Pianist Leslie Jin, age 17, is a senior at Carlmont High School. She has been studying the piano with Steinway Artist Sujeeva Hapugalle since the age of five.
Leslie has been widely recognized for her musical achievements from a young age. Her successes at competitions include first prizes at the MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California) State Piano Solo Competition, the American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition, the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, the Great Composers Competition Series (Rising Talents of the Americas), and the US Open Music Competition (Showcase), including an Outstanding Gold Medalist Award. In 2019, she was inducted as a member of the highly-distinguished Young Artist Guild of the Music Teacher’s Association of California, also receiving the AMRON Dustin Koji Jefferson Memorial Scholarship and the Natenstedt YAG Scholarship. She was a recipient of the National Chopin Foundation Scholarship, she was invited to attend the Frost Chopin Academy on a full scholarship. Also, she has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Leslie is also an avid chamber musician. She has been an auditioned young artist in the Young Performers Program of the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute and Festival in 2013, 2014, 2018, and 2019. She was an auditioned student of the Young Chamber Musicians at Kohl Mansion program from 2016 to 2017 as the pianist in the Trio Mariposa.
Leslie was the youngest and highest-ranking recipient of the MTAC San Mateo County Branch Inaugural Scholarship for her music outreach for the community and excellence in performance. She has been one of the major contributors to the Musical Bridges concert series since 2011. The program has donated a piano to a local elementary school and collaborated with the Upper Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony and Music at Kohl Mansion to raise over $25,000 to fund youth music education programs.
Leslie has performed in masterclasses for Edward Auer, Kevin Kenner, Krzysztof Jablonski, Gilbert Kalish, Meng-Chieh Liu, Chengzong Yin, Gilles Vonsattel, Margarita Shevchenko, Ewa Poblocka, John Perry, Mack McCray, Arnaud Sussmann, and many more.