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  • Leah

  • As the daughter of a violin maker father and violinist mother, Leah was surrounded by music at a very young age. Practically raised in the family violin shop in Los Angeles, she was lucky enough to discover her passion for the cello at the age of four.

    Leah holds her B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with cellist Darrett Adkins and her M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with former member of the Kronos Quartet, Jennifer Culp.

    Currently based in Los Angeles, Leah is an active teacher and performer of chamber, orchestral, contemporary, and early music. An experienced orchestral musician, Leah has been the principal cellist of multiple orchestras including the YMF Debut Orchestra, Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and Aspen Concert Orchestra. She had the pleasure of traveling with the Oberlin Orchestra to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall and to Los Angeles to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2013 Leah was fortunate enough to work with John Williams and perform his beloved movie scores with the YMF Debut Orchestra for an audience of 3,000 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which included a cello solo from the movie Lincoln. Leah has also performed with Stevie Wonder.

    Because of her love for early music and her desire to remain a well-rounded musician, Leah recently acquired a baroque cello and a treble viola da gamba. Leah has performed the basso continuo lines for Haydn’s The Creation at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and for Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the Walt Disney Concert Hall under the baton of Grant Gershon. Leah is a passionate cello teacher and maintains a private cello studio in Los Angeles.