An organist, pianist and fortepianist, Leo van Doeselaar studied piano and organ with Gerard Akkerhuis in The Hague, going on to study organ with Albert de Klerk and piano with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he was awarded the Prix d’excellence for organ. He is also the recipient of the Toonkunst Jubileum Prize and the Concertgebouw’s Zilveren Vriendenkrans award. Van Doeselaar then specialised in historical performance and in the French organ repertoire (with André Isoir), and studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson and Jos van Immerseel.
As the Concertgebouw’s official organist, he performs very wide-ranging repertoire. Van Doeselaar makes frequent guest appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with which he has also performed as a soloist since 1985, most recently in Saint-Saëns’s ‘Organ’ Symphony in May 2014.
Van Doeselaar is also organist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Dutch Bach Society, and, in that capacity, collaborates with many leading early music specialists. As a pianist, he performs as both a chamber player and accompanist. He and Wyneke Jordans have formed a piano duo for over thirty years.
Van Doeselaar teaches at the Berlin University of the Arts, regularly sits on juries for competitions and teaches at international organ festivals. He was awarded the Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Prize for his services to organ culture at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam in 2007.