Leilani Lawton, 16, has been playing violin since age 5. She is a junior at Cypress Ranch High School and is a first violinist in their chamber orchestra. This is her second season of Virtuosi, which she absolutely loves. She has been a first violinist in the Region 27 Orchestra for the past 6 years. Her violin instructors have included Armand Der-Antonian, Gina Dyches, Geoffery Herd, and currently Matthew Madonia and Andrzej Grabiec. Last Virtuosi season she placed third in the annual concerto competition. Leilani has attended the Young Musicians Summer Festival at Brigham Young University twice and last summer traveled to Germany to be a part of the Sulzbach-Rosenburg International Music Festival, where she studied with Anca Nicolau for two weeks. Leilani enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active in her church, traveling, and the outdoors. She also enjoys history, English, psychology, and food.