Peter LeipoldPeter Leipold developed an interest for music, particularly piano, violin, composition and conducting, at a very young age and soon won several first prize awards. He was fortunate to secure occasional lessons by Lothar Zagrosek, the former Music Director of the Opera House in Stuttgart, Germany (“Staatsoper Stuttgart”), as part of his musical developments.
Since 2007 until 2012, he has been studied the art of conducting under Professor Eiji Oue and Professor Martin Brauss at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in Hanover, Germany. As part of the program, Peter Leipold has had the opportunity to work as a répétiteur at the Opera House in Hanover (“Staatsoper Hannover”) and also founded a symphony orchestra named “Young Schostakowitsch Ensemble”, which currently has roughly 60 student members from universities all throughout Germany. This symphony orchestra has been invited to give numerous concerts, including at the NDR radio station in Hanover. In 2015 he founded together with the Pianist Patricia Hase the “Ensemble Galina”, which appeared with an recording inculding works by the russian composer Galina Ustwolskaya, predicated as “an discovery” in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.
In 2010 and 2011, he expanded his studies internationally by joining the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano under Maestro Arturo Tamayo, which gave him an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of music in the 20th century, as well as contemporary works. In conjunction with Maestro Arturo Tamayo, Leipold served as conductor of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin in January of 2012. The concert, which included works by John Cage, was part of a radio and CD production. In summer 2015 he conducted at the “Domstufen-Festspiele” in Erfurt. Furthermore, he worked with professional orchestras such as the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hanover (“NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover“), the “German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate” and the Finlandia Symphony Orchestra Jyväskylä.
Furthermore Peter has received important and instructive impetus from the conductor Ari Rasilainen, with whom he finished his master’s degree at the Academy of Music in Würzburg and for whom he has the opportunitiy to work as an assitant. Within the context of this position, he conducted at the Operá National Montpellier. Among his engagement at the Theater Erfurt, (where he conducted amon others “Madama Butterfly”, “Don Giovanni” or “Hänsel und Gretel”) he was invited to work as an assitant with other leeding musicians, such as Heinrich Schiff or Ingo Metzmacher (last at Teatro alla Scala in Milano).