Double Bassist Edward Leaf has performed music on four continents in a variety of settings. He completed his studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins where he held the position of Principal Bass of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. He also attended the Catholic University of America where he was a student of Ali Yazdanfar. Other influential teachers include Ira Gold, Paul Johnson, Paul DeNola, and Hal Robinson of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has been awarded fellowships to the Domaine Forget Academy, the National Orchestral Institute, the Castleton Festival, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and the Bach Festival in Weimar, Germany. Mr. Leaf has taught at Susquehanna, Shepherd, and Towson Universities as well students of all ages in the Bethesda, MD area. In addition to teaching, Mr. Leaf maintains a busy performing schedule and is a frequent guest musician of many area ensembles such as the Virginia Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, National Philharmonic, York Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Apollo Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphonia of which he is currently Assistant Principal Bass.
Outside of music Mr. Leaf enjoys walking, running, or biking, depending on the season. He also enjoys watching sports, following current events, and tasting as many different types of IPAs that he can find.