Indrek Leivategija started out aged five learning the cello with Reet Mets. From 2006 he studied under Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang at the Munich University of Music and Theatre. He also attended advanced classes with Prof. Troels Svane, Prof. Peter Bruns, Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher, Prof. Martti Rousi and Prof. Alexander Ivashkin, among others.
Indrek Leivategija won first prize at several international competitions, such as the Verona Salieri Zinetti Competition and Tallin ESTA Competition. He has held a Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship since 2011, and has been deputy solo cello in the Bamberg Symphony since 2012.