“This magnificent music is so beautifully played….”
- Jeanne Baxtresser,
former New York Philharmonic principal flutist
"Sometimes a composer 'makes the artist.'
In this case, the artist 'made the piece.'
In other words, she brought this work to life, giving it an engrossing performance.”
---Anthony Aibel, New York Concert Review
Inna Leoni’s passion for music and instrument she performs is evident by her continued dedication to excellence in performance and as an educator.
Since her debut as a concerto soloist at the International Moscow Autumn Music Festival, flutist Inna Leoni has graced a number of the world’s prestigious stages with her musical presence including the Czech Republic’s Martinu Hall,
Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonic and Bolshoi Halls,
St. Petersburg, Russia’s State Capella Concert Hall, Glazunov Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and New York's Carnegie Hall.
She is winner of numerous awards and international competitions in Moscow (Classical Heritage Competition), St. Petersburg (Russian National Competition of woodwind performers), Boston (Haynes Flute International Competition), and New York (Artists International).
After several years of concertizing in her native Russia, Ms. Leoni came to the United States to pursue advance professional studies with Loren Lind of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ms. Leoni made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 to great acclaim.
Her debut album, The Russian Romantic Flute, brought an invitation to introduce and perform an unknown body of Russian flute repertoire at the National Flute Association in Charlotte, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair of Washington DC and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia.
The Russian Romantic Flute has received much praise as well as airplay on classical radio stations throughout the United States and England.
As a concerto soloist and an orchestra member, Inna Leoni has performed with Russia’s Cantus Firmus Chamber Orchestra,
Tambov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra, New Jersey’s South Orange Symphony and
Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Princeton, NJ.
In addition to her performance work in recital, as a concerto soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician; Leoni is a collaborative pianist accompanying flutists and vocalists.
Inna Leoni holds an Artist Diploma and Master of Music with highest honors from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory.
Awarded full scholarships from both Yale University and
Outside of the degree programs, she studied with Trevor Wye in a series of summer courses and subsequently at his residential course in Kent, England (UK). While in England, she attended masterclasses by William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Ms. Leoni has served on a faculty of Ocean County College and Georgian Court University, NJ.
Inna Leoni is an Altus Flute Artist.