Margot Verstraeten (Leavitt) is a Piano Teaching Artist at the Luther Strings Academy.
In her spare time, she enjoys working on piano trios together with LSA Teaching Artist colleague, David Mason, as well her husband - violinist Nathanael Leavitt. On occasion, you can find Margot practicing piano at Luther Strings.
Margot is a highly professional and skilled performer, pedagogue and collaborator. She is the perfect piano teacher for any age, skill level or genre. If you or your child wants to be inspired and excited about learning and practicing piano, she is definitely your go-to!
Belgian pianist Margot Verstraeten began private studies at the age of 8. At 15, she was accepted into the Royal Conservatory of Brussels to continue her piano studies on a professional level.
Margot has completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance, as well as a Master’s degree in Piano Collaboration. When she further pursued a Professional Studies Diploma, Margot studied under Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
After completing her graduate studies, Margot moved to Denver, CO and is currently performing and teaching in the Denver area. She also actively engages in piano accompaniment, and enjoys performing in recitals and student concerts.
Margot has won prizes in various competitions, including renown competitions such as the Steinway Competition and the Concours de piano de Liège. In addition, she has worked with world renowned musicians and collaborators such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Ilya Kaler, and Jamie Laredo.
Margot has been teaching students of all ages and levels for many years. and she has developed a curriculum balancing technical skills with musical expression.
“Every student has something different to express and an experienced teacher can help the student develop their unique touch!”
Margot believes that everyone has the potential to become an artist, and she eagerly helps students from where they are with their musical skills. She will always follow the student’s pace of learning, and encourage their capabilities.