Founded in 1942 by Edith Sullivan Golde - Zelma Bodzin, President

The Leschetizky Association marks with sadness the passing of Leon Fleisher. He was a musician of the very highest order, who enriched the art with his humanity and generosity of spirit. His presence in the world of performing and especially teaching will be sorely missed.

We must also announce the postponement of the next Concerto Competition 'Theodor Leschetizky' for Gifted Young Pianists. In the era of Covid-19, it is the responsible action. We will resume the Competition in spring of 2022. Please visit for more information and application forms. Thank you for your understanding and continued interest in this important program of the Leschetizky Association.
Zelma Bodzin, President

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Concerto Competition 'Theodor Leschetizky' for Gifted Young Pianists

First prize: Tahe-Lee Liiv - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Second prize: William Lauricella

Congratulations to both!

Please visit for more information about the competition.

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Participants in the June 4, 2017 Youth Concert

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

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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, Klavierhaus, etc., in New York City

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

  • The Live Music By Living Composers Concert showcases music by composers active in the New York area and beyond, who frequently attend the event and talk about their music.

  • 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 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 and above, 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 Members' Musicales 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

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