Leonard Küßner

Leonard Küßner

is a German composer and orchestrator for film, theater and concert halls.

After completing his basic education on percussion and piano, and after many years in various orchestras and ensembles, he studied composition with a focus on film score at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

This was followed by composition commissions for film score, interdisciplinary performance formats and the world’s first Dolby Atmos audio drama „The Duet“, which was nominated for the „Golden Bobby“ by the „Verband Deutscher Tonmeister“ in 2017. The documentary „Um uns die Welt“ (directed by Hanna Fischer), for which Küßner composed the film score, won the „Deutscher Wirtschaftsfilmpreis“ in 2017.

In 2018 Leonard Küßner made his Cannes debut at the 71. International Festival de Cannes.

He was nominated for the „Deutsche Filmmusikpreis“ 2018.

In addition to filmmusic, Küßner also composes stage music, like the composition divided into 12 parts to Victor Klemperer’s diaries from 1934 – 1945 in 2017.

In 2016, the four-movement poem setting „loneliness“ after Paul Clean was written for orchestra and two vocal parts and was recorded under Küßner’s direction on CD.

Recordings of film score and symphonic works by the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg with conductor Jörg Iwer and chamber music recordings with the Slovak Sinfonietta Orchestra, the mezzo-soprano Felicitas Brunke and soprano Raphaela Stürmer as well as recordings with tenor Daniel Kluge (Staatsoper Stuttgart) followed.

In 2018, Küßner collaborated with the sopranos Samantha Gaul and Katharina Ruckgaber at the Theater Freiburg.

Leonard Küßner gives lectures as a guest on „Orchestral programming“ and „Orchestral production“ at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg and realizes music productions and equipment for recording sessions with klassikaufnahme.de.

He lives and works in Berlin.