Guitarist and Richmond, Virginia native Leah Kruszewski currently resides in Seville, Spain, where she accompanies flamenco dancing and singing and teaches classical and flamenco guitar lessons to local and international students. Leah studied on scholarship the Fundación Cristina Heeren, one of Spain's most renowned and rigorous professional flamenco schools, and performs regularly in Seville and abroad.
In Richmond, Virginia (USA), Leah studied classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University (2010) and performed extensively as a soloist and in local classical and world music ensembles. She founded and led a flamenco-inspired ensemble alongside classical guitarist Denver Walker. The ensemble performed throughout Virginia and released their debut album in 2013.
Leah accompanied singer Bernadette Stephens in the Portuguese Fado group Fado Nosso from the group's inception in 2011 until her move to Spain in 2013. Fado Nosso is still going strong and has an admiring following in Richmond with its current members Bernadette, bassist Brian Cruse, and guitarist Ron Alig. Leah joined the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar) for their 2013 performing season, which featured works by by Piazzolla, Bach, Bizet, and Beethoven. In addition to performing, Leah taught flamenco and classical guitar lessons for six years to students of all ages at a local music academy.
From its inception in 2009 to its final installment in 2018, Leah co-organized and performed in VCU's Flamenco Festival. The seven festivals featured performances and master classes by Washington D.C. artists (Richard Marlow, Miguelito, and Torcuato Zamora). Leah performed solo and accompanied flamenco dancers of Latin Ballet of Virginia and invited flamenco dancers Antonio Hidalgo Paz and Francisco Mesa 'El Nano'.
Leah is currently devoted to further developing her musical voice in the context of flamenco. She performs regularly with flamenco singers and dancers at local flamenco venues in Seville such as Casa Ensamblá, Zenith Creative Studio, El Camerino, La Fábrica, and La Madriguera de Mai. Leah accompanies dance classes at the Escuela de Juan Polvillo and singing classes at the Fundación Cristina Heeren. Most recently, Leah accompanied singer Marián Fernandez in the August 2019 Flamenco Festival of Arles, France.
August 2019 interview with Amy Call and the Music Matters Podcast on teaching adult beginners and other music education topics (Episode #39).
April 2019 online performance and interview with Lessonface on about music education, being a professional musician, and the world of flamenco guitar.
Recordings from two favorite Richmond, Virginia projects in released in 2013, Fado Nosso (Portuguese fado music) and the Richmond Guitar Quartet (classical guitar).
private guitar lessons online
flamenco guitar lessons in Seville, Spain
concerts and performances
Leah loves sharing her musical insights and experience with guitar students from all over the world. Leah teaches students of flamenco, classical, fingerstyle, and acoustic guitar online via Lessonface, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2018. In Seville, Spain, visitors seek out Leah for one-on-one instruction in flamenco, classical, or Spanish guitar.