Resident Composer

Leo Purich

Leo PurrichLeo Purich (b. 1998) has been composing since the age of nine. The list of his works – which currently comprises over 120 pieces – includes chamber music, vocal and choral music, solo pieces, and numerous orchestral works. His style is inspired by masters of the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Leo plays, among other instruments, violin, viola, and piano, and occasionally performs with the rest of his family in The Purich Family Band. He is currently principal viola of the Westmount Youth Orchestra.

In 2011, Leo wrote his Sinfoniettas no. 3 and no. 5 for the String Ensemble and Dolce Musica, the junior and intermediate ensembles of the Westmount Youth Orchestra. In 2012, his piece “Plaisirs du Printemps” was performed during the Festival de la Relève Symphonique by five youth orchestras, including Dolce Musica. Around the same time, Dolce Musica also gave a performance of his Sinfonietta no. 7. The following season, Leo wrote an overture for the Westmount Youth (Symphony) Orchestra as well as the “Havana Vivace,” which was premiered in Cuba by members of the orchestra in January 2013. A second overture by Leo was premiered by the Westmount Youth Orchestra in the fall of 2013 and performed again at the 2014 Festival of the Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec (AOJQ). In December 2014, Leo’s Konzertstück for violin and orchestra was performed by Andrew Wan (concertmaster of the MSO) with the Westmount Youth Orchestra. Most recently, the orchestra performed his “Son Grain?” (Op. 121) at the 2016 AOJQ festival.

Leo’s compositions have won numerous awards. In 2015, the Orchestre de la Francophonie (OF) commissioned and premiered his Symphony no. 4, and while Leo was a member of the OF in 2017, the orchestra premiered his “Canadian Celebration Overture.” The work was written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, and has since been performed by the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Leo’s other interests include archery, painting, biking, and woodworking. Leo is currently undertaking a double DEC in music and science at Vanier College.