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.