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Ledah Finck

Baltimore, MD         

Ledah Finck is a violinist, violist, improviser, and composer residing in Baltimore, Maryland. A passionate performer, creator, and curator of  contemporary classical music, she is an active member of experimental duo The Witches, the Bergamot String Quartet, Atlantic Extraction (jazz quintet led by bassist Nick Dunston) and earspace ensemble. In addition to music for those ensembles, she has been commissioned by Imani Winds, Alarm Will Sound/Now Hear This, the Bridge Ensemble, and The Peabody Community Chorus among others. Her music embodies a desire to create and share a sound-world in which the classical tradition, the folk music with which she grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and extensive improvisatory elements can be in productive dialogue. 

This summer, she was a member of the Banff Evolution of the String Quartet program and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and was featured on the Sitka Summer Music Series with Trio Jinx soon after the trio’s participation in the semifinals of the Fischoff Competition. She has also been selected to participate in Ensemble Modern’s Klangspuren Academy, the Bang on a Can summer institute at MASS MoCA, Kneisel Hall, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in violin performance and composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Herbert Greenberg, Oscar Bettison, and Judah Adashi, and studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Kenan Scholarship, a full fellowship for musical and academic merit.  

Butterfly Highway for intermediate string quartet

“Butterfly Highway” is a string quartet in 4 movements, commissioned in 2017 by Molly Wilkens-Reed via a Peabody Dean’s Incentive Grant at the Peabody Conservatory. The purpose of the project was to create a new chamber work for intermediate-level students. Each movement features a different member of the string quartet.

The piece was inspired by an ecology project in North Carolina called the Butterfly Highway, which teaches people to create habitats that support the environments of important pollinators whose ecosystems are in danger.

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