Ms. Payne is an outstanding pianist and she maneuvered the piano part of the Franck Quintet masterfully. [Tokyo String Quartet] violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Jonah Kim were there in full form.Michael Tierra, Peninsula Reviews
Beautiful… with a graceful touch. In the Tchaikovsky A minor trio she took more of a leading role, somehow stirring up rumbling arpeggios while also playing gorgeous melodies in octaves.Be'eri Moalem, Examiner.com
Pianist McLeavey Payne… delivered the large and demanding part [of the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata] with confidence, making good use of the beautiful tone of the Yamaha piano.Roger Emanuels, Peninsula Reviews
Ms. Payne has collaborated with several leading chamber musicians, including musicians from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with singers Deborah Voigt, Isobel Leonard, and Susanna Phillips, and has performed in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Bing Concert Hall, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Banff International Keyboard Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. She has worked as a rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic. Locally, she has performed at the Montalvo Arts Center, Music in May, Berkeley Chamber Series, French Music Festival, Classical Music Sundaes, and has performed the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Payne completed her masters in the spring of 2004 at the Juilliard School of Music. Prior to that, she graduated as valedictorian of Princeton University, with a degree in Physics. She resides now in Portola Valley, CA with her husband and two sons.