REID SMITH began piano lessons when he was 4. He was accompanying the
choirs at church when 6 years old, gave his first solo recital tour at age 8,
and began teaching the beginners in his piano teacher’s studio when he was 9.
At 11, he performed a Mozart Concerto with orchestra, at 12 was appointed the
church organist, and soon after won his first national piano competition.
A graduate of Boston University and the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik in Austria,
Reid received his Master’s in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. He
has toured as a soloist throughout the United States to critical acclaim for
eight seasons under the auspices of Columbia Artists and has performed concerti
with several orchestras. His doctoral thesis—“An Analysis of the Structural,
Technical and Pedagogical Aspects of the Chopin Etudes Opus 10 and Opus 25”—included a supporting performance of the 24 Chopin Etudes.
has taught piano at The Juilliard School, Kent State University, St. John’s
University, and the University of Minnesota. His teaching combines the finest
aspects of the German School (from Leonard Shure, Boston University, assistant
to Artur Schnabel), with the Russian School (from Sascha Gorodnitzki,
Juilliard), and the Leschetizky method (from Noel Flores, Vienna).
Several of his
students have won college music scholarships.
Reid was on the faculty of the 2007 International Yves Nat Piano Festival in
Serignan, France. Oxana Yablonskaya of the Juilliard School and Reid were the
two featured solo artists at that festival. Reid was also on the faculty
of the 2009 International Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan, the 2010 Varallo
Italy International Festival and the 2011 Norma Italy International Festival.
He was on the jury of the 2nd Maria Herrero International Piano Competition and
on the faculty of the Granada Spain Music Festival in 2012, where one of
his students, Emma Taggart, was the unanimous first prize winner. In 2013 he
was on the jury of the 23rd Cantu International Concerto Competition and the
first Barlassina International Young Talents Competition, both in Italy. Most
recently Reid took 14 student performers to the 2014 Accademia Tadini
International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy, where 10 of his students
performed concerto movements with the Milan Chamber Orchestra.
will be returning to Spain in the spring of 2016 to attend the Benasque International Music Festival.
Reid teaches with several assistant instructors
on a rotating basis. Gifted pianists with a desire to major in piano
performance who are also committed to the practicing necessary for a life in
music and to preparing for solo recitals may audition for private weekly
lessons with Reid instead.
LAWAYNE LENO began his piano studies in his native North Dakota with Belle Mehus and
later taught for several years for Belle Mehus at the Mehus Conservatory
in Bismarck, ND. LaWayne is a graduate of the University of Mary in
Bismarck. He continued his piano studies with Oxana Yablonskaya of the
Juilliard School, and most recently coached with Alexandre Dossin of the
University of Oregon. LaWayne has been a long time church organist, choir
accompanist, and for several years was a duo partner of violinist, Alex
Romanov. LaWayne has also studied and performed at the 2008, 2009, and
2011 Piano Texas Institute in Fort Worth. He taught and performed in recital
with Reid at the International Festival in Serignan, France and LaWayne and
Reid have performed in the Schubert Club Courtroom Series. This will be LaWayne's
16th year as one of Reid's assistants.
began her piano studies at age 8 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She
participated in MMTA competitions, performing twice at Northrup
the U of MN. She studied at Augsburg College with Diana Lee Lucker
earned her degrees in Elementary Education and Music, with an emphasis
Performance. As an adult Linda has studied with Larry David and
Smith. She taught 3rd and 4th grade for many years and has accompanied
musicals and choir concerts, and church and community choirs. Linda
flute and piccolo in the Synod Senior Band in Minneapolis and for many
performed with the Twin Cities Flute Ensemble. She also sings in
including Evangelion, which tours in Ukraine every other year. Linda is
currently on the board of directors of the National Lutheran Choir and
Hats and Mittens. She is a past board memeber of Minnesota
Independent School Forum, and Hammer Residences in Wayzata. This
her 15th year as one of Reid's assistants. "I love being a part of the
team and hope to continue for many years to come!"
VIRGINIA SUNDBERG began formal piano training at age 6 with Thelma Chorlian in the New
York metro area. In high school she studied piano and organ with Dr. Rolf
Espeseth. Since age 15 she has been an organist and choir director with
numerous churches, both on the east coast and in St Paul. Ginny earned a
Bachelor of Music degree from St Olaf College and a Master's degree in Church
Music from Princeton Seminary. She has had long associations with MPA,
Hamline University and Princeton University. Ginny was a founding member of The
Oratorio Society of Minnesota under Dr. George Chu. This will be her 12th year teaching as one of Reid’s assistants.