Saturday 22nd February 2020
One of Australia’s most distinguished pianists, Clemens Leske has been concerto soloist with all of Australia’s symphony orchestras (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian, West Australian and Queensland) under such conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Nicholas Braithwaite, Muhai Tang, Vernon Handley, Raimon Gamba and Tommy Tycho.
During his studies at the Juilliard School, New York, Clemens Leske regularly appeared at Lincoln Center in the famed ‘Bang on a Can’ and ‘Focus’ festivals of contemporary music and won numerous prizes and awards, including the ABC Young Performer of the Year, the David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship (Australia), and the Hattori Award (London).
Leske has regularly performed with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi and at such festivals as the Barossa International, Huntington, Spring and Adelaide. He was recently soloist with the Bangkok Symphony performing the Schumann piano concerto for the King of Thailand’s birthday concert, and with the Sydney Symphony performing the Tchaikovsky concerto, to great acclaim.
Leske has released three discs of solo piano and chamber music and has recorded extensively for Australian radio stations ABC-FM, 2MBS and 5UV.
In May 2005 Leske gave his London debut in the Royal Festival Hall, performing Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As a result of this success, he has been invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Eastbourne Festival in February 2008.
Recent appearances include a performance at Eastbourne Festival UK as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, performances in the eight-piano Steinway Spectacular, a performance of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the World Premiere of Carl Vine’s ‘Anne Landa Preludes’ (2006) and a solo recital as part of Historic Houses Trust’s ‘House Music’ series at Government House.
Other engagements have included four appearances as soloist with the Sydney Symphony at Angel Place and the Opera House, performing Mozart’s K413 Piano Concerto in July next year; and a national tour with the very successful “Steinway Spectacular” stage show.
Future engagements include four appearances as soloist with the Sydney Symphony in July 2009, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major, K413, and three performances of Strauss’ “Burlesque” with the same orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, in May 2010.
He is currently Lecturer in Keyboard at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.