Back in the fifth grade, clarinetist Andrew Leonard told his parents, "All I need in college is a decent place to be noisy and play." Today, Andrew is a tenured member of the Austin Symphony, and he performs with orchestras in the southwest, including the Symphonies of Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. As a recording musician, he’s performed for many soundtracks and video games.
A graduate of Juilliard's Pre-College Division and USC's Thornton School of Music, Andrew has won the Torrance, Redlands, and Peninsula Music Festival concerto competitions, was a semi-finalist in the Midland-Odessa competition in Texas and he was awarded a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation. Andrew can be heard on soundtracks for Lionsgate, Sony, Starz, Showtime, and National Geographic. He has also performed with the International Bachakademie, New York String Seminar, Broadway luminaries Ted Sperling, Nathan Gunn, and Kelli O'Hara, and a performance with John Williams (and subsequently arriving at the post-concert reception half an hour early along with only Mr. Williams).
Andrew expresses his passion for music through his teaching practice. He has written programs and curriculum for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Harmony Project, Education Through Music, USC Thornton School of Music, The Orchestras of Pasadena, the Music Center of Los Angeles Couty, and The DaCamera Society. Andrew is a member of the applied music faculty at Mt. St. Mary's College and the teaching artist faculties of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Harmony Project.
Photographer: Konstantin Golovchinsky