Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

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Short biography 150 words

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 re-imaginings of existing music. He began his career at the Royal Opera House as a Cover Conductor for The Royal Ballet. He now enjoys a busy and diverse career as Founder/Artistic Director of Constella OperaBallet, Music Director for the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conducts with the English Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre, Ensemble 212 (USA), AUT (Denmark), and 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”.

 

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 is currently 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.

Full biography 400 words

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 re-imaginings 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.