A native of Vernal, Utah, Leslie Richards started her viola studies at age 7. Soon after, she began regularly traveling to the Wasatch Front for further instruction and considers Salt Lake City to be her musical hometown. She holds degrees in viola performance from Brigham Young University and the University of Michigan, and recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Utah. Leslie performed with several semi-professional orchestras while studying in Michigan and takes every opportunity to be involved with musical ensembles in Utah, including the Utah Symphony, Ballet West Orchestra, Sinfonia Salt Lake, Utah Chamber Artists, Intermezzo Chamber Music Series, Salty Cricket Composers Collective, and Utopia Early Music. She is also in demand as a recording artist with several local studios. She began performing with the Utah Symphony in 2007 and is in her fourth season on a full-time substitute contract. She and her husband are parents to a charming one-year-old girl and a moody but loving Brittany spaniel.