Conductor & Artistic Director
Edward Leonard has established an outstanding reputation for his versatility and interpretation of an extensive repertoire. He is the founder and Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, a non-profit ensemble currently in their second season specializing in rare works from the chamber orchestra repertoire, including the premiers of new pieces. He is currently in his fourth season as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic where he introduced innovative programming and sparked audience growth. At home equally both in traditional and new music, Mr. Leonard is in constant demand as a guest conductor at home and around the country, performing with the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra, the OvreArts New Music Ensemble, the Savoyards Pittsburgh, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Leonard studied with Juan Pablo Izquierdo at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting. While there he prepared ensembles for conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Erich Kunzel, Thomas Baldner, and David Effron. For five summers he attended the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Orchestra Conductors in Maine, where he studied with Michael Jinbo.
Director of Operations
Jules Krishnamurti has been a Pittsburgh resident since 1989. He graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music in 2006 with a degree in Composition. As a violinist and bassist he has performed throughout Pittsburgh, across many genres. As a sound engineer and producer, he has worked with Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Pittsburgh Opera, and Mode Records, among others. Having long been an avid record collector and vinyl enthusiast, he has recently taken an interest in piano maintenance and is currently working on a set of chamber works featuring the violin.
Trumpeter Erin Yanacek is an alumna of Western Michigan University and Carnegie Mellon University. Erin recently completed her Master’s degree in Music Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, won a cornet position with the River City Brass Band, and joined the music faculties at Bethany College and Mercyhurst University.
She has played on multiple occasions with the Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Westmoreland, and Johnstown Symphony Orchestras, and maintains a full studio of trumpet students. In recent years, Erin has been a featured soloist with the Chemical City Band in Midland Michigan, the Saginaw Area Concert Band, Classical Revolution Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Choral Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble.