Guest Artists

GUEST ARTISTS 2020

Joseph Kingma, piano, is a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Recognized for both the unique beauty of his sound and the emotional intensity of his performances, he has won awards in several international competitions, including first prize at the American Liszt Society’s 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. He has also appeared as a semi-finalist and/or won awards in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist International Competition, and the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Dr. Kingma is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist and has performed with the Monroe Symphony, Manassas Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, and Spring Hill Orchestra, among others. He maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and has appeared at such series as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Good Shepherd International Concert Series, Coastal Carolina University’s Piano Series, and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. Additionally, his performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s 98.7-WFMT. Dr. Kingma joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018, where he teaches piano performance, pedagogy, and literature as Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division. He enjoys teaching masterclasses for pre-college and college students and has been invited to teach and perform at the Pensacola MTA, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, William Carey University, University of North Alabama, and University of Toledo. Additionally, he teaches select advanced students through the PBA preperatory department. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees 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. Dr. Kingma is currently represented in North and South America by Elegy Artist Management. His website is 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.