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Kim Leeds


With her "attention-grabbing" (Cleveland Classical) and “rich, smooth mezzo soprano” (St. Louis Post), Kim Leeds engages audiences in her exploration of life’s essence through music. As a soloist, she has appeared with the GRAMMY® winning ensemble Apollo’s Fire, GRAMMY® nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Gramophone award winning ensemble Blue Heron, the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Bach Akademie Charlotte, the Oregon Bach Festival Discovery Series, Les Délices, Cantata Collective, Bach Society of St. Louis, L’Akadémie du Roi Soleil, and the Handel Society of Dartmouth. Over the years, Ms. Leeds has garnered multiple accolades including winning the Tafelmusik Vocal Competition in 2016, attending the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow in 2017, worked with Philippe Herreweghe as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2019, and was semi-finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition in 2022.

As a choral artist, Ms. Leeds has performed in Europe with the Weimar Bach Academy under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and the Junges Stuttgart Bach Ensemble under Hans Christoph Rademann. In the US, she has performed with the GRAMMY® winning ensembles the Crossing and Apollo’s Fire; the GRAMMY® nominated ensembles Seraphic Fire, True Concord, and Clarion choir; along with the Oregon Bach Festival and Handel and Haydn Society. Ms. Leeds is also a co-founder of the New England based ensemble Filigree.