"the superb oboist Leo Duarte first among equals — even including the stars on the stage"
- The Times, review of Handel's Agrippina at the Royal Opera House
"an accomplished technician and, better still, a fantastically accomplished communicator"
- Daily Telegraph [Online], review of a Vivaldi Concerto
Leo is the Principal Oboist of the Academy of Ancient Music and appears regularly as guest-principal with, among others, the English Baroque Soloists, the Sixteen, the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, La Nuova Musica, the English Concert, and is also a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He performs regularly at the BBC Proms and the Glyndebourne Festival and has toured worldwide. As a chamber musician and concerto soloist, he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and live on BBC Radio 3.
"the concert also showcased his oboe writing, and the Academy of Ancient Music’s principal oboist Leo Duarte provided some moments of sheer delight. The Sinfonia from Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe seemed an odd opening to a concert, but from the initial ornamentation in the solo oboe line, which signalled the start of an exquisitely nuanced interpretation of this plaintive melody against a minimal orchestral backdrop, one could understand its choice. Ich habe genug is a work for oboe just as much as it is for voice, and Duarte’s masterly fluidity of line in the first movement, as well as his augmentation of the despair of the third movement, using the lower oboe da caccia, was a treat indeed"
- Barry Creasy, Music OMH, review of a Bach Recital with Benjamin Appl and the Academy of Ancient Music
"allowing Duarte to demonstrate his complete mastery of the instrument"
George Hall, Opera Magazine, review of a Platti Concerto
"The substantial instrumental sonata which starts Handel's cantata [...] with fine oboe playing. In fact, this is playing that really grabs our attention and makes us want to listen more"
- Robert Hugil, review of Arcangelo's disc Arianna with Kate Lindsay
"the eloquent flute and oboe obbligatos alone are worth the price of the ticket"
- The Telegraph, review of John Eliot Garinder's Orfée ed Euridice at the Royal Opera House