BSO Competition Winner Leah Deobald in Classical KING FM contest – now open to public vote!
Shoreline native, Leah Deobald, 16, was selected as one of the top six finalists for the 2016 Classical King FM 98.1 Young Artist Awards in the 16-20-year-old age group. The public is invited to vote at www.king.org/vote, where listeners can hear the finalists and rate their performance from “good” to “excellent.” Leah Deobald, who will appear with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra on June 3 & 5 at Bainbridge Performing Arts is Entrant #8. As a finalist, Leah will appear on King FM’s NW Focus Live on Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. to perform Chopin and Debussy.
Leah Deobald – 16 years old young talent – is a student of Professor Duane Hulbert who is known for his Grammy Nomination for recordings of Glazunov piano works.
Most recently, Leah won 2015 WA-Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in Senior Piano Performance as the youngest competitor. In 2014 Washington-MTNA, she was a second place winner in Junior Category. She was first prize winner of 2014 Crescendo International Piano competition in New York City and 2013 Tzar’s Village Divertimento International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Leah has received several first prizes during 2014 and 2015 Spokane Piano Competition, a Gold Medal from 2014 Cascade Classical Music Festival in Oregon, second place in 2014 Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Recital Competition in Tacoma and was two time finalist in Classical King FM Young Artist Awards in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, as a 9th grader in Shorewood High School, her Mendelssohn Piano Trio took 2nd place in Washington State Ensemble.
As a top prize winner, Leah has appeared in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Weil Recital Hall in NYC, Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, Pavlovsk Palace near St. Petersburg in Russia, Thayer Hall in Colburn Conservatory and John Perry Music Academy Concert in Southern California. She has frequently performed in Classical King FM radio, NW Focus Live hosted by Sean MacLean. Last year, she enjoyed performing Liszt Totentanz with Conductor Evin Lambert during the 23rd Orchestral Recital Series in Tacoma, WA.
She has been mentored by international concert pianists and renowned pedagogue including Julian Martin from Juilliard School, John Perry, Francesco Nicolosi from Italy, Alexander Sandler from Russia, Angela Cheng from Oberlin Conservatory, Yoshikazu Nagai from San Francisco Conservatory, American-Taiwanese pianist Gwyneth Chen, 2013 Van Cliburn Crystal Winner Sean Chen and Daniel Pollack from USC Thornton School of Music who performed Prokofiev Concerto in 1981 movie “The competition.”
Some of the comments she received include, “extremely musical & soulful” “She brings a hauntingly beautiful sound” “prodigious fingers and sensitive and intelligent approach to playing” “extreme virtuosity with powerful and compelling performance”
Leah engages in numerous charitable events and inspire others to appreciate classical music. Leah performed with Lakeside Chamber Orchestra as a cellist for 4 years and with Shorewood High School Chamber Ensemble as a pianist and cellist last year.
Among many future performance engagements, Leah is looking forward to collaborating with Maestro Wesley Schulz and Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. This summer, she will join Music Fest Perugia in Italy and perform with Romanian conductor Mihnea Ignat of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Spain.
She is a competitive sprinter for National Jr. Olympic Track & Field and holds Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In her spare time, she enjoys composing and watching K-Drama.