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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard Isaacs (1909-1997)


Born in Manchester, England, he was educated at the Royal College of Music and in Paris, where he studied with Alfred Cortot. He worked with the English Light Opera Orchestra before joining the BBC in 1936. He was in charge of musical programs for the BBC from 1957 until 1963, when he became founding director of the University of Manitoba’s School of Music. He retired in 1973 and remained in Winnipeg until his death. In his later years he was most noted for his letters to the press, although he performed publicly on the piano until the end.

There are papers at the Archives of Manitoba.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 20 March 2008

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