Discoveries of 2021 (1): The maestro’s sister

Discoveries of 2021 (1): The maestro’s sister

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

November 26, 2021

Trudelies Leonhardt, sister of the late early-music pioneer Gustav Leonhardt, has a modest practice playing original period keyboards, unnoticed by the music business.

I find her Schubert irresistible.

Trude turned 90 this year.


  • John Borstlap says:

    This is fabulous playing…. and a beautiful period sound. This is how this beautiful piece will have sounded at the time.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Irresistible indeed! I’d never heard her (or of her); thank you for this post, NL.

  • 18mebrumaire says:

    Old Europe, at its best.

  • Bob Oxley says:

    Exceptional, natural music making. She is listening to Schubert. Is there more of her true gift available anywhere.

  • Ruby Yacht says:

    Leonhardt was the only maestro in the “period” instrument trend I could respect fully. He was a real musician, not a phony like the others.

    • John Borstlap says:

      He even played in a movie about JS Bach, figuring as the great man, an utterly strict, humorless, dull, stiff, intellectual, distant, inhuman personage only interested in pure, rational musical construction. Somehow that movie got it very wrong.

  • Josephine Hammond says:

    This was a wonderful surprise for me. I now understand the reason that certain pieces should be played on period instruments. What a gifted player! Has she made any commercial recordings?