Edward Leonard was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He started his early musical training on the violin at the age of four under the direction of his parents; both string players in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He soon switched his instrument to the piano.
Edward attended the College of Charleston on a full scholarship where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Enrique Graf. While there, he performed in numerous venues such as the Monday Night Concert Series and the Thursday noon concerts at the College of Charleston, the Candlelight Concert Series at historic Drayton Hall, and appeared as soloist with the College of Charleston Orchestra and the Charleston Metropolitan Orchestra. He also composed several pieces that were premiered at the annual Composers’ Forum at the College of Charleston. As a piano student he studied with teachers such as Earl Wild, Ilana Vered, Ann Schein Jorge Luis Prats, Lorin Hollander, and Margarita Fyodorova.
Recently, Mr. Leonard received his Master’s Degree in Conducting at Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Juan Pablo Izquierdo. He recently completed the Performance in Residence Program in conducting there.