Leo Chelyapov - CLARINET/Multi-Instrumentalist - Won first place in the Shostakovich Competition in Moscow at the age of twelve. Studied at Moscow College of Musical Arts and graduated as a woodwind soloist, orchestra conductor, and music educator. Immigrating to Hollywood in 1992, he has appeared on several TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210, the Chabad Telethon and Late Night with David Letterman. Chelyapov is a composer and arranger. He was commissioned to arrange and play a work entitled "Klezmer Dances" for the world famous Los Angeles Guitar Quartet which they recorded on the Sony Classical label. Chelyapov's other performances include a series of five concerts at the University of Judaism with jazz luminaries Buddy Collette, Abe Most, Herb Jeffries and Bobby Rodriguez. In 2002 Leo performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Beverly Hills with his Hollywood Klezmer Jazz Quintet. In the summer 2004, at Ford Amphitheater, Leo Chelyapov performed a world premiere of a brand new Clarinet Concerto with Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (conductor Noreen Green). American composer David Stern wrote the Concerto for Leo. Currently, Leo Chelyapov works as a freelance musician/music producer and teacher out of his recording studio near Culver City.
Other Credits and Music Highlights include:
Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble clarinet solos on “Changa Charanga” highly acclaimed jazz CD of 2008.
Neil Sedaka last album and CD release concert in Beverly Hills in 2004.
Performed with Porno for Pyros on “Good Gods Urge” CD.
In 1998 toured with the band on “Hard Charger” for Howard Stern’s “Private Parts movie with appearance on David Letterman show.