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 the 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. At the age of 15, he joined the class of Prof. Michael Sanderling at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt / Main. 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 / Main 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 with a full scholarship, studying with Louise Hopkins and since 2016, he is studying a Guildhall Artist Masters degree at the Guildhall.
Since 2010, After Leander gave his debut with the Schumann Cello Concerto in Bremen with the Sinfonia Concertante orchestra he has toured with ‘Jounesse Musicale’ to Cyprus and Montenegro, given recitals and chamber music concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and the UK in concerthalls such as the Tonhalle Zürich, the Broadcasting Hall Bremen, and the Barbican Hall in London. Until today, Leander has performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London, the Saint-Saens cello concerto with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and gave multiple performances of Schumann's Cello concerto with the Kamerata Bremen in and around Bremen.
Leander has participated in several Masterclasseses and Festivals including the International Musicians Seminat at Prussia Cove studying with renowned professors including Wen-Sinn Yang, Michael Sanderling, Gary Hoffmann, Erich Höbarth, Ralph Gothoni and Thomas Adés among others.
Leander’s Postgraduate studies at the Guildhall have been generously supported by the the Guildhall School Trust, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Awards, the Craxton Memorial Award, the Child Memorial Award and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.