Réne Lecuona earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at Indiana University, and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included Rebecca Penneys, Menahem Pressler, Edward Auer, Shigeo Neriki, Laurie Conrad, and György Sebök.
Currently, Dr. Réne Lecuona is professor and co-chair of the piano area at the University of Iowa. She is devoted to her studio of undergraduate and graduate piano students, and also teaches piano literature and coaches chamber music. Lecuona co-directs the Piano Festival of the Americas, an intensive summer course which takes place alternately at the University of Iowa and Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. Her students continue to garner successes, and hold faculty positions in Korea, Brazil, Colombia and in the United States.
Réne Lecuona has performed in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Scotland as well as throughout Latin America and the United States. She is active as concerto soloist, solo pianist, and chamber musician. In addition, Lecuona and soprano Rachel Joselson present Songs of the Holocaust in venues across the country. Her most recent performances include concerts and masterclasses in Chile, Portugal, Colombia, and Spain. In September 2018, she performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm Variations with Orchestra Iowa at the Brucemore Mansion for an audience of three thousand.
Réne Lecuona’s performances and recordings have received high praise: “Lecuona plays it [the Boëllmann Sonata for Cello and Piano] with scintillating brilliance.” (Jerry Dubins, Fanfare 2015)
“The imagery of the music is perfectly conveyed by… Lecuona in an inspired performance…” (www.klassik.com); “Pianist Lecuona’s playing was remarkable, and her dialoguing and interplay with the string players was exceptional” (Chantal Incandela: Nuvo, Indianapolis Arts). “…Lecuona was the brightest star in the galaxy that night. She plays [Rhapsody in Blue] with such passion and fervor…” (Diana Nollen, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA 2018). “Lecuona seems to lavish well-considered planning to every note she plays. Her control of the keyboard is amazing.” (Karl F. Miller, Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 2019)