Leanna Primiani

Leanna Primiani


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2012Bellini: La SonnambulaConductor
2011Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorConductor
2011Mozart: Cosi fan tutteConductor
2011Bartók: Bluebeard's CastleConductor
2010Verdi: La TraviataConductor
2008Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63Associate Conductor
2004Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressAssistant to Music Director
2000Massenet: CendrillonAssistant to Music Director
2000Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConductor
2000Pasatieri: La DivinaConductor
2000Tchaikovsky: The NutcrackerConductor
2000Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87Conductor
2000Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66Assistant to Music Director


Leanna Primiani is a multifaceted  composer and conductor of who is continually involved in numerous live performance and multimedia projects, while continuing to win awards and accolades for her concert music throughout the United States and Europe.  As a conductor, Ms. Primiani's specialty lies in the 20th and 21st century repertoire.  She has specific affinity for creating very special performances with very little rehearsal time.  She is equally versed in concert and chamber orchestra works as well as ballet and opera repertoire as she as a thorough knowledge of the 20th and 21 century American opera repertoire including both full length productions and one acts.  As for the ballet repertoire, her forte lies in the Ballanchine ballets as well as most full length traditional ballets, including hundreds of Nutcracker performances.  If you are looking for a conductor whose speciality is modern music and ballet, look no further. As a composer, Primiani's recent commissions  include the Albany Symphony for the 14-15 season, and a solo percussion work for Dame Evelyn Glennie.  Recent performances include 2013 Imani Wind Festival at Lincoln Center,  2013 Rapido! National composition contest Audience favorite winner,  2013 Harvard Women’s Choral Festival, 2012National Flute Association commission, and premiere of Sirens for Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony in February 2009, among others. Other performances and installations of her music include Parada at the Herrenhaus Edenkoben (Germany), performed by Ensemble Aventure Freiburg and recorded for the SWR (German radio), Variations for solo piano performed at the June In Buffalo New Music Festival, first prize for Paraklesis for women’s choir performed by Vox Musica in California, sound installations for Pure: A Multi & Mixed Media Exhibition in Brighton, Massachusetts. She has received a DMA in composition from USC, and has studied with such noted composers and conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eötvös, Christopher Rouse, and Howard Shore. Ms. Primiani has received several honors including a recent commission from the Albany Symphony and the National Flute Association, winner of the national audience favorite award for the 2013 Rapido! National composition contest, 2010 IAWM Theodore Front Prize for Sirens, winner ACCBDA Emerging Composers grant 2009, participant in ACO Underwood New Music Readings in NYC, first prize in the St. Paul Choral Competition, recipient of the prestigious USC Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar Award as well as the USC Arts Grant two years running. Ms. Primiani has participated in several prestigious festivals and master classes including the Workshop for Young Conductors and Composers (as both composer as conductor) sponsored by the Peter Eötvos International Institute, the Susan and Ford Schumann Film Scoring Program and the Schumann Center for Compositional Studies with a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Composer’s Project at the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music, SYNERGY! Composer-conductor workshop sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis Summer Intensive in Electronic Music in Paris, France, and the International Master Course in Symphonic Conducting with Neeme Järvi and was one of 10 participants chosen worldwide to participate in the Kiril Kondrashin Master class in The Netherlands. As a conductor, Ms. Primiani currently serves as music director for the California Opera Association. In addition, she has served as Music Director for LA Opera’s Demonstration Tour of Figaro’s American Adventure, associate conductor for LA Opera’s production of Judas Maccabeus under Maestro James Conlon.  She has also  served  as a cover conductor for the National Symphony. She has served as music director of the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet in Fort Worth, Texas and has conducted many orchestras throughout the US and Europe including the Ensemble Aventure Freiburg (Germany), National Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Rosa Symphony and Pasadena Symphony, among others. Ms. Primiani’s repertoire is vast and ranges from the standard symphonic and operatic repertoire specializing in the Twentieth Century symphonic, operatic and ballet masterpieces.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bellini: La Sonnambula Conductor Immediately California Opera 2012
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Conductor Immediately California Opera 2011
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Conductor Immediately California Opera 2011
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle Conductor Immediately California Opera 2011
Verdi: La Traviata Conductor Immediately California Opera 2010