Leon Blekh, violin

Leon Blekh was born in Antwerp on December 12, 1999. He currently studies at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and takes lessons from his father, a former student of David Oistrakh and Dorothy DeLay.

He has won numerous prizes in various competitions such as the Princess Christina Competition (2nd prize), the Lordens Competition (1st prize), the Brueghel Competition (1st prize), the Antwerp Soloists’ Competition (1st prize), the Belfius National Competition (1st prize)…

He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Dr. Philips Hall in The Hague, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Frits Philips Music Building in Eindhoven, the Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilisi, the Philharmonie in Cologne and the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, among others.

In addition, he has participated in various festivals such as the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Puigcerda Festival, the Antwerp Chamber Music Festival, the Arte Amanti Festival 2018, the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad Academy), the Verbier Festival…

He also attended masterclasses with world-renowned musicians such as Shlomo Mintz, Augustin Dumay, Sungsic Yang, Hagai Shaham, Felix Ayo, Barnabas, Kelemen, Pavel Vernikov, Andrey Baranov, Gidon Kremer, Mihaela Martin…

In 2020 he won the third prize at the Oskar Back Violin Competition.

Since September 2019, Leon is Artist in residence at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, where he studies with Augustin Dumay.

Leon benefits from a scholarship granted by Mr. & Mrs François t’Kint de Roodenbeke