Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

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

James Murphy, CEO, Royal Philharmonic Society 

About

Leo Geyer is a young composer and conductor with a passion for imaginative, daring and dramatic approaches to music-making, encompassing new work, interdisciplinary 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. Alongside his composing and conducting endeavours, Leo recently joined the BBC Open Music Programme on the pathway to become a presenter for Radio 3 and the BBC Proms. 


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. During the pandemic, Gramophone Magazine described Constella as "one of the organisations keeping music alive” for Connecting Stars - a live and interactive virtual performance programme for care home residents across the UK. Having given 200 virtual performance over the last year, Arts Council England awarded Constella £60,000 to significantly expand the programme.

Leo Geyer wih EMG Symphony

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 English National Opera, English Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre, Ensemble 212 (USA) and AUT (Denmark). 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

Leo Geyer with Constella OperaBallet

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

Leo Geyer - Sideshows
Leo Geyer with EMG Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

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

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Dramatic 

The Canary Boys

opera-ballet scene

 

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

Water Hymn 

opera-ballet film

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

Mozart's

Little Star Variations

reimagined for

chamber orchestra

(version also for wind orch.)

Materia Medica 

chamber orchestra

O Brave New World 

self-isolating orchestra & chorus

Rainbow Refractions 

wind orchestra 

Ripple Mirror

violin & strings 

Somewhere in-between

trumpet & orchestra 

Sound Histories 

symphony orchestra & chorus

Vortex 

wind orchestra

Small Ensemble

The Bronze Garden

small ensemble

Co-VI-dx19

self-isolating 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

Celestial Images

violin & piano 

The Chase 

2 bassoons & piano

The Deep of Night 

flute, violin & cello

Frost 

flute quartet

Mermaid 

wind quintet

Nightscape 

harp trio 

Pear Cider

clarinet & string trio 

Promise of Spring 

clarinet quartet

Rain

bassoon quartet

Secrets in the Oak

clarinet, cello & piano 

Sideshows Suite

wind quintet 

Somewhere In-between

trumpet, piano & optional perc.

Victor of the Chase 

bassoon & piano 

Schubert's

Winterreise 

reimagined wind quintet 

Yellow on Green

bassoon & harp 

(also version for tenor sax)

Vocal

Blackbird 

baritone, ensemble & electronics

Greta's Alphabet 

open-score a cappella choir 

Ode to Shakespeare's Skull

mezzo-soprano & piano 

Omnes amíci mei

4-part a cappella choir

Sideshows Cycle

mezzo-soprano & ensemble

Sedna 

female vocal trio 

Sea Garden

mezzo-soprano & ensemble 

 

Water Hymn 

4-part a cappella choir

White Shadows

8-part a cappella choir 

Solo

Book of the Underworld 

bassoon

Endless Night 

piano   

Guarea 

violin

In the Moment 

piano 

Jasmine 

cimbalom  

London Portraits

piano 

Sanctum

organ

Shell Splinters 

violin

Sonata 

bassoon & electronics 

Stoke Abbott 

oboe

Water Boatman

double bass and loop pedal

Diary 

30 Sept 2021

BBC Singers 

Workshop 

Geyer - Water Hymn 

BBC Maida Vale Studios  

Not open to public

30 Sept 2021

Manchester University Research Seminar 

Geyer talks on virtual music-making 

Virtual 

More info

14 - 28 Oct 2021

English National Opera 

Philip Glass Satyagraha

Geyer off-stage conductor 

London Coliseum 

More info

23 Oct 2021

CoMA Singers 

Concert inc. Geyer - Greta's Alphabet (premiere)

Belsize Park

More info

2 - 4 Nov 2021

Baseless Fabric Theatre

Research and Development

Geyer / Turner reimagining of Bizet's Carmen 

Lantern Arts Centre 

More info

20 Nov 2021

Devon Philharmonic Orchestra 

Holst -The Planets 

Conducted by Geyer

Exeter Cathedral 

More info

28 Nov 2021

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra & Composers' Ensemble 

Conducted by Geyer and Bloom

Woolwich Works

More info

2021 - 2022 Season

 
 
 
 

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With support from Arts Council England, Leo Geyer has published his entire composition catalogue. Following a launch concert at Kings Place in March 2020, all of Leo's music is now available to purchase and hire. 

Leo's catalogue includes 70 titles encompassing solo works to full opera-ballet productions and compositions for professional, amateur and student musicians. 

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Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

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Brick Row

music-drama film

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