An engaging performer and inspiring educator, Leah Nelson has become a highly sought after violist. Born and raised in Austin Texas, she returned in 2009 after graduate school and living and working in Los Angeles for many years.
Leah began her professional studies at the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Viola Performance under the mentorship of Roger Myers. Leah also holds a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with world renowned performer and pedagogue Donald McInnes.
Leah's performing career has given her the joy and opportunity to work with a variety of outstanding musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Yuri Bashmet, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson, Barry Manilow, Midori, the Grammy nominated band DeVotchKa. Here in Austin she enjoys working regularly with composers Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski, and Justin Sherburn. She also performs frequently with the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera. She has recorded on soundtracks for the major motion pictures Bernie and Loving, to be released in 2016.
Currently Leah is Associate Director for CHAMPS. Chamber Music in the Public Schools is a non profit that provides the opportunity for students interested in playing in strings quartets, piano quartets and quintets to receive weekly coachings with a professional musician and performance opportunities each semester. Currently CHAMPS is in 15 schools across 4 school districts and serves about 100 students each school year.