Leo Soeda · Cello, Conductor

Leo Soeda studied the cello at the Manhattan School of Music with Nathaniel Rosen. He has performed in world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Joe’s Pub, and the United Nations, and has also performed on late night TV shows, such as NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. During the years 2003~2007, he also performed as the lead cellist of a rock band, New Radio, and actively performed with them in venues such as Joe’s Pub, and Terminal 5, and appeared in the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2005. In June, 2006, he made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, where he performed in his own composition for string trio. Hw has also appeared as a guest artist in numerous recordings including Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s Blitz ! Mr. Soeda also received his master’s in music composition from New York University, where he studied under Justin Dello Joio. In May 2009, his String Quartet no.1 was premiered at the Rose Studio at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As an arranger, he has worked with the Atlantic Records and other independent artists. He is a co-founder of the Cocoro Strings, a conductorless string orchestra, who have appeared in History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhuman. He has also written music for advertisements for companies such as TUMI.

Recently, his short piece for double bass and clarinet was premiered by two NY Philharmonic artists in New York City. He has served as the Director of Music Performance at the New York University’s multimedia performing arts program, IMPACT, and is currently serving as a conductor and a chamber music coach at New Jersey State Youth Orchestra, and as a guest teaching artist in Frank Sinstra High School of the Arts, while actively performing and composing as a freelancer in New York City.

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