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Violinist Leia Zhu

The Violin Girl

 youngest artist represented by HarrisonParrott



British violinist Leia Zhu was born in October 2006.  At the age of four, she made her solo debut in the North East Last Night of the Proms in Newcastle City Hall in front of thousands. Since then, Leia has performed with eminent ensembles and orchestras across the globe. 

By the age of 12, she had performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in more than 18 countries; at the same age in 2019, Leia became the youngest artist to be managed by the London-based global agent HarrisonParrott.

At the age of 14, Leia was appointed Artist-in-Residence with the London Mozart Players in 2021. She embeds herself within the orchestra, performing as a featured soloist, leading play/​direct programmes and in chamber music. Leia also plays a crucial role in the orchestra’s community residencies in Croydon and Hastings, inspiring and motivating her peers through educational projects.

2022-04-21 07_47_36-We’ve got a new Artist in Residence. And she’s only 14! – London Mozar

During the pandemic, in August 2021, Leia was invited to perform Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at BMW Classics. Thousands of audiences in London Trafalgar Square watched the performance live while it was spontaneously live-streamed worldwide.

In December 2021, Zhu joined the Irish band Westlife in their WeChat live stream with 27 million views by performing a violin solo in ‘You Raise Me Up’.

As a soloist, Leia works with many of the world’s finest orchestras to list but a few:

London Symphony Orchestra

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

Belgian National Orchestra

Russian National Orchestra

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra at St Petersburg State Capella

Festival Strings Lucerne

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra

The Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet

London Mozart Players

English Chamber Orchestra  

The Mariinsky Orchestra


Leia has also been invited to perform at key festivals in the classical music calendar including

Lucerne Festival

Salzburg Festival

MozartFest Würzburg

Musical Olympus Festival

White Nights Festival

Trans-Siberian Art Festival

Moscow Meets Friends

Rheingau Musik Festival


Some of the prestigious halls Leia has performed in include

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Mariinsky Theatre

The Royal Festival Hall London

Barbican Centre

BOZAR in Brussels

KKL Lucerne

Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

Berlin Philharmonie

Other notable places Zhu has performed to list but a few: London Trafalgar SquareGroßer Saal Stiftung Mozarteum (Austria), Yehudi Menuhin Hall, European Parliament (Belgium), Odessa Philharmonic Theater (Ukraine), Würzburg Residence (Germany), Rapperswil Castle (Switzerland), Conservatorio di musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano(Italy) Moscow Academic Musical TheaterMoscow International House of MusicNewcastle CathedralHexham AbbeyBeverley MinsterLondon Milton CourtSt John's Smith Square (London), Royal College of MusicWindsor CastlePalais Brongniart(Paris), Harmonie Club  (New York)

​For the most up to date biography,  please visit Leia Zhu on HarrisonParrott


Leia studies violin with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky; she also regularly takes master classes with Professor Zakhar Bron.

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