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Leila Kelleher, violist

Violist, Leila Kelleher, is building an international reputation for her energy and versatility as a performer.

Leila was the soloist for the Melbourne String Ensemble's tour of Germany in 2005. She performed Hindemith's Trauermusik and the Telemann Viola Concerto in four cities, including a Gala performance for the Ambassador at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. Ms Kelleher has also soloed with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Norwood Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne String Ensemble at the Dame Nellie Melba Hall in Melbourne, Australia.

As a recitalist, Ms Kelleher has presented programs in the prestigious Elder Lunchtime Series and for Recitals Australia. Her performances have also been broadcast on Radio Adelaide.

Leila is a committed chamber musician. She was a founding member of Luna Strings, a flexible-sized group specializing in Australian new music. She was also a guest member of the electro-acoustic Zephyr Quartet for their tour of South Korea and a permanent member of the Amicus String Quartet. Ms Kelleher was also a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society.

A keen baroque violist, Leila studied with Lucinda Moon (concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra) and has appeared with Adelaide Baroque. Equally at home in both period and modern practice, Ms Kelleher often presents programs which include both styles of performance.

She is also an active orchestral player and was Principal Viola with the Adelaide Art Orchestra until her departure from Australia in 2005. Leila also performed regularly with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and performed in the 2004 Adelaide Ring Cycle. She has appeared in the Sarah Brightman World Tour and is also a seasoned session player. Currently Leila performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a substitute player.Leila was adopted at birth from South Korea, and grew up in Sydney, Australia. She is a strong advocate for Australian music and its distinct tonal language.

Ms Kelleher is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium where she studied with renowned pedagogue, Keith Crellin, and completed her Masters degree at the Eastman School of Music with Phillip Ying of the Ying Quartet.

Leila is currently based in London, Ontario.


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