Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss

BMus (ANU) MTeach (UNE) is an award-winning composer, conductor and performer. He is 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. Leonard is the Musical Director/Conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, the National Capital Orchestra, the Canberra Qwire and the ANU Choral Society, amongst other ensembles. Leonard has conducted and performed solo concerts in the USA and throughout Europe, including recent carillon performances along the East Coast of the USA and solo performances as part of the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival and 2016 Australia Day celebrations. Leonard's musical history includes performances with the Canberra Youth Orchestra on both harp and French horn, multiple commissioned compositions and awards, conducting training including studying with Richard Gill AO, conducting many of Canberra's top music ensembles, and working on award-winning musical productions.

Read more about Leonard including compositions, conducting positions and performances.

Upcoming Events

1:30pm Wedneday 7 December 2016, Aspen Island

National Carillon concert

1:30pm Sunday 13 November 2016, Aspen Island

National Carillon concert

1:30pm Thursday 26 January 2017, Aspen Island

National Carillon Australia Day concert

1:30pm Sunday 4 February 2017, High Court

Members of Canberra Youth Orchestra perform Peter and the Wolf

1:30pm Sunday 19 February 2017, Aspen Island

National Carillon concert

1:30pm Wednesday 1 March 2017, Aspen Island

National Carillon concert

3pm Sunday 26 March 2017, The Q

National Capital Orchestra performs Gliere's Horn Concerto with French horn soloist Rob Gladstones

1:30pm Wednesday 29 March 2017, Aspen Island

National Carillon concert

7:30pm Saturday 8 April 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra with The Idea of North

7:30pm Saturday 3 June 2017, Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra and the Canberra Choral Society with composer in residence Carl Vine AO

4pm Sunday 4 June 2017, Wesley Uniting Church

ANU Choral Society performs Haydn's Creation

7:30pm Saturday 24 June 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra with Claire Edwardes

7:30pm Sunday 25 June 2017, The Street Theatre

Canberra Qwire Concert

7:30pm Saturday 29 July 2017, Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with pianist Katherine Day

7:30pm Saturday 26 August 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra with Concerto Competition Winner

7:30pm Saturday 2 September 2017, Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra performs Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with soprano Louise Page OAM and composers in residence Christopher Gordon and Nigel Sabin

7:30pm Saturday 21 October 2017, Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra featuring violinist Dimity Hall and cellist Julian Smiles, with composer in residence Natalie Williams

7:30pm Saturday 11 November 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra with James Morrison AM

Media

"Leonard Weiss establishes himself as a conductor capable of firm control as he held the disparate orchestral elements together in [Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy]." CityNews, 16 October 2016

"Forget shivers down the spine – it was a full body-tingling experience for the audience in the modulation from the penultimate Blanziflor et Helena into the concluding Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi and Llewellyn Hall reverberated with the climactic chorus of Carmina Burana. Leonard Weiss kept the orchestra, choir and soloists in precise accord throughout this magnificent, demanding performance." Canberra Times, 24 July 2016

"Conductor Leonard Weiss was an ideal mediator between orchestra and soloists, remaining alive to subtle variations of tempo and the need for direction, never compromising the sense of purpose in each work." Canberra Times, 28 June 2016

"Weiss was so animated he was almost dancing on the podium and the orchestra responded beautifully, keeping faithful to the time and rhythm." CityNews, 27 June 2016

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