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  • Leah Z.

  • Leah’s musical success story has been anything but conventional. Her eclectic range and professional experience has literally included every musical style imaginable.

    Born and raised in Houston, Texas, violinist and vocalist, Leah comes from a family of professional symphony musicians. Having played the violin since the age of six, she has won numerous awards and soloed with orchestras in and around Texas. At 15, she made her solo debut playing the first movement of the Wiieniawski Violin Concerto with the Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra. That same year, Leah began studying voice with leading American mezzo-soprano, Katherine Ciesinski. Leah has attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Before graduating high school she performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall. She won a scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she double-majored in opera and violin. At 19 years of age, whilst earning her degrees, she won a tenured position in the 1st violin section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra becoming the youngest member on staff.

    While in the Austin Symphony, Leah has played with soloists including Pinchas Zukerman, Leila Josefowitz, Yo Yo Ma, Elvis Costello, with bands such as Pink Martini, The 4 Tops, the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and Charlie Daniels, with whom she was selected to duel on the tune Devil Went Down to Georgia. She has appeared on the television show, Austin City Limits with both Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson.

    Leah has performed and recorded two premier concertos composed by Austin film composer, Graham Reynolds (Through a Scanner Darkly) . Her former international touring band “The Hudsons” won Best Folk Band of 2009 in the Austin Chronicle Awards. Leah has also had the honor of performing as a soloist at Carnegie Hall.

    From 2006-2007, she performed as the lead singer/violinist/dancer with the international world-touring fiddle concert sensation Barrage across Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In 2007, she appeared as a soloist at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Blues Festival in Chicago alongside prominent artists such as Alison Krauss, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow.

    In 2010, her first year in LA, she performed as a member of Vitamin String Quartet and won positions as associate concertmaster of San Bernardino Symphony and first violinist in the Redlands Symphony while recording the music for a season of Warner Brother’s tv show, Off the Map.

    During that year, Leah was also offered a 3 year contract with Celine Dion in Vegas but turned it down in favor of various touring opportunities. She currently performs with legendary world-music duo, Strunz and Farah and Argentinian-born gypsy jazz guitarist, Gonzalo Bergara. She has also toured with the Trans-siberian Orchestra and was concertmaster/soloist for Kristen Chenoweth.

    Leah’s recent recording credits include collaborations with Michael Jackson’s former musical director, Michael Bearden, Bear McCreary, composer of “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Walking Dead”, Kenny Loggins, and string arrangements/recording for Billy Ray Cyrus’ latest album.

    Leah currently resides in Los Angeles.