The Hotchkiss Concert Series is pleased to welcome pianist Leonel Morales on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. This will be Mr. Morales' third visit to the Hotchkiss stage. He will perform a virtuosic program which includes pillars of piano repertoire: Beethoven's Sonata op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight) and Sonata op. 53 (Waldstein); Ravel's Ondine and Scarbo (from Gaspard de la Nuit), and Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody. The concert is free and open to the public; no ticket reservations are necessary.
Born in Cuba, Leonel Morales has lived in Spain since 1991, where he has been awarded many international prizes including First Prize in the Guerrero Foundation International Piano Competition in Madrid and the Second Prize at Jaen International Piano Competition. He graduated from the University of Havana where he studied under Frank Fernandez, a student of renowned Moscow Conservatory professor Victor Merzhanov, firmly establishing Mr. Morales in the Russian tradition of pianists. A professor of piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Castellón, Spain, Mr. Morales also teaches at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio in Madrid and Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has performed all over the world, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City and toured with various orchestras, including the Spanish National Orchestra, Spanish Radio and TV Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic of Galicia, Symphonic Orchestra of Bilbao, the Symphonic Orchestra of Hamburg, Frankfurt-Oder Orchestra, RAI National Orchestra of Turin, among many others. While on tour with the Spanish National Orchestra, The Washington Post praised his "...extraordinary interpretation and power."
Please visit leonelmorales.com to learn more.
The Hotchkiss School
Founded in 1891, The Hotchkiss School is a coeducational boarding school located at 11 Interlaken Road in Lakeville, Connecticut. Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center is situated in the lower level of the main building. For more information about this and other arts events at The Hotchkiss School visit www.hotchkiss.org/arts or call 860-435-4423.