Leonard Weiss

Biography

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, guitarist Matt Withers, 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 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. View Leonard's full repertoire list.

Leonard holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University (2013) and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of New England (2015). Leonard is the Pre-Tertiary Classical Music H-Course convenor and teacher at the Australian National University, and also teaches at Canberra Grammar School.

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. Read more about Leonard's compositions and performance history.