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Kevin Leung

Instructor

  • Instrument

    Violin

  • Education

    Hong Kong, Royal Academy of London (England)

Biography Kevin Leung

Arcadia Academy of Music is proud to present our instructor spotlight on violinist, Kevin Leung.

Kevin started learning the violin at the age of 10 and progressed quickly due to strong interest and affinity. He received his musical education in Hong Kong and England, under principal teachers Mr. T. Wang, and Dr. C. Robertson of the Royal Academy of London. In his youth, Kevin was appointed Principal of the second violin at the Hong Kong Youth Symphony orchestra where he frequently performed in the Hong Kong Arts Festivals and Asian Arts Festivals. Later in the U.K., Kevin continued his musical endeavour by becoming Co-leader of the Chamber Orchestra of the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Leader of the Newcastle University String Ensemble. Kevin also gave recitals in Newcastle and in Dundee, Scotland.

Kevin continues his musical journey by teaching and developing the next generation instrumentalists. In his 20 years of teaching, Kevin has produced winners and finalists in both national (Canadian Music Competition) and various provincial and regional competitions. As an active musician in regular concerts and performances, Kevin is the first violin of the Paskke String Quartet, and is also the Principal second violin of the York Symphony Orchestra.

How did you first hear about Arcadia?

Through one of my colleagues. They spoke very highly of Arcadia.

What can you tell us about your current projects, and are there any upcoming events?

Paskke Quartet concert with Coro San Marco at Mary Lake Shrine, Sunday Oct 4, 2015 at 2pm.

Paskke Quartet recital at Aurora Cultural centre Saturday Oct 17, 2015 at 2pm

What advice would you give to young musicians who want to attend/audition at a college/university music program?

Focus on your study and practice. Work in small chunks and start very slowly, and repetitively, pick up the tempo as you get better. Always try to think of the music – technical elements are primarily there to enable you to express the music well. Remember, it is critical to be well prepared as your performance will not as good as you can do in the practice room.

Tell us about the Paskke String Quartet.

Paskke Quartet has 4 to 5 concerts every season, plus other ones in collaboration with other artists. Look up Paskke String Quartet on Facebook.

You split your musical training between Hong Kong and London, England. Was there a great difference between the two cultures and how you trained musically?

Hong Kong was under British rule so some similarity there, although it is more strict and a bit more depth in the UK. Hong Kong has additional elements of traditional Chinese music, so that provides some musical and cultural diversity.

What’s it like working as an orchestral musician and what are some of the required skills needed to be a good one?

It is very interesting to be an orchestral musician as orchestral music offers a large variety of colours and complexities. Just like playing in a band or chamber ensemble, one needs to be technically sound, open your eyes (watch the conductor and don’t burry your head in the music) and ears and be sensitive to other player’s parts around you to fit in. Last and not least – lots of enthusiasm.

Are you working on anything new? Any plans for travelling, education, album recordings?

Planning on chamber music recording for String Quartet and piano trios later in the season.

Thank you, Kevin!

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