Leonard Schreiber +
"The cadenza in the Khachaturian Concerto, was given with wry sardonic humour that brought David Oistrakh, the work’s dedicatee, to mind...” Musicweb-international
Leonard Schreiber was born in 1984 in Antwerp. He began his violin studies at the age of six and made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders a year later.
At 11, he won the “Herman Krebbers International Violin Competition” in Maastricht, Netherlands, which gave him the opportunity to perform many concertos with various orchestras. Leonard then won a few international violin competitions including “Piccolo Mozart” in Italy, the “Junge Stars von Morgen” in Germany and the “Young Concert Artist Trust Competition” in the UK.
He also participated in various Masterclasses with teachers such as Dr. Felix Andrievsky, Herman Krebbers and Boris Kuschnir, and soloists Shlomo Mintz and Maxim Vengerov.
At the age of 13, Leonard left his native country, Belgium, to study in the UK at the Purcell School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship. Subsequently, at only 16 years old, he received the “Foundation Scholarship” to study with Dr. Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with First Class Honours. He then completed a “Masters in Performance” with Dr. Levon Chilingirian also with First Class Honours and became soloist of the year by winning the prestigious “Concerto Competition” at the Royal College of Music.
Leonard Schreiber now performs concerts all over the world, but the centre of his activities lies in London. He recently recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra works by Vieuxtemps, Franck, Ysaÿe and a world creation by Brossé conducted by the composer himself.
Leonard has given concerts throughout Europe, USA, South America and China in prestigious venues such as: Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Gaveau - Paris, Théatre des Variétés de Monaco, Palais de l'Europe, Parvis du Festival de Menton, Queen Elisabeth Hall - Antwerp, Herengracht Amsterdam, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Prince Felipe Auditorium Oviedo, Tel Aviv Opera House, Jerusalem and Haifa Auditoriums, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre.
Orchestras Leonard has performed with, include the London Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, London Soloists, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Arion Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Prima la Musica, Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, the European Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Lima Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Peru, Orchestre Romantique Européen, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum of Kiev, St Petersburg Orchestra to name a few.
Conductors he worked with include Dirk Brossé, Rani Calderon, Christopher Fifield, Achim Holub, Jason Lai, Richard Laing, Michael Lloyd, Sir Roger Norrington, Georges Octors, Jean Bernard Pommier, Brien Stait and Neil Thomson.
Leonard Schreiber likes to share his passion for the violin and classical music with audiences, via radio and TV and also outside the concert hall. Mischa Maisky invited Leonard to take part in a programme produced for the Japanese television company NHK. In June 2009, Radio France chose him as “Artist of the month”. This included interviews in the French magazine Classica, on the radio programme “Dans la Cour des Grands” and a recital broadcasted “live” by them.
He has had the honour to play for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, at Spencer House and at Buckingham Palace for his 60th Anniversary. Leonard played at a Gala event for the European Commission and is often invited to give private concerts for Head of States and Royalties. Leonard was invited to play in Shanghai at the Oriental Arts Centre for the World Expo 2010.
Leonard plays on an Italian violin by Alessandro Mezzadri, Ferrara 1710, kindly loaned by Georg Von Opel.