Leon Felix Schlagintweit was born in 1996 in Starnberg near Munich. He received his first violin lessons at the age of five and his first piano lessons a year later. Since then, he has performed on both instruments as a soloist and chamber musician. His violin teachers have included Michael Friedrich (member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Manuel Oswald and Stefan Tarara. As a violinist, he was also a member of various orchestras. These include the Young Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the German National Academic Foundation in Munich, Camerata Academica Zurich, the Zurich Academic Orchestra and the Thurgau Youth Orchestra.
He began conducting himself in 2015 when he founded the Polyphonia Zurich University Orchestra, which he has always conducted with the exception of two projects in 2018. He took conducting lessons with Franz Schottky, Nil Venditti and Delyana Lazarova, among others. In January and February 2020, he was a guest conductor at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo for a production of Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin (conductor: Lothar Koenigs).
In spring 2022, Leon Felix Schlagintweit completed his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences at ETH Zurich. Since fall 2022, he has been studying music theory at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and receiving conducting lessons from Clemens Heil. In September 2023, he completed a master class with Prof. Rüdiger Bohn.