Leonid Zhelezny is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory Central School of Music where he studied under Prof. Aleksander Vinnitskiy (2008-2012). At present he is continuing his studies at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2010 he won second prize at the Beethoven International Competition in Vienna. In 2014 he was victorious in the 3rd Stockholm International Music Competition. He has taken part in many concerts and festivals in Russia and abroad. In 2009 he took a prize and a special jury prize at the Vozhvrashcheniye Chamber Music Festival in Moscow. He has appeared in programmes of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
Which people would you invite as guests to your dream dinner party?
What is your favorite meal?
All my mom’s cooking.
Do you have a favorite motto or proverb that you live your life by?
To go to your goal, in spite of everything.
Which person or people inspire you the most?
It’s not only one person.
If you were 80 years old, what advice would you give to young people today?
Time will tell!
What would you like people to say about you?
The main thing that they say what they think, good or bad.
How do you overcome the stage fright? / What is your ritual before going on stage?
The ritual is different each time. It depends on the nature of the event.
When you perform... who are you playing for?
For those who are listening.
What job would you least like to do?
I don’t want to hurt somebody, no comment.
Is there a joke about musicians that you would like to share with us?
It’s better not to tell it...
What's the "most played" non-classical track on your phone?
Nigel Kennedy – Hills of Saturn.
You are on a desert island and can bring only 3 items, what do you bring?
I wouldn't mind... as long as I had my own plane to get anywhere I wanted.
What is your favorite noise/sound? What is the most annoying noise for you?
Good playing on a instrument / bad playing on a instrument!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I love Moscow!
What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word Tchaikovsky?
Man with a grey beard.
What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word competition?