OUR STORY

Welcome! We are a mother-daughter piano duo. We have been performing together for over 20 years and have won international piano competitions and performed at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall. When the pandemic hit, we started our YouTube channel, Brillante Piano Duo, to share our award-winning piano arrangements & performances with the world. We started our piano lesson channel in 2023 so we could share our teaching experience and help people around the world searching for online piano lessons. We’re on a mission to inspire pianists like you and help you take your skills to the next level!

INDUSTRY PROBLEM 1: Lack of Piano Duets 

  • OUR SOLUTION: Quality Piano Arrangements for Duos
    We offer award-winning piano duets & 2 piano arrangements of famous classical pieces and popular songs.
  • OUR VISION: A Large Library of Spectacular Piano Duets
    We want people to think of us first when looking for an impressive piano duet.  We strive to make our arrangements easier than the original solos (while preserving the ‘wow’ factor) so more people can play them.

INDUSTRY PROBLEM 2: Poor Quality Piano Courses

There are a lot of people teaching piano lessons online. Unfortunately, many teachers don’t have the education or experience to guide students correctly.

  • OUR SOLUTION: Online Piano Lessons by Experienced Teachers
    Lenora is a University of Utah Piano Performance Professor of 47 years and a Steinway Artist. Heather is a MTNA Nationally Certified Piano Teacher and has been teaching for over 30 years.
  • OUR VISION: Piano Courses for Intermediate & Advanced Pianists
    We offer piano lesson videos that will help pianists improve their skills & play more expressively.  

LENORA

Lenora Ford Brown is a Steinway Artist and Piano Professor Emerita from the University of Utah’s School of Music.  She is also an MTNA Nationally Certified Piano Teacher and she has maintained a full private teaching studio for over 50 years.  She has performed in Europe, extensively in the Far East, and throughout the United States.  She is a multiple time winner of the Utah Arts Council Performing Tour, the Best of State award, and was a performer at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Lenora is a concert pianist and has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony numerous times and a guest pianist at conventions, concert series and recitals.  She has performed in Washington DC, at Steinway Hall in New York and twice at Carnegie Hall.  Lenora creates the piano arrangements for BRILLANTE Piano Duo. 

HEATHER

Heather Thompson Smits is an MTNA Nationally Certified Piano Teacher and a classically trained concert pianist.  She has extensive performing experience and has performed at venues like Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York and at The World Piano Conference in Serbia with her mother. She has also performed at many state and international music conventions as a featured artist with her mother. Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. She is passionate about teaching piano and has maintained a full piano studio since 1992.   Many of her students have won local piano competitions, received superior ratings in the California Certificate of Merit evaluation program, and have been chosen to perform in county honors and winner’s recitals.  Heather serves as a board chair in the Santa Cruz Branch of MTAC.

HEATHER

Heather Thompson Smits is an MTNA Nationally Certified Piano Teacher and a classically trained concert pianist.  She has extensive performing experience and has performed at venues like Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York and at The World Piano Conference in Serbia with her mother. She has also performed at many state and international music conventions as a featured artist with her mother. Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. She is passionate about teaching piano and has maintained a full piano studio since 1992.  Many of her students have won local piano competitions, received superior ratings in the California Certificate of Merit evaluation program, and have been chosen to perform in county honors and winner’s recitals.  Heather serves as a board chair in the Santa Cruz Branch of MTAC.

BRILLANTE PIANO DUO

Lenora & Heather were first place, gold medalists in the United States Classical International Piano Competition in 2017 and performed in the Winner’s Recital at Carnegie Hall. Since forming their partnership in 2017, Brillante has performed at a variety of venues including the International Mu Phi Epsilon Convention in Colorado, the Temple Square Concert Series and the MTNA fundraising banquet. Recently, they were featured artists at the World Piano Conference in Serbia and at the California and Utah Music Teachers Association Conventions. The mother and daughter live in different states and maintain busy teaching schedules but cherish their time together at the piano during rehearsals, video shoots and concerts. 

“A very impressive and well-rehearsed performance of this challenging piece.  The mother-daughter duo played with a very strong connection together, professional style and good feeling of each other’s parts.  The whole performance was very beautiful and compelling.”  NORTHERN LIGHTS PIANO FESTIVAL 2021 – GOLD AWARD