Professor at the Sommerakademie of Salzburg, at the Alfonso X el Sabio University of Madrid, and Higher School of Music “Forum Musikae” in Madrid, Exclusive Artist of Yangtze River Piano (China), Artistic Director and Founder of the María Herrero International Piano Competition (Granada), and the Spanish Composers International Piano Competition (Madrid), member of the WFIMC. As well as the Granada Music Festival Leonel Morales and Friends. Exclusive representative in Spain of the prestigious German piano brand Grotian-Steinweg since 2024.
Leonel Morales has been an exclusive artist in Spain for the MUSIESPAÑA concert agency for more than 25 years and is an academic member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel of Hungary in Seville, Spain.
Born in Cuba, Leonel Morales lives in Spain since 1991 as a Spanish citizen. He studied at the University of Havana under the tutelage of P. Frank Fernández, a student of Víctor Merzhanov, who in turn was a disciple of Feinberg, therefore his school, consists and continues, the deepest roots of the great and traditional Russian piano school. He took classes in Weimar with P. Jacov Latainer and worked with Mihail Voskresensky during his stay in Cuba as a specially selected student. He was also for two years, a student and assistant at the Sommerakademie in Salzburg in the class of Argentinian teacher Aquiles Delle Vigne.
Leonel Morales, arrived in Spain at the age of 25 and between the ages of 26 and 29, he won first prizes in several International Competitions. Such as the Fundación Guerrero International Piano Competition, Citat de Manresa, Teresa Carreño in Venezuela, Second Prize in the International Piano Competition Piano Jaén, Award for Best Contemporary Music Performance and “Rosa Sabater” Award for the Best Interpretation of Spanish Music, Second Prize at the International Piano Competition Santa Secilia Oporto, Award with Distinction at the Aosta International Piano Competition, Sommerakademie prize of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, William Kapell, etc.
At the age of 28, he stopped competing as his career was completely consolidated in Spain, having performed with all the major orchestras in the country, highlighting his tour of the whole Rachmaninoff concertos for piano and orchestra, including the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini…