Croatian cellist Monika Leskovar (Kreutztal, 1981) studied under Dobrila Berković-Magdalenić at the Elly Bašić Music School in Zagreb and, later, under Valter Dešpalj. In 1996 she became a student of David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, where she was an assistant from 2006 to 2011. Since 2012 she has been teaching cello at the Lugano Conservatory in Switzerland. In master classes, she studied under Mstislav Rostropovitch and Bernard Greenhouse.
Monika Leskovar won several prizes at international cello competitions International Tchaikovsky for Young Musicians (Sendai, 1995), Antonio Janigro (Zagreb, 1996), Rostropovich (Paris, 1997), Eurovision Grand Prix (Vienna, 1998), Roberto Caruana “Stradivari” (Milano, 1999), International ARD (Munchen 2001), 5th Adam (New Zealand, 2003).. She has performed with orchestras such as She performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Essen Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Zagreb Soloists, with conductors such as Valerij Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Krzysztof Penderecki and plays solo recitals as well as chamber music, collaborating with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Tabea Zimmermann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Janine Jansen and many others. Since 2005 she has collaborated with the cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima, with whom she recorded the album “We Were Trees” (Sony/BMG). In 2008 she recorded the G-major Cello Concerto of Stamitz and the Danzi Variations on a theme from “Don Giovanni” (OEMHS classics). Monika Leskovar plays a cello by cello by Vicenzo Postiglione from 1884, loaned to her by the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Philharmonics.