When it comes to leveraging the power of technology to support music, Neil Leonard is a master. As Associate Professor in the Music Synthesis Department at Berklee College of Music, he brings with him ten years of teaching Web and multimedia in the college's Music Technology, Professional Writing, and Education Divisions. Leonard has also taught music and multimedia at Northeastern University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He served for eight years as Assistant Director of the Computer Arts Center at Massachusetts College of Art, and has created software tools for video titling, font creation, color theory, and acoustic and sensory software for interactive installations.
He is a prolific composer, performer, writer, and innovator in computer music and sound design, and his career in collaborating with high-caliber visual artists spans two decades. Leonard has created sound for installations at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kitchen, the Seattle Art Museum, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and his compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Banff Festival for the Arts, and the International Computer Music Convention. He works also reside in the National Gallery of Canada and permanent exhibitions in Italy, and he has composed music for BBC TV and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Widely recognized as an expert in music for multimedia, he has lectured internationally, at such locations as: Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Conservatoria Nacional de Musica, Republica Dominicana; University of Puerto Rico, San Juan; Theremin Center at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia. He has published more than thirty articles for American National Biography (Oxford University Press), Electronic Musician, Computer Music Journal, Green Linnet, and Sire Records, and he was a contributing author for the History Channel's documentary on the Smithsonian's Save Our Sounds project.
In his extensive performing career, he has performed with artists including the Boston Ballet, Hiram Bullock, Don Byron, Frank Lacy, Uri Caine, Orlando Cachaito Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), John Medeski, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and a long list of others. His recordings appear on the ECM, and Accurate Records labels.