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Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin recorded for release next year

Baritone Michael Kelly and David Leisner have just completed a recording of Franz Schubert’s 20-song cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin, in David’s arrangement.  The legendary Judy Sherman was the producer.  The album will be released sometime next year.

Schubert online concert added

The Room to Breathe series has added a bonus presentation of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, with baritone Michael Kelly, guitarist David Leisner and visual artist Kevork Mourad, who adds prerecorded animation and live illustration to the proceedings for an exciting concert experience. Oct. 10, 8:00 pm, EDT. Tickets available at:

Leisner video premiere with BMI’s Jam Sessions 8/14

BMI Jam Sessions series asked David Leisner to make a video for them with two of his compositions, Prelude (4 Pieces) and Shelter (Labyrinths).  It premieres Friday, August 14 at 3:00 pm on the BMI YouTube channel and will remain there afterwards.

Presser Co. goes digital

All compositions and arrangements by David Leisner published by the Theodore Presser Co. will soon be available in digital form. Original compositions for guitar, both solo and chamber works, vocal music with piano and music for other instruments, and orchestral works, as well as arrangements, like the Falla “7 Canciones Populares Españolas” and the Schubert “Die Schöne Müllerin” and “Arpeggione Sonata”, will be available in either digital or print options.  Most…

Aug. 4 online workshop

August 4 workshop just added:  “Engaging the Large Muscles: a guide to injury prevention and cure”, Southern Guitar Festival online workshop series, 2:00-3:00 pm, EDT.  For furtherinfo:

Online solo concert, NY Guitar Seminar, July 8, 2020

As part of the NY Guitar Seminar at Mannes, David Leisner will play a solo concert on July 8 at 7:00 pm, NY time (EDT).  Program to include Leisner, Bach, Sor, Regondi, Glass, Schulz and Mertz.   Further info: NY Guitar Seminar

Future collaboration with actor Anthony Heald

Actor Anthony Heald, famous for his many roles on stage, in movies and on TV, will collaborate with David Leisner in an exciting program of Shakespeare readings and solo guitar, beginning in the 2021-22 season.

Season schedule and Guitar Plus concert details are now posted

David Leisner’s schedule for the 2019-2020 season and details on the May 2020 Guitar Plus concert are now up on the website.

Two new voice and piano publications from Presser

Theodore Presser Company has just released two volumes of selected songs for voice and piano by David Leisner.  These are mostly early songs from cycles written in the 1980’s and 1990’s, as well as one song from 2002.  “My Letter to the World” contains 6 songs for high voice, and “To Imagination” has 6 songs for medium voice.  Available from music dealers everywhere.

Rave Review for “Playing with Ease” on Goodreads

“This is one of the best books on the physiology of guitar playing (and instrumental technique in general) that I have read”, writes Scott Sanchez for Goodreads.  To read more of this review, please go to the “Playing with Ease” page on this website.