Leonard Braus

Associate Concertmaster Emeritus

Leonard Braus, a native of Cincinnati, began studying violin with James Stephenson at the age of 9, after his father, a chemist and community orchestra musician, realized he had a remarkable sensitivity to pitch.  Two years later, he made his debut performing a Vivaldi Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony.  It was in high school that Mr. Braus determined that playing the violin “was what I did best and what I enjoyed most,” and decided to become a professional musician.

He continued his studies at Indiana University, where he came under the guidance of eminent violinists Tadeusz Wronski and Josef Gingold, whom he credits as having had the greatest influence on his musical development.  Additionally, he has studied with Franco Gulli and Ivan Galamian.  In 1976, Mr. Braus was a semifinalist in the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.  The following year he was a finalist in the Young Artist Competition in Lansing, Michigan.  He is also a former first prize winner in Cincinnati Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.

From 1978 to 1981 Mr. Braus served as concertmaster for the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera Orchestra, and in 1980 and 1981, he acted in the same capacity for the Tulsa Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.  For the past three decades, Mr. Braus has been Associate Concertmaster for the Utah Symphony. He has made numerous solo appearances with Utah Symphony and orchestras in Ohio, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Missouri.  In addition to his position with the Utah Symphony, Mr. Braus was named Concertmaster of Salt Lake City’s LA East Recording Orchestra.  He has also been the Concertmaster of the Opus Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Braus’ teaching experience includes assisting Professors Wronski and Gingold at Indiana University, faculty positions at Oklahoma State and DePauw Universities and currently he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah.  He and Utah Symphony violinist Loi Anne Eyring have performed together as the Guarneri Duo.