Artist Bio

Nicole León, violin

Nicole LeÌ_n was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1986. She began her training as a full scholarship student of Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School. She made her solo debut in 1993 with the Venezuelan Philharmonic under Maestro Pablo Castellanos.

As soloist, Miss Leon has performed the Khachaturian and Barber concerti, as well as Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen with the National Philharmonic in Venezuela. Other solo appearances include a performance of the Bach Brandenburg Concerti with the Westchester Philharmonic, and most recently, the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Ambler Symphony under Maestro Jack Moore.

As a recitalist, Miss LeÌ_n has performed at the United Nations, New York City's Neue Galerie, the Colony Club, Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota, Florida, and the Museo Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela. She was a special guest performer at the Latin American Presidential Summit in Santiago, Chile.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with renowned artists Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Don and Vivian Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Joseph Kalichstein, and Wendy Warner. She has been mentored by the Borromeo, Brentano, and Cavani String Quartets at the NYU String Quartet Seminar and the Perlman Music Program. Other chamber music appearences include the West Branch, Bridgehampton and Aspen Music Festivals. She has performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Zankel Hall, where she performed duos by Luciano Berio under Michael Tilson Thomas with members of the New World Symphony. In Spring 2011, she performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in their Annual Gala Concert in Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Miss LeÌ_n is committed to performing the music of our time. Her repertoire includes works by Karen Khachaturian, Leon Kirchner, John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, and Astor Piazzolla. She will soon premiere the violin sonata of Venezuelan composer Manena Contreras, which was written especially for her.

Miss Leon is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she is pursuing a Master's degree under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. She is an annual recipient of the Dorothy Starling Scholarship, and the Jerome L.Greene Fellowship. In 2010, she was appointed violin faculty at the Community Conservatory of Doylestown and chamber music faculty at the Dali String Quartet Festival.