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International prize-winning cellist, specialising in solo cello and chamber music, and founding member of the Mithras Piano Trio.
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Born in 1995, Leo Popplewell studied at Clare College, Cambridge, before winning a scholarship to study with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Leo has performed in many of the world’s leading concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Southbank Centre among others. His festival appearances include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Barnes Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, Orpheus and Bacchus Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival and Highgate International Chamber Music Festival. He has played in masterclasses for Louise Hopkins, Adrian Brendel, Pierre Doumenge, Tim Lowe and Alexander Baillie at the International Cello Gathering, Brian O’Kane at the Machynlleth Festival, and for Steven Isserlis at Wigmore Hall. In 2019 he won the Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition, and is on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme for the 2020/21 season. In 2017 he formed the Mithras Piano Trio, winning first prize at the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 67th Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2019 and St. James Chamber Music Competition 2018. They were selected as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for the 2019/2020 season, and have performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall among others. In 2019 they won the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award. He has also collaborated with the Wihan, Chilingirian and Heath Quartets, and the Frith Quartet. His studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust and Coro Nuovo.

Performance details
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Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical
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Song list

J.S. Bach:
Cello Suites nos. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 (BWV 1007, 1008, 1009, 1011, 1012)
Gamba Sonatas no.1 in G and no.2 in G
Sonatas op.102 nos. 1+2
Variations on a theme of Judas Maccabeus WoO 45
12 Variations on “Ein Mädchen ober Weibchen" from the Magic flute
7 Variations on "Bei Männern" from the Magic flute
Boccherini Sonata no.6 in A major
Lili Boulanger Nocturne
Nadia Boulanger Trois Pièces
Sonata in E minor op.38
Sonata in F major op.99
Britten Suite no.1 op.72
Bruch Kol Nidrei
Elliott Carter Figment
Chopin Introduction et Polonaise Brillante op.3
Debussy Cello Sonata
Stephen Dodgson Partita for Solo Cello
Dvorak Waldesruhe
Elgar Concerto in E minor op.85
Sonata no.2 in G minor op.117
Élégie op.24
Après in Rêve
Finzi Concerto op.40
Franck Violin Sonata in A Major
Francoeur Sonata in E major
Concerto in C major Hob. VIIb:1
Concerto in D major Hob. VIIb:2
Henze Serenade
Holloway Sonata for Solo Cello
Imogen Holst Fall of the Leaf
Kabalevsky Concerto no.1 op.49
Duo op.7
Liszt Romance Oubliée
Paganini Variations on a Theme by Rossini
Poulenc Cello Sonata
Prokofiev Sonata op.119
Rachmaninov Sonata op.19
Saint-Saens Le Cygne (The Swan)
Shostakovich Sonata op.40
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata D821
Concerto in A minor op.129
Adagio und Allegro op.70
Fantasiestücke op.73
Stücke im Volkston op.102
Sibelius Malinconia op.20
Strauss Sonata in F op.6
Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations op.33
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I perform as a soloist, or with a pianist, or with my piano trio (Mithras Trio). Prices vary accordingly.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will always try to be flexible to accommodate, but cannot guarantee flexible availability.

How much time do you need to set up?

Rehearsal time at the venue equivalent to 150% concert length.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

The set list is a rough (and incomplete) guide of repertoire I have recently performed. I am happy to discuss programmes based on some, all, or indeed none of the set list.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I require an armless chair (ideally piano stool), and 2 music stands if performing as a trio.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, through prior discussion and agreement.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500


From customers:

The T, 2 years ago

"... performed with delicious, dancing grace..."

Edinburgh R, 2 years ago

"In these two works, Mr. Popplewell was particularly strong, playing with a rich tone, ample emotionality, and precise bowing."

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