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impuls . 12th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, August 16th - 28th, 2021




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Leonhard Garms
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Special Program with

Ensemble Schallfeld


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Special Program with

Leonhard Garms


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Leonhard Garms, conductor (Ensemble Schallfeld)

Leonhard Garms was born in Rome and grew up in Italy, Austria and the US. He studied conducting and vocal accompaniment with Wolfgang Bozic and music-theory / composition with Clemens Gadenstätter and Georg Friedrich Haas at Kunstuniversität Graz and participated in masterclasses with Peter Eötvös, Arturo Tamayo and Paavo Järvi. 2003 – while still at conservatory – he began working as pianist at Graz Opera.
After graduating with honours in 2005 he was engaged as pianist at Komische Oper Berlin. 2007-2010 saw him as vocal coach and conductor at Theater Regensburg, where he conducted repertoire productions as well as first performances. 2011 he was performances of classical and modern repertoire at the Turkish State Opera Istanbul.
Since 2013 Leonhard Garms has mostly been working as free-lance. His engagements led him among other venues to the Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra de Nantes/Rennes, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Korean National Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Opernhaus Graz as well as to Festivals such as Ruhrtriennale as assistant of Kirill Petrenko, (Wagner: „Tristan und Isolde“) and of Peter Rundel, Wiener Festwochen 2013 and 2015 (as assistant of Beat Furrer and Emilio Pomarico).
Pursuing his great interest for contemporary experimental music he collaborates with different instrumental ensembles: Leonhard Garms conducts Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Phace, The Black Page Orchestra, Soundinitiative (Paris). With these ensembles and as music director of Schallfeld Ensemble Graz Leonhard Garms performs at Festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Klangspuren Schwaz, Ultraschall (Berlin), Rainy Days (Luxemburg), Armel Opera Festival in Szeged (Hungary), Mixtur Festival in Barcelona, Brisbane Festival (Australia).
Subsequent to his successful appearances at Graz Oper in 2014, 2015 and 2016, when he conducted Verdi’s „Otello“, „My Fair Lady“, „Opern der Zukunft – So viel mehr an Leben“ and a ballet-premiere with music by Franz Schubert and Isabel Mundry, Leonhard Garms has been invited to premiere Opern der Zukunft again in 2018 and 2021.

Leonhard Garms @ Ensemble Schallfeld