Kieran is a freelance percussionist, timpanist, drummer & Irish Music specialist from Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh. Renowned for his versatility, he prides himself on his ability to interchange seamlessly through various styles, genres & ensembles.


Educated at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London, he is very active on the both the Irish & UK orchestral scene, working regularly with English National Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Other orchestral engagements include the Ulster Orchestra (Guest Principal Timpani & Percussion), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Guest Principal Timpani), RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Percussion & Drum Kit) and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.


Also having worked as Guest Principal with NI Opera and the Belfast Ensemble, he has worked with conductors including, Esa Pekka Salonen, Mark Wigglesworth, Martyn Brabbins, Daniele Rustioni, Rafael Payare, Garry Walker & Paul Daniel. 


2018 saw him make his West End debut, deputising on the musical 'Chess' at the London Coliseum, as well as the percussion & drum chair on ‘Bridges of Madison County’ (2019) & 'The Boyfriend' (2019/20) at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, 2019. 


As one of the worlds leading exponents of the Bodhrán, his solo film credits include, Academy Award winning composer John Powell’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ soundtrack as well as Thomas Newman's 'Victoria & Abdul' recorded at Abbey Road studios in 2017. Also booked for ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the five armies’, he was back in Abbey Road in October 2018, again working for John Powell on his ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World’ film score. Live recordings include "Lost: In Concert" with composer Michael Giacchino.


As a member of the Grammy nominated, PBS Special featured show ‘Celtic Woman’. He has completed their 14 week, 71 show USA tour, as well as the South American leg in August 2019. October 2019 saw the European patch of the tour and the release of their Christmas Album. 


He’s also incredibly fortunate to have toured Europe, South America & North America extensively with other professional ‘world’ shows including Dúlamán: Voice of the Celts & Celtic Legends.


Other deputy engagements include the legendary, Stockton's Wing (performances with Ralph McTell) Four Men & A Dog, Goitse, Tara Breen Band, Knockmore Ceili Band, and Emma Sweeney.


He is an avid sports fan with a great passion for writing, and is incredibly proud to be a Protection Racket Artist, Vater Percussion Artist and a Metloef Bodhrán endorsee.


Kieran Leonard //

Celtic Woman Meet The Band //

RTÉ Concert Orchestra //

DJ Jenny Greene //

INEC Kilarney //

James Dunne + K Leonard Percussion

INEC Kilarney, Dec 2017

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