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Mikhail Leontev has won awards at several competitions: V International Conducting Competition named after Sergei Prokofiev (St Petersburg 2008), XV International Conducting Competition Min-On (Tokyo, 2009), I Open Conducting Competition named after Ilya Musin (Kostroma in 2009), I All-Russian Conducting Competition (Moscow 2011).

The conductor’s biography includes impressive facts: performances with the orchestra of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Osaka Philharmonic, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg, Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Sinfonietta, State Academic Symphony orchestra named after Evgeny Svetlanov etc. Mikhail Leontev has received excellent education. He has graduated from the Choral College named after Glinka (violin & viola, piano, organ, conducting), the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he studied choral and operatic and symphonic conducting. Also, Arnold Katz’s, Vladimir Fedoseyev’s, Leonid Grin’s, Mark Gorenstein’s, Victor Yampolsky’s, Nikolay Alexeev's, Neeme & Paavo Jarvi’s, Jorma Panula’s have given rise to a bright career. Mikhail Leontev has been coached by such outstanding conductors like People’s Artist of Russia Prof Ravil Martynov, People’s Artist of USSR Prof Vladislav Chernushenko.

Mikhail Leontev has performed in the international opera and ballet festival in Savonlinna (Finland), had concert tour with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in South Korea, had concert tour with the St. Petersburg Ballet in Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg. In 2014 he led the Youth Orchestra of the ASEAN-Russia on the same summit. Conductor worked in various orchestras: Conductor of the Orchestra of the State Cappella of St. Petersburg (2008-2009), Conductor of the Orchestra of the Federal State Philharmonic on Caucasus Mineral Waters (2009-2010), Conductor of Mikhailovsky Theatre (St. Petersburg) (2010-2011). 2011-2016 Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Tambov Symphony Orchestra (Russia). Mikhail Leontev also worked at the Moscow Chamber Orchestra of the Pavel Slobodkin Concert Center and Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Komi.

Since 2016 Conductor of The St. Petersburg MusicHall of the Orchestra «Northern Symphony» (artistic director Fabio Mastrangelo). Guest Conductor of the Stavropol Philharmonic Orchestra.
Choirmaster of the Concert Choir of St. Petersburg State University.

Mikhail Leontev awarded the prize named after S. Rachmaninov as the head of the Tambov Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he received a scholarship of the Government of the Russian Federation (in the sphere of culture).