Leonard Shure

LEONARD SHURE, internationally acclaimed American concert pianist, heir to the tradition of the great Artur Schnabel, began his career as a performer at the age of 6 and as a teenager went to Germany to study privately with Schnabel. Shure graduated from the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin in 1927, at which time he made his debut in Germany and served as Schnabel's first and only assistant until 1933. Throughout this period he also performed extensively in Europe.

Shure returned to the United States in 1933 and made his first concert appearance in New York with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitsky conducting.

Leonard Shure was a featured soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, and on numerous occasions, with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of George Szell. In 1941 Shure became the first pianist to perform at the Berkshire Music Festival in Tanglewood, when he appeared there with Dr. Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with such eminent conductors as William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein and Dimitri Mitropoulos. In 1979 Shure made a successful tour of the Soviet Union.

A distinguished pedagogue as well as concert artist, Leonard Shure taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Texas, Boston University, and the Mannes School of Music in New York. In the summers of 1966 and 1967, Mr. Shure gave the first applied music courses ever offered at Harvard University. He spent two summers at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and four summers in Aspen, Colorado. Late in life, Shure was a member of the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.


CD 72001

CD 72010

Leonard Shure - Beethoven
33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli

Leonard Shure - Schubert Piano Sonatas

72001cov.jpg (24784 bytes)

72010cov.jpg (12713 bytes)

33 Variations on a Waltz
by Diabelli, Opus 120

Sonata in C minor, D. 958
Sonata in B-Flat, D. 960


CD 72018

  Leonard Shure (piano), Leon Fleisher (conductor),
The New England Conservatory Orchestra - The Schnabel Memorial Concert

72001cov.jpg (24784 bytes)

Beethoven - Emperor Concerto
Schumann - Fantasia in C
(3rd movement)


CD 72005
CD 72016
Leonard Shure - Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Leonard Shure - Brahms, Schubert, Chopin
Beethoven Piano Sonatas -
No. 28 in A, Opus 101
No. 30 in E, Opus 109
No. 31 in Ab, Opus 110

Brahms - Fantasien, Opus 116
Schubert - Moments Musicaux, Opus 94
Chopin - Polonaise Fantasie, Opus 61, "Butterfly" Etude

Other Audiofon Recording Artists:

David Bar-Illan - Lazar Berman - Janet Colburn - Ivan Davis - William De Rosa

Sixten Ehrling - Nelson Freire - Joseph Kalichstein - Markus Klinko - Li Jian

Seymour Lipkin - Valentina Lisitsa - Valentina Lisitsa & Alexei Kuznetsoff - Aaron Rosand

David Tanenbaum - Richard Tetley-Kardos - Earl Wild