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 Sinfonia 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, original orchestrations with Lucy Sugerman, 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, Bree van Reyk and Sally Greenaway, as well as significant Canberra/regional premieres by Carl Vine AO, Graham Koehne AO, Matthew Hindson AM and Natalie Williams. 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.

Upcoming Events

Canberra Sinfonia 27 July 2019, 3pm HAYDN Symphony No. 92 'Oxford'
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
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Wesley Uniting Church, ACT
National Capital Orchestra 3 August 2019, 7:30pm BERLIOZ Harold in Italy, soloist Lucy Carrigy-Ryan
CLAVIJO Images of Obsession (World Premiere)
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
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Llewellyn Hall, ACT