Dr. Carol Leone is Chair of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Piano at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas. She has performed and taught throughout the US, Europe and Asia and has been a prizewinner in piano competitions such as the National Beethoven Sonata Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and the International Masters Competition. Her professional training included study at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she received a diploma and was a student of the legendary Polish pianist Mieczysław Horszowski. She was also a student of Guido Agosti in Rome at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she received the Honors Diploma.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Leone can be heard in recordings produced by MSR Classics, the Augusta Read Thomas Label, Gasparo Records, and Crystal Records. She performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated contemporary music ensemble, Voices of Change. Among Dr. Leone’s many awards, she was named the 2005-2006 Texas Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year. She has taught in international festivals in Italy, Russia, Austria, the Czech Republic, China and South Korea.
Leone is considered the world’s leading performer, teacher, and researcher on alternate-sized piano keyboards for the benefit of pianists with smaller hand-spans. She has been published in journals such as American Music Teacher, Piano Professional and Clavier Companion.