Teacher Profile: Leo Ciarlone

Leo Ciarlone

Leo Ciarlone

Instrument(s): Piano, Trombone

City: Washington, DC


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About Leo Ciarlone

Leo Ciarlone began his musical studies at age seven with the piano and has been playing brass music since he was in high school. He studied piano under Ralph Zitterbart and played trombone in multiple youth orchestras, later studying trombone performance and music theory at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. He received further training in music at the College of William and Mary.

At the College of William and Mary, Leo was awarded scholarships for private lessons with his teachers Anna Kijanowska and Christine Niehaus. He specializes primarily in 19th century music and has been praised for his interpretation of composers such as Schumann and Chopin. Additionally he is interested in many 20th century composers such as Ravel, Schoenberg, and Prokofiev.

Leo's trombone instructors included members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, including James Nova, Matt Vaughn, and Blair Bollinger. While in Philadelphia, he played trombone in brass ensembles comprised of faculty and musicians from Temple University and The Curtis Institute of Music. Additionally, he has performed professionally as the principal trombone in symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz bands, musicals, and different chamber groups. Leo has been praised for his tone and his adaptability and understanding of different musical styles.

Something Leo finds particularly inspiring about music is the sheer multitude of emotions that can exist within a single work, or even a single musical idea. As a teacher, he hopes to communicate the importance of these moods and how they are translated in performance and technique.

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