Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss is a conductor based in Canberra, Australia, where he is the Musical Director/Conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, the National Capital Orchestra, the Canberra Qwire and the ANU Choral Society. Leonard was the 2016 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year and recently received a Canberra Critics' Circle Award for Music.

Career highlights include conducting jazz legend James Morrison AM, a cappella icons The Idea of North, harpist Alice Giles AM, string powerhouse Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles, and Grammy Award quadruple-nominee cellist Dave Eggar. Leonard has shared the stage with some of Australia's most highly acclaimed performers including conducting pianists Dr. Edward and Dr. Stephanie Neeman, guitarist Matt Withers, hornist Rob Gladstones, and noted vocalists including sopranos Louise Page OAM, Susannah Lawergren and Penelope Mills, countertenor Tobias Cole, tenor Paul McMahon, baritones Christopher Hillier, David Greco and Jeremy Tatchell.

Leonard is passionate about showcasing contemporary works. He has conducted World and Australian premieres by Philip Glass, Christopher Gordon and Sally Greenaway, as well as significant Canberra/regional premieres by Carl Vine AO, Graham Koehne AO, and Matthew Hindson AM. Additional Australian Premieres have included works by Sibelius and Respighi.

On top of his conducting portfolio, Leonard is a noted composer, performer, and music reviewer for The Canberra Times. He is often requested as a harpist for government functions including those for the Prime Minister, and has toured as a carillonist by invitation throughout Belgium, Germany, Denmark and the USA.


7:30pm Saturday 20 January 2018
Melbourne Town Hall

Light the Dark

69th Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival concert

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5pm Friday 2 February 2018
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

2018 Australian Conducting Academy concert

7:30pm Saturday 24 March 2018
Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Opera Gala featuring Tobias Cole, countertenor and Louise Page OAM, soprano

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7:30pm Saturday 7 April 2018
Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra

Matt Withers and Callum Henshaw, Guitar

Zodial Animalia (CP)

Concierto Madrigale

Guitar Concerto

Capriccio Espagnol

11am Sunday 6 May 2018
Fitters' Workshop

Canberra International Music Festival

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (WP)

Minuet from String Quintet in E major, op. 11, no. 5

Peter and the Wolf

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11:30am Sunday 13 May 2018
Munich Philharmonie

Various Voices 2018

Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire performance at Gala concert

Saturday 26 May 2018

ANU Choral Society

The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3

7:30pm Saturday 2 June 2018
Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra and Canberra Choral Society

Not The Messiah (CP)
A comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, composed by Eric Idle and John Du Prez

7:30pm Saturday 30 June 2018
Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Featuring 2018 CYO Concerto Competition Winner

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3pm Sunday 5 August 2018
The Q Theatre

National Capital Orchestra

Christopher Pidcock, Cello

Somerset Rhapsody

Cello Concerto

Symphony No. 8

7:30pm Saturday 15 September 2018
Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra

Louise Page OAM, Soprano

Má vlast: Vltava (Die Moldau)

Ceremonial Games (WP)

Symphony No. 3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

7:30pm Saturday 29 September 2018
Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Dave Eggar, Cello

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Sunday 11 November 2018

ANU Choral Society

A German Requiem, Op. 45

7:30pm Saturday 8 December 2018
Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Dale Barltrop, Violin

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