Leila Warren of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida, student of Sonja Foster, began her violin studies at age 3. Over the last year, Leila was named National Finalist of the 2021-2022 MTNA Junior String Competition and Grand Prize Winner of the Junior Strings 2021 FMTA Concerto Competition, the 2021 Young Artist Competition for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the 2021 Gulf Coast Steinway Society Music Competition. In 2020 she was the youngest ever finalist to perform in the final round of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition and in 2022, won Second Prize in their live broadcast finals. Leila made her debut at 10, soloing with the University of North Florida Orchestra at Lazzara Hall for two concerts sponsored by Beaches Fine Arts.
Leila has participated in Master Classes with Stefan Jackiw, Kurt Sassmannshaus, the Dover Quartet, the Vega Quartet and with Joe Deninzon, for the 2020 ASTA National Conference. Leila plays music through the Chamber Artist Program (CAP) in Jacksonville, is an on-call instrument collaborator with the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and also enjoys plugging in her violin and playing for private events including the Beachwalk Club and local cover band To The Bird--most recently for the JaxThrive annual Charity Gala. This summer she will attend Rushmore Music Festival in Rapid City, SD on a full scholarship.
Outside of music, Leila is a 7th grade student at Alice B. Landrum Middle School taking high school classes in Geometry and American Sign Language. She is a member of their Book Club, Junior Thespian Troupe and Math Team—being one of three students to qualify for the 2022 State MathCounts Competition. Leila also runs Cross Country and studies Ballet and Flamenco with Ponte Vedra Ballet and Dance Company.
Leila is honored to play on a 2022 Douglas Cox violin generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.