Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, and Piano teacher
Leo offers lessons in English, Hebrew, and Russian.
Hi, I'm Leo! I hold a PhD and MA in Music Education from the University of Toronto, as well as Master’s Degree in Music Performance cum laude from the Moscow P. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance cum laude from Moscow State Conservatory Music College. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting and Wind Pedagogy from Moscow State Conservatory Music College. As a professional clarinettist and saxophonist, I have been affiliated with many symphony and chamber orchestras around the world. I served as assistant and principal clarinetist of the Moscow State Ministry of Education Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Academy of Music Opera Theatre, New Jerusalem Symphony, Israeli Operetta Theatre, and was a member of a Moscow State Conservatory Woodwind Quintet. As a soloist, I have performed in Russia, Israel, USA, Canada, and Kazakhstan, and have taken part in various International Music Festivals, such as International Klezmer Music Festival in Zfat, Israel. I have an extensive experience in music performing, wind ensemble conducting, music education, and teaching woodwinds, brass, piano, and music theory internationally at different levels, from individual, studio, and conservatory to public schools and university. In addition to my teaching experience, I served as a wind orchestra, band, and ensemble Music Director, where I managed repertoire selection, supervised teaching woodwinds, auditions, and adjudicated at various international music festivals and competitions. My research interests include music pedagogy and culture. I was invited to present at several international conferences, such as the 2010 international Conference in Music Pedagogy at the University of Ottawa, Canada; The ISME World Conference in Beijing, China; The 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education in Exeter, UK; The Leading International Music Education Conference, University of Western Ontario, Canada; The IJAS International Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, and the ISME Commission on Policy at Pantheon University in Athens, Greece. Most recently, I presented at the ISME World conference in Prague, Czech Republic, and Baku, Azerbaijan. I published several periodicals and essay collections in Canada and internationally, most recently for the European House for Culture: Access to Culture Platform. I prepare students for RCM examinations at different levels. My students regularly win local and international music competitions, hold principal positions in student and professional bands and symphony orchestras, and participate in a variety of musical activities in Canada and abroad. I’m a member of Ontario Music Teachers Network, Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Canadian Music Education Research Centre, and The International Society for Music Education. I served as a Teaching Assistant in the instrumental class at the University of Toronto. I teach the classical style, as well as jazz, folk, and music of modern composers. I’m fluent in English, Hebrew, and Russian.