Stella Review of Leia Zhu's the Recent Italian Tour

Updated: Apr 21

THE FESTIVAL STRING LUCERNE AND LEIA ZHU OPEN THE 41st SEASON OF THE CANTELLI FESTIVAL IN NOVARA


'We confess that we were expecting the usual Chinese enfant prodigy, all astounding technical skill and zero interpretative and expressive ability. Our surprise in listening to her was great: Leia has already matured her own sound, her ability to make technical acrobatics not a spectacular end, but a means to give voice to a feeling, an emotion, a spiritual world evoked by sound.


Her faring is intense, above all crystalline in the sound, even in the upper register, or in the very rapid scales and trills, but what struck us most is his excellent ability to vary dynamics with mature knowledge, colouring and returning a sound that is always rich in nuances and chiaroscuro.

Hence the beautiful interpretative rendition of passages such as the Serenata and the Gavotta of the Italian Suite, but also the most fiercely virtuosic piece of Wieniawski's Fantasia came out of Leia Zhu's violin not as a cloying effect number, but as an effective and involving some of the most dramatic or pathetic moments in Gounod's work.' November 9, 2021, review by http://www.corrierebit.com/musica.htm