Leon Starker was appointed conductor of the UCT choir in February 2019.
He completed a B.Sc degree with Chemistry and Maths as well as the Higher Education Diploma at Stellenbosch University. During his student years he studied singing with Prof. George van der Spuy and sang in the Stellenbosch University Choir.
Leon holds an M.Mus in Choral Conducting from the Nelson Mandela University.
He has been the conductor of the Cape Town Youth Choir since 2003. During that time they won gold at several international competitions such as the World Choir Games (where they also won the title “Champion of the World Choir Games”). During their latest tour to Europe in 2019 they were crowned overall winners of the International Choir Competition in Karpenissi (Greece) and they achieved a 2nd place overall at the International Competition for Chamber Choirs in Spittal an der Drau (Austria). A highlight of his time with the youth choir would be their solo a Cappella concert in Carnegie Hall in 2017 during their concert tour to the US.
In addition to the Cape Town Youth Choir, Leon conducted the St Cyprian’s Girls Choir (2012 – 2019) and taught choral conducting from 2015 to 2018 at the South African College of Music (UCT).
At the 9th “Musica Eterna Roma” International Choir Competition in July 2018 he was awarded the Conductor’s Prize.
Leon’s day job is IT Manager at a financial services company. He is married to Louise (a music teacher) and they have three daughters.