Leah Coloff is a cellist, singer and composer described by The New York Times as “a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness.” In the classical realm, Leah’s focus is on working with contemporary living composers including Philip Glass, Ted Hearne, Joel Thome, Sean Friar and Michael Gordon. She was the cellist for Ted Hearne’s The Source, produced by Beth Morrison Productions for Brooklyn Academy of Music and REDCAT in Los Angeles and she can be heard on The Source (New Amsterdam), selected as one of the best classical recordings of 2015 by The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Leah held the cello chair as a member of the 7 piece onstage band in Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma!, from its run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn to the Tony Award winning production of Oklahoma! Broadway. She can also be heard on the Grammy nominated Oklahoma! cast recording.
ThisTree, Leah’s multimedia autobiographical song cycle, premiered in the 2019 Prototype Festival receiving commissioning, development, and production support from HERE as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program.
Leah is a regular performer and band member for the Obie Award winning the Secret City and cellist for the Scorchio String Quartet, featured in the award winning documentary, Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome.
She has performed and recorded with numerous rock artists including Trey Anastasio, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Michael Cerveris, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Damon Albarn, Ziggy Marley, Linda Thompson, Angelique Kidjo and Nancy Sinatra among others.
Leah studied with Irene Sharp at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bernard Greenhouse at The New England Conservatory of Music.
She will be teaching July 25-29, August 1-5