Leonard Hokanson



Leonard Hokanson is a welcome guest in the world's major music capitals, and is internationally recognized as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. One of the last pupils of Artur Schnabel, he also studied with Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Claude Frank and Julian DeGray. He is currently a professor of piano at the School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington and a permanent guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music. Having lived for much of his professional career in Germany and Austria, he has become known to audiences through his numerous recordings and concert appearances. Mr. Hokanson has performed with such major ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Vienna Symphony. Winner of the Steinway Prize of Boston and a prizewinner at the International Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, he has performed at the festivals of Aldeburgh, Berlin, Echternach, Lucerne, Prague, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and Vienna, to name a few. He is a founding member of the Odeon Trio and resident pianist for Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. He has been guest artist with such ensembles as the Vermeer Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Ensemble Villa Musica, and the Wind Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic and frequently performs duo recitals with violinist Miriam Fried, clarinetist James Campbell, and hornist, Hermann Baumann. As a collaborator in song recitals, he has played with such renowned artists as Martina Arroyo, Grace Bumbry, Franz Hawlata, Edith Mathis, Edda Moser and Hermann Prey. A prolific recording artist, his recordings in the last few years have included the complete piano works of Walter Piston, Haydn sonatas, Mozart concertos, Brahms intermezzi, Schubert's complete works for violin and piano with Edith Peinemann, Brahms sonatas for clarinet and piano with James Campbell, Beethoven's complete songs with Hermann Prey and Pamela Coburn, and previously unrecorded early piano works of Schubert. He recently recorded Norbert Burgmьller's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra for the MDG label. Recording labels with which he has been associated include: Bayer, Capriccio, Denon, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Marquis, MDG,Naxos, Northeastern, Philips, RCA, and Sony. 

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