Violinist, violist, composer, improviser, performer and educator
Leonor grew up in Venezuela where she was classically trained and played in orchestras since age 6. Her teachers being Ivan Perez and Virginie Roibilliard among others at the Emil Friedman conservatory and Mozarteum de Caracas.
While in her home country, she was part of the acclaimed chamber music group Virtuosi de Caracas and was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, all the while honing her skills in jazz and improvised music. As a freelance musician she was very active in the local music scene performing with many pop, rock, and latin groups as well as doing recording session work.
In 2007, Leonor was accepted to do her Master in Music Performance at the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland, where she studied with Madame Margarita Piguet-Karafilova and graduated in 2010. After graduation she decided to pursue her passion for jazz and moved to NY where she completed her Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at Queens College in 2013.
Her teachers were: Antonio Hart, David Berkman, Christian Howes and Mark Feldman.
Currently, Leonor performs around the city in ensembles that are dedicated to jazz, avant garde, latin and classical music. Some collaborations and performances include Willie Colon’s band, Akua Dixon’s string quartet, Sirius Quartet, Charlie Donato y su son ideal, Maelo and the Latinoexperimental Project, Karl Berger improvisers orchestra, Mario Castro, John Ehlis Ensemble, recordings for Christian Howes recording company, Off-Broadway shows with director Julianne Merrill, Duo Perinola with guitarrist Luis Miguel Gil, and most recently with Juanma Trujillo at Antenna and Chama, new projects of jazz/avant garde music that released their albums in 2015 and 2016.
She has also collaborated with the Dali String Quartet summer workshop in Philadelphia, teaching improvisation workshops and recently opened her home studio to teach and record.
Leonor has been teaching in NYC for the last 5 years students of all ages, mostly using the Mark O’Connor method, for which she’s a certified teacher. This summer of 2016 she'll be part of the faculty at the O'Connor method camp in NYC.