Born in 1995, Leo Popplewell studied at Clare College, Cambridge, before winning a scholarship to study with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Leo has performed in many of the world’s leading concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Southbank Centre among others. His festival appearances include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Barnes Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Orpheus and Bacchus Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival and Highgate International Chamber Music Festival. He has played in masterclasses for Louise Hopkins, Adrian Brendel, Pierre Doumenge, Tim Lowe and Alexander Baillie at the International Cello Gathering, Brian O’Kane at the Machynlleth Festival, and for Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall. In 2019 he won the Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition, and is on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme for the 2020/21 season.
In 2017 he formed the Mithras Piano Trio, winning first prize at the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 67th Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2019 and St. James Chamber Music Competition 2018. They were selected as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for the 2019/2020 season, and have performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall among others. In 2019 they won the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award. He has also collaborated with the Wihan, Chilingirian and Heath Quartets, and the Frith Quartet.
His studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust and Coro Nuovo.