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Leo McFall

Leo McFall

Leo McFall is First Kapellmeister of the State Theatre Meiningen and Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and was one of the three finalists to take part in the 2014 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, conducting the Mozarteumorchester with soloist Jan Lisiecki.

Mr. McFall’s 2014-15 season includes concerts with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester conducting Dvorák’s 8th Symphony and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle in concert at the Gulbenkian Hall in Lisbon. Furthermore, he leads the Oulu Sinfonia in the Poulenc Double Concerto and Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, and the Meiningen Hofkapelle in programmes including works by Martinů, Smetana, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. He also conducts performances of Tannhäuser, I Puritani, Gianni Schicchi/Pagliacci and La Traviata in Meiningen. Having appeared regularly at Glyndebourne in the past, he returns this season for the Glyndebourne Tour of Britten’s The Turn of The Screw. Past appearances at the Festival included a Stravinsky double bill and the premiere of Julian Philips's The Yellow Sofa, an CarmenCosì fan tutteDon Giovanni and Rusalka on Tour. In future seasons he debuts with the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden.

In recent seasons Mr. McFall conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Chicago Civic, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Oulu Sinfonia, Meiningen Hofkapelle and RTVE Orchestra Madrid. At the State Theatre Meiningen he also conducted a new production of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci, Tristan und Isolde and Rigoletto.

Leo McFall enjoys a close working relationship with Bernard Haitink, whom he has assisted in concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and European Union Youth Orchestras. In 2009 he replaced Mr. Haitink in a concert with the Chicago Civic Orchestra to great acclaim. 

After obtaining a music degree at Oxford University, Mr. McFall studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Leif Segerstam, and the Zürich Hochschule für Musik with Johannes Schlaefli. Whilst in Finland he co-founded his own ensemble, and conducted the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Pori Sinfonietta. He was awarded the Seiji Ozawa fellowship at the 2008 Tanglewood Music Festival, and a place on the prestigious Deutsche Dirigentenforum the following year. He has also assisted conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Jiri Belohlavek, Harry Bicket and Gérard Korsten.

A pianist, violinist and violist, Leo McFall was a National Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000. He lives in London.