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, an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year and recently received a Canberra Critics' Circle Award for Music. 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 AO, conducting many of Canberra's top music ensembles, and working on award-winning musical productions.

Read more about Leonard including compositions, conducting positions and performances.

Upcoming Events

7:30pm Saturday 6 August 2017, The Q

National Capital Orchestra performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with pianist Katherine Day

1:30pm Sunday 13 August 2017, High Court

ANU Choral Society performs choral favourites by Gilbert and Sullivan. Free concert!

19 and 20 August 2017

Musica da Camera String Orchestra concerts; 2:30pm Saturday at Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter St, Cook; 2pm Sunday at Gunning Town Hall

7:30pm Saturday 26 August 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra with Concerto Competition Winner

6-21 October 2017, Gungahlin Theatre

Dramatic Productions presents Sweeney Todd

7:30pm Saturday 21 October 2017, Llewellyn Hall

National Capital Orchestra featuring violinist Dimity Hall and cellist Julian Smiles, with composer in residence Natalie Williams

7:30pm Saturday 11 November 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Youth Orchestra with James Morrison AM

7:30pm Saturday 25 November 2017, Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Choral Society performs Handel's Messiah

3pm Saturday 9 December 2017, Albert Hall

National Capital Orchestra end of year concert


"Leonard Weiss establishes himself as a conductor capable of firm control as he held the disparate orchestral elements together in [Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy]." CityNews, 16 October 2016

"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

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