Originally from Cork, Leonie Curtin graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1998, where she studied with Yfrah Neaman and Jack Glickman, with a distinction in performance. She was awarded the Crompton Prize in her final recital for solo Bach. Following this, she embarked on a Masters degree in performance at the University of Illinois in the USA, studying under Prof. Sherban Lupu. She was awarded a graduate assistantship and also led the Graduate String Quartet, which represented the University.
While in America, Leonie played with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia da Camera and played in many of the University’s New Music ensembles. She was the Outstanding Graduate Performer in 1998 and also performed at the Iowa New Music Symposium in the same year.
On returning to Ireland Leonie took up a teaching position at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she taught for eight years. She was also the Director of Junior Strings from 2001-2004. Leonie has played regularly with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Crash Ensemble and VOX21. She, with cellist Kate Ellis, also set up the Bridgewood Ensemble, a New Music group, which performed in countries including America and South Africa.
Since moving to London, as well as teaching at Junior Guildhall from 2005 to 2011, Leonie has concentrated on Early Music. She now performs with groups such as the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, the New London Consort, the Gabrieli Consort, the Dunedin Ensemble, the Sixteen and the Avison Ensemble.