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Mood Poems.

PARMA - May 2024 Release

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Award-Winning Pianist Bruce Leto Jr. 


About BruceAs a prize-winner in scholastic (Dora Khyatt); Collegiate (Bi-Co Concerto Competition); national (Seattle International Virtuoso Artists Festival, West Chester Piano Competition); and international (Sound Espressivo International Competition) piano adjudications - Bruce's music tenure has enabled him to perform in PA, NJ, FL, NY, and Italy. During his collegiate years, Bruce received 1st Prize in the Bi-College Student Concerto Competition, and performed the 3rd Movement of Gershwin's Concerto in F with the Haverford/Bryn Mawr Orchestra. Previously, Bruce also received a Silver Award in the Progressive Musicians International Competition 2020 (Solo/Ensemble - Professional Division) - where he made his Carnegie Hall Debut (on 2/2/22); 3rd Prize in the National West Chester Piano Competition; 1st Prize in the Seattle International Piano Festival - Virtuoso Artists 2021 (19 and Up);  1st Prize in the Advanced Chamber Music Division of the 2024 San Francisco Bay Area Music Association Innovative Competition with Ensemble Partner Kiran Rajamani; 1st Prize in the Seattle International Piano Festival - Virtuoso Artists 2022 (Adult, Professional Division); Finalist Placing with Special Recognition - Championing the Music of Charles and Curt Cacioppo (Judge's Citation) via the highly competitive The American Prize (Professional Division, Solo); and, Prizewinner Recognition via the LIVE Audition of Sound Espressivo Music Competition, March 2024. During his collegiate years, Bruce's piano study under Linda de Pasquale and Curtis Cacioppo led to acceptance at the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Orfeo International Music Festival - where he studied in 2011. Bruce's multifaceted, artistic Senior Recital (of the Italian Grand Tour) at Haverford College in 2014 resulted in a recommendation for Departmental High Honors, which - in many ways - spurred life and inspiration into his subsequent music career.

Bruce's playing has been described as "kaleidoscopic," "refined," "intelligent," "exceptional," "multifaceted," "poetic," "lyrical," and "highly skilled" by piano department chairs of music schools, critically-acclaimed international pianists, professional review outlets such as Take Effect, Fanfare, and Artisan Music Reviews and Navona-affiliated composers.  He has been featured in masterclasses with concert artists such as: Steven Mayer, Riccardo Piacentini, Veda Zuponcic, and Leon Bates!

In 2020, Bruce released a CD ("GOMITOLO! An Interpreter's Tribute to a COVID-Stricken Europe") with Navona records, which received a Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards in 2020, and airplay on UMFM radio! In May 2021, Bruce's CD "Singing Style" - released with Albany Records - received airplay via WRTI 90.1 Classical, KGNU After FM, appearance(s) (via "Apparition") on Chuck Cacioppo's Selected Recordings section of the Wilfred Laurier music faculty page (this piece was also featured during Chuck's presentation at Cleveland State University), and reviews from Fanfare Magazine (in addition to another Silver Medal at the Summer 2021 Global Music Awards). GMA additionally honored Bruce's 2023 Independent Release "Campane Nuziali e Balli" - a tribute to Bruce's wife after their wedding in 2023 - with Outstanding Achievement recognition.

Bruce's 2024 release - "Mood Poems." is out now (below) and available via Parma Recordings. Pieces from this album have received Airplay via VPN (Afternoon Classical with Mike Goldberg), National Finalist Recognition via the 2024 American Prize Competition (Piano Solo Division); and, Bruce's video recorded performances of Curt's music received a Special Prize from World Piano Teachers Association (Italy, 2024 Competition) for the Best Performance of a Contemporary Work.

Mood Poems (OUT NOW).

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Piano & Harp Faculty Member, Chaerin Kim of Harvard University (commenting on Bruce's Semi-Finals performance during the 2023 Music International Grand Prix Competition - featuring a selection from the EP): "Performed with Colorful & Expressive Tone, Sensitivity, and Musicality."

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"Kaleidoscopic," "Refined," "Intelligent" - Bruce Leto, Jr. performs at Carnegie Hall.


Rehearsal & Performance Videos.

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