Leah Chae, born in South Korea, began her musical training on the piano at the age of 2 with her mother and started the violin training with Suzuki method at the age of 4 after she immigrated to US with her family. She had played both piano and violin as double-major until she got to attend Kangwon Arts High School in Korea. After she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Kyunghee University in Seoul, she came back to US and started her Master’s degree at Indiana University where she received Jacobs School of Music Graduate Merit-based Scholarship.
She is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where she studied with Mimi Zweig, a professor of violin and viola and director of IU String Academy. While studying for a master’s degree with Professor Zweig in 2008, Leah started her teaching at IU String Academy where she worked for six years until she left IU, and became an Associate Instructor for Professor Zweig in 2010, from which she earned a full scholarship and stipend for the rest of her doctoral coursework. Her duty as an Associate Instructor included teaching private and group as well as theory teaching. Active as a performer while studying at IU, she studied chamber music with Jorja Fleezanis, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Pacifica Quartet, and had appeared in many solo recitals, orchestra performances, and chamber music concerts. In addition to the modern violin playing and teaching, she also studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at IU. She is also an active accompanist, playing in many lessons, masterclasses, and competitions for string players and singers.
Leah has registered for violin teacher training at DFW WOW in 2016. In the spare time she loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats, Bob and Johny.