Leo Geyer is a 25-year-old London born composer and conductor. He studied simultaneously at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music on the prestigious Joint Course, graduating with two first class degrees and The Soroptimists International of Manchester Award for Composers/Conductors. Leo’s tutors included composer Dr. David Horne and conductor Mark Heron. As part of his studies, Leo also attended the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts to study conducting with Uroš Lajovic. Leo has also attended masterclasses with internationally renowned composers and conductors including HK Gruber, Mark Anthony-Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Nicolàs Pasquet and Johannes Schlaefli.
Leo has been awarded various accolades for composition including RNCM Gold Medal Award for Composition, English Young Artist’s Sinfonia Composition Prize and the Philip Bates Prize. Leo’s music has been performed worldwide and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Leo has had particular success with his theatrical works such as his The Mermaid of Zennor which was described by The Times as “imaginative and beautifully shaped.” His opera-ballet Sideshows has received over 20 performances across the UK and US as well two broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Recent composition projects include works for the BBC Singers, Opera North and the Rambert Dance Company.
Upon graduating, Leo began at the Royal Opera House as a Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet, working on some of the company’s major productions including Manon and La Fille ma Gardée. Leo is also Music Director of EMG Symphony Orchestra and Conductor for the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. Recent guest performances include the Manchester Camerata, Psappha Ensmeble and the New York based group Ensemble 212. Leo’s performances have continued to receive acclaim including a recent review by British Theatre – “Leo Geyer directed with authority and complete command of an immensely demanding score”. Upcoming engagements include La fille mal gardée with the Royal Ballet, Dido and Aeneas with Helios Collective and a concert of American works with the English Chamber Orchestra.
Whilst a student aged 19, Leo founded an orchestra which has now grown to become Constella OperaBallet. As Artistic Director, Leo has brought together some of the UK’s finest young artists to produce pioneering productions fusing opera, ballet and theatre. The company has given performances across the UK at venues including Sadler’s Wells, Kings Place and the Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as broadcasts on Radio 3. Constella’s productions have received critical acclaim such as their recent production at the Grimeborn Opera Festival - “Such rare artistic fun was a fine demonstration of the depth of talent”, Daily Express. Upcoming projects include a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show, a production as part of The Brontë Society’s bicentenary celebrations, an opera-ballet incorporating undiscovered music written in Auschwitz, and a national project celebrating coal mining to be performed in a specially commissioned touring installation
Leo is passionate about promoting and nurturing young talent in classical music, and teaches at Junior Trinity College of Music.