Leo a Violinist

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Leo Novikov was born in Moscow, Russia. He received a classical music education and obtained a Master of Music degree before joining the State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography of the USSR. During his time there, Leo recorded music for over 300 films, which solidified his reputation as a skilled and talented musician.

Leo pursued his dream of becoming a member of one of the best symphony orchestras in the world, and he succeeded when he joined the Moscow Philharmonic. As part of this esteemed ensemble, Leo had the opportunity to perform at some of the most famous venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Centre, the Barbican Centre, Suntory Hall, the Madrid Opera and others. In addition, he was a member of the elite part of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble of Soloists “Moscow Philharmoniki,” which allowed him to showcase his abilities as a soloist as well as an ensemble player.

Leo has given many solo performances throughout his career, including a solo concert in Tbilisi, Georgia, and a solo performance with an orchestra in the world’s first television broadcast from Moscow to 14 countries in 1991. He has also performed solo recitals in France, Latvia and Russia and Australia.

As a violinist and an actor, Leo has also acted in several big Russian theatres. He played the role of the Fiddler in the musical “The Fiddler on the Roof” at the Moscow State Operetta Theatre and one of the main roles in “The Story of Doctor Faustus” by Goethe at the State Academic Youth Theatre. In addition, he has played the roles of a violinist in numerous Russian and Australian films.

In 1993, Leo and his family immigrated to Australia, where he quickly established himself as a respected classical violinist and teacher. He has performed as a soloist at various prestigious venues, including the Parliament House of New South Wales, the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, the American Club, Channel Nine Television, Sydney Town Hall, and Sydney Recital Hall. He has also performed in Melbourne at Glen Eira Arts Complex and Melba Hall.

Leo has released two albums: “Golden Dreams” in 2000 and “Leo’s Violin Magic” in 2004. In 2003, he became the 3rd prize winner at the First International Competition “Golden Hanukkiah” in Berlin, Germany.

Leo is always delighted to play with some of the best Australian musicians. He and his colleague Alex Parkmen formed a Jazz duet called “White Cat,” which has gained popularity for its lively, funky style and groovy compositions. Leo continues to inspire and entertain audiences with his talent and passion for music.