Leonard Kwon - Conductor


Leonard Kwon, born in U.S.A. and raised in South Korea, studied musicology and recorder at Seoul National University of Arts and Korea National University of Arts. He was deeply inspired by the early music movement and conductors as Frans Brüggen and Nicolas Harnoncourt, that he moved to the Netherlands and received his degree in recorder at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and orchestral conducting at Amsterdam Conservatory.

Lately he was the assistant conductor for four productions with Dutch National Opera Academy (Mozart;Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, Kulenty;The Mother of Black-Winged Dreams, Massenet; Cendrillon), and was one of the three selected candidates to work with Orchestra of the 18th century during the young conductors project. As a guest conductor he worked with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Donizetti; L'elisir d'amore) during the Bredeweg Festival, Residentie Orkest and Gwangju Symphony Orchestra (Korea).

For the 2020 season he is reinvited to Orchestras that he worked with before. Gwanju Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven 7th Symphony and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3), Residentie Orkest (World Ocean Day Concert). He will make his debut for the opening concert of Seoul International Music Festival with Concordi Musici and Bach Solisten Seoul conducting Bach Cantatas.

Leonard attended masterclasses of Daniele Gatti, Johannes Schlaefli, Michel Tabachnik, Nicolas Pasquet, Marc Albrecht and Jorma Panula.

From 2017 till 2019 he was part of the National Master in Orchestral Conducting program, a joint program of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Amsterdam Conservatory, mentored by Ed Spanjaard, Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery.