Named by the Baltimore Symphony as one of the top ten most performed living composers in the 2015-16 orchestral season, the current season is rich with musical activity as well. In 2016-17, Leshnoff’s works will be performed by numerous ensembles, such as the Atlanta, Baltimore, Kalamazoo, Nashville, New World, and Santa Barbara Symphonies, the National Philharmonic, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the United States Marine and Navy Bands. Leshnoff also looks forward to the fruitful activity of the 2017-18 season, including the premiere of his Symphony No. 4 and Violin Concerto No. 2.
Leshnoff has released three albums to date, all on the Naxos American Classics label. The recording of his Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Charles Wetherbee with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, was selected among Naxos’ Top 40 CDs of 2009. Other Naxos releases feature his Symphony No. 1, conducted by Michael Stern with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, along with Leshnoff’s chamber music. A recording of the Atlanta Symphony performing Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Zoharoratorio will be released in November 2016.
Celebrated by Fanfare magazine as “the real thing,” Leshnoff’s music has been lauded by Strings magazine as “distinct from anything else that’s out there” and by the Baltimore Sun as “remarkably assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical.” Leshnoff’s catalog is vast, including several symphonies and oratorios in addition to numerous concerti, solo, and chamber works. Leshnoff is a Professor of Music at Towson University.