Born in Kherson, Ukraine, immigrated to Israel in 1906. Was a member of Kibbutz Yagur where he composed the Yagur Passover Seder Service(for which he won the Engel prize), a piece combining Jewish tradition with modern musical elements. Also known for composing poems of various Hebrew poets.
Myer Leoni began his musical career as an opera singer in England. In 1767 he took a position as cantor of the Great Synagogue in London, but continued performing in Operas, providing they didn’t conflict with his Synagogue duties.
Leoni, along with collegue Giordani, established an English Opera company in Dublin in 1783, which due to financial difficulties only ran for a short time.