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As one of America’s leading pianists, Leon Bates has earned for himself a place on the international concert circuit. His performance schedule includes dates across the United States, in Canada, Italy, France, Austria, Ireland, England as well as Africa. He is invited to perform on the major concert stages around the world and audiences and critics find his musical spirit to possess all the elements of greatness.

Mr. Bates has performed with many of the major U.S. symphonies such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Boston Symphony among others.

In Europe, he has performed with the Vienna Symphony, the Basel Symphony, the Radio-Orchestra of Dublin, the Strasbourg Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Symphony of Sweden and more. Whether in recital or as a soloist with orchestra, his praises are enumerated in many different languages—but they are all in agreement on one point: Leon Bates is a major artist and one of America’s best.

Leon Bates announced his retirement from touring in December 2018 for medical reasons.

"Leon Bates alone succeeded in giving the music its explosive power, dramatic character and unmistakable color…Bates is a formidable pianist and a virtuoso…"

-Le Repubblica

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Bernstein, Bates & Friends

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Ahn Trio; Portland String Quartet; Borealis Wind Quintet; Louise Toppin, soprano; Dynasty Battles, piano; Joseph Joubert, piano


Bernstein: Piano Trio [Ahn Trio]
Walker: Piano Sonata No. 1 [Dynasty Battles, piano]
Lefebvre: Suite for Wind Quintet, Op. 57 [Borealis Wind Quintet]
Ives: String Quartet No. 1 [Portland String Quartet]
Gershwin: Selection of Songs TBA [Louise Toppin, soprano and Joseph Joubert, piano]


Note this program replaces the Leon Bates-Michelle Cann program originally scheduled for this date.

This concert is supported by The Presser Foundation.

Leon Bates will give a master class for students at Settlement Music School (Curtis Branch) on Saturday, December 8, 4-6 pm.

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Leon Bates, piano

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 3:00 PM

Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42
Rachmaninov: Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Rachmaninov: Prelude in B Minor, Op. 32, No. 10
Rachmaninov: Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2
Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Ravel: Miroirs
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3, Op. 28

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Leon Bates, piano

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

MacDowell: Sonata No. 4, Op. 59, “Keltic”
Cunningham: Engrams
Barber: Nocturne, Op. 33
Barber: Ballade, Op. 46
Liszt: Sonata in B Minor

Le Repubblica

“Leon Bates alone succeeded in giving the music its explosive power, dramatic character and unmistakable color…Bates is a formidable pianist and a virtuoso…”

New York Times

“Rarer still is the artist who can carry off as wise an interpretive touch…”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“His firm rhythmic sense was not unyielding, He made the jaunty solo passages sound like elegant improvisations, He gave such impetus to the first movement that he was interrupted by applause at the end.”

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