Leonor de Lera
Artistic Director & Baroque Violin
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, after which she continued her studies with Ara Malikian.
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 the renowned violinist Enrico Onofri.
Leonor has taken part in many courses and masterclasses with renowned players such as Manfredo Kraemer, Olivia Centurioni and Pavlo Beznosiuk.
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.