British child violinist wins Moscow competitionmain
Leia Zhu, eight years old from Gateshead, came first in the Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition, performing excerpts from the Mendelssohn concerto.
It’s her second competition win this year, after a Bulgarian contest in March. She gets time off school and commutes once a week to London to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the RCM.
Leia plays a half-sized violin by Carlo Giuseppe Testore loaned to her by Florian Leonhard.