Born 1966 in Wels, Austria, Leonhard Schmidinger started his musical career on the violin before receiving first percussion lessons at the age of 8. Studies at the Anton Bruckner University Linz and the University for Music and Drama Vienna later followed.
Schmidinger was engaged in 1981 as a percussionist in the Anton Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and was Austria’s youngest professional musician at that time. Since 1983 he has held the position of a solo timpanist with the orchestra.
Leonhard Schmidinger has performed as guest timpanist in various renowned orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Viennese Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Norrkopping Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
The versatile percussionist has also performed with different ensembles like Supercussion Vienna, Wiener Virtuosen, Emnsemble Kontrapunkte, Österreiche Kammersymphoniker and the Ensemble Aktuell.
His soloist activities include performances of the “Konzertstück für Pauke und Orchester” by Mauricio Kagel, “Rough Music” by H. K. Gruber as well as the “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists” by Philipp Glass. In addition, he premiered the “Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra” by Bruno Hartl and the “Konzertovertüre für Marimbaphon und Orchester” by Balduin Sulzer.
He is also active as a chamber musician, performing with international artists such as Martha Argerich, Tzimon Barto, Ferhan und Ferzan Önder, Stefan Vladar, Alfredo Perl, Benjamin Schmid, Clemens Hagen and Christian Altenburger.
A long and intensive cooperation connects him with the multi percussionist Martin Grubinger, which led to appearances at the Schleswig-Hohlstein music festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Salzburg Festival.
Besides his activities as a performer, Schidinger is professor at the Anton Bruckner University Linz and held the same position at the Konservatorium Vienna Privat University until 2012. He has been a lecturer in Japan, Hungary, Germany, Norway as well as at the European Philharmonic Orchestra.
Leonhard Schmidinger is Endorser for Adams Musical Instruments.