Leo Radosavljevic

Voice Faculty
Jazz / Popular Voice
Classical Voice
Music Theory Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

The Juilliard School, MM, 2013; The Juilliard School, BM, 2011

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Dr. Robert C. White

Malcolm Martineau

Marilyn Horne

Sir Thomas Allen

Margo Garrett

Brian Zeger

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Always find a way to love what you're playing/singing, even if you don't like the piece.


I'm a big believer in having a strong understanding of music theory. To not just know that a passage is beautiful, but to know why, is an invaluable skill for any performer.


Technique is hugely important. It gives us the freedom to express without limitation. However, it is the ability to express one's own unique voice that makes a great artist.

Awards and achievements: 

Winner, The American Prize, 2014

3rd prize, Klaudia Taev International Competition (Pärnu, Estonia)

Scholastic Distinction, The Juilliard, School 2010

Grant Winner, Gerda Lissner, Lucia Ablanese, and Giulio Gari competitions (NYC)

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Soloist with The New Philharmonic, Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra Now, Juilliard 415, The New Juilliard Ensemble, New York Festival of Song, Opera Colorado, Ravinia Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Pärnu Kontserdimaja, and Carnegie Hall. Radio/Television broadcasts on WFMT, CBC (Canada), and ERR (Estonia)

Interests outside of music: 

Golf, History, Geography, Travel, Visual Art

Favorite quote: 

Claude Debussy: "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art." 

Favorite practice tip: 

Always practice with a purpose. 10 minutes of focused, directed practice can be way more valuable and effective than an hour of mindless repetition.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

It's all about Beethoven. That being said, I also particularly love Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, and Messiaen.