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Piano Masterworks: Beethoven, Mussorgsky

Release Date:
3/5/2012 4:58 PM

University of New Haven: José García-León, events José García-León

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – José García-León, an international award-winning concert pianist and an assistant professor of music at the University of New Haven, will give a piano recital on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

The recital will take place at the Dodds Theater on the UNH Main Campus, 300 Boston Post Road, in West Haven. The concert is free and open to the public. Parking rules do not apply so patrons may part in faculty, commuter and other spaces except handicapped spaces.

Garcia-Leon will perform several piano masterworks including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

The winner of numerous national and international competitions, including the Artist International Competition of New York.  García-León has performed extensively as a solo recitalist.  He has been featured at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at music festivals in St. Petersburg, Finland, New York, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Ireland, Thailand, Chile, France and throughout Spain.

In addition, he has worked with conductors Timothy Perry, Florin Totan from the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra and Constantine Orbelian with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra; and has made recordings for national television and radio programs in Spain, the United States and South East Asia.

He has participated in master classes of renowned pianists such as Sergei Arzumanov, Sara Davis Buechner, Zenon Fishbein, Lev Vlasenko as well as Valery Kastelsky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and Leonid Brumberg at the Conservatory of Vienna.

As a scholar he has presented research papers on a variety of music topics at international conferences in the United States, Greece and South Korea.

García-León was born in Seville, Spain. After graduating with highest honors from the Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla, he moved to New York where he completed a doctorate in musical arts at the Manhattan School of Music. His main teachers have been Nina Svetlanova and Sophia Rosoff.

For more information, contact García-León at 203-931-2928 or at

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