Leon Michener started piano from an early age, later going on to study classical piano at trinity College of Music with British pianist John Bingham. While an undergraduate he performed 20th century works and developed a passion for Russian piano literature. Growing up he was exposed to a wide range of dance music through his Fathers record collection, leading him to seek a way to perform a similar music live on the piano, that eschewed sequences, prerecording, or looping, committing to the goal of realtime music, created in the instant.
After leaving the Conservatoire he continued to explore 20th century piano repertoire, recording music by composers such as Xenakis, Cage, Scelsi, as well as Jazz, free improvisation and electronic dance music, gradually bringing all the separate musical threads together into a unified cohesive whole, searching for a new type of piano music.
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"A young pianist with extraordinary control of the instrument"