When and where was your first concert with the MCO?
My first concert with the MCO was at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, where I was doing work experience. This must have been in 2008. The MCO played Weill's Concerto for Violin and Winds with Kolja Blacher.
What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?
A nice cup of coffee and a moment of strolling around to get an impression of where I am.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
I’d say keeping an eye on all the different little details, without loosing the overview of the big picture. And of course: one should always leave a good amount of flexibility for the unexpected! Good time management and multitasking are also essential.
The first piece of music you fell in love with:
Mozart's Symphony in G-minor. I studied Music for my A-Levels and it was one of the works we analysed. When I finally got around to understanding the way Mozart composed, and how the symphony was structured, it was a moment when I entered onto another level of listening to music.
What makes a “perfect” concert?
A perfect concert takes you on a journey that leaves something unexplainable in your memory. A perfect concert leaves you enriched, with new inspiration and experience – just like an exciting journey.
During and after her MA degree in theatre studies, musicology and English Literature at the universities of Bayreuth, Mainz and Naples (Italy), Leonie worked with various classical music festivals such as the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, and Summer Opera Bamberg.
After her time as an orchestra manager at the international youth orchestra festival Young Euro Classic, Leonie decided to stay in Berlin and work in Artist Management before joining the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as Project Manager in October 2019.
Leonie indulges in the wide range of cultural activities and concerts on offer in the German capital, but also enjoys being out of the buzzing city and travelling. She is thrilled to combine both passions with her new position in the MCO family.