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Violinist/violist and visual artist Leah Asher is an avid performer of contemporary music and creator of new artistic works.  Leah has performed with the Grammy award-winning ensemble, eighth blackbird, soloed with Oberlin Conservatory’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, and participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy under the direction of Pierre Boulez.  She has premiered chamber works by such composers as Frederic Rzewski, Rebecca Saunders, and Lewis Nielson. Seeking to bridge her two artistic worlds, Leah has written numerous graphic scores and is sought out as a collaborator in interdisciplinary work.  Leah completed her undergraduate degrees at Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying violin with Gregory Fulkerson and studio art primarily with John Pearson.  As a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits fellowship, she completed her Master’s in Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Curtis Macomber and continued studies at UCSD under the tutelage of János Négyesy. Leah joined the NOSO Sinfonietta in 2013. 

photo credit: Dylan Messina