Leah began her musical studies at the age of three with her mother Dr. Gloria Jacobson, and subsequently with David Dillard of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. At 6, Leah began studying piano with Lynda Kenny and subsequently with Keiko Ransom.
At the University of Georgia, she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance for violin, under the instruction of Levon Ambartsumian and Shakhida Azimkhodjaeva, and a Bachelor of Arts in piano under Dr. Martha Thomas. She went on to earn a Master of Music at Georgia State University, studying violin under Dr. Christos Galileas, chamber music under Dr. Brandt Fredricksen and Martha Gerschefski, and conducting under Maestro Michael Palmer.
From 2014-2019, Leah lived in Los Angeles, CA, where she taught violin and freelanced. She also recorded for over 30 commercials and trailers, and coached Elliot Page on violin for his role in “The Umbrella Academy”!
In Atlanta, she maintains an active private violin studio for children. Her teaching focuses on the Suzuki method, in which she has trained in all 10 books. She was the founder and conductor of SODA, a string orchestra for young players. In addition to teaching, Leah has freelanced in and around Atlanta for many years, with trios such as Luna Strings, regional orchestras such as Macon Pops, Atlanta Pops, and the Macon, Columbus, and Valdosta Symphonies, and musicians such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, and Earth, Wind & Fire. She lives in Decatur with her husband and 2 kids.