Born in Bucharest, Lelia started her musical training at the age of 7 with Ana Chumachenco and Adelina Oprean. While living in Romania, she won numerous competitions including “Internazionale di Musica Isola di Capri" (Italy), “Interpretation Festival W. A. Mozart" (Romania) and “Piano and Violin Sonata W. A. Mozart" (Romania).
She received full scholarships from University of Illinois and Boston where she studied with Sherban Lupu, Peter Zazofsky, Raphael Hillyer (Juilliard Quartet member) and David Soyer (Guarneri Quartet member). She completed her Bachelors’ degree in Music Performance at Illinois and Masters’ degree in Music Performance at Boston, and graduated with the highest honors.
Lelia was awarded the Josef Gingold prize while participating at Kent Blossom festival, the summer festival of Cleveland Orchestra. She received a full scholarship sponsored by American philanthropist Alan Louis Sagner to attend Tanglewood Festival, where she had the honor to work with legendary conductors Seiji Ozawa and James Conlin. While living in the States, she participated in masterclasses and workshops with Yfrah Neaman, Pamela Frank, William Preucil and Joel Krosnick.
Lelia became a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe, South America and Asia with conductors James Levine, Christoph von Dohnányi, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and M.T. Thomas. While performing with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra, she worked with world renowned artists such as Gábor Takács-Nagy, Heinrich Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Mischa Maisky, Thomas Quasthoff and Martha Argerich. She recorded Mozart Violin Concertos for EMI with Maxim Vengerov in London as part of the Verbier project, and was chosen by Charles Dutoit to participate in the Miyazaki Festival in Japan.
Lelia lived in Vienna for one year, during which time she played with the Wiener Philharmoniker and took part in the Salzburg Festival.
She had been a founding member of the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana-Palau de les Arts de Valencia since 2006, where she worked under the baton of co-directors Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.
There are 3 CDs currently available with her as a member of the Elan Quintet recorded for Naxos.
Lelia plays a Paolo Antonio Testore violin from 1737.