A unique mixture of technical skills, great sensibility and a deep passion in his performance have established Leo de María as one of the best performers of his generation.
Born in Madrid in 1995, he started his musical training at the age of 11. He studied at the Music and Scenic Arts Faculty at the Alfonso X El Sabio University of Madrid under the leadership of his father, Leonel Morales. Now is under the supervision of the Professor Pavel Gililov.
He has recently obtained the National Award “Cultura Viva” 2018 to the Artistic Relevation. In addition, Leo de María has more than 30 National and International awards. Highlights include the First Prizes in the International Piano Competitions Ciudade de Ferrol(November, 2017. Spain), MozARTè (September, 2016. Germany) and Grand Prix of Lyon (June, 2016. France).
Beeing 15 years old, he performed the Concert number 1 of Prokofiev with the “Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra” in Adana-Turkey, under the direction of the Maestro Emin Güven Yasliçam. Because of his triumph, he was again invited to Antalya beeing only 16 years old, to perform this time the Concerto number 1 of Tchaikovsky.
Since then, his activity as a performer has taken him to different places all around the world, acting in the most prestigious halls as the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, San Pedro’s Auditorium in Monterrey- Mexico at the Festival Santa Cecilia- Parnassós, Salle Molière in Lyon at the Festival “Les Virtuoses du Piano”, Bibiena de Mantova Theatre in Italy, the House of A. Scriabin in Moscow, Radio France in Paris, Elfer’s Concert Hall in Connecticut-USA, Vermietung Laeiszhalle de Hamburg-Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Holland…
In Spain, he has collaborated with the Foundation Yehudi Menuhin in presence of Your Majesty the Queen mother Doña Sofía, Juan March Foundation, Olivar del Castillejo Foundation, Juventudes Musicales of Sevilla, Granada in different halls including the Manuel De Falla Auditorium, Fine Arts Academy in San Fernando of Madrid, Iturbi Concert Hall in the Palau de la Música in Valencia, Castellon’s Auditorium, Mozart Hall of Zaragoza’s Auditorium…
“Strength”, “Plays as a master”, “Ruling and Conqueror” are some of the superlatives used by different critics of all around the world to describe him.