Leila  Shirvani



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



Some musical phrases demonstration performed by Leila Shirvani


Luigi Boccherini. Sonata DO Magg - Allegro


 Luigi Boccherini. Sonata DO Magg - Largo

W. A Mozart. Sonata Mi min K 304 - Allegro  
  Ciprian Porumbescu - Balata
Niccolò Paganini - Variazioni su una corda su un tema di G. Rossini