Dr Reid Smith Piano Studios
Educating the next generation of Van Cliburn winners

DR. 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. 

Reid 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. 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. In June, 2016 students attend the Benasque International Music Festival in Spain.

The 2017 festival is planned for August 1 - 10 in St Petersburg, Russia.

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 17th year as one of Reid's assistants.

LINDA HOLMEN began her piano studies at age 8 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She participated in MMTA competitions, performing twice at Northrup Auditorium at the U of MN. She studied at Augsburg College with Diana Lee Lucker where she earned her degrees in Elementary Education and Music, with an emphasis on Piano Performance.  As an adult Linda has studied with Larry David and Reid Smith. She taught 3rd and 4th grade for many years and has accompanied numerous musicals and choir concerts, and church and community choirs. Linda also plays flute and piccolo in the Synod Senior Band in Minneapolis and for many years performed with the Twin Cities Flute Ensemble. She also sings in numerous choirs, 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 will be her 16th 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 Dr. Rolf Espeseth in the New York metro area.  In high school she studied with Thelma Chorlian, a Juilliard graduate who studied with two of the greatest Russian piano teachers of the 20th century, Sasha Gorodnitzki, and Rosina Lhevinne. Since age 15 Ginny 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 subsequently studied music for a year at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Ginny 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 13th year teaching as one of Reid’s assistants. 


Dr Reid SmithDr Reid Smith - Quick Facts

Reid was born in North Carolina

Reid is entering his 28th year of teaching at Minnehaha and Mounds Park Academies!

Reid has produced 2 all-Chopin recordings and an all-Liszt. CD.

Chopin CD Volume I includes the 4 Ballades and other major works.

Chopin CD Volume II consists of the 24 Etudes Op. 10 and Op. 25.

Liszt CD consists of the B minor Sonata as well as other works.

All are available for purchase by contacting Reid at DrReidSmith@aol.com

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LaWayne LenoLaWayne Leno - Quick Facts

LaWayne has received international recognition as the author of The Untold Story of Adele aus der Ohe: From a Liszt Student to a Virtuoso.
For complete details:
The Untold Story of Adele aus der Ohe

Linda HolmenLinda Holmen - Quick Facts

Linda loves spending time with her 3 exceptional grandchildren and her summer weekends at her north Minnesota cabin in the woods.

Her family are avid travelers with their current 'must-go-to' list including Australia, New Zealand, and Africa.

Ginny SundbergGinny Sundberg - Quick Facts

Ginny is from a third generation Brooklyn, New York family, and attended high school in Bergen County, New Jersey.

She is the mother of 2 daughters and an avid traveler. She has visited her daughter Eve while she taught English in Japan, and her daughter Anna while she worked as an actress in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In the fall of 2014 Ginny and LaWayne performed a recital featuring the complete sonatas of Mozart for one piano, four hands.


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