Founded in 1942 by Edith Sullivan Golde - Alison Thomas, President


Congratulations to WILLIAM LIN, winner of the 2017 Concerto Competition 'Theodor Leschetizky' for Gifted Young Pianists

The winner's concert will take place Tuesday, April 25, 8 p.m., at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC.

William will perform Mendelssohn's Concerto in G minor with Camerata NY.
100 free tickets will be available for Leschetizky Association members at the Merkin box office, first come, first served.

First prize: William Lin - Click on picture for his bio.
Second prize: Adam Jackson

Big congratulations to all the participants! We heard beautiful playing at the auditions.

Please visit for more information about the competition.

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.


In benefit of the Concerto Competition 'Theodor Leschetizky',
the concert will feature works by Logan Vrankovic, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Boyd McDonald,
Debra Kaye, and Harold Meltzer, performed by LA members and guest artists.
Meet composers and performers at the reception following the concert.

Click on Flyer to see program details.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street, NYC

Tickets at the door: $40. Tickets in advance via Eventbee: $36, plus a small fee.

If you cannot attend, but would like to support our continued sponsorship of the concerto competition, please make a donation via the Paypal button below, or by check. Checks written to the Leschetizky Association Debut Fund, Inc. are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Leschetizky Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Reservations

Please consider making a donation to The Leschetizky Association Debut Fund. Your contribution will be much appreciated by a young musician.

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Participants in the 2016 AWARDS CONCERT, with Raj Bhimani, Director, GYP; Sophia Chen, student of Sophia Agranovich, performs Chopin's Impromptu No. 1, at the 2015 Gifted Young People's Concerts

Minji Kwon performs Corigliano's "Etude Fantasy" at the 2013 Live Music Benefit; Nils Vigeland introduces his song "There Was a Child Went Forth Every Day" (Walt Whitman)

1. Tom James talks about his piece "Attacco Belle"
2. Sheila Simpson performs "Attacco Belle" at the Live Music By Living Composers Benefit Concert, 2011
3. Gayle Martin Henry performs "To Keep the Dark Away" by Judith Shatin, with Charles E. Gerber, narrator
4. Junko Ichikawa performs "New Pictures at an Exhibition" by Seymour Bernstein, with poems by Owen Lewis

Click on picture to view video

Dues for membership are as follows, effective September 1, 2012:

Annual Membership: $45
Three-year Payment Option: $120
Lifetime Membership: $500

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The Leschetizky Association is a 501(c)(3) Not-for-profit Organization.

The Association has published a Leschetizky Album - Eleven long-out-of-print piano pieces
by Theodor Leschetizky

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Join the Leschetizky Association today and become a part of this great tradition of pianism, 
descended from Czerny and Beethoven, through the virtuoso pianist, composer, and pedagogue

     You can contribute to excellence in the performance and teaching of the piano

  • Network with musicians committed to upholding Leschetizky’s teaching ideals of beautiful tone production and musical integrity

  • Introduce future generations of pianists to this tradition of pianism

  • Provide your students with opportunities to perform

  • Join as a Friend and enjoy the programs offered by the Association

  • Enjoy free admission to the LA at Tenri Concert Series

The Leschetizky Association Programs    The News Bulletin           

The Leschetizky Association Venues and Programs

The Tenri Cultural Institute at 43A West 13th Street, NYC, a gallery where we house our Steinway "B", a gift from Hilde Wittgenstein, widow of Paul Wittgenstein, who was one of our founding members

Montclair State University in New Jersey, and Merkin Hall, Steinway Pianos, etc., in New York City

  • The Leschetizky Association at Tenri concert series features concert artist members in recital.

  • The Live Music By Living Composers Benefit Concert, involving composers active in the New York area, raises funds for the concerto competition and other programs we offer.

  • The Leschetizky Birthday Concert presents young pianists who embody Leschetizky's principles of piano playing.

  • The Youth Concerts provide young students the opportunity to practice performance skills.

  • The Gifted Young People's Concerts afford young pianists age 18 and younger, who are students of members, an opportunity to perform on stage with their peers. The concerts are adjudicated.

  • The Annual Awards Concert showcases students selected by a panel of judges from those performing on the Gifted Young People’s Concerts.

  • The Artist Student Recital provides an opportunity for pianists 18-32, who are rising young artists studying with Leschetizky Association members, to perform in a public recital.

  • The Teachers Forum meetings offer an opportunity for teachers to meet and discuss teaching techniques.

  • The Adult Performers Groups are informal gatherings where members play for one another to try out their repertoire, at members' studios.

  • The Concerto Competition 'Theodor Leschetizky' for Gifted Young Pianists, held every two years, presents a young artist (age 17 and younger) in a New York debut with orchestra, performing a full concerto.

  • The Master Class Series features renowned artists and teachers.

  • Seymour Bernstein Master Class
    Featured students: Sarah Palmer, Marcel Rominger, Justin Warren
    Click on picture to view movie of Mr. Bernstein working with Justin Warren

    The News Bulletin

      Members receive the Association's annual magazine, which includes:

    • News of the Association's events of the past year

    • Articles about Leschetizky and his musical descendants

    • Items from the Archives

    • Articles of scholarly and general interest

    • Calendar of members' concerts

    • Profiles of artist members

    • News from members' studios and regional chapters


    The Leschetizky Association also publishes an annual membership directory and maintains the Theodor Leschetizky Archives. We welcome members in the Leschetizky Pianist, Pianist, and Friend categories. To join, please download an application by clicking on the Membership tab to the left, and mail to:

    Ms. Young Drago
    37-21 90th Street, Apt 2R
    Jackson Heights, NY 11372

    Contact: Young Drago or Alison Thomas at