About Leo McFall

Winner of the Deutsche Dirigentenpreis 2015 and a finalist in the Salzburg Festival/Nestlé Young Conductors Award 2014, Leo McFall is building a substantial reputation as a conductor of both the orchestral and operatic repertoire.

His appearances as a guest conductor in recent seasons include concerts with such orchestras as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Meiningen Hofkapelle, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Oulu Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National and the RTVE Symphony Madrid. This season he also conducted the first concerts of an exceptional new ensemble, the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester.

In opera, he has led performances at the Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne on Tour, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Opera North and the Wiener Volksoper. In 2018 he will conduct a new production of La traviata for his debut at English National Opera. From 2012-15 he was First Kapellmeister of the Staatstheater Meiningen where he conducted a very wide-ranging repertoire. At this time he also held the position of Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and conducted the orchestra several times in concert.

Leo McFall enjoys a close working relationship with Bernard Haitink, whom he has assisted in the preparation of concerts with the Chicago Symphony, European Union Youth Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw and Vienna Philharmonic. He has also participated in chamber music masterclasses with Krysia Osostowicz and Ferenc Rados.

In addition to Così fan tutte with Glyndebourne on Tour and La Traviata at English National Opera, Leo McFall’s engagements for the 2017-18 season include debut concerts with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim and Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.

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