blackboxRick Leister

blackboxFreelance Musician, Educator, Trumpet blackboxSoloist


The R&R Ensemble

The R&R is a Trumpet, Piano Duo formed in 2009 by Ririko Hayashi (piano) and Rick Leister (trumpet) as a performance vehicle. At the time both were Adjunct Professors at Illinois Wesleyan University working with the talented trumpet students of Rick's studio.


The R&R Ensemble is a name - but also symbolic of a concept.

Each R represents either Rick or Ririko. Which R is the most important? Neither! It simply doesn't matter. They both have an equal partnership in music making, taking turns to fill in intertwined solo and accompaniment parts. The idea is that trumpet and piano voices equally contribute to make music as one.

The R&R Ensemble is dedicated to the virtuosity and importance of both the trumpet and piano in the art of music making.

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"From the Trumpet Studio"