Leonardo Muzii (*1965) grew up in Naples where he received his first musical education on cello, piano and recorder. After high school he studied recorder at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (NL) obtaining a diploma as a soloist and has received several awards in international competitions including the Yamaha Foundation of Europe/Utrecht, van Wassenaer Prize/Amsterdam, Bourse aux jeunes interprètes/Losanna. A Dutch scholarship allowed him to deepen his knowledge of the practice of baroque music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In addition, Leonardo Muzii has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at numerous international music festivals throughout Europe including Utrecht, Urbino, Innsbruck, Brezice and, repeatedly, in Japan. He has also taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe (D) and at the conservatories of Bern and Biel (CH).
His interest in the orchestral repertoire and, in particular, in the classical-romantic repertoire, also seen from the point of view of historically informed performance practice (HIP), led him to study conducting. In addition to graduating in conducting from the Lucerne Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Thüring Bräm, he has participated in numerous master classes with internationally renowned masters including Thomas Koutnik, Jonathan Nott and Jorma Panula.
His activity as a conductor takes place in Switzerland and abroad with programs of ancient, classical and contemporary music, collaborating with renowned soloists such as, among others, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Julia Schröder, Alexander Dubach, Sergio Azzolini and Maria Cristina Kiehr. In recent years he has been repeatedly invited to talk about musical themes at Bocconi University in Milan as well as at the University of Verona.
Leonardo Muzii recently received Swiss citizenship and lives in Basel where he founded and conducts the Camerata Rousseau.