Leo McFall is winner of the Deutsche Dirigentenpreis 2015 and was a finalist in the Salzburg Festival/Nestlé Young Conductors Award 2014.
In recent seasons, he has conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Meiningen Hofkapelle, Oulu Sinfonia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Chicago Civic, Orchestre d'Auvergne and RTVE Orchestra Madrid. He has also worked extensively at the Glyndebourne Festival, conducting a Stravinsky double bill in 2010, and the premiere of Julian Philips's The Yellow Sofa in 2009.
From 2012-15, Leo McFall was First Kapellmeister of the Meiningen Theatre, where he conducted a very wide-ranging repertoire including the Verdi Requiem, Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, I Puritani, Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci, Rigoletto and La Traviata, as well as the first staged performances of Adam Gorb's Anya 17. During this time, he was also Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, with whom he appeared in concert on several occasions.
Future plans include a new production of The Snow Maiden at Opera North, Cosi fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour, concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Oulu Sinfonia, and a tour with the Deutsche Bundesjugendorchester.
Leo McFall enjoys a close working relationship with Bernard Haitink, whom he has assisted in concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw, Chicago Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2009, he replaced Mr. Haitink in a concert with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, to great acclaim.
A pianist, violinist and violist, Leo McFall has participated in chamber music masterclasses with Krysia Osostowicz and Ferenc Rados.