Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

 
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About

Leo Geyer is a young composer and conductor with a passion for imaginative, daring and dramatic approaches to music-making, encompassing new work, cross-disciplinary collaborations and reimaginings of existing music. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Constella OperaBallet and Music Director for the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and works as a guest artist internationally. Leo is also the Senior Music Scholar at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford studying for a doctorate in opera-ballet composition under the supervision of Prof. Robert Saxton.


Aged 19, Leo founded an orchestra which has now grown to become Constella OperaBallet – the world’s only company dedicated to the fusion of opera and ballet. Leo has brought together internationally renowned artists in over 75 critically acclaimed performances across the UK, including radio and television broadcasts. Constella’s most recent project at the Chelsea Flower Show engaged over 1 million people and received national coverage. Upcoming projects include a site-specific opera-ballet commissioned for the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and an opera-ballet bringing to light undiscovered music written in Auschwitz.

Leo has received various accolades for composition, having most recently been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize. He has received particular acclaim for his stage works, including his opera The Mermaid of Zennor, described by The Times as “imaginative and beautifully shaped”. Leo has fulfilled major commissions, which include works for the European Capital of Culture, Tate St. Ives, Opera North, Rambert Dance Company and BBC Singers. Leo is also establishing a reputation for his "reimaginings," which creatively engage with music of the past to extend its significance for today's audiences. Most notably this has included the addition of a chorus to Elgar's Enigma Variations to provide a possible solution to the "enigma puzzle". 

Leo began his conducting career at the Royal Opera House as a Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet. Leo now enjoys a busy and diverse portfolio in opera, ballet, theatre and concert music. As well as his current conducting positions, Leo works as a guest conductor collaborating with the English Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre, Ensemble 212 (USA), AUT (Denmark), and the Southbank Sinfonia. He has been described by James Murphy, CEO of the Royal Philharmonic Society as “one of the great young British conductors to watch”.

 

London-born, Leo studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music on the Joint Course, graduating with two first class degrees and The Soroptimists International of Manchester Award for Composers/Conductors. As part of his studies, Leo also attended the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts to study conducting with Uroš Lajovic.

For shortened biography and photos, please click here. 

 

Press

Constella OperaBallet 

For reviews and interviews with Leo, Constella's Founder and Artistic Director, please click here. 

"Pure opera - the holy grail"

WhatsOnStage

"Leo sets out to explore new music but make it accessible to a wide audience."

Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3 

"Geyer’s skill at dissolving elevated speech into aria, duet and trio set up the ebb and flow of musical tides."

The Times

Spirit of Cornwall

Awarded Silver-Gilt Medal 

For broadcasts and interviews about Leo's music at the Chelsea Flower Show

please click here.

"just divine" 

Joanna Lumley, BBC 2

"a unique creative collaboration" 

The Telegraph

Sideshows

For reviews and interviews about Leo's award-winning opera-ballet Sideshows, please click here

"Geyer's 'Sideshows' is anarchic fairground fun, with an intricate score bristling with darting and sinuous lines."

The Opera Magazine 

"An utter delight"

British Theatre

"Excellent musical mayhem"

The Daily Express

Interviews & Reviews

For interviews with Leo Geyer and reviews of performances, please

click here. 

Interviews include:

- Classic FM 

- BBC Radio 3 In Tune 

- Classical Music Magazine 

 

Music

Click links below for recordings and further information, including the purchase and hire of music. 

Stage

The Canary Boys 

opera-ballet outreach project

Mozart's

Così fan tutte

reimagined opera

Purcell's

Dido & Belinda

reimagined opera 

Struass's

Die Fledermaus 

reimagined opera

The Mermaid of Zennor

chamber opera

Mirror Shards

piano, objects & dance 

Much ado about a Buggy

opera-ballet scene

Orchestras of Auschwitz 

chamber opera-ballet

Shadows of Troy

incidental music 

Sideshows

chamber opera-ballet

Spirit of Cornwall

cross-art collaboration

Tailback

dance & reed trio

Large Ensemble 

Aruanda

symphony orchestra

Saint-Saën's

Carnival of the Animals

reimagined for

symphony orchestra

Elgar's

Enigma Variations 

reimagined for

symphony orchestra & chorus

Materia Medica 

chamber orchestra

 

Mozart's

Little Star Variations

reimagined for

chamber orchestra

(version also for wind orch.)

Ripple Mirror

violin & strings 

Somewhere in-between

trumpet & orchestra 

Vortex 

wind orchestra

Small Ensemble

The Bronze Garden

small ensemble

Dots

small ensemble

Marquis of Marigold 

guzheng & ensemble 

Movement for Music 

open ensemble 

Moving Figure 

small ensemble 

Orange Moon 

small ensemble 

Winter Frost 

flute choir 

Chamber

The Deep of Night 

flute, violin & cello

Nightscape 

harp trio 

Pear Cider

clarinet & string trio 

Rain

bassoon quartet

Secrets in the Oak

clarinet, cello & piano 

Sideshows Suite

wind quintet 

Victor of the Chase 

bassoon & piano 

Yellow on Green

bassoon & harp 

(also version for tenor sax)

Schubert's

Winterreise 

reimagined wind quintet 

Vocal

Blackbird 

baritone, ensemble & tape 

London Portraits 

mezzo-soprano & piano 

Ode to Shakespeare's Skull

mezzo-soprano & piano 

Sideshows Cycle

mezzo-soprano & ensemble

Sedna 

female vocal trio 

Sea Garden

mezzo-soprano & ensemble 

Sunset in Grey 

mezzo-soprano & ensemble

 

White Shadows

8-part choir 

Solo

4-Note Rhapsody 

clarinet in Bb

Book of the Underworld 

bassoon

Endless Night 

piano   

Guarea 

violin

In the Moment 

piano 

Jasmine 

cimbalom  

Shell Splinters 

violin

Stoke Abbott 

oboe

Sonata 

bassoon & electronics 

 

Diary 

2019 - 2020 Season

12th October 2019

Catriona McDermid

​Concert inc.

Geyer Book of the Underworld 

Vortex (London) 

2nd November 2019

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Geyer 

Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5

Exeter Cathedral 

19th November 2019

Caroline Balding & Dominic Saunders

Geyer - Celestial Images 

St. Catherine's College, Oxford 

17th November 2019

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Marquez Danzon No.2 

LSO St. Lukes 

27th - 28th Nov 2019

Oxford Contemporary Opera Society

Music Director - Geyer 

New Work 

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building 

7th December 2019

Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer

Family Concert with Zeb Soanes 

Holy Trinity Church, SW London 

17th Jan 2020

Magnard Ensemble

Recital inc. 

Geyer Winterreise 

Bridgewater Hall

12th - 15th Feb 2020

Shadows of Troy

New Play 

Geyer Incidental Music 

Oxford Playhouse 

21st Feb 2020

Trinity Laban Dance Collab.

Co-Director - Geyer 

Research & Development Showcase 

Tate Modern 

22nd Feb 2020

English Chamber Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer

Geyer - Premiere of ECO commissioned violin concerto 

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 

7th March 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

New Works as part of CoMA Festival  

Royal Albert Memorial Museum 

11th March 2020

Leo Geyer & Friends

Conductor - Geyer 

All Geyer Programme 

Kings Place 

13th March 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Contemporary Music Performance 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum 

21st March 2020

Symphonic Wind Orchestra North London

Conductor - Geyer 

Jazz-inspired programme 

St Martin's Church, N London

28th March 2020

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra

Conductor - Geyer 

Repertoire TBA

Blackheath Concert Hall 

2nd April 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Family Workshop 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum 

4th April 2020

Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer

Concert inc.

Geyer - Double bass concerto (premiere) 

25th April 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Stravinsky - Firebird

Exeter Cathedral 

20th June 2020

Constella OperaBallet

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

New Works 

Derwent Valley World Heritage Site 

27th June 2020

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue  

St. Peters School 

4th July 2020

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra

Conductor - Leo Geyer 

Programme TBA 

Southbank Centre 

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"Leo is fast making a name for himself as one of the great young British conductors to watch". 

James Murphy, CEO, Royal Philharmonic Society 

 

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