Winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition (2021)
1st Place in Music Performance - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign High School Competition (2021)
Honorable Mention - Streator Smith Memorial Competition (2021)
Special Recognition - Pittsburgh International Piano Competition (2020)
1st Place - PFMC Memorial Award (2019)
Steinway Society Young Artist (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
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Parent/Student Reviews for Leona Chen
"I am writing to share the wonderful experience we have had with the DoReMi Project, working with Leona Chen. My daughter Sophie recently turned 13. She has loved playing around on our digital piano but has never had any formal lessons. I saw the posting about Leona offering lessons (I saw through her mother on Facebook) and jumped at the chance. Leona is an award-winning player and if nothing else I hoped my daughter would be inspired to see someone just a couple of years older than her have such confidence with the piano. Leona has far surpassed our expectations! She has an approach that is both kind and thorough. She has taught Sophie so many things to use to improve her practice, even drafting exercises and wrap-up notes for Sophie to reflect on ahead of the next lesson. I was worried my daughter would be nervous during the session but she is not at all because Leona is an exceptionally kind and encouraging teacher. After just the first lesson my daughter was begging to sign up for more. After the second one she hopped up and said "I LOVE PIANO!" It is such a tremendous thing to see this kind of joy! Leona has a keen eye and ear, noticing every aspect of hand placement, speed, volume, etc, and providing just the right level of encouraging feedback. We are so appreciative of this project- we were not sure if piano lessons could be offered via Zoom especially with such a novice player, but this has been fantastic! We will take as many lessons as we can and plan to donate to the project to keep this wonderful effort going for more families." - Ms. Sarah B.
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