The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, BM
Born in Washington, D.C., cellist Leah Plave has performed extensively as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout North America and Eastern Europe. In D.C., she was a member of multiple symphony orchestras, including the Avanti Orchestra of the FMMC and the Metropolitan Orchestra, with whom she performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Leah also performed as a guest artist on the chamber music series at Georgetown University.
Leah received her Bachelor of Music at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2017, where she studied with internationally acclaimed cellist, Yehuda Hanani. She also completed part of her degree in Budapest, Hungary at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music under the tutelage of Csaba Onczay. There, she was a founding member of several chamber groups who studied with highly influential artists such as Miklós Perényi and András Keller. Leah toured with her piano trio, Trio Ipanema, and a string quartet with guests, playing at unique venues such as Müpa’s Glass Hall, the Béla Bartók Memorial House, and the Budapest Museum of Music History.
In Cincinnati, Leah performed frequent solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and free-lanced throughout the Ohio area. She also established and performed in an annual concert series, “All Bach Night,” at Rohs St. café in Clifton, Cincinnati. Since beginning her private studio in 2008, she has taught lessons to musicians of all ages. Leah served on the faculty of MYCincinnati, a music program for inner-city youth in Price Hill, and taught during Manchester Music Festival’s “Music Discovery Week.”
An avid chamber musician, she has performed with the Taconic Chamber Players, Trio Solisti, and was an artist in residence at the Carey Institute for Global Good during the Helderburg Chamber Music Series. Leah has also appeared at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Catskills High Peaks Festival, and was twice a chamber fellow at Manchester Music Festival and soon to be Emerging Artist at Garth Newel.
Leah Plave will pursue her Masters degree at McGill’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, studying with cellist Matt Haimovitz. She currently plays on an Oded Kishony cello generously loaned to her by the Virtu Foundation.