Alumnus celebrates academic success after fellowship offer from top US University

Mili Leitner

Recent Trinity Laban graduate Mili Leitner, who obtained a BMus(hons) in Violin Performance earlier this year, has been awarded a five year fellowship to study a PhD in Ethnomusicology at The University of Chicago.

Mili’s main research interests include conflict, race, politics and identity. She specialises in contemporary Israeli, Palestinian and diasporic music and has given conference presentations in Berlin, Dublin, London and South Africa.

Mili said: “I’m delighted to be able to continue my musical education at the University of Chicago. I applied on the advice of my violin teacher, Pieter Schoeman, and had fantastic support from the academic staff at Trinity Laban during the application process. Although it is a significant departure from my previous life as a violinist, I felt that Trinity Laban gave me the space to explore this path alongside my BMus studies. I enjoyed being able to tailor my Trinity Laban experience to my future career."

Dr Aleks Szram, Mili’s thesis supervisor said: "Mili is one of the most talented and perceptive students that I have supervised in my time at Trinity Laban. It was quite humbling to witness a fourth year undergraduate construct prose that would be worthy of a doctoral submission. More importantly, she has identified a possible new field of musical studies which she can make her own in the coming years. I look forward to reading her first book."

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