Leading Pianist to Attend Breakfast with the Artist Session

Posted: April 25, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The George Mason community is invited to meet internationally acclaimed pianist Leon Bates on Thursday, April 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 240A. During this casual session hosted by the Music Department and African American Studies, Bates will talk about his background and how body building aids his piano playing ability. He will be performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 with the George Mason University Orchestra at the Music Department’s fifth annual Music Scholarship Benefit Concert on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

A native of Philadelphia, Bates began his formal study of music at the age of six on both the piano and violin. Deemed a musical genius, Bates began studying with Irene Beck at the Settlement Music School and continued his studies under the renowned pianist Natalie Hinderas at Temple University Esther Boyle College of Music. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Washington and Lee University for his contributions to the music world.

Since winning the Philadelphia Orchestra Senior Auditions as a student more than 20 years ago, Leon Bates has emerged as one of America’s leading pianists. He has performed throughout the world and with many of the major U.S. symphonies. Recently, he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the Italian Symphony Orchestra of Bergamo on its U.S. tour, which included a concert at Carnegie Hall.

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