Leanne McGowan is 18 years old and grew up in Brisbane studying violin with Spiros Rantos and Yuri Djachenko. She is currently in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), learning from Dr Robin Wilson.
Leanne aspires to become an all-round musician and to devote her time playing as much chamber, solo and orchestral music as she can. One of her most memorable solo performances was in late 2018, when she performed the Paganini Violin Concerto with the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as concerto soloist with the Queensland Youth Symphony including for their international tour to Germany and China. Leanne has also performed as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as winner of the QSO Young Instrumentalist Prize. In 2019 she was as a soloist with the Preston Symphony as a finalist in their Youth Concerto Competition, and with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in their September season concert. At ANAM, Leanne has performed in a masterclass with Vadim Gluzman.
In 2019 Leanne was the finalist in several competitions: she was a semi-finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition and received the Most Promising Player Award, semi-finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition, a prize winner in the Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition, and a finalist in the 3MBS 'The Talent'. She has been awarded many other prizes over the years, including Second Prize at the Animato International Violin Competition, recitalist for the National Youth Concerto Competition and semi-finalist at the Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition in Budapest.
However, some of Leanne’s most thrilling experiences have been whilst playing with orchestras, which has been an integral part of her musical life from a very young age. In 2018 she was appointed Concertmaster of the Queensland Youth Symphony, and also led the Bishop Orchestra at the 2019 Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) National Music Camp. She also participated in AYO’s International Tour to China and Europe last year.
Leanne is an avid chamber musician, and is excited to be one of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artists in 2020. She has thoroughly enjoyed performing chamber music at ANAM so far, and her ensemble Quartet Estelle progressed to the semi-finals of the 2019 ANAM Chamber Competition and participated in a chamber music masterclass with Gábor Takács-Nagy.
In the future, Leanne hopes to further her music education overseas. When she is not playing the violin she loves to exercise, sing and dance.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Simone & Richard Graham, Igor & Jenny Zambelli, Michael Egan, Gillian McIntosh
Photo by Pia Johnson