Mélanie Léonard, born in Montréal and raised in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, is the Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment in Sudbury, she held the positions of resident conductor (2009-2012) and associate conductor (2012-2013) with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
She guest conducted at the Montréal International Jazz Festival and with several Canadian Orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, I Musici, Symphony Nova Scotia, Regina Symphony, and Thunder Bay Symphony. She led the orchestra and choir in the studio recording of the music for Aura, a multidisciplinary show produced by Moment Factory. She has worked with renowned artists such as Herbie Hancock, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, and actors John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek).
In 2018-2019, Mélanie has return engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Stratford Symphony Orchestra. She will be making her debut with Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, Symphony New Brunswick, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Léonard completed her Doctorate in orchestral conducting at Université de Montréal under Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. She holds a bachelor degree in Music Theory from the same university. She received her Masters of Music in Orchestra Conducting from the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, Connecticut), where she studied with Christopher Zimmerman. In 2012, she received the Jean-Marie Beaudet prize in orchestral conducting, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.