Leonard Küßner Portrait
photo: Armin Krüger

Leonard Küßner

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

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 radio play "Das Duett". The documentary "Um uns die Welt" (director: Hanna Fischer), for which Küßner composed the film music, won the "German Business Film Award" in 2017.

In 2018 Leonard Küßner made his Cannes debut at the 71. International Festival de Cannes and was also nominated for the "German Film Music Award".

In the same year his incidental music for E.T.A. Hoffmann's "Der Goldne Topf", adapted and staged by Anna Frick, premiered at the Theater Freiburg and was performed over two seasons.

This was followed by the work as orchestrator and arranger for the animated film "Der kleine Drache Kokosnuss - Auf in den Dschungel!" (2018, director: Anthony Power), which continued in 2019 for the film "Drachenreiter" (2020, director: Tomer Eshed), the animated film based on the novel by Cornelia Funke.

For the feature film "Traumfabrik" (2019, director: Martin Schreier) Küßner worked in a team with Philipp Noll and Peter Gromer from the beginning of 2019.

For the television documentary (SWR, 3sat) Friedemann Vogel - Verkörperung des Tanzes (2020, director: Katja Trautwein) Küßner composed the film music, which was also released as a soundtrack album .

This was followed in 2020 by another collaboration with Philipp Noll for the Otto Waalkes movie "Catweazle", which was released in 2021.

He wrote incidental music for Victor Klemperer's diaries (from 1934 - 1945) as well as the four-movement poem Einsamkeit after Paul Celan for orchestra and two voices, which was recorded on CD under his direction.

In 2020/2021 Küßner, together with Hannes Bieber, composed and produced the film music for the multiple award-winning documentary "Dear Future Children", which is shortlisted for the 2022 Academy Awards (Oscars) and will be released in Germany, Great Britain, Austria and Canada from October 14, 2021.

This was followed by recordings of film music and symphonic works by the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, the Slovak Sinfonietta Orchestra and recordings with tenor Daniel Kluge (Hamburg State Opera), René Pape (Berlin State Opera) as well as collaborations with the sopranos Samantha Gaul, Katharina Ruckgaber (Freiburg Theater) and the mezzo-soprano Marie Seidler.

On November 12, 2021, the CD "Die Fremde" with Küßner's composition "Andante for alto saxophone and piano" (alto saxophone: Hannah Koob, piano: Martien Maas) will be released worldwide by the Dutch label 7 Mountain Records.

Leonard Küßner is also a guest lecturer at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg on the topics "Orchestral programming" and "Orchestral production".