She travels between genres and styles, her main focus however is always on jazz music, may it be traditional or modern, the sound of a big band or a small combo.
Having graduated from the Conservatoire, Leonie decided to change her habitat and discover the musical environment of Berlin, while continuously traveling and working throughout Europe.
Participating in a European exchange programme, alto and baritone saxophonist Leonie Freudenberger from Germany found her way to The Hague in 2011. She graduated in Jazz Saxophone at the Royal Conservatoire with a Bachelor’s degree in 2013, followed by a Master’s degree in 2015.
Next to her studies with John Ruocco, she collaborated with different local bands:
You could see her playing the baritone in the funky horns section of Dutch-English singer Robin Brock or in the band of rapper Jon Tarifa. She played for thousands on The Hague’s own Park Pop, one of the biggest pop festivals in Europe.
She is the altoist of ‘Los Paja Brava’, an upcoming band of Southamerican and European musicians based in Rotterdam which carries its audience away with a modern interpretation of traditional Cumbia music.
The Gerardo Rosales Big Band, featuring various musicians from all over Latin America and Europe under the lead of the Venezuelan percussionist has widened Leonie’s repertoire towards Salsa and Cuban music.
By the time she graduated high school, Leonie was a member of the Symphonic Youth Wind Ensemble and the Youth Jazz Orchestra of her province Baden-Württemberg, attending intense workshops with bandleaders like Peter Herbolzheimer, Jiggs Wigham, Ack van Rooyen and many others, and playing concerts throughout Europe.
These early years of experience have paved Leonie’s way to working with bands like the Royal Conservatoire Big Band The Hague or the world-class Brussels Jazz Orchestra. She may play the part of alto or baritone saxophone, doubling flutes and bass clarinet.
Occasionally, Leonie joins the walking act – saxophone quartet FAMDÜSAX, or supplements private and public events with jazz duo/trio performances.
Most important, the Leonie Freudenberger Quartet dedicates itself to the tradition of the American Songbook with a focus on the altoist’s adaptation and improvisation. Leonie also composes her own music and writes arrangements for smaller and larger set-ups.
Leonie was born in Baden-Baden (Germany) and picked up the saxophone at the age of 9. She got her basic instrumental education at her public music school with jazz saxophonist Pirmin Ullrich. Soon she received her first young talent awards as a classical soloist and with her saxophone quartet.
Later on, Leonie started to play the piano and took an interest in the world of improvisation and harmony. She got involved with jazz, starting off as an altoist in semi-professional bigbands and jazz combos.
Leonie started her studies of jazz saxophone at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in 2008. In the meantime, she had become a baritone saxophonist and active in various big bands and larger ensembles, where she got the chance to include the clarinet and flute into her performances.
She was taught by John Ruocco, Toon Roos, Rolf Delfos, Simon Rigter, Eric Ineke, Jürgen Seefelder, Tom van der Geld, Dave King, Thomas Stabenow, Michael Küttner among others.