Leandro Cardoso is a Brazilian conductor currently based in Lawrence, where he is pursuing his master's degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas under the tutelage of Dr. Carolyn Watson. He is the Co-Director of the Kansas University Orchestra and also serves as the assistant conductor at the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has also served as a cover conductor at the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City.


He is the Athos Chamber Orchestra's founder and principal conductor, a group dedicated to premiering contemporary works by Brazilian composers. The group held its first concert in April 2018 - Containers: Multidimensional Paths, with an acclaimed reception at the Palace of Arts in Belo Horizonte. Leandro also develops a solid work as an arranger, writing for everything from chamber groups to the symphony orchestra.


Leandro previously studied with renowned Brazilian conductor Marcos Arakaki and with professors Lincoln Andrade, Arnon Oliveira, and Iara Fricke Matte in the Orchestral Conducting Course at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He always sought to improve. He took workshops and masterclasses in orchestral direction with internationally acclaimed conductors, such as Cristian Măcelaru, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Sarah Ioannides, and Kenneth Kiesler.





  • Beethoven Cycle | Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastoral,” Op. 68 - Third Movement (Allegro)
    Lied Center of Kansas
    Sep 30, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045, EUA
    Kansas University Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductors Symposium at Frost School of Music - University of Miami
    Frost School Of Music
    May 02, 2020, 8:00 AM – May 03, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Frost School Of Music, 1314 Miller Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146, EUA
    Octet by Stravinsky Nocturno by Mendelssohn Petite Symphonie by Gounod
  • Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
    Swarthout Recital Hall
    Apr 16, 2020, 10:00 AM
    Swarthout Recital Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr, Lawrence, KS 66044, EUA
    Cancelled due to Covid-19
  • Scholarship Concert | Kansas University Symphony Orchestra
    Lied Center of Kansas
    Feb 15, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045, EUA
    Kats-Chernin - Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
  • CODA Conference | Western Washington University Orchestra
    University of British Columbia
    Feb 08, 2020, 2:00 PM
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canadá
    Debussy - Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune Mahler - Symphony No. 4, Movement I



Beethoven Reimagined

September 30th, 2020

Beethoven Reimagined: A journey of Discovery through the Symphonies.

KUSO plays Beethoven Symphonies N. 1 to N. 8 in a different and creative layout.



The American


September 4th, 2020


The University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra (KUSO), was honored earlier this month with a 2019-20 American Prize for Orchestral Performance.



KU University Orchestra

September 1st, 2020

Foundation of the New University Orchestra.

The KU University Orchestra is an ensemble open to all enrolled students at the University of Kansas regardless of major.



KU Symphony Orchestra

October 31st, 2019

Halloween Concert in Lied Center of Kansas

Conductor: Leandro Cardoso

Bach-Stokowiski, Grieg, Prokofiev



CONTAINERS: Caminhos Multidimensionais

April 24th, 2019

The Brazilian composer André Taciano will debut five works. The recital will be attended by the Athos Chamber Orchestra, conducted by its founder, conductor Leandro Cardoso.



March 27th, 2019

Edinho Santa Cruz performs in Belo Horizonte, accompanied by the ESC Symphony Orchestra and guests, led by the conductor Leandro Cardoso.


Conservatório UFMG apresenta o show Steinway Tour

December 1st, 2019


Conductor: Leandro Cardoso.