Leon Košavić, born in 1991, began his vocal education at the age of twelve. He graduated and attained his master’s degree at The Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of Maestro Giorgio Surian. He is part of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the guidance of José van Dam.
In 2011 he was awarded first prize at the Croatian national competition for students and made his debut as Moralés in Carmen, in a production of The Academy of Music. In the same year, he started his professional career at The Croatian National Theatre as Papageno where he also performed Masetto, Moralés and most recently made his debut as Don Giovanni. In 2014 Leon Košavić made his debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice at the Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski. In the same year, he performed in Finland as Pilate in Bach´s Johannes Passion, with The Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä. Furthermore, he sang a gala concert at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Uroš Lajovic.
In 2015, Leon appeared as Dottor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, at Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. At the end of 2015, the awarding ceremony of the Croatian Theatre Arts awarded Leon Košavić the category of “outstanding achievement by young artists up to 30 years” for his performance as Don Giovanni.
Recently, Leon performed with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and sang Mozart’s Mass in C minor in Bergen with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the great Nathalie Stutzmann, who also conducted him in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra where he sung Bach’s Matthäuspassion.
In 2017 he made his successful debut as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Helsinki followed by the title role in Don Giovanni in Stuttgart, Figaro at the Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, Malatesta in Zagreb, Matthäuspassion in Rotterdam, Mozart’s Requiem with the London Philharmonic, Masetto in Lausanne and Pin in Turandot at Covent Garden, London.
He won some of the most prestigious prizes for young artists such as the 3rd prize at The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition , 1st prize at the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis and the 3rd prize at the Stanisław Moniuszko Competition, among others. In 2015, he was qualified for the finals of the prestigious Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Norway. Among more than 400 applicants, he was ultimately one of the five artists to enter the grand finale. Future projects include Halévy’s La Juive in Antwerpen, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro in Strasbourg and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte in Lausanne.