Leila grew up in Edinburgh and began learning the flute at the age of ten, and soon began attending the Junior Conservatoire in Glasgow where she learnt with Sheena Gordon. Continuing her studies with Sheena, she spent her final year of school at The Music School of Douglas Academy and was a prizewinner at the Glasgow Music Festival and the Gilbert Innes Prize for Woodwind. Leila completed her Bachelor of Music degree at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Katherine Bryan (Principal flute, RSNO) and Janet Richardson (Principal piccolo, RSNO). During her undergraduate studies, Leila was a member of The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, enjoying highlights such as touring to China, playing principal flute for a BBC Radio Scotland broadcast, and performing as principal piccolo at The BBC Proms.
Leila won the Audrey Innes Concerto Competition Trophy on the final night of The Edinburgh Competition Festival performing Mozart's concerto in G-major under the baton of David Watkin in 2017. With her flute and guitar chamber ensemble, The Rosewood Duo, she is a Live Music Now Scotland ambassador. The Rosewood Duo have toured Scotland extensively and had the privilege of giving a solo recital in The Usher Hall and appearing at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. In 2017, Leila moved to Manchester to study at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Kevin Gowland, Laura Jellicoe and Jennifer Hutchinson. She was admitted on an entrance scholarship, supported by the South Square Trust. Her studies were supported by numerous awards, including the Colin MacLean Bursary, the Caird Trust, the McGlashan Trust and Help Musicians UK. In 2019 she graduated from the Master of Music program with Distinction.
While at the RNCM, Leila won a place on the Hallé/RNCM Professional Experience Scheme, and performed with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra as principal flute/piccolo at The Bridgewater Hall and principal flute for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Mahler's Fifth Symphony under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky. With the RNCM New Ensemble she appeared as a soloist performing 'Terrestre' during the RNCM's 'In Focus: Kaija Saariaho' festival, and separately performed the music of George Benjamin at the Wigmore Hall. Other highlights have included being invited to perform at the Cantiere Festival in Tuscany and performing with the Hallé Orchestra. Since graduating Leila has been appointed as a Teaching Artist with In Harmony Opera North.
In her spare time, Leila enjoys seeking out exciting museum exhibitions, consuming hummus and visiting her niece.