Conductor Hans Leenders is a talented and inspiring Dutch conductor of the new generation. His characteristic transparent technique, his strong sense of rhythm – helped by his percussion background - combined with his emotional expressiveness ensure that he is at ease with the more standard classical repertoire. In addition, he is an authority in the interpretation of 20th and 21st century classical music. His performances of contemporary composers such as Dutilleux, Roukens, Torstensson, Wagemans, Mayer and Keuris receive high praise. The future of classical music and supporting and initiating new developments in that field are close to his heart, as can also be seen at the web forum discussion Hans Leenders has initiated www.future-of-classicalmusic.com

His career as a conductor really took off in 2001 when he gave an impressive performance when replacing Maestro Valery Gergiev at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for the opening concert of the Gergiev Festival, followed by a matinee concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw which was broadcasted live on television. Both performances were much acclaimed, by audience and critics alike.

In August 2004, Hans Leenders made an outstanding debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. All major Dutch newspapers unanimously considered his performance very convincing and spectacular.

Since then, he has been conducting an enormous variety of concerts and events. In spring 2009, he led the Copper Section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on their tour to New York and Washington. Over summer he gave successful performances with the NJO Summer Academy. He conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Brabant Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Dutch Broadcasting Orchestras at various occasions. He also frequently leads the North Netherlands Orchestra (NNO). In 2008 he issued with them and well-known Dutch comedian Kees van Kooten a CD of Loevendie's "Nightingale". In 2004, he conducted the NNO in Henk Alkemade's opera "Bonifacius".

Hans Leenders really appreciates being involved in events with an intercultural or intermusical character, building bridges to new or different audiences. As such he conducted Bizet’s opera Carmen in a praised multidisciplinary production with the Nationaal Toneel and Stella theater groups. He also enjoyed leading the "Souk" performance, an intercultural Dutch/Arabic art and music festival at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 2007. On 5th May 2008, he led the Liberation Day Concert on a podium in the Amstel (Amsterdam) in presence of Her Majesty the Queen, televised live.

He also frequently works with the Asko Ensemble which merged with the Schönberg Ensemble in 2007. These are both known for their high-profile performances of more recent classical music. With the Asko Ensemble, he performed at the "Proms aan het IJ" in Amsterdam, the Low Festival in Budapest, in Hamburg and at Krakow's internationally highly regarded Sacrum Profanum Festival for contemporary music. His career is also taking him abroad. The Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse invited him several times, with i.a. Leif Ove Andsnes and Nelson Freire as soloists, and with that same orchestra he also made his mark with outstanding performances of the 5th and 10th symphonies of Shostakovich. Hans Leenders led the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg in the opening concert of their Beethoven cycle in 2005. He also conducted the Orchestre d'Auvergne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Spanish Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Hans Leenders studied conducting and percussion at the Rotterdam Conservatory. During his studies, he received the 'Kranichsteiner Musikpreis' at the 'Ferienkurse für neue Musik' in Darmstadt (1992). With the percussion ensemble 'Percussive Rotterdam', he received the 2nd and the special percussion prize at the 'International Gaudeamus Interpreter's Competition' in 1993. From 1995 – 2000, Leenders was percussionist at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1997, he teaches orchestral conducting and classical percussion at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts).

Early in his career, Hans Leenders was awarded the 'Anton Kersjes' scholarship for young conductors which enabled him to follow master classes with lIja Moesin, Valery Gergiev and Jorma Panula. He was finalist at the International Kirill Kondrashin Competition for conductors. In 1999, Leenders was appointed assistant-conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergjev, thanks to the 'Bernard Haitink Scholarship', a scholarship granted to orchestras offering young conductors 'training on the job'. In 2004, he won the Cadaquès conductors competition.