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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"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