About Leo McFall

Leo McFall is building a substantial reputation as a conductor of both the orchestral repertoire and opera. Winner of the Deutsche Dirigentenpreis 2015 and a finalist in the Salzburg Festival/Nestlé Young Conductors Award 2014, he brings a depth of experience enhanced by four years as Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and a senior position at the Meiningen State Theatre in Germany.

His appearances as a guest conductor in recent seasons include concerts with such orchestras as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Oulu Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National and the RTVE Symphony Madrid. With Germany’s Bundesjugendorchester he has both conducted concerts and prepared its exceptional young players for a performance with Simon Rattle.

In opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on Tour have played a substantial role in his career, and a run of Così fan tutte is scheduled for autumn 2017. He has also led performances at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Opera North and Wiener Volksoper. In 2018 he will conduct a new production of La traviata for his debut at English National Opera.

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, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg.

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