The French classical composer, pianist and painter, Jan Leontsky (pseudonym for: Jean-Michel René SOUCHE), was born in Privas, south of France. He studied Music (piano & organ) and Art (Painting). His first Master, abbot Maurice Delehedde (himself a pupil of the famous pianist Samson François, himself a pupil of Alfred Cortot) taught him the piano, the organ and the basis of harmony and composition. Leontsky studied in his native musical school and after with conservatory professor Francois Piguet-Ruinet (Counterpoint, Harmony and Fugue).
Jan Leontsky has played as organist from the age of 15 years at the St Thomas church of his native city. He has performed many organ & piano concerts. He also composed many pieces and arrangements for Trumpet & Organ, playing in duetto in various churches. He began working on his first piano album late 1989. His complete work contains now 26 albums, mainly composed for the piano.
Jan Leontsky wrote several music methods (CD & paperback) and many books - about Chopin, Bach, literature and piccolo trumpet (an instrument that he particularly likes). He also did about 150 revisions/transcriptions for the organ, the piano and the trumpet.
Jan Leontsky's music takes its roots in the tradition of tonal music. From gregorian monody to Georges Delerue, the composer makes a synthesis of the various styles of this tradition. For Leontsky, music has a spiritual dimension which is definitely the angle stone of his work. He lives now in Odessa (Ukraine) by the Black sea.