Francis Poulenc's Violin Sonata

Leia Zhu, Violin

Benjamin Engeli, Piano


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Adagio from the Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat Major, K. 287

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
“Suite italienne” from the ballet “Pulcinella”

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Violin Sonata

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
“Playera”, Spanish Dance No. 5, Op. 23 No. 1
“Zapateado”, Spanish Dance No. 6, Op. 23 No. 2


The concert got recorded live on 23 July 2022 at Gstaad.

Leia Zhu, an Anglo-Chinese violinist with a formidable résumé at just 15 years of age, is travelling to Gstaad with German pianist Benjamin Engeli and a multicoloured programme that is a true invitation to travel. From Stravinsky’s revisited Italian Pulcinella to Pablo de Sarasate’s wild Spanish Dances, via Francis Poulenc’s playful and sometimes delightfully roguish France: this recital by Itzhak Rashkovsky’s young pupil reveals exceptional variety.

23 comments on “Leia Zhu

It’s has Been AWESOME! So wonderful, she is really special
Thank you so much to give us the opportunity to listen this marvellous concert from Spain in stream. Thank yo so much 🙏

OMGGG!!! I never imagined getting an entire free concert of Leia! Hope to see more in the future 😊

Fantastic playing but what a fantastic programme too! Never heard of some of the pieces but Leia Zhu’s interpretation is extremely convincing!

Ahhhhhhh I can’t believe this concert was free!!! It is my dream to meet Leia one day in person now 🙂

Every single second of this recital was mesmerising! Thank you Leia for your phenomenal performance and Gstaad Menuhin Festival for hosting such a talent!!

This performance is a proof why Leia is the best violinist in the modern days! Very beautiful sound, great facial expressions and body movement! Sorry for my broken English haha greetings from China

If she can achieve this at 15 goodness knows what she’ll be able to achieve by the time she is 30!

This young lady has an exceptional talent – wishing her great success every step of her way!

The most incredible performance by the great Leia Zhu – such power, passion and virtuosity displayed which showcases each piece beautifully. Bravo! 👏

Leia is AMAZING!!! Everything in her performance was SO captivating and my eyes were glued to the screen throughout the entire recital! Bravissimo!!! 👏

The best. Performance. Ever. I was blown away by the sheer maturity and musicality of Leia! You are my favourite violinist!

me siento muy fascinado por el prodigioso talento de Leia, Zhu, gracias por compartir tan extraordinaria vivencia Musical.

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