A lifelong violinist, Leah Zelnick’s devotion to music and musical education has propelled her through several degrees, numerous accolades, tours around the globe, countless moments of pride in watching her students learn their instruments, and finally, to us here in Massachusetts. Leah holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University (’11), her Master of Music degree (’07) from Stony Brook, and her Bachelor of Music degree (’05) from Cleveland Institute of Music.
From classical to contemporary, Leah’s musical prowess has found her positions with renowned orchestras the world over including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Salzau, Germany, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Viva-Vivaldi Orchestra in Washington D.C., and the National Youth Orchestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under Leonard Slatkin. Certainly one of the most remarkable moments in Leah’s international experience was her performance at the Opening Ceremony for the 13th World Suzuki Convention in Matsumoto, Japan in 1999 for an audience of thousands, most notably including the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan.
After her 2012 performance of his work “Slate River Trio,” composer Scott Wheeler said, “I was lucky enough to receive a premiere chamber music performance from Leah Zelnick when she was still a graduate student […] Her combination of sensitivity, driving musicality and dead-on accuracy are found too seldom even among experienced pros.”
Leah currently is on the faculty at Pakachoag School of Greater Worcester in Auburn, MA. A Massachusetts and Suzuki licensed educator, Leah runs a private studio and conducts at-home lessons in violin and piano for children. Additionally, Leah performs regularly with various orchestras around New England.
For more about Leah, her work, and her lessons, visit her website.