…it’s easy to predict that as he adds a few years of experience..., Nediak will be a pianistic force to be reckoned with. All the seeds are planted.
His ability to mix confident strength with delicate gentleness to convey these dreamy pieces begs the question of how one so young could have the intuition required to achieve this difficult balance.
- The Arts Guild
Known for his originality and captivating playing, 12 year old pianist Leonid Nediak has already performed with numerous orchestras and was the recipient of several prizes. In 2015 he was awarded 2nd place and the audience prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition as the youngest competitor in the competition. Leonid has won the Grand Prize twice at the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) in 2013 and 2014 receiving, both times, the highest mark (99%) ever given in this competition. Since then, Leonid has performed with many orchestras including: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, and Canton Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in many recitals across Canada and the US. Upcoming events include concerts with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven Concerto No. 3 on April 16th 2016, and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 on May 7th 2016.
Leonid has appeared on local and national TV, in newspapers and magazines, including CBC national news and “Profile” in Kingston. Recently Leonid has been selected as the youngest of the “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” (edition 2015).
Currently Leonid is a full scholarship student in the Taylor Academy in Toronto and studies under Dr. Michael Berkovsky, and mentored by Prof. Ilya Itin.
Leonid also loves composing music. He has won numerous prizes, including in the international 2014 Hal Leonard Carol Klose Composition Competition together with his brother Alexander Nediak, and the national final of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association Young Composers Competition 2015. He has been studying harmony and composition under Dr. John Burge.
In addition to music, Leonid enjoys computer science, math and sports. As a 7th grader, Leonid has passed the grade 12 math exam with a nearly perfect score, and currently he is working towards completing grade 12 computer science, chemistry and physics courses for his high school diploma. In the 2014 Canadian Computing Competition organized by Waterloo University, Leonid received a gold medal with a perfect score.