Composer, percussionist and sound artist, Leon Milo creates music and sonic environments in which instruments, electronics, natural sounds, and synthesis are unified. His works are presented the world over and include instrumental and electro-acoustic music for the concert hall, dance, film, television, radio, public sound installations, galleries and museums.
He received a Master of Music degree in percussion and composition from the Juilliard School and then worked as timpanist and percussionist in orchestras such as The Los Angeles and Oslo Philharmonics, Jerusalem Symphony, Sinfonietta Beer- Sheva, as well as with numerous ensembles such as XTET (which he co-founded in 1988), and the California EAR Unit,among many others.
Major studies in composition were with Professor Leonard Stein, former director of the USC Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles, William Kraft, Luciano Berio and Jacob Druckman. Invited in 1987 to the Sundance Institute in Utah by Robert Redford and David Newman to develop film music projects, he now composes regularly for European television and Cinema.
In 1990, he receivied a Fulbright Fellowship for composition study in Paris. Attending Les Ateliers UPIC, studying electronic music with Curtis Roads, he began incorporating new technologies into his works. Soon after, he was selected to take part in the prestigious one year course in composition and computer music at IRCAM, Paris where he wrote and premiered “Sa!” for violin solo and electronics.
Current activities include performances and recordings with duo partner, pianist Susanne Kessel in Bonn (Duo Pianowaves), a new commission to be performed in March 2012, written for the flutists of the Trio d’Argent for the Festival 38eme Rugissants in Grenoble, as well as sound designs for Gallery Slott/Exquise Desigh in Paris, where he is composer in residence.
Recently, he performed with duo partner, Francois Daudin Clavaud (Duo Interact-Son) at the Festival Présences Electronique in Paris and has just completed original music for a ten part literary fiction series.