Leonardo Pineda


Hometown: San Juan de Colón, Venezuela

Alma mater: Bard College Conservatory

Instagram: @lpineda23

Photos by Matt Dine


Awards/Competitions: Distinguished Artist in Táchira, Venezuela; Winner, 2011 Bard College Concerto Competition

Appearances: San Antonio Chamber Orchestra; Simón Bolivar Orchestra (Táchira); New World Music Festival; Morgues Academy; Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica

Favorite non-classical musicians: Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Jamiroquai

Favorite composers: Beethoven, Strauss, Brahms, Wagner, Berlioz

Best album to have on repeat: Song of the Cello by Mischa Misky and A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler, at the moment

Most fun piece to play: Anything from the romantic period—Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas

Favorite obscure piece: Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg

Favorite painting: La Vie by Pablo Picasso

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Get involved with all the arts, not just music.

Last book read: The Stranger by Camus

Time travel destination: 1920s