HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Since early performances he was praised by audiences and critics for his virtuosity and musical sensitivity. Miami Herald wrote: “Sigal demonstrated what a fine violinist he is, playing passionately and cleanly with a soaring tone;” and the Hartford Courant echoes: “His tone was consistently sweet. He brought a clear sense of phrasing, articulation and effortless virtuosity.”
Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at the age of 5, and was accepted to the renowned Gnessin School of Music. He went on to attend and graduate with excellence from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Winner of several violin competitions and recipient of the 1993 Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award, Mr. Sigal moved to the US, where he has also studied with Erick Friedman and has taken masterclasses with Issac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman. In 1995 he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to a prestigious fellowship at the New World Symphony, where he was one of the principals and also coached as a conductor.
Mr. Sigal’s experience includes recitals, chamber music, festival and orchestral appearances in the US, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Japan and South Korea. He has performed under Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Levine and Herbert Blomstedt to name a few. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Evgeny Kissin, Edgar Meyer, Joseph Silverstein, James Ehnes, Roberto Diaz and William Wolfram among others. In 2007 he inaugurated and became Artistic Director of the celebrated Sunday Serenades, a chamber music series at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Mr. Sigal’s annual appearances as a soloist with the HSO include highly acclaimed performances of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Bernstein’s Serenade, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, concertos by Mozart, Brahms, Sibelius, Barber and Shostakovich. In 2011 Mr. Sigal performed, and later recorded, the world premiere of Stephen Michael Gryc’s Violin Concerto “Harmonia Mundi,” written for him and commissioned by the HSO. This season highlights include Brahms’ Double Concerto with cellist David Finckel, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, as well as Chausson’s Poeme and Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie.
Mr. Sigal also serves as concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and is a faculty member at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. Previously Associate Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic, he has performed with the San Diego Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony, as well as violin faculty at the Eastern Music Festival. Since August of 2012, at the invitation of Music Director Gerard Schwarz, he has been part of the All Star Orchestra alongside fellow concertmasters and principals from the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Met Orchestra, Boston, San Francicso, Cincinnati, Minnesota and other major American orchestras.