Violinist Leah Latorraca holds an acting position in the First Violin section of the North Carolina Symphony. Prior to her appointment in North Carolina, she was a member of the Second Violin section of The Phoenix Symphony from 2017-2021. She has performed as a soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra, and the McDuffie Center for Strings Orchestra. Chamber music performances have included collaborations with Lawrence Dutton, Hsin-Yun Huang, Gary Hoffman, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and Robert McDuffie, among others. Recent summers have been spent at the Colorado Music Festival and as Assistant Concertmaster of the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon.
Latorraca has also performed frequently at the Rome Chamber Music Festival and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and has been a participant in the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Banff Centre master classes and orchestral sessions, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. As a member of the Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), she toured Central and South America, and additionally served as a global leader for the organization.
Latorraca has also held section violin positions in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and Canton Symphony. She received her master’s degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017, studying with Stephen Rose, and her bachelor’s degree in music from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, where she graduated in 2015.