Ballery Concert Series

 

Director: Leonardo Reyna

The Ballery art space in Schöneberg Berlin has invited pianist and composer Leonardo Reyna to direct its first one year music program. Starting on October 18th concerts will take place once per month. The Ballery concert series is a platform to support Berlin based musicians in the development of their own compositions extending beyond the classical music arena to include jazz and traditional music.

The concert series in collaboration with steinway.de also includes a bi-monthly young musicians platform event. Leonardo is a lecturer at Musikschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and is associated with Hochschule für Music Hanns Eisler. He will invite graduating students and young professionals to present short pieces in front of an audience at The Ballery. This is an initiative to engage with our local music community and build an audience of people who are interested to share and discover new music.

Program outline

18th October
Cuba inside of a Piano
Cuban composers – IGNACIO CERVANTES, CARLOS FARIÑAS, ANDRES ALLEN & ERNESTO LECUONA

15th November
Young Musicians Platform

15th December
Chopin Preludes O.P 28

17th January Young
Musicians Platform

21st February
Classic Vibrations Original compositions

21st March
Female Composers 
Special guest: Alejandrina Reyna 

18th April
Young Musicians Platform

16th May
Classic Vibrations 

18th June
Young Musicians Platform

18th July
Robert Schumann´s Dichterliebe op 39 

22nd August
Young Musicians Platform

19th September
Classic Vibrations  

“Currently living in Berlin, I have been pursuing my musical journey in different countries for over the past twenty years, on one and the other side of the Atlantic, where I have expanded my knowledge and appreciation of the world, and yet finding my own musical “island” which is touched by different flavours and still representative of a new Cuban expression. 

Distant and yet very attached and still intrigued by my roots, I felt the need of finding the sound perhaps a more representative one of my own musical identity. I am currently working on music compositions that in my opinion, melt the Afro-Cuban diaspora present in the Yoruba culture, brought to the island by the African slaves in the XVI Century, preserved as one of the foundation stones of the Cubanism, together with the distinguished and diverse landscape of sounds that the European music has so far given me along with my growth as an artist”   – Leonardo Reyna