“His ability to mix confident strength with delicate gentleness to convey these dreamy pieces begs the question of how one so young could have the intuition required to achieve this difficult balance.” The Art Scene
May 13, 2017
Known for his originality and captivating playing, 13 year-old pianist Leonid Nediak has been steadily gaining critical acclaim in Canada and USA. Leonid has been awarded many prestigious awards, including the grand prize in a Canadian national composition competition (CFMTA 2016), second place and the audience prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2015 and the Grand Prize twice at the Canadian Music Competition in 2013 and 2014.
To date, Leonid has had eight concerto performances with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and Canton Symphony Orchestra in USA. Remarkably at age twelve Leonid successfully performed two orchestra concerts: Beethoven concerto No. 3 and Rachmaninoff concerto No. 2, within three weeks.
He has appeared in many venues across Canada and the USA, including Maison symphonique in Montreal, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, The Golandsky Institute Festival at Princeton University. Leonid was also very honoured to be invited to perform for Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, for the Consul General from P.R. China, and was featured in the symposium: Musician Born or Made, hosted by Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory. Leonid has been invited by numerous international music festivals including in CIPC 2016 as a junior jury member. Upcoming events
include concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Koerner Hall in January 2017, with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in March 2017 and with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in February 2018.
Leonid has appeared on TV, in newspapers and magazines, including CBC national news. In 2015, Leonid was selected as the youngest of the “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”. Leonid has studied with Michael Berkovsky from 2012, and with Ilya Itin from 2015. Leonid is a full scholarship student in the Taylor Academy in Toronto under James Anagnoson and Michael Berkovsky. In addition, Leonid has been studying with Edna Golandsky, the leading exponent of the Taubman Approach, since 2015.
Leonid loves composing music and has won prizes every year starting at age six including the first prize in the International 2014 Hal Leonard Carol Klose Composition Competition. He has studied music theory and composition under John Burge from 2012.
Leonid also enjoys computer science and math. In the 2014 Canadian Computing Competition organized by Waterloo University, Leonid received a gold medal with a perfect score. As a 7th grader, Leonid entered a grade 12 national math competition and won 2nd place (Canadian Kangaroo Math contest 2016).