An SMU Meadows School of the Arts music faculty member since 1996, Carol Leone is nationally recognized as an artist-teacher of piano. She has performed and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and has been a prizewinner at the National Beethoven Sonata, Missouri Southern International Piano, and International Masters Piano Competitions, among others. Her performances have been lauded as “revelatory” (Theater Jones), possessing “great pizzazz… luminous in tone and nimble fingerwork” (Dallas Morning News), and providing “every nuance with clarity and charm” (Peninsula Review).

Her professional training included study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she received a Certificate and was a student of the Polish pianist Mieczysław Horszowski. Ms. Leone was also a student of Guido Agosti in Rome and holds the prestigious Honors Diploma from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

She has recorded for MSR Classics, the Augusta Read Thomas Label, Gasparo Records, and Crystal Records. Her solo CD Change of Keys was awarded two silver medals in the 2016 Global Music Awards. She performs regularly with the Grammy®-nominated contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change, as well as at universities and music conferences throughout the United States.

Ms. Leone is also active in national and international keyboard festivals and conferences as a teacher, lecturer, and adjudicator. She has been named Texas Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year and was one of ten teachers selected nationwide to serve as Mobil Ambassador to the Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She has served on the piano faculty of numerous summer programs, including the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, International Fine Arts Institute in Moscow, International Piano Master Class in Bojano, Italy, and the Tong-Il Han International Music Festival in South Korea. Her students have been top prizewinners in international competitions such as the Virginia Waring, Bradshaw and Buono, Chopin Foundation Scholarship Program, and the Center for Musical Excellence International Young Artist Awards.

She has presented at the Music Teachers National Association Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, and European Piano Teachers Association Conference (Czech Republic), among others. Her articles on performance topics have appeared in American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, Piano Today, Keyboard Companion, The Texas Music Teacher, and Piano Professional (UK). Considered the world’s leading artist-teacher on ergonomic piano keyboards to promote a pianist’s wellness, she has been invited to write on the topic by several of the world’s leading piano journals.

Ms. Leone is chair of the Department of Piano Studies at SMU.