The Burganger and Treer Piano Duo was invited to perform concerts and teach master classes in two of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Leonid Treer is a frequent guest of music festivals and has performed with prominent ensembles such as the Lark, Biava, Audubon, Alexander and Miami String Quartets.
His master classes and lecture recitals include works of the great eastern European composers Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Gubaidulina and Schnittke. His versatility is demonstrated in his series of concerts “Roots of Classical Music”, which present a range of ethnic and national music from African–American to Gaelic, Armenian and Jewish themes, as well as an annual salute to the works of women composers and performers. He is the founder of a Russian chamber music festival in South Florida.
Mr. Treer is Professor of Music and Artist–in–Residence at Florida Atlantic University’s School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, where he teaches courses in piano, chamber music and accompanying literature, as well as Russian music and culture. He is Artistic Director of the FAU Chamber Soloists.