Julia Lezhneva

Julia Lezhneva biography

Julia Lezhneva

The talented Russian soprano made waves in the vocal world after being invited to perform at the Classical BRITs in 2010 by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

  • Born in 1989, Julia Lezhneva comes from a family of geophysicists, but decided to follow a slightly more musical path after taking up the piano at the age of five.
  • After graduating from the Gretchaninov Music School, she continued her vocal and piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory Academic Music College before spending two years in Cardiff at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice under Dennis O'Neil.
  • In August 2009 she became the youngest ever winner of the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition.
  • In 2010, the young star created a sensation at the Classical BRIT Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, singing Rossini's Fra il padre upon the invitation of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
  • After posting videos of her competition performances on YouTube, renowned French conductor Marc Minkowski picked up on her talents.

Did you know?

On her album Alleluia, Julia has recorded the world premiere recording of an unknown motet by Baroque composer Nicola Porpora.

Julia Lezhneva, Alleluia - Video

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