Italian conductor Leonardo Sini gained international attention after winning first prize at the prestigious Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition in 2017.
Over the past years, he has worked both as a conductor and assistant conductor with many orchestras and opera houses in Europe, including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Vienna’s Volksoper, Opera North, Bari’s Teatro Petruzzelli, the Dutch National Ballet Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Nieuw Ensemble and the Bochumer Symphoniker.
Strongly passionate about opera, he made his operatic debut in 2017 conducting a production of Puccini’s La bohème at the Bredeweg Festival in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera Chorus.
In December 2017, he won first prize at the Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition after conducting, during the various rounds, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he performed in the final gala concert at the Kodály Centre in Pécs.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season included his debut with the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest and subscription concerts with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Petruzzelli Theatre Orchestra and the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Born in the Italian city of Sassari in 1990, Sini began his music studies at his native city’s Conservatory of Music "L. Canepa", where he studied trumpet. He later continued his education at the Royal Academy of Music in London, earning his master’s degree there in 2013.
In London, he commenced studying conducting with Sian Edwards and collaborated with different orchestras, including the Southbank Sinfonia, with which he performed at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall.
In 2015, he moved to the Netherlands, where he studied conducting with Jac van Steen, Ed Spanjaard and Kenneth Montgomery in the prestigious National Master of Orchestral Conducting programme run by the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, gaining his Masters degree in 2017.