The nineteen-year-old Anglo-Persian cellist Leila Shirvani, was born in
Rome into a family of cellists.
She has been studying the cello with her father Mike Shirvani, a cello
and chamber-music professor in Italy, since the age of three and when
she was just six she won 1st prize in the “St. Cecilia” national
competition in Naples.
This success was then followed by over 30 first prizes in national and
international competitions, which make her one of the most successful
cellists in Italy.
She started her professional concert activity at the age of twelve, when
she was invited to close the “Rivoli Musica” Music Festival in Turin;
since then she has given concerts as a soloist and recitals in important
venues throughout Italy and the UK.
In 2003, at the age of 11, she was the youngest musician invited to the
“London Music Competition”.
She was awarded the “Excelsius Musicae et Paces Nuntius” prize during a
concert in the “Eurofestival 2004” at the “Palazzo Venezia” in Rome. (She
was the youngest musician ever to receive this award).
She received a medal from the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio
Napolitano, in the course of the “Città di Valentino” competition, where
she was the outright winner.
Her repertoire goes from baroque to contemporary music, for which she
was a prize-winner at the prestigious Valentino Bucchi competition, “The
cello in the XX and XXI century”, at the age of 16.
Leila Shirvani six years, the prize-giving concert of her first
competition, in 1998