June 27, 2017
'The performance of the 11-year-old violinist Leia Zhu became a special event.
She did not play with supposed childlike grace, not trained under ambitious parental pressure. The development of this amazing violin miracle happens in a natural maturation process. Your podium appearance was pretty self-confident.
The violinic capers resulted from the concept of the composition. Through all sorts of technical tricks such as double grips, rapid gliding to high registers, flageolets, pizzicatos, through her brilliant finger and bow technique as well as through her enormous feeling for the elegant and profound execution of the three movements of Souvenir d'un lieu cher op.42 (Memory to a beloved place) by Peter Tchaikovsky, this exceptional artistic talent has already proven to be largely developed and perfect in every phase.
Her technical ability, her remarkably mature expressiveness and the rhythmic pull of her playing led to enthusiastic applause.'
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