Leonid Plashinov-Johnson

Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, viola (Russia), is a laureate of multiple competitions, most recently the Primrose International Viola Competition. He joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2019/2020 season. He has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, NEC Philharmonic, Sofia Chamber Orchestra, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra, among others. Past engagements have included tours across Europe and Asia, as well as concerts with Jacob Collier, the Parker and Verona quartets, and the Covent Garden Soloists Ensemble. In addition to Yellow Barn, he has participated in Ravinia and the AIMS Festival in Spain, where he also worked as assistant teacher to Andriy Viytovych. Leonid graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2019, studying with Kim Kashkashian and serving as her teaching assistant. He began his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School under Lutsia Ibragimova, and later studied with Andriy Viytovych. Leonid plays a viola made in 2002 by Douglas Cox, currently on generous loan from the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2016)