Leanne Darling creates a powerful new voice for the viola. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres, and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries of this underused instrument. A versatile performer, composer, and improvisor, Darling has has appeared with virtuoso oudist Simon Shaheen in Carnegie Hall, with poets Robert Bly and Clarissa Pinkola-Estes at the Omega Institute, and with the Cedar Lake Ensemble's premiere performance in Chelsea.
Violist Darling stole the show…..
-Gay City News
Few violists have dared to climb out of the classical box to investigate their instrument in new ways.
Leanne Darling's brave and dedicated explorations into improvisation, Arabic music, and composition
distinguish her as one of the leaders in her field.
-Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Improvising Violinist and Author
Leanne Darling is one of the most promising new talents on the scene of improvised classical and world
soundings. Her viola is rich with sound and depth, and her control of many musical idioms gives the
listener a great sense of inspiration and culture
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Teaches all levels violin and viola, beginning improvisation, blues, jazz and middle eastern music, ages 6-
adult. Taught for 17 years. Has taught at Brooklyn Conservatory, Op, 118 Harlem School for Strings,
Manatee Community College. Holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of
Music. Studied with Julie Lyonn Lieberman and Rob Thomas.
String students experience music beyond the written note with this dynamic workshop