(Substitute for Carolin Pook, who was ill at short notice)

Zuzana Leharová is an improvisational musician rooted in various musical genres and styles, with a focus on jazz. The Slovakian-born Austrian violinist, composer and arranger lives in Cologne.

Carolin Pook

Photo by Taisjia Chernishova

As the bandleader of the Zuzana Leharová Quartet or “prominently” as a sidewoman, she is an integral part of the Cologne jazz scene and is involved in various projects, where she is experienced as a versatile and energetic improviser.

Zuzana grew up in Tyrol and after studying classical violin at the conservatory in Innsbruck, she continued her studies at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam and Maastricht, before finally completing her jazz violin studies at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne, where she found in Michael Gustorff, Claudius Valk, as well as Prof. Dieter Manderscheid and Sebastian Gramss, formative teachers and mentors for her further musical career.

Since 2008 Zuzana Leharová appeared, besides her own projects, in numerous formations such as Urbanic Cycles, Multiple Choice Orchestra, John Betsch Society and Tabadoul Orchestra, and worked with artists such as, Angelika Sheridan, Angelika Niescier, Annette Maye, Bastian Stein, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Carolin Pook, Bodek Janke, Elisabeth Coudoux, Filippa Gojo, Jobic Le Masson, John Betsch, Joscha Oetz, Nils Klein, Nils Tegen, Simon Rummel and Peter Giron.
In addition to working on various studio productions and as a musician for the Rundfunk Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld (ZDF Neo), regular activities at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus have created a close working relationship with director Robert Wilson.