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Nine Year Old Violinist Leia Zhu Youngest Winner of Russia’s Prestigious Nutcracker Competition

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

The Nutcracker contest consists of a preliminary round based on video recording and three public rounds. This year, as many as 171 musicians from different countries, including Austria, Czech Republic, China, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Germany, Russia, UK and USA applied. The Selection Committee composed of professional musicians evaluated the submitted recordings and 16 contestants in each category from 13 countries were admitted to the first round. The contest is held in three disciplines: Piano, Stringed Instruments, and Wind & Percussion Instruments.

Leia’s competition pieces in the Nutcracker competition included Gluck Melodie from the opera Orpheus and Eurydice, and Kreisler Tambourin Chinois in Round 1, de Falla Spanish Dance and von Paradis Sicilienne in Round 2 and the third movement of Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor in the final round.

Her winning piece Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor was accompanied by Russian National Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall broadcasted to millions and was featured by the Strad


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