Baroque violin & Direction
Viola da Gamba
Harpsichord & Organ
Theorbo & Baroque guitar
Leonor de Lera
Founder & Artistic Director
Born in Madrid, of Spanish-French origin, Leonor has been influenced by both cultures from the very beginning. She began studying the violin at the age of 6 in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Adolfo Salazar.
During further development at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with the late Mr. Yfrah Neaman, Leonor noted a marked increasing interest in early music and decided to specialise in baroque violin, studying with Ms. Rachel Podger, completing her Bachelor of Music diploma in 2004. She was awarded a scholarship to study as a Postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, where she continued studying with Ms. Podger’s, until she graduated in 2006. She then continued to develop her skills as a baroque player with renowned violinist Enrico Onofri.
She was part of I Giovani della Montis Regalis in Italy in 2009, Le Parlement de Musique – Génération Baroque 2010, and the Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroque 2011-2012, in France.
She has worked with orchestras and ensembles such as Accademia Bizantina, L’Arpeggiata, Cappella Mediterranea, Ensemble Elyma, Divino Sospiro, Capriccio Stravagante, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Los Mvsicos de sv Alteza, Euskalbarrokensemble, Coral de Cámara de Pamplona, La Capilla Real de Madrid, Orquesta Barroca del Conde Duque; and under the direction of Enrico Onofri, Leonardo García Alarcón, Christina Pluhar, Gabriel Garrido, Stefano Montanari, Alessandro di Marchi, Reinhard Goebel, Skip Sempé, Martin Gester, Vanni Moretto, and Laurence Cummings, among others.
Leonor is the founder, artistic director and violinist of L’Estro d’Orfeo, an early music ensemble that specialises in the instrumental music of the 17th century.
Founded by Leonor de Lera in 2015, L’Estro d’Orfeo has been labelled by the critics as an “ensemble of exceptional quality”. They specialise in instrumental music of the seventeenth century, making use of period instruments and with a historically informed approach in line with the aesthetics of the time. Their purpose is to bring forward the instrumental music that marked the beginning of a new era and a new concept in music: instrumental virtuosity.
L’Estro d’Orfeo takes its name and inspiration from the Greek legend of Orpheus. Son of the god Apollo, god of the music and the arts; and Calliope, the muse of poetry and eloquence; Orpheus inherited from them the gift of music and poetry. As Apollo was considered the best musician amongst the gods, so Orpheus was considered the best musician amongst the mortals.
L’Estro d’Orfeo released their debut CD “Altri Canti d’Amor” in September 2017 under the Dutch label Challenge Classics, which received fantastic reviews on some of the leading classical music magazines. Their second CD “L’Arte di diminuire” was released in March 2020.
Jardines del Real Alcázar, Sevilla, Spain
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Leonor de Lera
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