Roman Leontiev studied at the State Gnesin Music Education Institute (class of M.S. Kolcheva). In 1984 he appeared with the institute’s Symphony Orchestra.
The same year, he entered the Novosibirsk Conservatoire (class of Arnold Kats) before continuing his studies at the St Petersburg Conservatoire (class of Ilya Musin).
In 1997 he appeared at the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic with the Philharmonic’s Academic Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently began to perform on a regular basis with the ensemble, and with other St Petersburg orchestras including the St Petersburg Cappella Symphony Orchestra, the Classica State Symphony Orchestra and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg.
In 1999 he made his debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra. In 2014 with the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers he performed Grayr Khanedanian’s opera Egyptian Nights.
He has conducted concerts with various symphony orchestras throughout Russia in addition to appearances with the Hungarian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Konstanz).
Has toured with St Petersburg ensembles to Finland, France, Germany, Costa Rica and Serbia. Together with the Classica orchestra he has performed in Great Britain. In 2012 he was invited by the agency CAMI to perform with the St Petersburg “Tchaikovsky” Symphony Orchestra in the USA.
Has appeared at numerous festivals, among them the Rubinstein Music Festival, the Youth and Students’ Competition in Moscow (1985), the All-Russian Festival in Memory of Ilya Musin in Kostroma (2013) and the Christmas Festival at the Hermitage Museum.
In the capacities of opera conductor, music director and assistant he has worked on Russian theatres’ productions of La Bohème, Ruslan and Lyudmila, I pagliacci, Così fan tutte, Acis and Galatea, The Queen of Spades, Christmas Eve and Aida. Collaborates with contemporary composers, performing new works including many world premieres.