LEONIE GANIVET (nee Leonie Puls - aka Leonie Paul) grew up in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
She was a keen school student, and in her childhood and teens, piano, guitar, drama and ballet took up most of her spare time.
After completing her secondary education at Stratherne Presbyterian Girls Grammar (Helen Reddy of "I Am Woman" fame, and pianist/composer Mary Hannah Brahe, also attended Stratherne) she intended to pursue medical studies, but fate decided otherwise. After ballet tuition at the Borovansky Ballet School, Leonie joined the dance studio of internationally famous dancer and teacher Vija Vetra, who left an indelible mark on her life. After an injury put a stop to her dancing career she decided to concentrate on music, singing, and drama under the guidance of the esteemed Agnes Dobson.
Leonie was "discovered" at 17 when she auditioned for Radio 3UZ and Channel 0 playing piano and singing. As a result, she became so busy with her musical career that she was soon performing regularly and touring, both as a solo artist and with various singing groups like the "Four Clefs", the "Maori Troubadours" and others.
In her late teens, under the name of Leonie Paul, she appeared on Reg Lindsay's "Country & Western Hour", "In Adelaide Tonight", "The Ray Taylor Show", and as an extra on soapies such as "The Box". She gained a wealth of experience performing in touring variety shows with people like Art Luden, Maurie Fields, Jan Adele, Val Jellay, Syd Heylen, Max Reddy and many others. For a time Leonie was also a regular guest artist on the "Go" show and other popular teen shows of the sixties with artists like Olivia Newton-John, Colleen Hewitt, Normie Rowe and Ian Turpie before she left Australia to work overseas for several years. Her overseas work included recording albums, session work for radio and television, and live performing.
Back in Australia in the 1980's she toured with rock bands "Summerwine" & "General Lee", managed first by Olympic yachting medalist Ian Ruff, and then by Donnie Sutherland. Band members included Ron Barry, Bridget O'Donoghue, George Yonon, Barry Kelly, Greg Tell, Keith Murch, Dadhichi Toth, Freddie Bower, Andrew Atwell, Mark Riley, and the list goes on. Many well known and respected performers played or "sat in" with those bands, including Tommy Emmanuel, Phil Emmanuel, Mark Punch, Joe Walsh (the Eagles), Rick Price, Doug Parkinson, Richard Gawned, Glyn Mason, Sammy See, and many others.
Leonie has won several song-writing awards over the years including the Australian National Songwriting Award and the South Pacific Song Contest. She sings in fourteen languages and was a featured artist at the internationally famous restaurant "The Cuckoo" for more than three years where she performed German, Austrian/Bavarian, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and French music.
After touring and working with rock bands and various jazz musicians and groups, Leonie delved more deeply into her long-standing fascination for musical theatre, music production, sound engineering and recording. Her theatre work has included completely re-scoring the music for the 1999 production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Bye Bye Birdie" in 2002, "Chicago" in 2003, and took on the assignment of music production for "Grease" in 2007. Leonie was also Sound Engineer for "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Oklahoma", involving large orchestra and cast. She has been Musical and Vocal Director for many shows, some involving choirs of over 200 singers, including children's choirs.
In 2008, Leonie was invited to be musical director and digital musical producer for a big budget production of the Lloyd Webber musical "CATS". With an incredibly talented cast of singers and dancers, the show was a major success and played to packed houses for the entire season.
"Miss Saigon" in 2010 was another blockbuster success, with a fabulously talented cast and production crew. Leonie produced the entire digital music backing, plus sound effects, for this show which was a major assigment. The show was a huge success and netted a substantial profit for the producers.
When not producing music, Leonie has also been hired for video work. She has filmed, edited, and produced souvenir DVDs for a number of stage shows and indivual artists.
From 1980 to 1982, Leonie worked alongside Barry and Errol Kelly and Co. at Norsound Studios, Coopernook, New South Wales. However, by 1983 Leonie had established her own studio, producing jingles, original music for TV, radio, albums and demo clips for artists, and documentaries. For many years Leonie, who works privately, produced backing music for Rhythmic Bytes online midi file suppliers. Performance coaching in drama and singing was another speciality of the studio. In the 1980's her work was mentioned in an article in Sonics UK magazine.
Although Leonie became too busy to pursue formal medical studies, she has always had a keen interest in health and wellness. Leonie edits and publishes a series of natural healing print books and eBooks written by the esteemed scientist and natural therapist, Walter Last.
Norsound continues to be a reliable supplier of backing music of all kinds for singers, professional acts, Eisteddfod, theatre, musicals, and schools.
At Austpac Productions, Leonie currently specialises in music production for singers, AMEB students and teachers, voice-over and music for childrens' television, graphic design and book editing. Austpac Productions is associated with Norsound Studios recording studio in Bowral NSW.