Hello, I'm Leo. Saxophonist, composer and a teacher.
“Today Pilkauskas is one of the most profilic arrangers who arranges a good amount of music for all kinds of ensembles – from traditional big bands to a string quartet or a symphony orchestra.”
I can help you grow your talent with my musical experience and concepts
I enjoy composing / arranging / orchestrating
I orchestrate in rapid tempo’s (Sibelius software), arrange and compose music for vocals, jazz ensembles (combos, bigbands), theater and TV shows.
I play saxophone / flute / clarnet and lead jazz-projects
I have experience playing in Big-band orchestras, small combo ensembles and hybrid classical-pop orchestras in TV and other various setups.
I can teach you something interesting
I’m an all round expert for classical and jazz music theory, improvisation lessons at any level and for your (voice, wind, string, etc.) instrument.
Who am I?
I’m Leonardas Pilkauskas – playing saxophone (flute and clarinet), composer, arranger, educator, leader, and producer. I was born (1984) in Vilnius, the capital and oldest known city in Lithuania.
This little country in the East- Europe, whose ancient language is most closely related to Sanskrit (a historical Indo-Aryan language), declared independence in 1990 after undergoing a long-term history ruled by foreign occupations. Mostly agricultural roots and extensive mythology similar to Norse traditions are Lithuanian identities, forward-thinking and artistic present generations are the future of nation spread that is spread all over the world.
I began my musical education when I was six years old in the M. K. Čiurlionis School Of Arts. Finished it in the year 2002 (the class of Albinas Guželis).
I made entrance exams to my first bachelor’s degree in Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy (LMTA) – started as a classical saxophonist (the class of Aleksandras Fedotovas) and began attending an elective improvisation course at a class of Artūras Anusauskas. Shortly after I became busy playing various jazz music events and after three years of classical studies I switched to a jazz saxophone class of Liudas Mockūnas. After a year, in 2006 I received a bachelor’s diploma as a jazz performer.
Then, immediately after (in 2006), I moved to the Netherlands, to start my studies in Den Haag, Royal Conservatory of Music where I finished my second bachelor’s degree (in 2010, the main teacher John Ruocco). I decided n to move on, to Amsterdam, and after further studies in Amsterdam Conservatory, I obtained a Master’s degree (in 2012, main teacher Jasper Blom).
Since then I moved to Vilnius where I prosper in various projects of different styles of music, ranging from classical to hybrid-pop music orchestras or my jazz projects.
The important part of my life is teaching at Šiuolaikinės Mokyklos Centras (Contemporary School Centre) since 2012. There I conduct, mentor and write scores for amazing children orchestra called “Šimc Jazz Band”.