BM, University of Southern California
In the fifth grade Andrew Leonard told his parents, "All I need in college is a decent place to be noisy and play clarinet." Since the age of nine, he has been on a search for the right notes, people, venues, and music. A graduate of Juilliard's Pre-College Division and USC's Thornton School of Music, Andrew has performed on three continents and has now planted himself in LA to take in all of California's diversity and possibility. In an effort to gain further notoriety as a soloist and chamber musician, he's 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 Lions Gate, Sony, Starz, and National Geographic. He has also performed with the International Bachakademie, New York String Seminar, the symphonies of San Bernardino, Burbank, and Santa Monica, and the Long Beach Opera. Recent highlights include performing with Broadway luminaries Ted Sperling, Nathan Gunn, and Kelli O'Hara, and another 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 Mount Saint Mary's University and the teaching artist faculties of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Harmony Project.