LEANDRO SILVERA


CELLIST - CONDUCTOR - TEACHER

 
 

Leandro was born in Argentina, and after graduating from Buenos Aires Conservatoire he won a British Council scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. He participated in masterclasses with Karine Georgian (Dartington International Summer School), Ralph Kirshbaum (IMS Prussia Cove) and Patrick Demenga (Manchester International Cello Festival). He graduated in 1999 with a Commended BMus (Honours) Degree and a Diploma in Professional Performance. 


He develop
ed a passionate interest for teaching soon after graduating; since then he has given cello masterclasses for the European String Teachers' Association, worked at Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (USA) as Performing Assistant to Steven Doane and given yearly performance and technique classes at the Royal Academy of Music for the London Cello Society. Between 2000 and 2005 Leandro taught cello and coached young chamber ensembles at Chetham’s School of Music; he also completed his postgraduate studies at the RNCM with Hannah Roberts (with whom he now runs a summer course and teaches as her assistant) and was awarded a PGDip in 2003.


Leandro has performed extensively as a cellist, including in recitals at St James’ Piccadilly, Manchester Cathedral and the Great Hall of King’s College School, and as a soloist in the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Trafford Youth Orchestra and Wirral Symphony Orchestra.


Leandro works as a cellist with several orches
tras, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata (including as Principal), Scottish Chamber Or
chestra and the Orchestra of the Golden Age (on baroque cello).


As a chamber musician, Leandro has won the Hirsch Award, the Granada Prize  and the Arnold Prize as a member of the Chalabi String Quartet and the Ager Oboe Quartet. He is currently the cellist of the newly-formed King’s Piano Trio.


Leandro moved to London in September 2005 to take up the position of Head of Strings at King’s College School, Wimbledon and since 2006 has been tutor of cello and chamber music at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music.


 

CELLIST