Leander Kippenberg was born in 1991 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He grew up in a family of artists; his Mother is a violinist in Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and his Father is director of his own Masks and Music Theatre. Leander had his first cello lesson at the age of 9. In 2006, he joined the class of Prof Michael Sanderling at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt. One year later, Leander moved to Berlin, gaining a place at the Musik Gymnasium, Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach. During this time, he played as the principal cellist in the Youth-Orchestra, Die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie. In 2009, Leander moved back to Frankfurt, to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt with Michael Sanderling. He was sponsored by Freunde Junger Musiker e.V, and won a scholarship from the Pirazzi Stiftung. In 2011, Leander started his Bachelor of Music degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he holds a full scholarship and studies with Louise Hopkins.
In 2010, Leander made his debut with the Schumann Cello Concerto in Bremen, with the Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra. Leander has toured with ‘Jounesse Musicale’ to Cyprus and Montenegro, given recitals and chamber music concerts in the Tonhalle Zürich, the Broadcasting hall Bremen, and the Barbican Hall in London. In June 2013, Leander performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London as well as another performance in the Guildhall Chamber Music concert series in the Barbican Hall. In February 2014, he performed the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in the Die Glocke Concert Hall in Bremen.
Leander has participated in several master classes, studying with renowned professors including Wen-Sinn Yang, Martin Ostertag, Michael Sanderling, Louise Hopkins, Gary Hoffmann and Erich Höbarth.
Leander’s studies at the Guildhall have been generously supported by the Child Memorial Award and the Guildhall School Trust and for hist Postgraduate studies, he won scholarships from the Help Musicians UK, Postgraduate Awards, the Craxton Memorial Award, the Child Memorial Award and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.