Leon Berendse began playing the flute at the age of ten. He studied with Rien de Reede and Paul Verhey at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, and received the Nicolai prize for an outstanding final recital. He continued his studies with Geoffrey Gilbert in Florida, and took part in masterclasses by Trevor Wye and William Bennett. Leon is the solo-flautist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the Amsterdam Consort.
He has made numerous recordings in collaboration with the previously mentioned orchestras and with the former Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. As a soloist, Leon has performed in several European countries, but also in the United States, Brazil, Irak, South-Africa, Japan, Colombia and Argentina. In the near future, he will perform Peteris Vasks’s flute concerto in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Apart from his performance career, Leon is also active as a conductor and teacher. He currently teaches flute at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. He was recently invited to give a masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Together with Matthias Ziegler, Wissam Boustani, and Ian Clarke, Leon is teaches at the ‘Grolloo Flute Sessions,’ a summer school for promising flute-students.