An exceptionally versatile musician, Philadelphia native Amy Leonard has held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony (Miami) and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where she performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise.” She had a long-standing relationship as a musician and chamber music director with the Pierre Monteux School in Maine and has participated in many music festivals in North America and Europe including Aspen, Banff, Spoleto USA and Mostra Mozart (Venice, Italy).
Currently a freelance musician, Ms. Leonard is very much in demand throughout the region, performing as a member of the contemporary music octet Relache, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the baroque ensembles Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. She also performs frequently with other ensembles including the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and Philly Pops, and in recent years she has been a guest artist with groups such as the Copeland String Quartet, the baroque ensemble La Bernardinia, Melomanie, and the Elysian Camerata. Other recent recital appearances have included concerts at Rowan University, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and the Philadelphia Ethical Society.
A devoted teacher, Ms. Leonard was a faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, Louisiana) for four years and at the Music School of Delaware (Wilmington) for seven. Currently, she maintains a large and lively studio teaching violin and viola at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr (Pennsylvania) and at her home.
Ms. Leonard received viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music and has studied baroque viola at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute. Principal teachers have included Leonard Mogill, Jeffrey and Lynne Ramsey Irvine, Karen Ritscher, Charles Bruck, and Jane Starkman. Her recording work can be heard on the Chandos, Plectra, NMC, Naxos, Meyer Media and BMG Classics labels, as well as in films for PBS, Irish Film Orchestras, and NFL Films.