Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

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Short biography 200 words

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 began his career at the Royal Opera House as a Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet and now enjoys a busy and diverse career as Founder/Artistic Director of Constella OperaBallet, Music Director for the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra.  As a guest conductor, Leo has collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the National Theatre and English National Opera. He has been described by James Murphy, CEO of the Royal Philharmonic Society as “one of the great young British conductors to watch”. Leo has received various accolades for composition, having most recently been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize. He 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 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 is currently the Senior Music Scholar at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford studying for a doctorate in opera-ballet composition.

Full biography 450 words

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/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.


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 numerous critically acclaimed performances across the UK, including radio and television broadcasts, such as the production of Leo’s comic opera-ballet Sideshows, hailed by the Opera Magazine as "anarchic fairground fun". Constella’s output also includes Connecting Stars, a live interactive and virtual performance programme for care homes which will shortly be giving it’s 1,000th performance.

 

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 has worked as a guest conductor with the BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre, English National Opera, 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.