Leonard Weiss

Weiss was relaxed, enjoying himself immensely; his lovely, fluid conducting... was nothing short of exquisite. CityNews, 4 June 2018

A stellar concert... Leonard Weiss and his reinvigorated NCO [are] a force to be reckoned with. CityNews, 8 April 2018

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 Sinfonia 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, original orchesations with Lucy Sugerman, 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, guitarists Matt Withers and Callum Henshaw, hornist Rob Gladstones, and noted vocalists including sopranos Louise Page OAM, Susannah Lawergren and Penelope Mills, countertenor Tobias Cole, tenor Paul McMahon, baritones Teddy Tahu Rhodes, 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, Jessica Wells and Sally Greenaway, as well as significant Canberra/regional premieres by Carl Vine AO, Graham Koehne AO, Matthew Hindson AM and Natalie Williams. 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.

Upcoming Events

Canberra Sinfonia 23 March 2019, 7:30pm PÄRT Adam's Lament
WALKER Last Verses
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Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, ACT
Canberra Youth Orchestra 6 April 2019, 3pm RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Festival Overture
BIZET L'arlesienne Suite no. 1
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Overture Hall, Orana School, Weston, ACT
National Capital Orchestra & Canberra Choral Society 13 April 2019, 7:30pm GORDON On The Beach suite (Australian premiere)
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Llewellyn Hall, ACT
Canberra International Music Festival
Canberra Youth Orchestra
12 May 2019, 11am J.S. BACH Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043, soloists Amy Brookman and Madeleine Jevons
J.S. BACH Assorted chorales and Magnificat excerpts
BREE VAN REYK Peg (world premiere)
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Fitters' Workshop, Kingston, ACT
ANU Choral Society 19 May 2019 PURCELL Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z.860
PURCELL Come Ye Sons of Art, Z.323
VIVALDI Gloria, RV 589More Information & Tickets
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Canberra Sinfonia 1 June 2019, 3pm MOZART Sinfonia Concertante, soloists Barbara Gilby & Lucy Carrigy-Ryan
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Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, ACT
National Capital Orchestra 16 June 2019, 3pm DOOLEY Piano Concerto, soloist Andrew Rumsey (World Premiere)
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
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The Q Theatre, Queanbeyan, NSW
Musica da Camera 22 June 2019, 3pm ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a
RICHTER Vivaldi Recomposed, soloist Helena Popovic
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Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Cook, ACT
Musica da Camera 23 June 2019, 3pm ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a
RICHTER Vivaldi Recomposed, soloist Helena Popovic
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Gunning Shire Hall, Copeland St, Gunning, NSW
Canberra Youth Orchestra 29 June 2019, 7:30pm ORFF Carmina Burana
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Llewellyn Hall, ACT
Canberra Sinfonia 27 July 2019, 3pm SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
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St John's Church Hall, Reid, ACT