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Violist Leah Ferguson joined the New York Philharmonic in October 2018, having previously been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Originally from Chicago, she began playing the violin at age five and switched to the viola at age twelve, studying with Roland Vamos.

As a chamber musician, Leah has performed at festivals including Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Verbier Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. She has collaborated with musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Miriam Fried and performed as a guest artist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Her performances have been broadcast by WCLV Cleveland, WFMT Chicago, WQXR The Greene Space, NPR’s From the Top, and HBO’s documentary television series Masterclass. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as guest principal viola, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as guest associate principal, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant principal.

Leah received her bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Robert Vernon and Mark Jackobs. She went on to receive a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Heidi Castleman and Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps.

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Sonora Collective is a musicians collective located in New York City that works with contemporary artists to produce unique classical chamber music concerts in art galleries and other special venues in NYC. Founded by clarinetist Amy Wang, violinist Julia Danitz, and flutist Katie Althen.

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