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 and an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year. 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 OAM, conducting many of Canberra's top music ensembles, and working on award-winning musical productions.

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"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

Upcoming Events

Canberra Youth Orchestra and Mannheim Youth Orchestra
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6
7:30pm, Saturday 13th August 2016
Llewellyn Hall

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National Capital Orchestra: Romance

Soloists David Pereira, Barbara Jane-Gilby, Edward Neeman and Stephanie Neeman
7:30pm Saturday 20th August 2016
Llewellyn Hall, ANU

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National Carillon concert

12:30pm, Wednesday 24th August 2016
Aspen Island, off Kings Ave

Musica da Camera concerts

3pm, Saturday 27th August 2016
Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook
And 3pm, Sunday 28th August 2016
Regional location TBC

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National Carillon concert

12:30pm, Wednesday 14th September 2016
Aspen Island, off Kings Ave

7:30pm, Saturday 24th September 2016
Llewellyn Hall

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National Capital Orchestra Classic Series: Scriabin & Suk

7:30pm, Saturday 15th October 2016
Llewellyn Hall

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7:30pm, Sunday 4th December 2015
Llewellyn Hall

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