Leila Warren is an 11 year old violinist from Ponte Vedra Beach FL. A student of Sonja Foster of Amelia Island, FL, Leila was recently named First Place winner of Florida’s MTNA State Junior Strings Competition. She made her debut soloing with the University of North Florida Orchestra on the Mozart Concerto no.3 in October 2019.
Leila was chosen as the youngest ever finalist of the Hilton Head Youth Concerto Competition, in February 2020. Also in 2020 she performed solo for the Sposi Cantanti Concert (livestreamed); did four online collaborations with the Brio Trio; was selected as a finalist for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Young Artist Competition; and performed at the Patron Appreciation Party for the Beaches Fine Arts Series in St. Augustine, FL. She has performed many solo and chamber concerts for functions all over north Florida for several years.
In December 2019, Leila had the honor of being chosen for the third consecutive year as one of fifty Florida string students to perform alongside international students from the Perlman Music Program under Itzhak Perlman’s baton in Sarasota, FL.
She has performed in Master Classes with Stefan Jackiw, at the University of Florida’s Recital Hall; Kurt Sassmannshaus during the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival; the Dover Quartet, during the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; the Vega Quartet, during the Prelude Chamber Music Camp and Festival–where she was awarded an Exceptional Student Scholarship; and with Joe Deninzon, for the 2020 ASTA National Conference.
Leila started violin at age three. Her former teachers include Lisa Ponton and Dr. Simon Shiao. She is straight-A student in the 6th grade at Alice B. Landrum Middle School, taking high school algebra. She loves to dance ballet and Flamenco, and also enjoys acting and reading.
You can find Leila’s performance here.