Leah Kang, piano


  • Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) - Mélancolie, FP 105 (1940) (6’)
  • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) - Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911) (15’)
  • I. Modéré – très franc
  • II. Assez lent – avec une expression intense
  • III. Modéré
  • IV. Assez animé
  • V. Presque lent – dans un sentiment intime
  • VI. Vif
  • VII. Moins vif
  • VIII. Épilogue: lent
  • Marguerite Canal (1890–1978) - Jeux de soleil sur les vagues from Esquisses méditerranéennes (1930) (4’)
  • Takashi Yoshimatsu (1953) - Pleiades Dances IX, Op. 85 (2001) (14’)
  • I. Supple Prelude
  • II. Little Crystal Romance
  • III. Waltz in Obtuse Angle
  • IV. Lullaby in the Celestial Night
  • V. Romance on a Parabola
  • VI. Arabesque in Dream
  • VII. Landscape of Finale

Pianist Leah Kang is a musician of diverse interests who received degrees in biology and public health at the University of California, Los Angeles prior to pursuing professional studies in music. She has performed in the United States, Germany, Austria, Canada, France, Czech Republic, and has been featured as a soloist with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Leah has been awarded prizes in the American Prize Competition for Piano Performance (professional division) and the International Siegfried Weishaupt Piano Competition, with her performance as the second prize winner broadcast on SWR2 of Germany.

As a two-time recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) research fellowship, Leah spent her dissertation years as a visiting scholar at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. Her research explores arrangements of Beethoven’s works created by his close contemporaries. She premiered rare chamber music arrangements of Beethoven’s overtures in the US and has presented aspects of her research at international conferences such as “Beethoven-Perspektiven” (Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany), “Beethoven 2020: Analytical and Performative Perspectives” (Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, Amsterdam, Netherlands), and the World Piano Conference (Novi Sad, Serbia). Her current research interests involving pioneering French women composers from the early twentieth century have been supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Equally passionate about teaching, Leah has served on the music faculties of Antelope Valley College and Citrus College, as Associate Instructor of Music Theory at Indiana University Bloomington, and as a piano instructor for the School of Music and Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also frequently invited as an adjudicator for competitions and auditions throughout California and Wisconsin.

Leah earned her Master of Music and Performer Diploma in Piano Performance from Indiana University under the tutelage of Arnaldo Cohen and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Christopher Taylor.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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