Austria, Vienna Vienna Violin
Leonhard (Leo) Baumgartner is 14 years old, born 2007 in Vienna, Austria. Violin lessons from age 3 on , as well as choral tuition at the Nano Choir, which had an important impact on his musical development. He got solo vocal education, rhythm and ensemble training there alongside with numerous concerts.
In September 2019 Leo was accepted as pre college student for the highly gifted children into the violin studio of ao.Univ. Prof. Regina Brandstaetter at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Leonhard is a major prize winner at national and international competitions.
In July 2021 Leonhard won 2nd Prize at the renowned International Competition Il Piccolo Violino Magico in Italy.
From 2014 on, Leonhard has taken part in the biggest National Music Competition of Austria, Prima La Musica eight times. He competed in chamber music ensembles as well as in solo violin. Each time Leonhard took part, he won First Prize with distinction. 2018 he won First Prize at the federal competition of Austria (Bundeswettbewerb) Prima La Musica and got the Spezial Prize of the ESTA (European String Teachers Association) for his excellent solo playing.
In August 2018 Leo won First Prize at the International Vivaldi Competition Vienna. In June 2020 Leo was selected as invited finalist at the Osaka International Music Competition semifinal in Vienna, Austria. Due to the travel restrictions during the Corona pandemic, Leo could not take part in the final in October. At the “Vienna New Year’s International Music Competition” without age groups he got the “Special Young Talent Award” in December 2020. In January 2021 Leo won First Prize at the VI Odin International Music Online Competition. In March 2021 Leo won First Prize at Danubia Talents “Vienna Classics” Competition (Hungary, online) as well as absolut First Prize with highest marks (100/100) at the Iscart International Music Competition (Switzerland, online).
In September 2020 he became scholar at an audition of the „PE- Förderungen“ Mannheim in Germany. He will now been supported during the next years to come. Other former scholars of the program were artists like Augustin Hadelich, Arabella Steinbacher and Daniel Müller- Schott.
Leonhard was the youngest accepted active participant at the renowned Kronberg Academy, Germany, 2019. There he was student in the class of Gerhard Schulz. In 2021 , Leo was invited again and attended the class of Pavel Vernikov. At the concert of Kronberg Academy, Leo was awarded the Manfred Grommek Special Prize.
He also attended violin masterclasses with Pavel Vernikov, Ingolf Turban, Paul Roczek, Gerhard Schulz, Maxim Brilinsky Georg Hamann, and Alexandra Rappitsch. Currently Leo is scholar of „Internationale Musikakademie Liechtenstein“.