“Maximilian Leinekugel has the potential to overturn many a principle of the classical music scene” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Despite his young age Maximilian Leinekugel has been highly active as a conductor. Amongst other orchestras he recently conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV as well as the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra. From 2017 to 2019 he was Musical Director of the Animato Orchestra and the Collegium Muwicum at the University of Munich. Furthermore he worked as assistant conductor in various concert projects in Germany and abroad.
With the age of just 20 years the Munich born conductor founded in the beginning of 2016 the MUNICH CLASSICAL PLAYERS, a chamber orchestra consisting of prospective professional musicians studying at Bavarian Music Academies. Since then he has conducted the orchestra in numerous concerts in and around Munich with highlights including performances at the Bavarian State Opera, the Munich Residence and the Bavarian State Chancellery. Particularly his interpretations of Mozart´s Jupiter Symphony and Brahms´ A German Requiem attracted great attention and he was praised by the press as a conductor “who distinguishably bridles to not adorn himself with the glamour of popular classical music hits but rather earns tribute for his special interpretations. In doing so he is credibly suggestive of being an artist for whom every personally shaped music is a fulfilment that he shares with his musicians” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Maximilian Leinekugel received his first conducting tuition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Later he studied orchestral conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Besides he took part in various international conducting masterclasses throughout Europe. He is alumnus of both the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Bavarian Elite Academy and was sponsored by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Association. In 2018 he was awarded the Tassilo Culture Prize of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Maximilian Leinekugel is a rather versatile and eager conductor. His repertoire ranges from the baroque period to contemporary music. In addition to his conducting studies he also completed a full degree in musicology at the University of Munich focusing on the music of Beethoven, Wagner, Strauss and Mahler.
Maximilian Leinekugel is especially dedicated to enthusing young people with classical music. In 2018 he initialised and led a youth orchestra project in his hometown Vaterstetten which attracted interregional attention and was broadcasted on the Bavarian Television.