RENE LECUONA
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BIOGRAPHY

Critics in Germany, the UK, and the U.S. have praised Réne Lecuona: “The imagery of the music is perfectly conveyed by Vogel and Lecuona in an inspired performance… ” (www.klassik.com); “Pianist Lecuona’s playing was remarkable, and her dialoguing and interplay with the string players was exceptional (Chantal Incandela: Nuvo, Indianapolis Arts).”

Réne Lecuona was awarded a performer’s certificate and a DMA at the Eastman School of Music.  She received undergraduate and master's degrees at the Indiana University School of Music.  Her major teachers have included Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio, the late György Sebök, Edward Auer, Shigeo Neriki, and Rebecca Penneys.  For much of her childhood, she studied with composer/pianist Laurie Conrad in Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Lecuona has performed throughout South America, Mexico, the U.S., and in Italy.  She is active as a soloist and as a chamber musician and recently performed Liszt’s Totentanz with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Eric McIntyre.  She has performed concerts in Medellin, Rio de Janeiro, Porte Alegre, Tucson, Chicago and at the Cedar Valley Chamber Music and Iowa City Chamber Music Festivals.  She was an Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 1994.  Her upcoming concerts will take her to Texas, Missouri, Virginia, and Illinois.  She may be heard on Centaur, Innova, Capstone, Cybele, Albany, Fleur de Son, and the CRI recording labels.

Réne Lecuona is Professor of Piano at the University of Iowa.  Her students have won numerous competitions such as the Starr Young Artist Competition, the MTNA State Competition, and the Toradze Piano Institute Fellowship.  Her former students hold teaching posts in Columbia and Brazil as well as in the U.S.  Lecuona served as a judge for the 2012 Naftzger Young Artists’ Competition in Wichita, Kansas, and will be judging the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition in February 2013.

Dr. Lecuona has a long standing cello/piano duo with Hannah Holman.  She is also the pianist for the Iowa City Piano Quartet as well as the guest pianist for Trio 826 for the 2012-2013 season.  She will return to the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2013. 

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