Born to Israeli and Moroccan parents, Cellist Leat Sabbah, has performed a variety of musical styles worldwide. An active, versatile soloist, improviser and arranger, Leat moves fluidly through the classical, pop, Middle Eastern and folk genres. She has won prizes in international competitions including the “Gradus ad Parnassum” Concerto Competition in the Ukraine, and the International Violoncello Wettbewerb in Austria. Leat has appeared as a soloist with the Deutsche-Skandinavische Jugend Philharmonie, State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kiev Pop Symphonic Orchestra, Naumberg Orchestral Series, and the Chernigiv Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the concertos of Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Haydn and Boccherini, performing in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie to the US Open.
In New York City she performs regularly with the NFO, the all-female Jewish music ensemble Sheba (for whom she also composes and arranges), and the New York Chamber Virtuosi, for whom she also serves on the board of directors. She has performed with Mark O’Connor and collaborated with artists like Violin Venus, Copal and Steven Baggs (The Constant). Leat recently played in Natalie Weiss’ New York Fringe Festival acclaimed musical Camp Wanatachi, and performed Noam’s “Etiquette” for solo cello at a New York Times acclaimed concert by the composer’s Circles and Lines collective.
Leat has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, with additional studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her principal mentors were David Soyer, Vladimir Panteleyev, Christine Walevska, and Oleg Kogan.