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Eduardo Leandro, Percussion

Eduardo Leandro is the artistic director of the Contemporary Chamber Players, the new music ensemble at Stony Brook University in New York, where he is also associate professor in percussion. He is a guest lecturer at the Peabody Conservatory and regular faculty at Yellow Barn Summer Institute in Vermont; and at the Winter Festival in Campos do Jordao, and the Summer Academy at Femusc, both in Brazil.

Eduardo Leandro has conducted new music concerts on three continents, including tours in Italy and Switzerland this past season. He is a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, and conducts the New York University and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestras regularly.

As a percussionist, Eduardo Leandro has performed as soloist and with ensembles in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He is part of the Percussion Duo Contexto, ensemble-in-residence at the Centre International de Percussion in Geneva for ten years. Duo Contexto has premiered dozens of works and recorded several CDs, including collaborations with Swiss flutist Verena Bosshart and composer Flo Menezes. He played regularly with Ensemble Champ d’Action in Belgium, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and Ensemble Contrechamps in Switzerland, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, and David Robertson, among others.

He has performed in music festivals throughout the world such as the Suita Music Festival in Osaka, Ferienkurse fur Neue Muzik Darmstadt, Festspiel in Salzburg, Ars Musica in Brussels, Archipel in Geneva, Nits de Altea in Spain, Espinho Music Meeting in Portugal, Izmir Music Festival in Turkey, Athenaeum Concert Series in Helsinki, and Festival d’Automne in Paris.

Eduardo Leandro was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He attended the Sao Paulo State University, the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, and Yale University, having studied conducting with Gustav Meier and David Gier, and percussion with John Boudler, Jan Pustjens, and Robert van Sice. He has had the kind support of Vic Firth Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Pearl Instruments for the last several years.

Photo by Julie Brown.