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 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 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, 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.


3pm Saturday 21 July 2018
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Canberra Sinfonia

Symphony No. 29

Symphony No. 5

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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

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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

Louise Page OAM, Soprano

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

Symphony No. 40

Also 2:30pm Sunday 23 September in Goulburn

7:30pm Saturday 29 September 2018
Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Featuring Lucy Sugerman

Star Wars Suite

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7pm Sunday 7 October
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Canberra Sinfonia

Dave Eggar, cello

J.C. BACH / Casadesus
Cello Concerto WC 77

Symphony No. 63 in C Major (2nd version)

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Sunday 11 November 2018

ANU Choral Society

A German Requiem, Op. 45

14-24 November 2018
Belconnen Theatre

Warehouse Circus

World premiere commission for 90-minute concert

3pm Sunday 25 November
John Lingard Hall, CGS

National Capital Orchestra

Charles Hudson, narrator

A special family concert including iconic melodies by Greenaway, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Grieg

7:30pm Saturday 8 December 2018
Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra

Dale Barltrop, Violin

Violin Concerto


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3pm Saturday 15 December
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest

Canberra Sinfonia

Calvin Bowman, organ

Organ Concerto, Op. 7 Nos. 1 & 4

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066

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