Leander Star is a French horn player and an award-winning chamber musician. He has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony in concerts with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and presented new works with Fear No Music and the faculty new music ensemble at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Other projects include performing with the Portland Cello Project and with singer-songwriters such as Laura Gibson, Jason Anderson, and Emily Wells.
A player on the national orchestral scene, Mr. Star has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under Maestro Riccardo Muti and Maestro Esa Pekka Salonen, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and Gruppo Montebello, the faculty chamber orchestra at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Alberta, Canada. In the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Star holds positions with the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Portland Opera Orchestra, the Portland Opera in the Parks Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic.
Mr. Star holds degrees in horn performance and literature from Northwestern University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers include Gail Williams, William Barnewitz, Jonathan Ring, Robert Ward, and William Stalnaker.