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Leonhard Baumgartner

Leonhard Baumgartner was born into a musical family in Austria in 2007 as the eldest of four children. From 2010, he received violin lessons using the Szilvay method, and from 2010, he sang in the Nano children's choir with intensive rehearsals, rhythm training and voice training as well as concerts. The six years in this choir shaped him a lot. He is currently in the ninth grade of the federal high school in Mödling Keimgasse and is studying violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Regina Brandstätter. 

Leonhard attended master classes with internationally renowned musicians such as Maxim Brilinsky, Georg Hamann, Paul Roczek, Gerhard Schulz, Ingolf Turban and Pavel Vernikov. He is also a scholarship holder of the Liechtenstein Music Academy and regularly takes part in the intensive weeks and activities that take place there. 

Leonhard is a prizewinner of renowned national and international competitions. He was the only violinist in Austria to score 100/100 points at "Prima la Musica" in March 2022. He is also a multiple 1st prizewinner with distinction and a special prize from the ESTA (European String Teachers Association) at "Prima la Musica" at state and national level. In 2021, he won the 2nd prize at the international competition "Il Piccolo Violino Magico". The competition was live streamed by the Violin Channel. At the Kronberg Academy 2021, he was awarded the "Manfred Grommek Special Prize" after a concert appearance. He won further 1st prizes at the "International Antonio Vivaldi Competition" 2018 in Vienna, at the "Odin International Music Online Competition" and the "Iscart International Music Competition", where he received 100/100 points and thus the 1st prize with the highest number of points. He won further 1st prizes in 2021 at the "International Clara Schumann Competition", at the Danubia Talents "Vienna Classics Competition", the "IMMC - International Moscow Music online Competition" and at the "London Young Musician". In London, he was also awarded the "Platinum Award" and thus qualified to participate in the "Musician of the Year 2022 Competition" in London.

Leonhard has experience with chamber music in various formations from duo to quintet. In 2021, he participated in the chamber music project Mit Musik Miteinander of the renowned Kronberg Academy and took part in projects funded by the Vienna Philharmonic, where he played in the Salzburg Opera Camp and in the Camerata Prima la Musica Vienna. In 2018, he was concertmaster in a youth chamber orchestra in Austria. He has also appeared as a soloist with orchestra at festivals, concert series and competitions. 

Leonhard has been invited to participate in a Gramola CD with works by F. Kreisler in July 2022 as one of five Austrian violinists. "Kreislers Erben" shows several generations of violinists. Benjamin Schmid and Christian Altenburger, Ekaterina Frolova, Daniel Auner and Leonhard as representatives of the youngest generation will be involved. They will record some works by F. Kreisler. 

Leonhard is currently supported by PE-Förderungen Mannheim as a scholarship holder. 

He plays a valuable Gagliano violin on generous loan.