Leah Scholes’s diverse work as a musician and performer spans the Australian and international performing arts scene. She is the Artistic Associate of Barking Spider Visual Theatre and has been a member of Speak Percussion since 2008. Leah co-founded the percussion duo The Sound Collectors and the theatrical-music duo The Flying Tapirs.
She has also collaborated with various artists and organisations including Chunky Move, Polyglot Theatre Company, the National Institute of Circus Arts, Strange Fruit, Graeme Leak and the Nick Tsiavos Ensemble. She also appears regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia.
In 2009 Leah was awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (Music) to study with renowned improviser Fritz Hauser in Basel, Switzerland. She has also travelled to Senegal in Africa for intensive study of the djembe and sabar drums with master drummer Aly N’Diaye Rose.
Leah is a sessional staff member at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and also teaches at Melbourne Girls Grammar School and Camberwell Grammar School. She is constantly pursuing the integration of visual and physical theatre in her work and is passionate about imagination, delight and pathos.
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