Nicole Leon is a young violinist with vast performing experience, having studied under Itzhak Perlman, Christophe Poiget, Virginie Robilliard and Gerard Poulet, among others.
Master of Music at the Julliard School
She began her studies at The Julliard School, where she received her Pre-College Division Diploma in 2004. In 2010, Nicole earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Julliard. She continued her studies at the same school, where she received her Master of Music in Violin Performance in 2013.
Nicole’s Solo Debut
Nicole’s solo debut was in 1993 with the Venezuelan Philharmonic Orchestra at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Venezuela. She continued performing as a soloist in the 1990s in Venezuela and Chile.
Between 1995 and 2000, Nicole played at the Starling Recital Series of the Aspen Music Festival. In 2003, she played at Carnegie, Zankel Hall, an inauguration concert with the New World Symphony under Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas.
A Performance with Yitzhak Perlman
In 2007, Nicole played the Mendelssohn Octet with Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 2009, she performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York City.
In 2010, Nicole played a solo recital at the United Nations in New York City. She has continued to perform throughout the work - in California, Philadelphia and much more.
In 2011, Nicole recorded with Itzhak Perlman for the Sony Masterworks label, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul”. During that same year, she was assistant concertmaster for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Nicole performed with the Julliard Orchestra at the noted 2012 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2014, she recorded the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra under Maestro Philippe Aiche.
Dozens of Prize Wins
Nicole has won dozens of first and second prizes at international competitions, including a full scholarship at the Julliard Pre-College Division. She won first prize at the 1999 Juilliard Concerto Competition, winning second prize in 2002 and 2003.
Nicole Has Studied with the Greatest Maestros
Nicole’s teachers include some of the greatest classical music maestros - Itzhak Perlman, Roland Daugareil, Catherine Cho, Dorothy Delay, Christophe Poiget, Virginie Robilliard and Gerard Poulet.
She has studied in master classes with the Emerson Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian, Gilbert Kalish, Daniel Hope, Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Pamela Frank and Donald Weilerstein.