Leandro “Leo” Marcondes is an experienced music teacher and well-rounded musician who brings not only a formal academic background to the table but also a wealth of professional musical experience. Leandro has been teaching music since 1994, including 9 years teaching in Public Schools, where he had the chance to teach children and young students of a wide age range. Leo has a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and also studied with Hans J. Koellreutter, professor of Antonio Carlos Jobim among others. Therefore Leandro’s academic and professional backgrounds have provided him with the foundations of what it means to be a good teacher. Not only is Leandro patient and kind, but he also motivates his students and inspires in them a love for music.
As a professional guitar/bass player and singer, Leandro has worked with many great musicians over the last 20 years. This includes more than 9 years of collaboration with Peter Madcat Ruth, one of the greatest harmonica players of our time, who recorded and toured with the legendary Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Garry Mulligan in the 70s; and won a Grammy Award in 2005. Madcat speaks very highly of Leandro. “I can confidently say that Leandro is one of the finest musicians I have played with in terms of his professionalism, focus and follow-through. It has been a great pleasure to work with Leandro all these years and I strongly recommend him to any position that matches his qualifications and interest.”
In addition to his formal academic background, Leandro has performed with many bands from a wide range of music genres such as Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, Reggae, Country, Latin and Brazilian Music. Leandro is also an active songwriter and music producer.
Hobbies: Films, cooking and watching soccer games.
Musical influences: Chet Baker, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius, Paul McCartney, Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel, Lindsay Buckingham, Radiohead, Claude Debussy, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Cole Porter, George Gershwin
Favourite food: Japanese, Italian and Indian
Least favourite food: Vietnamese, beef and pork
Favourite music: I like different genres of music varying from cool jazz to rock.
Favourite song: Paul McCartney’s “Junk”, Peter Gabriel’s “In your eyes” and Cole Porter’s “So in love”.
Favourite movie: Blade Runner, 2001 and The Village
Favourite movie music: High Fidelity & Dancer in the Dark.
Favourite musical theatre/opera: Jesus Christ Superstar / Porgy and Bess
Best quote from your teacher: “Try it until you’re able to teach it” and “Nothing is impossible unless you believe it is”.