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11 July 2017, 12:51
Leia Zhu - Dance of the Goblins (Bazzini)
10-year-old Leia Zhu plays a spectacular encore for the audience of Würzburg Mozartfest 2017.
Double stopping, harmonic double stops and left-hand pizzicati? No big deal for The Violin Girl.
Leia Zhu, AKA 'The Violin Girl', was already making her violin solo debut at four, and at six, she did a three-week tour of nine cities in Spain with the LA Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra. So it's no surprise that at ten, she's totally nailing an encore of Dance of the Goblins.
Bazzini's showstopping dance has long been used by virtuosic violinists to distinguish themselves as the string equivalent of la crème de la crème. With its fiendishly long passages of double stopping (as well as harmonics in double stops) and left-hand pizzicati (see 00:25 of the video above for crazy fingering), La Ronde des lutins is a mission of destruction for a violinist's fingers.
But because Leia is the musical equivalent of Supergirl, she also played Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher (Opus 42) as a soloist with Festival Strings Lucerne, as well as a selection of Bartók's 44 Duos for two violins, together with Daniel Dodds.
Watch her performance here at the Würzburg Mozartfest 2017, which was held in the UNESCO world heritage site, Würzburg Residence.