Leonid “Leo” Nediak is a 14-year-old, world-renowned Canadian pianist. He has performed with Canadian and American orchestras in many cities including Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Edmonton, New York City, Princeton, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Moscow, and more. Leonid was featured in the BRAMS symposium “Musicians: Born or Made?”, and more recently in the Miami International Piano Festival Discovery Series 2017, Prodigies & Masters of Tomorrow. Leonid was selected as the youngest of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” by CBC Music in 2015 and appeared numerous times in national news. Since 2016, he has been on a full scholarship at the Royal Conservatory’s Taylor Young Artists Academy in Toronto.
In addition to Leonid’s success as a pianist, he has also won numerous prizes in national math and computer science competitions, including first prize in the Ottawa region and second prize nationally in the 2016 Canadian Kangaroo Math Contest (grade 12 level) at age 12.
Leonid came to Virtual High School to earn his Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Leonid began his studies with VHS at the remarkable age of 11! He was extremely interested in high school math and chemistry at a young age and began to study these subjects independently at age 8. Leonid continued with homeschooling and then came to VHS where Principal Baker examined Leo’s situation and conducted an Equivalent Credit Assessment. Leonid was allowed to continue senior mathematics at Virtual High School and reflects, “The first course I took was MHF4U when I was 11. In fact, I knew all the course materials very well. My teacher was very kind and really helped me through this. I am very grateful to her!” Leonid also began with other courses shortly after completing MHF4U, and he continues to work toward his diploma requirements today.
Leonid also appreciates that VHS allows him time to continue his studies with piano, noting that “VHS allows me to have the flexibility of time. I love VHS and I would like to receive my high school diploma at VHS before I enter a music school.”
We are happy to be a part of Leonid’s journey, both in school and in his career as a pianist. We look forward to seeing what Leonid accomplishes!
Visit Leonid’s YouTube channel to view some of his performances.