Leo Loginov Katz was born in Saratov, Russia, and began playing piano when he was 4. Leo’s strongly developing passion for improvisation and experiments with sound conflicted with strict rules of Russian musical schools, so he chose a profession in Theatre. He studied acting and directing in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Before and after he graduated from The Russian Academy of Theatrical Art he played at several jazz and rock festivals, composed music for movies, circus and theatre shows.
The fruitful mix of musical and theatrical skills earned Leo numerous credits as performer/director/composer from likes of Rosetta LeNoir Musical Theatre Academy (AMAS), The Actors Studio, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Public Radio International, The Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and many more. In early 2004 Leo joined the legendary Dr. Stanley Taub to form “VIP of NYC” (Virtuoso Improvisation Pianists of New York City), a group that has produced a series of successful concerts at The Chamber Music Society of The Lincoln Center, Yamaha Piano Salon, and Steinway Hall in New York City. Critics and fans agree that Leo’s musical performances are “energetically generous, never predictable and always entertaining”.