Leonid Plashinov-Johnson

Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, viola (Bishops Strotford, England), was a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, where he studied under Lutsia Ibragimova. During his last year of school Leo switched to the viola and studied with Andriy Viytovych. Currently, Leo studies with Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member in many venues across Europe, including Wigmore Hall, Windsor Castle, Musicgebouw, Saanen Church, Reims Cathedral, and Solsona Theatre. In March of 2015, Leo received top honors at the International Competition “Young Virtuosos” held in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has collaborated with  Heinrich Schiff, Jeremy Menuhin, Alina Ibragimova, Valeriy Sokolov, Charlie Siem, and Tasmin Little. He has toured Asia as part of the “Covent Garden Soloists” Orchestra directed by Vasko Vassilev.