Isabella performed on Show 390 from Merkin Hall on September 25, 2020.
Ana Isabella España (violin), 14, hails from New York, New York, and is in the ninth grade at the Special Music School High School at Kaufman Music Center. She began her violin studies at the age of four at Opus 118’s Harlem School of Music with Lynelle K. Smith. One of her proudest moments was winning the Special Music School Concerto Competition and performing with orchestra at the Winner’s Concert at Merkin Hall. Outside of violin, Isabella enjoys skiing and surfing, playing ukulele and piano, and keeping up with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brandon performed on Show 390 from Merkin Hall on September 25, 2020.
Brandon Leonard (cello), 15, from Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a sophomore at Chamblee Charter High School. He studies music with Karen Freer at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program and is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Brandon won second place in the junior division of the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition and is principal cellist for the 2020 Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) All State Orchestra. Outside of music, Brandon enjoys skating, playing board games, and hanging out with his friends.