About Leo


Leo Sussman grew up playing chamber music in living rooms and gigging with a salsa band in his hometown of San Francisco. Now a member of Ensemble Connect—a two-year fellowship through Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute—he delights in engaging audiences from community venues to concert stages across New York City and beyond.



This summer Leo joins heads to Maine for the contemporary ensemble fellowship at Atlantic Music Festival, and will also perform with Ensemble Connect at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana.

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In addition to frequent appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble Connect, Leo’s other recent performances include a concerto performance with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra as well as new music concerts at National Sawdust and Electronic Music Midwest. Past summer festival appearances include fellowships at the Bowdoin and Norfolk chamber music festivals as well as programs at the Banff Centre and Eastern Music Festival.


As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Leo is proud to partner with Brooklyn’s PS 200 Benson as a teaching artist. He also maintains a private studio in New York and New Haven.


Leo holds a master’s degree in flute from Yale School of Music where he studied with Ransom Wilson, and undergraduate degrees in music and physics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied with Erin Lesser.