Originally from Rochester, New York, Lenora began studying violin at age 7 and made her solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at 16. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Catherine Tait and Zvi Zeitlin, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein.
Lenora served as concertmaster for The Cleveland Opera Orchestra for eight years and for the former Ohio Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She appeared as concertmaster under conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Andre Previn, and as soloist under Peter Bay and Leslie Dunner. Ms. Leggatt has enjoyed performing in the violin sections of the Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony, and was a tenured member of the Calgary Philharmonic for three years.
A three-year fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, she also performed in music festivals at Tanglewood, Basel, and London where she gave a world premiere performance with her twin sister -- oboist, Johanna Cox Pennington. In addition, Lenora and Johanna’s Carnegie Hall performance of the music of Dinos Constantinides was critically acclaimed as “the highlight of the concert.”
Lenora is delighted to be performing with her long-time friends and colleagues in the Charlotte Symphony.