Yuriy Leonovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1984. He moved to the U.S. with his family nine years later, and began his musical studies at the age of 11. He began composing at 12, now having over 60 works attributed to his name. At 15, he started playing klezmer clarinet, culminating at a performance at Carnegie Hall, with the Kidz Klez of Michigan, in 2003, under the direction the late Cantor Stephen Dubov. He has studied with Stephen Geber, retired principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra, Robert deMaine, principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Marcy Chanteaux, assistant principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony. He studied composition with Dr. James Hartway. Leonovich holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Wayne State University of Detroit and a Master of Music degree from CIM, where he is currently working on a doctoral degree with Stephen Geber.
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