LEO JERGOVIC (15 years old) is sophomore at Menlo School, Menlo Park. He studies piano at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre College division. Leo participated in numerous piano competitions and was a top prize winner at New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition,SF Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, California CAPMT Contemporary Music Festival, James Ramos International Video Competition, ENKOR International Music Competition, International Grande Music Competition and San Jose International Piano Competition. . He was selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival, for both piano and voice.

Apart from piano, Leo studied voice at SFCM. He is a three times winner of  National Gold Medal for Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Voice examination after receiving the highest marks in the nation. He is a three times first prize winner at SF Bay Area NATS Singing Festival and a first prize winner at International Grande Music Competition,

In addition to studying piano and voice at SFCM, Leo also studied Musicianship and participated in SFCM Chamber music. At age of 14, he received the Young Artist Certificate, the highest certificate offered at the SFCM Pre College division. He is a four-time recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Musicianship. In addition to musical education at SFCM, Leo is enrolled in Music Study program Certificate of Merit® (CM) of The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC); He completed Advanced level with Honors and was selected to perform at annual MTAC State Convention every year he participated.

Leo loves performing on stage. His most recent performances include concerts at Todi International Music Masters at Palazzo del Vignola, Todi, Italy, Concerts at Presidio in San Francisco, CA, multiple concerts during Krakow Piano Summer in Poland,  SFCM Faculty Artist Series | William Wellborn concert in San Francisco, CA, International Grande Music Competition Winners Concert at Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Concert Hall New York, and multiple Junior Bach Festival concerts in Bay Area, CA. He also had his first soloist appearance as a boy soprano in Valley Concert Chorale performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and was the host and MC of the 2016 SFCM Pre College Showcase Concert. His solo and chamber music performances include numerous recitals at SFCM,

SFCM Classical Kick-off Weekend, MTAC- SF Holiday Concert, Master Classes with Simon Trpceski and Nelita True in San Francisco, CA, Master classes with Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Eduardo Delgado, Yunjie Chen, and  Enrico Elisi in Todi, Italy,  Concerts at Presidio, SFCM Pre College Showcase Concert,  Benefit Concerts For ZOE Children’s Homes,  MTAC SF Festival, Blossom Cherry Festival in San Jose, Winners of International Russian Piano Competition Concerts,and Lang Lang Foundation 101 Pianist San Francisco.

Leo has been a member of several choirs, including the American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choir under the direction of Bob Chilcott. From 2013 to  2015, Leo sang with Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley. Together with his fellow choristers, he has appeared in San Jose Ballet’s Nutcracker in 2013, Symphony Silicon Valley Carmina Burana in 2014 and Stanford Chamber Chorale’s Monteverdi Vespers in 2014. In summer of 2014, he toured Italy with his Choir and among many concerts sang Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. In December 2014 he appeared as a guest conductor with Silicon Valley Chorale performance of Carols in California. Prior to that, Leo was part of Ragazzi Boys Choir where he appeared in numerous concerts including Ragazzi’s 25th anniversary at Stanford Bing Hall.

Leo’s first passion for music is closely followed by his passion for acting. He participated in many school and professional theatre productions and was most recently seen as a musician/Officer of the law in Menlo School production of Shakespeare's Twelfth night (2018). His prior performances include Gaston in PAUSD joint middle school musical Beauty and the Beast (2016). His professional theatre appearances include Pugsley Addams in Palo Alto Players production of Addams Family, Little Jake in Woodminster Summer Musicals production of Annie Get Your Gun, Apple-Eater in American Conservatory Theatre production of Christmas Carol and multiple productions with Berkeley Playhouse including Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka). He is a member of American Conservatory Theatre’s Young Conservatory since 2011.

In 2010, Leo was cast as child voice in TOY STORY 3, produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. His other film appearances were as a voice in The Long Night and the voice of Edgar in Chee-Wii learns to Growl directed and produced by his friend and award-winning filmmaker Emma Eisner. In 2016, as part of his middle school elective,  Leo produced a weekly Interview broadcast show called “WIP Show with Leo” that interviews various members of his school community ending in a carpool karaoke.  He was the writer, producer, editor and host of the show.

Leo also enjoys jazz. In his freshman year, Leo took a Jazz Band as a class at Menlo School where he was both a vocalist as well as a pianist. In the past, he has participated in Stanford Jazz Camp and School of Rock bands. There he studied guitar and bass guitar while also being a lead on the keyboard and lead vocal on multiple songs. In school, he played saxophone and clarinet in the school band.

In 2018, Leo started his journey in songwriting. His early songs were recognized by National YoungArts Foundation and, at age 15, he was named 2019 YoungArts Merit Winner in voice/singer-songwriter discipline.

 

Photo by Pete Zivkov.