Leo Esselson

Leo was born in Heidelberg and started playing the violin at the age of five. His first teacher was A. Ostrowskij in Heidelberg and he was later taught by E. Plotkina, a former orchestral soloist with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra in Moscow.

Leo began playing in concerts at a very early stage, performing in Heidelberg and the surrounding area as well as in Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Berlingen and Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. He plays a violin made in Bohemia in 1880. Leo has also had the opportunity to perform on a 1734 Stradivarius “Wilmotte” violin in Shanghai.

Leo also plays the piano and enjoys composing music in his spare time.

Leo Esselson

  • Instrument: Violin
  • Birthday: August 14th 1999
  • Place of birth: Germany


2009, 2010, 2011, 2014: First prize in the Karl Adler youth music competition in Stuttgart and debut as a soloist with the Paulus Orchester in Stuttgart, performing Bériot’s “Scènes de ballet”

2007, 2010, 2013: First prize in the solo violin category of the “Jugend musiziert” competition


Since 2014

  • LGT Young Soloists Academy Zurich, taught by Prof. Alexander Gilman.

2011, 2013

  • Master classes with Prof. P. Munteanu (Hamburg) and Prof. A. Gilman (Vienna)
  • Amadeus Music Academy Vienna, taught by Prof. A. Gilman.

2011 to 2012

  • Master classes with Prof. L.A. Breuninger (Karlsruhe)
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