Leora Cohen

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Violin

Location: Royal College of Music

Leora Cohen, currently supported by Help Musicians, is a recent graduate of Cambridge University, where she read Music as an academic scholar at Newnham College alongside developing as a violinist, studying privately with Ani Schnarch.

As a soloist, Leora has appeared with the Barnet Symphony Orchestra, numerous student orchestras and ensembles in London and Cambridge, and the I Maestri orchestra. Particular highlights include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at West Road Concert Hall, 2020, and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole at St John’s Smith Square, 2016. She has also performed as a soloist on Cam105, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, USA, in Duino, Italy and in Sinaia, Romania. Leora has played chamber music on BBC Radio 3, at Kings Place and at the Wigmore Hall.
She is also a prominent orchestral player, having led all orchestras at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, for which she won numerous prizes, the National Youth Orchestra and the Cambridge University Orchestra. Whilst leading the NYO in 2017, Leora performed with John Wilson, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Thomas Ades at the BBC Proms as well as on tour to France for Festival Berlioz. At Cambridge, Leora performed with musicians such as Sir Mark Elder, Tom Poster, Guy Johnson and John Butt.
Professionally, she has played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Last December, Leora re-secured scholarships at both London conservatories for postgraduate study and has chosen to study her Masters with Ani Schnarch, at the Royal College of Music.
I am extremely grateful for the support Help Musicians has offered me for my postgraduate study. After three years of studying academic music, I was delighted to be offered a place with a scholarship at the RCM for masters but found that I was still in need of financial help. This generous award will be a huge advantage in helping me afford my first year of study in London. I am so excited to finally be able to build my career as a performer.