Guest Artists

GUEST ARTISTS 2020

American pianist Joseph Kingma, praised by the New York Concert Review as “[coaxing] the listener into the music’s poetry from the very first notes of his Liszt, showing the command of a master and a composer’s insight…held the audience spellbound,” enjoys a prolific national and international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He won first prize in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Liszt Society, and has won awards in the Cincinnati World Competition and Sorantin Young Artist International Competition. As a recitalist, Dr. Kingma has performed on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, the Yamaha Artist Services Performance Series in New York City, the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series in Toledo, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Timucua Arts Foundation in Orlando, the Good Shepherd International Concert Series in Minneapolis, L’Oasis Musicale in Montreal, and many others. He performs with many orchestras, including the Monroe Symphony, Manassas Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, Spring Hill Orchestra, and Brazos Chamber Orchestra. He also performs regularly as a chamber musician with faculty colleagues and appears as a guest artist with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, several of his performances have been featured on Chicago’s classical music radio station, 98.7 WFMT. Dr. Kingma is the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division and Assistant Professor of Piano at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he teaches piano and related courses. He also runs a private piano studio. He regularly receives invitations from music schools, universities, and music teacher associations across the country to present masterclasses, adjudicate competitions, and perform recitals. He enjoys playing chess, running, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and relaxing on the beach when he’s not traveling or teaching. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his DMA, where he studied with Anton Nel. He earned his BM and MM at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Norman Krieger, Tali Morgulis, Sandra Wright Shen, Alan Chow, Craig Nies, and Jon Kimura Parker. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. More information is available on his website www.josephkingma.com. This summer marks Dr. Kingma’s second season with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.

Lisa Leonard, hailed as a pianist who “communicates great musical understanding through a powerful and
virtuosic technique”, enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center. The past two seasons included master classes and solo performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds in Hungary and recitals with renowned trumpeter Eric Aubier, Grammy nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann as well as recitals in Texas, Oklahoma and New York. She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela with conductors including Gunther Schuller and Gustavo Dudamel. An active and dedicated chamber musician, her recent collaborations have included recitals with Elmar Oliveira, Marc Reese and Guillermo Figueroa. She is a long time member of the Palm Beach Chamber Players and has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota and Cincinnati Symphonies; American and Miami String Quartets, and the Empire Brass Quintet in performances featured on National Public Radios’ “Performance Today” and “Command Performance” programs. Her love of new music has resulted in several premieres of both solo and chamber music, including James Stephenson’s Concerto for Trumpet and Piano which was written for her and her husband, Marc Reese and which they premiered with the Lynn University Philharmonia. The performance was noted as one of South Florida’s Top 10 performances of 2007, which also included her performance of the Brahms F minor Piano Quintet at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Critic Lawrence Budmen said, “Her stellar technique, deeply penetrating musicality and volcanic power turned Brahms’ darkly ruminative score into an edge of the seat tour de force. She uncovered new sonic layers in an awesome deconstruction of a chamber music masterpiece.” Ms. Leonard has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Luzerne Music Center and the Meadowmount School of Music as a collaborative pianist, and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Currently, Ms. Leonard is Professor of Collaborative Piano at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music where she also directs the annual New Music festival, which has produced over 100 premieres. She has performed at many festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, Gilmore International and Caramoor; has been featured on Japan’s NHK television network, PBS, and can be heard on the Klavier, Centaur, and Summit labels. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she was the premiere recipient of both the Rubinstein and Balsam awards, two of the highest awards given. Her former teachers include Marc Silverman, Eric Larsen, Suzanne W. Guy, Isidore Cohen, Cynthia Phelps, David Geber and the Meadowmount Trio. Ms. Leonard was a core member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival for many years and we have been proud to welcome her back for the last two summers.