Violinist Leah Latorraca has been a member of the Second Violin section of The Phoenix Symphony since 2017. She has performed as a soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and chamber music performances have included collaborations with Lawrence Dutton, Hsin-Yun Huang, Gary Hoffman, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Robert McDuffie, and Julie and Rebecca Albers. Leah has performed frequently at the Colorado Music Festival, Sunriver Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival, and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and has also been a participant in the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, Banff Centre Master classes and Orchestral Sessions, the Heifetz International Summer Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Prior to joining the Phoenix Symphony, Leah held section violin positions in the Akron and Canton Symphonies, and also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Leah received her Master of Music in 2017 from The Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Stephen Rose, and her Bachelor of Music from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, where she graduated in 2015.
Off StageWhere were you born?
I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin.
How were you introduced to music and the violin?
I started playing violin when I was four. My older sister had started taking violin lessons, and naturally, I wanted to copy everything that she was doing!
What do you look forward to most about living and working in Charlotte?
I am looking forward to meeting and playing with a new group of wonderful colleagues. Outside of work, I am excited to explore Charlotte and see what North Carolina has to offer!
What do you do for fun when you're not performing/practicing?
Outside of violin, I enjoy running, baking, traveling, and hanging out with friends!