Leonardo Pineda began his musical education through ‘El Sistema’ in Venezuela, the internationally renowned orchestral program created by Jose Antonio Abreu. After commencing his violin studies at the age of 10 under the tutelage of violinist Simon Gollo, Leonardo quickly became the concertmaster of several youth orchestras in Los Andes.
Leonardo has participated in music festivals in South America and Europe, attending master classes with acclaimed musicians such as Mikhail Bezverkhny, Virginie Robilliard, Guyla Stuller, Daniel Phillips, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Elmar Oliveira, Guillermo Figueroa, Dmitry Berlinsky, Kristoff Barati, The Shanghai String Quartet, and Latin American String Quartet (among others). As an orchestra musician Leonardo has performed across China, Taiwan, England, Hungary, Russia, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Cuba, Slovakia, Germany, Colombia, the United States, and Venezuela.
Leonardo was the winner of the 2011 Bard College concerto competition and made his New York debut at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with the Bard College Orchestra. Leonardo additionally participated in the ensemble Contemporaneous with whom he performed in several venues in New York, working closely with composers Joan Tower and George Sontakis. In 2012, alongside Contemporaneous, he premiered a piece for violin and orchestra that was written specifically for him called “Dubio.”
Leonardo is the Founder and Artistic Music Director of the Colón Music Festival in Venezuela, a program that brings young musicians from all over the world to the Venezuelan mountains for a intensive summer musical program.
Leonardo holds a B.M. in violin performance and B.A. in French Studies from Bard College and The Bard Conservatory of Music in New York, where he studied with Laurie Smukler and Luis Garcia Renart. Leonardo is completing his master degree in violin performance at The Lynn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Carol Cole.