Leonardo Paredes Pernía was born in Moscow in 1966 and grew up in Venezuela and Ecuador. He studied double bass at the Conservatorio de Música Simón Bolívar until 1987 and played in the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
He later studied philosophy, musicology and linguistics in Munich. He studied cello at the Munich Musikseminar with Professor Michael Ruprecht.
He has been working as an independent cello teacher for many years and teaches cello at the European School in Munich, among other places.