Leonardo Coral studied with Federico Ibarra at the National School of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He obtained a Master's Degree in Composition with Honorable Mention from UNAM with his symphonic work Cycle of Life and Death that was premiered by the National Symphonic Orchestra at the 33rd International Forum of New Music Manuel Enríquez. He has composed more than 130 works, which have been performed in Mexico, Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Latin America, and have been recorded on over twenty-three CDs. He has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for Culture and Art (FONCA) and in 2001, 2004 and 2010 he was chosen to be in the National System of Creators of Art. As part of that honor, all of the main national orchestras and ensembles have premiered his symphonic and chamber works.