Philadelphia native Amy Leonard received viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music 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.
Ms. Leonard is an active recitalist and chamber musician, participating in a number of music festivals in North America and Europe such as Aspen, Banff, Spoleto USA, and Mostra Mozart. She has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine, first as student, then as administrator and director of the school’s chamber music series. Past orchestral positions include those with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New World Symphony; and as assistant principal viola with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where she performed with contemporary ensemble Nua Nos. Ms. Leonard taught viola at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana for four years; her students are now members of the Mississippi and Baton Rouge symphony orchestras.
Ms. Leonard maintains a large studio, teaching viola and violin at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and at home. Recent recital appearances have been at Rowan University, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, and the Philadelphia Ethical Society. She is in-demand as a freelance musician and is a member of the contemporary ensemble Relâche, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the baroque ensembles Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. She also performs frequently with the Orchestra of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly POPS; and has been a guest artist with the Copeland String Quartet, La Bernardinia baroque ensemble, and Melomanie.