Leonid Plashinov-Johnson was born in Russia and began studying the violin when he was three years old. He moved to the United Kingdom and was a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey where he studied under Lutsia Ibragimova. During his last year of school Leo switched to the viola and studied with Andriy Viytovych. Leo currently studies with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Leo has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member in over 15 countries, in venues including Wigmore Hall (London), Windsor Castle, Musicgebouw (Amsterdam), Saanen Church (Gstaad, Switzerland) and Reims Cathedral (France). He is a laureate of the ‘Young Virtuosos’ Competition held in Bulgaria in 2015. He also has toured across Asia as part of the ‘Covent Garden Soloists’ Orchestra, directed by Vasko Vassilev.