Leo McFall will start his new position as Chief Conductor of Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg in 2020/21, he is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Meininger Staatstheater. Winner of the Deutsche Dirigentenpreis 2015 and a finalist in the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2014, his engagements for the 19/20 season include debut concerts with the Argovia Philharmonic, Sinfonia Lahti and the Victoria Symphony. He also returns to the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera North for a production of The Turn of the Screw.
His appearances as a guest conductor in recent seasons have included projects with English National Opera (La Traviata), Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on Tour (Vanessa and Cosi fan tutte) and Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Otello and Falstaff) as well as with the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Kymi Sinfonietta, Meininger Hofkapelle, National Youth Orchestra of Germany, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Oulu Sinfonia and Tampere Philharmonic. Leading instrumentalists with whom he has collaborated include Nicholas Angelich, David Fray, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Jan Lisiecki, Nils Mönkemeyer, Javier Perianes, Alexandra Silocea, Kian Soltani, Diana Tischenko and Antje Weithaas.
In spring 2019 Leo McFall recorded with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern for the label GENUIN.
He has enjoyed a close working relationship with Bernard Haitink, assisting him in the preparation of concerts with the Chicago Symphony, European Union Youth Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Wiener Philharmoniker. Leo McFall also assisted Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Philippe Jordan and Jonathan Nott during his time as Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
Born in the United Kingdom, Leo McFall gained a music degree at Oxford University and went on to study conducting at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, where his tuition from Leif Segerstam was complemented by classes with, among others, Hannu Lintu, Jorma Panula and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. He undertook further studies with Johannes Schlaefli at the Zurich University of the Arts. In the field of chamber music, Leo McFall participated in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados and Krysia Osostowicz.