Join us on Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 pm for a concert by artists from the Yale School of Music. Violinist Anna Leunis and pianist Janice Lu will perform works by Beethoven, Wieniawski, and Prokofiev.
About the Artists
Violinist Anna Leunis made her debut in 2014 with the Stamford Youth Symphony. Currently a section violinist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera, Anna has also served in principal positions with the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Opera Theatre and the Norwalk Youth Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Anna was part of the Intensive and Honors Chamber Music Programs at the Eastman School of Music. In 2018, Anna was selected as the recipient of the Celentano Award in Chamber Music, awarded to honors students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the study and performance of chamber music.
Anna has spent her summers performing at the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, Manchester Music Festival, String Festival at Skidmore College, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Colorado College Summer Music Festival and Accademia Isola Classica in Italy. Anna has participated in masterclasses with Peter Oundjian, Midori, Rachel Barton Pine, Kim Kashkashian, The Brentano Quartet, The Jerusalem Quartet, The Ying Quartet, The American Quartet, and the Lumina Quartet.
Anna was selected to receive the first Emerging Young Artist Scholarship by the Stamford Center for the Arts in 2010 to support future endeavors and further her artistic career. Anna currently studies at the Yale School of Music in pursuit of her Masters under the tutelage of Syoko Aki. Anna graduated in 2018 from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelors of Music studying with Oleh Krysa and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the University of Rochester. Originally from Connecticut, Anna grew up studying with her mentor, Asya Meshberg-long time member of the New York Philharmonic, Lumina String Quartet and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians.
Beyond her musical studies, Anna has a passion for teaching and mentoring. In the summer of 2015, Anna was hired as a chamber coach at the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians. Recently appointed Assistant Director of the festival, Anna strives to bring classical music to young musicians and her community.
Born in 1996, pianist Yun Janice Lu began private lessons at the age of five and gave her first formal concert at 10. Four years later, she made her orchestral debut with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra. She has appeared in recitals as soloist in Kaohsiung City Music Hall and Jhih-De Hall in Taiwan, Europe, and North America.
An avid chamber musician, Janice has appeared at numerous music festivals, including Walnut Hill Music Festival, Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice, PianoTexas Festival, PianoFest in the Hamptons, Music Academy of the West, Taos Chamber Music Festival, and Four Season Chamber Music Festival. At the renowned Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival in California, she studied with Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet and with Gilbert Kalish, Glenn Dicterow, Erin Keefe, Paul Neubauer, and Wu Han.
Janice was the semi-finalist at prestigious Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland, the winner of the top prize in the senior division at the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Competition, and the 2013 YAMAHA International Piano Competition in Taiwan. Her victory at the PianoTexas Young Artists Concerto Competition resulted in a performance with Fort Worth Symphony under the baton of Lio Kuokman that received rave reviews. In 2019, Janice was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists by the Yale School of Music.
Janice obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at California State University Fullerton School of Music under the tutelage of Ning An (third prize winner of the 1999 Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition). Janice is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, where she studies with Wei-Yi Yang.