Leonard Weiss

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 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, 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 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, 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.


4pm Sunday 15 April 2018
Gungahlin College Theatre

Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire

Opening of Qwire's silver anniversary year, setting the stage for their upcoming Munich tour

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7:30pm Saturday 5 May 2018
National Museum of Australia

An evening with Teddy Tahu Rhodes

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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

1:30pm and 2:30pm Sunday 20 May
High Court of Australia

Canberra Youth Orchestra

A family-friendly concert featuring favourites from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Bizet's Carmen, Grieg's Peer Gynt and Rossini's William Tell Overture

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Saturday 26 May 2018

ANU Choral Society

The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3

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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

2:30pm Saturday 22 September
Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Jamison

Musica da Camera and Louise Page OAM

A selection of arias by Handel, Gluck, Purcell and Mozart

Symphony No. 40

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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