Alumnus to ring Princeton’s bells

Thursday 2 July 2015
Alumnus Leonard Weiss. Photo by William Hall.

ANU School of Music alumnus Leonard Weiss will mix with the world's best carillonists when he performs in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America 2015 summer recital series.

"It is an absolute honour to be performing in the world's largest carillon recital series, and without a doubt one of my most significant achievements since graduating from the ANU," said Mr Weiss, a 2013 graduate from the ANU School of Music.

Mr Weiss will perform at Princeton University in New Jersey as well as a number of Pennsylvania carillons.

The recital series includes internationally-renowned carillonnists and teachers, including Koen Cosaert, directs the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn in Mechelen, Belgium, where Mr Weiss has been invited to study in 2016.

"I am keen to be performing and displaying some of the best that Australia has to offer," he said

Since his graduation Weiss has been working as part of a team of five carillonnists who perform concerts each week at the National Carillon.

Mr Weiss composed The Bells of Nyx in 2011, which won the Carillon Society of Australia's Inaugural Carillon Composition Competition and the Canberra Audience Choice Award.

His study of the less conventional instrument was made possible through an external performance teaching fellow at ANU School of Music, says Mr Weiss.

"Having explored the Carillon a bit I was keen to pursue my interest in such a unique instrument. I'm glad that I did and am thankful to the ANU for encouraging this performance opportunity."

The National Carillon holds weekly concerts on Wednesdays and Sundays from 12:30-1:20pm.

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