“Leonid is a great communicator, able to unlock the emotional content of the piece and unfold the storyline of the composition. He also has a rich and versatile palette of colours, natural sense of phrasing and flawless energy flow.” - Kristian Alexander, The WholeNote
“The works he presents to us […] are not simply lessons well learned. They have a real depth of sound and feel of a future great pianist.”
- Le Devoir
“His ability to mix confident strength with delicate gentleness to convey these dreamy pieces begs the question of how one so young could have the intuition required to achieve this difficult balance.”
- The Art Scene
Canadian pianist Leonid Nediak has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, and Canton Symphony Orchestra in the USA. He has also given numerous solo recitals in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Kingston, Sherbrooke, Edmonton, New York City, Princeton, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Florida and Moscow. Leonid was featured in the BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research) symposium “Musicians: Born or Made?”.
Leonid has received the Audience Prize and second place at the 2015 Cleveland International Piano Competition, second place at the 2015 Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National finals, and the Grand Prize at the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Music Competitions. Leonid also writes music since he was 6 y.o. and has won the first prize at the International 2014 Hal Leonard - Carol Klose Composition Competition as well as the Grand Prize in all age categories of the Canadian National Composition competition.
In 2015, Leonid was selected as the youngest of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” by CBC Music and appeared numerous times on the Canadian national news. He has performed for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Consul General of China.
Leonid has also won numerous prizes in national math and computer science competitions, including first prize in Ottawa region and second prize in the 2016 Canadian Kangaroo Math Contest.
Leonid has studied piano with Michael Berkovsky, Ilya Itin and Edna Golandsky and composition with John Burge. Since 2016, he is on a full scholarship at the Royal Conservatory’s Taylor Young Artists Academy in Toronto under the tutelage of James Anagnoson.