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 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 Indigo string Quartet, Sirius Quartet, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Sarah Berstein’s Veer Quartet, Maelo and the Latinoexperimental Project, Karl Berger improvisers orchestra, Mario Castro, Mimi Jones and the Black Madonna, O Kwarteto, John Ehlis Ensemble, Off-Broadway shows with director Julianne Merrill, and most recently with guitarist Juanma Trujillo in Antenna and Chama, new projects of jazz/avant garde music that released their albums in 2015 and 2016. Leonor is one of the founders of the Solar String Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to perform original music as well as to accompany great jazz musicians like Mario Castro and Joanna Wallfisch. Her debut cd IMAGA MONDO was released on 2017 and so far has been very well received by critiques like Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery) and Troy Dostert (All about Jazz). Her work with duo Peach and Tomato with fellow creative improviser and violinist Sana Nagano is about to release their debut album!
Leonor has been teaching in NYC since 2010 students of all ages, mostly using the Mark O’Connor method, for which she’s a certified teacher and for which she's become part of the faculty for their summer camp in NYC and Charlotte NC since 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.