- Instrument First Violins
Violinist Leah Kolner (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Ames, Iowa. Where she started Suzuki violin at the age of four. In high school, she was a 3-year member of the Iowa All-State program in both the orchestral and vocal divisions. After graduating from Ames High School, she attended Luther College, where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Virginia Strauss and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance. In January of 2003, she studied abroad in Vienna with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Daniel Baldwin. Leah resides in Ankeny with her husband Sam, her daughter Aubrie, and her sons Owen and Eli. She has been a member of the 1st violin section with the Des Moines Symphony since 2004.