Bassoonist Leah Kohn is a versatile musician with a passion for unusual repertoire.
She is also an active performer on the baroque bassoon and contrabassoon. Dyad, her duo with violinist Niv Ashkenazi, has performed on concert series throughout California and on the East Coast. Their arrangement of Bloch’s Prayer was recently published by TrevCo Music Publishing, and they presented Reena Esmail’s Nadiya at the 2021 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Symposium. Dyad also works with Street Symphony, an organization that brings music to underserved communities.
As well as freelance work in Los Angeles, Leah has performed at the Lake George Music Festival, as a fellow at the Norfolk Music Festival, at several programs at the Banff Centre, and at Fresh Inc. Festival with Fifth House Ensemble. She received her D.M.A. from the University of Southern California as a student of Judith Farmer, with an academic field in musicology and elective fields in Arts Leadership and early music. She holds an M.M. from The Juilliard School and a B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, both as a student of Frank Morelli.
As an educator, she maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles, as well as coaching for several local youth orchestras. In addition to her performing career, she is a past director of Junior Chamber Music’s Los Angeles and Conejo Valley branches, and she was the producer of the album Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope, which was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s best classical recordings of 2020.