Leon Felix Schlagintweit was born in 1996 in Starnberg near Munich. He received his first violin lessons at the age of five years, one year later his first piano lessons. Since then, he has been active on both instruments, with both solo and chamber music repertoires. Among his violin teachers have been Michael Friedrich (member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Manuel Oswald. As a violinist, he has been a member of several orchestras, among them the Junge Münchner Symphoniker, the Symphonieorchester der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Camerata Academica Zürich, the Akademisches Orchester Zürich as well as the Jugendorchester Thurgau.
He took up conducting in 2015, in the course of the foundation of the University Orchestra Polyphonia Zürich, which he consistently conducted since, with the exeption of the two projects in 2018. He took conducting lessons with Franz Schottky, Nil Venditti and Delyana Lazarova, among others. In January and February 2020 he assisted at a production of Eugene Onegin at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo (conductor: Lothar Koenigs). Leon Felix Schlagintweit is studying for his master’s in Interdisciplinary Sciences at ETH Zürich.