Artist of the Month

Leticia Moreno

We are very excited to introduce Violin Magazine's Featured Artist for September: Leticia Moreno, an outstanding European violinist touring with some of the world's leading orchestras.
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Leticia Moreno’s Highlights

  • 1985: Born in Madrid, Spain.
  • 1988: Began her musical education in Boston, Massachusetts (USA), in violin and piano with the Suzuki Method.
  • 1996: Started studying under Zakhar Bron for six years, first at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, and from 1997 onwards, at the Cologne University of Music in Germany. Besides that, she received advice from Maxim Vengerov, whom she visited in Saarbrücken.
  • 1997: First recitals across Europe.
  • 2000: 1st prize at two international violin competitions: Concertino Prague in the Czech Republic and Henry Szeryng in Mexico.
  • 2001: 2nd prize at the Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition in Madrid, whose jury she would be part of years later, in 2007.
  • 2003: Enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with David Takeno. She also started receiving lessons from her last teacher: Mstislav Rostropovich, until his death.
  • 2005: 2nd prize at the International Fritz Kreisler Competition, performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto, Op. 99 with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Prize. The Spanish composer and conductor Francisco Lara dedicated to her the piece Capriccio for violin and piano. Until this year, she had been playing a 1679 Pietro Guarneri, owned by the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Thereafter, she began playing a 1762 Gagliano.
  • 2008: Won the Bach Award and the Pablo de Sarasate Award for Carmen at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy, thus being invited to perform her New York Carnegie Hall debut and a world concert tour.
  • 2010: Lotto Award at the Rheingau Music Festival in Germany.
  • 2012: Debut with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Zubin Mehta. Princess of Girona Foundation Award in the category of Arts and Literature. Participated as a soloist in the National Youth Orchestra of Spain’s album España, de dentro a fuera (Verso), in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole.
  • 2013: Released her solo debut album, Spanish Landscapes (Deutsche Grammophon), with pianist Ana María Vera. Also, she participated as a soloist in the Basque National Orchestra’s album Basque Music Collection, Vol. XV (Claves), in Carmelo Bernaola’s Piezas caprichosas for violin and orchestra. In addition to the above, she was selected to participate in the Rising Stars programme by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), which allowed her to perform at the most important concert halls in Europe: Barbican Center in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Viena or Cité de la Musique in Paris, among others.
  • 2014: Released her second solo album, Shostakovich (Deutsche Grammophon), with pianist Lauma Skride and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Temirkanov. Debuts with the Mariinsky Orchestra / Alexis Soriano and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony / Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
  • 2015: Debut with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra / Christoph Eschenbach in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Asia tour with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
  • 2016: Debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Eduardo Portal.
  • 2017: Third solo album, Piazzolla (Deutsche Grammophon), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Debuts with the Staatskapelle Weimar in Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2 “Metamorphosen” — under the baton of the composer himself, and the Hallé / Pablo González.
  • 2018: Debut with the NCPA Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy in Beijing, China.
  • 2019: Debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra / Paavo Järvi, the Helsinki Philharmonic / Peter Eötvös in Finland, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Premiered Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López’s “Aurora” Concerto for violin and orchestra, dedicated to her.
  • 2021: Appointed Valencia Orchestra’s Artist-In-Residence. Debuts with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and the Janáček Philharmonic and the Prague Radio Symphony in the Czech Republic.

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