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Today: Jun 13, 2024

17-year-old violin prodigy chooses finance over music for her future.

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UK-Chinese violinist Leia Zhu, 17, has announced that she is switching her career from music to finance. Zhu has been a rising star in the classical music world, playing in 17 countries and writing an autobiography. However, the pandemic led her to reflect on the financial uncertainties of a career in music, which ultimately led her to pursue a qualification as a financial adviser. Zhu plans to use her knowledge to help educate and guide musicians and the general public on personal finance. She aims to make financial literacy accessible and engaging to those who may not initially be interested in the subject.

The ambitious young violinist Leia Zhu, who has made waves in the classical music world with her talent, has made a surprising announcement. Zhu has decided to pursue a career in finance, having recently become a qualified Financial Adviser. This unexpected transition, which she describes as a “harmonious blend” of her passion for finance and music, was prompted by the introspection brought on by the pandemic and its impact on the performing arts industry.

At just 16 years old, Zhu embarked on a course at the London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) to study financial advising. She completed the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers alongside her GCSEs, juggling her musical commitments with finance studies. Although she will not immediately be eligible for direct client advisory roles, Zhu plans to use her growing understanding of finance to engage and educate the general public, especially musicians, on important financial topics.

Zhu highlights topics such as budgeting, saving money, distinguishing between good and bad debts, investing wisely, and protecting oneself during economic downturns as crucial areas of education. She hopes to offer presentations and make financial literacy accessible and engaging, helping to demystify financial concepts for those who may otherwise overlook them.

Despite her career change, Zhu’s passion for music remains. She reflects on her achievements in the past year, including all A* grades in her GCSEs, the publication of her autobiography, and successful performances and tours around the world. Zhu plans to continue her musical ventures alongside her financial pursuits, with exciting performances lined up in Armenia, Poland, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy.

With her unique blend of expertise in both music and finance, Zhu hopes to make a meaningful contribution to society. She aims to promote financial sustainability and empowerment through music, inspiring and assisting fellow musicians and others in achieving their financial goals.