Léna Cambis

Léna Cambis

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First season with the SO: 2000/2001

Hometown: Montpellier, France

Degrees / Colleges: Conservatoire National de Musique, Montpellier France; Royal College of Music, (Bachelor of Music Performance) London, United Kingdom.

Age you began playing an instrument: 4 Years old I started Solfege, and at 5 I started violin.

Award / Musical Accomplishment you are most proud of: My first International Violin Competition in Rome, Italy. I prepared intensively for four months and learned some of the hardest violin repertoire. It helped me acquire self-discipline to a level I never knew existed. I won 2nd place after three very stressful rounds. Since I was still very young, my older brother Romain "chaperoned" me, and sharing this incredible experience with him made us very close.

Style and make of your instrument: Made anonymously in Mittenwald, Germany, it has now been recognized to be from the Klotz family, and made around 1750. My dad bought it for me when I was 17 after hearing me at my graduation recital at the conservatory. After playing on it for 17 years, I am still madly in love with it!

Hobbies / interests: Teaching, playing tennis, cooking, and traveling.

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I am very passionate about teaching, and my husband, Sean O'Neil, and I founded the Sarasota Music Conservatory. It's a non-profit organization dedicated to providing local students a very high level of music education based on a conservatory format.

My dream is to: Every day I wake up feeling that I am living my dream! So I guess I could say that my dream is that it never ends.

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