Paul de Jersey AC and Leanne Jin



Sydney pianist Leanne Jin has stunned Brisbane audiences with her performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra during the finals of the 11th Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition where she took out first prize.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland and Leanne Jin Photo by Gaye Edwards

In addition, she won Best Concerto Performance, Best Performance of the Third Round, and Best Performance of a Prelude and Fugue (Shostakovich). In total, Jin received $32,000.00 in cash at what has become Australia’s most prestigious piano competition.


Gillian Wells in Limelight Magazine wrote: “The audience warmed to her deep engagement, her flair for travelling the keys at treacherous speed, her capacity to soar as a soloist and yet blend with the audience intelligently”.


Leanne is currently studying her undergraduate at the Sydney Conservatorium under Natalia Ricci.


For Jin, 2019 has been highly successful. In addition to winning the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, she has also won first prize ($12,000 in cash and sponsorship) in the Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship sponsored by Kawai Australia and the Estate of the late John Allison as well as first prize in the Sydney Conservatorium Piano Concerto Competition.


Last year Jin won the Emerging Artists Award and the national Theme and Variations Foundation award.


Classical Film & Sound had the honour of livestreaming the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, including Jin’s performances across Australia and the world.


Classical Film and Sound hopes to work with Leanne Jin professionally in the nearest future and wishes her the very best in what will no doubt be a fabulous career.