Artist Bio

Leah Ferguson, viola

A native of Chicago, violist Leah Ferguson joined the New York Philharmonic in October 2018, having previously served in the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Ms. Ferguson received her early training from Roland Vamos. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Robert Vernon and Mark Jackobs, and a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Heidi Castleman and Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps. Ms. Ferguson has participated in festivals including Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Verbier Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. She has toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, performed as a guest artist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, and appeared at The Greene Space with violinist Joshua Bell and other musicians from the YoungArts Foundation. Leah Ferguson has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant principal, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra as guest associate principal. Her performances have been featured on WCLV Cleveland, WFMT Chicago, and HBO’s documentary television series Masterclass.

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