Charissa Leung, 25 year-old violinist from San Jose, CA, is Nashville Symphony’s newest member, and will join the ensemble’s 2nd violin section in the 2022-23 season. She has most
recently performed at the Manchester Music Festival in 2021, received the String Quartet Fellowship at Madeline Island Chamber Music in the summers of 2018 and 2019, attended the Aspen Music Festival from 2013-2016, and made her solo debut with the Prometheus Symphony as the winner of the Khuner Concerto Competition in 2015. Charissa was featured at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in 2017 and 2018 and performed alongside Julie Albers, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Bella Hristova. In addition, Charissa has participated in master classes by Midori, James Ehnes, and Sylvia Rosenberg, among others.
Having been inspired by so many great teachers, she volunteered as a violin teacher at her alma mater, Williams Elementary School from 2013-2015, giving group and private lessons to
members of the school orchestra, and more recently maintained a small studio of Yale undergraduates. She currently teaches underprivileged aspiring violinists online through a non-profit organization called Through the Staff. Charissa began her violin studies at age 3 and graduated from the McDuffie Center for Strings where she double majored in Violin
Performance and French as a recipient of a four-year Presidential scholarship. She recently
obtained her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Syoko Aki and Tai Murray at Yale
University. Charissa loves hiking, baking focaccia, and admiring cats from afar.