Pianist Lea Neiman Performance on April 3, 2010

Apr 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Member Concerts, Reviews

Lea Neiman performed a breathtaking program this evening of Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Chopin, dazzling the audience with her sensitivity and mastery. We hope to hear her again soon.


Mozart: Sonata Op. 570 (allegro, adagio, allegretto)
Rachmaninoff: Prelude, Op 23 no. 5
Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14

~ Intermission ~

Chopin: Fantasy Impromptu op 66, Waltz, Op. 64, No. 2
Nocturn, Op. 15 no 2 and Ballade, No. 1, Op. 23
Lizst: Love Dream


Lea Neiman Bio

Israeli-born pianist Lea Neiman is a profound musician whose diverse career includes extensive performing and teaching. A recipient of the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation Grant for four consecutive years, she graduated with honors from the Rubin’s Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and she went on to receive her Master’s degree in the United States.

Ms. Neiman attended the Mannes College of Music in New York where she studied under the tutelage of Nadia Reisenberg. Her graduate work brought her to the West Coast, where she studied with Adolph Baller at Stanford University. In addition Ms. Neiman worked with the eminent Berkeley composer/pianist Julian White.

Equally at home in every genre, Lea Neiman’s performance schedule has included solo recitals, chamber music, and concerto appearances with numerous symphony orchestras. As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has appeared as soloist with the Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, Contra Costa Symphony, Folsom Symphony, Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, Redwood Symphony, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Neiman’s repertoire spans more than thirty piano concertos, dozens of recital programs, and most of the standard chamber literature. Of her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491, the Oakland Tribune stated:

“Lea Neiman played with mastery, not only of the technical problems but of the musical insights necessary to perform…her tone was full and singing, her phrasing was delicate but certain.”

The San Mateo Times described her performance of Prokofieff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Redwood Symphony as:

“having the ability to create big sonorities to match the orchestra and still mine the richness of tonal gradations…she played admirably and with lucidity despite the savage and complicated rhythms that treat the piano like a percussive instrument.”

Ms. Neiman’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Contra Costa Symphony was also very highly praised:

“A pianist with the sensitivity and touch of a Horowitz…she gave both Kensington and Richmond audiences a taste of the piano as it is seldom heard in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2…”

Chamber music collaborations have led her to work with prominent members of the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Sacramento State University and others. She has been a frequent performer on the Chamber Music Alive Series! at Sierra College, CA, and she actively participates in free-lance chamber concerts all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Neiman’s performances have been broadcast live on the radio for KPFA Berkeley, KOHL Fremont, and Kol Israel in Jerusalem.

Ms. Neiman has been on the faculty at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA and at the Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. She currently resides in Lincoln, CA and keeps an active schedule of solo recitals, concerto appearances, and chamber music concerts.


Refreshments Were Served During Intermission and After the Concert

Left: Mrs. Bradshaw’s vase of flowers and coconut covered strawberries were delectable… and perfect for the season!

Below: Reaching for the chocolate covered strawberries (also hand-dipped by Mrs. Bradshaw! 🙂


Left: Lea Neiman chats with Emilia Billet.

Below: Bruce Hubbard chats with Lea Neiman’s granddaughter.

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