Cantabile stylings via romantic, impressionistic and contemporary music
Bruce Leto Jr.
About Bruce: As a prize-winner in scholastic (Dora Khyatt); Collegiate (Bi-Co Concerto Competition); national (West Chester National Piano Competition; Seattle International Virtuoso Artists Festival); and international (Quebec Music Competition; Canadian International; VI Odin - EAAE Affiliate; Progressive Musicians) piano adjudications - Bruce's music tenure has enabled him to perform in PA, NJ, FL, NY, and Italy. In 2021, Bruce received 1st Prize in the Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition (Professional Division - Piano) - successfully winning his first-ever professional division as a soloist. He also received 3rd Prize in the Four-Hands category of the VI Odin International Music Competition with ensemble partner Scott Cohen; 3rd Prize in the National West Chester Piano Competition; 2nd Prize in the Seattle International Piano Festival - Virtuoso Artists 2020; 3rd Prize in the International School of Culture and Art Music Competition, as well as the French Performance Award in the Elevato Piano Competition; and 1st Prize - Platinum with Cohen in the Ensemble Category of the Canadian International Online Music Competition. 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. Presently, he studies under Scott Cohen on a performance-based scholarship at the Cohen School of Music.
Bruce's playing has been described as "kaleidoscopic," "refined," "intelligent," and "highly skilled" by piano department chairs of music schools, critically-acclaimed international pianists, professional review outlets such as Take Effect 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 Seasonal Sonorities] Bruce demonstrates an impressive ability to interpret music from different eras, from romantic to impressionist, to 21st century." - David Carpenter, Composer (Navona Records)
"Played with great care and sensitivity...Bruce Leto is an intelligent and highly-skilled musician." - Charles Abramovic, Department Chair Piano Studies (Temple University)
In 2020, Bruce released a CD ("GOMITOLO! An Interpreter's Tribute to a COVID-Stricken Europe") with Navona records, which received Finalist Recognition via the highly competitive The American Prize competition (Professional Division, Solo), and a Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards in 2021!
About Singing Style & Acknowledgement: Every piece of music has a story - whether tonally, modally, or motivically. "Singing Style" is an album as derived from compositional sensibilities as it is from the art of song. From Armed and Dangerous (inspired by the "L'homme Arme") to Chopin's 3rd Ballade (referencing bel canto opera), to Bluebird Sings Goodnight (a Zuni Lullaby) - "Singing Style" takes the listener through compositional passages, vocal/piano arrangements, and social justice calls to action.
Special thanks to all donors/partners/dedicatees who have made this commercial release possible: Ricardo Tull, Jr; Dan Ciecka; Tom Quirk; Pam Goodman/Wally Orlov; Charles Bryant; Tony Brown; Catherine Radbill; Bruce Leto, Sr; Lou Petrone; Tyler Gaspich; Matthew Gabalawi; Jacob Flaschen; Isaac Lippert; Patti Gedrich; Mark DeMasi; Matthew McCloskey; Adrian Howard; Erik Scattereggia; and, Robert Solomon.
Singing Style - Albany Records