Lives in Mato Grosso and Sao Paulo, in Brazil. Musician, conductor, and entrepreneur, established in 2005 the State Symphony Orchestra of Mato Grosso, alongside a program to teach music to children from lower economic social backgrounds.
With the Mato Grosso Orchestra, as Music Director and Principal Conductor, Leandro Carvalho has developed a unique approach to programming classical music concerts, combining traditional repertoire with new music from the region. As a conductor and instrumentalist, Leandro has recorded 26 albums, many of them available on-line.
From 2011 – 13 he was Artistic Manager and Assistant Conductor for the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, based in Rio de Janeiro, following which he spent a year on a conducting Fellowship with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the USA. In January 2015 he was appointed Secretary of State for Culture in Mato Grosso. He also chairs the forum for Brazil’s 27 state secretaries of culture.
Fellowship: International Chevening Fellowship
Role When Applying: Secretary of State for Culture in Mato Grosso