LEONNE LEWIS is the Founding Editor of MIROIRS CA, the online classical music journal. She is a music journalist, music critic, classical pianist, lecturer and juror. Leonne received Master of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance from California State University, Long Beach and the University of Southern California. She served as Editor of California Music Teacher magazine from 2015-2016 and contributes articles and reviews to such publications as Clavier magazine, as a Consulting Editor, Clavier Companion, Strad, Strings, Torrance Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press Telegram, Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Santa Barbara News Press, Santa Barbara magazine, The Instrumentalist, California Music Teacher, Piano Artistry of Beijing, China and Wiener Zeitung newspaper of Vienna, Austria. Her articles include interviews with Martha Argerich, Helene Grimaud, Paul Badura-Skoda, Heinrich Schiff, Marilyn Horne, Christopher Parkening and Rainer Kuchl, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Leonne gives lecture-performances on a variety of musical subjects for universities, colleges, music organizations and music festivals at venues such as UCLA, UC Irvine, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CSU Long Beach, the Music Teachers’ Association of California and the Vienna International Pianists Academy. She presented lecture-performances on “Beethoven and His World” and “Beethoven and His Piano” which were sponsored by the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach and the Long Beach Symphony, as part of this orchestra’s 2009-2010 season of complete Beethoven symphonies in performance.
Leonne’s lecture topics include “Successful Career Planning in Music,” “Music Criticism and its Influence,” “Richard Wagner: The Ultimate Drama King,” “The Romantic Spirit in Music, Literature and Culture,” “Vienna in Hollywood,” “Is Authenticity in Performance Really Authentic?” and “The Two Faces of Frederic Chopin.” She adjudicates at local and international music competitions such as the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria, served two terms as President of the MTAC LB. She has visited Vienna, Austria twenty times to write about the city’s cultural scene.
Leonne has performed as soloist and guest artist since age eight on concert series and with orchestras throughout California, and is a member of the Fine Arts Duo, an ensemble that features piano-cello repertoire from the classics to modern. Critical reviews of Leonne’s performances include: “The pianist’s imperious technical aplomb made for resounding musical results” (Monterey Herald) and “It can be said that she is a natural” (San Francisco Chronicle).