Dr Peter Leung, saxophones
Who we are...
The spirited and eclectic brother-sister ensemble, Duo Leung, is passionate about making music and exploring the idiosyncrasies of the piano-saxophone combination. Believing that music is not just for the concert hall, and that music is for all, they seek to provide performances that are approachable, accessible and exciting, while maintaining a high, professional level of musical interpretation. Lovers of a diverse range of music, their repertoire includes contemporary music as well as transcriptions of works from the 18th-19th Centuries. From humble beginnings playing Christmas Carols together as children, Duo Leung has seen its career take off since its official formation in 2016. In 2017 they undertook a tour of the USA, including performance and teaching residencies at Indiana University, Bloomington (which involved a performance collaboration with the esteemed saxophonist, Prof. Otis Murphy) and the New England Conservatory, Boston. Duo Leung is currently ‘Artist-in-Residence’ at International Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.
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Dr Peter Leung,
Classical Saxophonist and Yamaha Endorsed Artist, Dr Peter Leung, performs regularly as both soloist and chamber musician. He made his North American debut in 2017 as Visiting Guest Artist at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and the New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), and his Asian debut in 2018 at the Sax Radio Music Festival in Taiwan, where he appeared as artist-faculty. He is a founding member of the European-based International Tenor Saxophone Collective , along with notable saxophonists, including Arno Bornkamp and Niels Bijl, which gave its premiere concert at 'Saxopen 2015' in Strassbourg, France. Dr Leung has also collaborated with international artists including Claude Delangle, Nobuya Sugawa, Otis Murphy, Fernando Ramos, Mario Marzi and Andy Scott.
Dr Leung is an enthusiastic performer and promoter of new Australian works, particularly those by the younger generations. He has developed a composer/performer partnership with Australian composer, Adrian P. Kingwell, whose work, 'Rockwall' was written for and premiered by him. The work combines Kingwell's compositional style fused with Dr Leung's love of both the music of Frank Zappa and rock climbing! Dr Leung also performs regularly with the Sydney based 'new music' ensemble, The Music Box Project, who will be performing at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) in September 2019. Other festival appearances include: Extended Play 2018, Amsterdam Saxophone Week, Estivo Summer Music Festival 2013 (Verona, Italy), Musicfest 2005 (Aberystwyth, Wales).
Embracing the diverse capabilities of each of the different saxophones, Dr Leung is at home performing different genres and styles, ranging from chamber groups, wind orchestras, symphony orchestras and contemporary music groups. During a two-year residence in The Netherlands, Leung performed with F.C. Jongebloed in the concert series 'ster. zwart gat. rood hondje,' premiering new works for the ensemble. He also performed several solo recitals and radio broadcasts with the Fonty's Conservatorium Saxophone Ensemble. Other experiences of note include performances of Berstein's Mass at the Sydney Opera House, and Kurt Weill's A Little Threepenny Music as part of the Musica Viva Festival 2013 in Australia.
A passionate educator, Dr Leung is in demand as a teacher and coach at the University level and in private and public schools throughout Australia. Currently an 'Artist-in-Residence' at International Grammar School, Sydney, he works extensively with HSC students (coaching and performing) as well as maintaining a large woodwind studio and working within the band and orchestra program.
Dr Leung holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Master of Music degree from the Fontys Hogeschule voor de Kunsten (Fontys Conservatorium of Arts) in The Netherlands, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium. He completed high school at St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney. His primary mentors include Ties Mellema and Niels Bijl (The Netherlands), and Dr Michael Duke and Dr James Nightingale in Sydney, Australia.
Dr Theresa Leung,
Hailed as a musician of “sophistication and elegance,” Australian/Chinese pianist, Dr Theresa Leung has distinguished herself as soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician and pedagogue, throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Formerly, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Scholar in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, USA, she is frequently invited to collaborate with instrumentalists, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among others. In recent times, these include collaborations with Richard Svoboda and Robert Sheena of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and trio performances for the Boston Wind Society’s Double Reed Day with Sheena and Richard Ranti. Other recent collaborations include performances with Amelia Farrugia (opera singer), Sergiu Schwartz , Charles Castleman, Cyrus Forough (violins), Otis Murphy (saxophone), William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean and Christopher Millard (bassoons), James Campbell, Eli Eban and Howard Klug (clarinets), Kathryn Lukas (flute), Linda Strommen (oboe) and Jeff Nelson (horn).
Festival appearances include the Kniesel Hall Chamber Music festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre, Orford Arts Centre, the Bad Bertrich and Murrhardt piano festivals, among others. She has also worked at the Killington Summer Music Festival, as chamber music faculty and staff pianist. As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of the prize-winning Trio Auloi, together with Paul Lueders, oboe, and Michelle Keem, bassoon. Formed at New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), and winners of the NEC Chamber Music Honors Competition, Trio Auloi performed across the United States, including premiers of new music works and recitals in Jordan Hall, Boston. Dr Leung maintains a working-partnership with Canadian violinist, Jae-won Bang, of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and also performs in 'Duo Leung', the "Artists-in-Residence Ensemble 2019" at International Grammar School, (Sydney, Australia) with her brother, Dutch/Australian-trained classical saxophonist and Yamaha Artist, Dr Peter Leung. Additionally, she has played regularly for choirs, including the Kooskõlas Choir (Sydney Estonian Choir) and the Sydney Jewish Choral Society.
A passionate advocate for music education, Dr Leung has taught at both the tertiary level and pre-school, primary and secondary levels. In addition to her recent faculty position at Indiana University, she has held tertiary-level positions at the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA; the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA; and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada; including Director of the Piano for Non-Majors Program and Collaborative Piano Coach at New England Conservatory. Equally at home teaching children and young adults, she is currently a Visiting Music Teacher of Piano at The Kings' School, Parramatta (Sydney), and an HSC Performance Coach and Collaborative Pianist at International Grammar School, Sydney. In the past, she held positions at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Boston, USA; numerous private and public schools in Sydney, Australia; the Cogitania Gifted Children’s Center, Boston, USA; and at the Cleveland Music Settlement, USA, where she was on the piano faculty and Director of the Early Childhood Piano Program for children aged 3-7.
Dr Leung completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada), Bachelor of Music from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Licentiate of Music diploma (L.Mus.A) and Associate of Music diploma (A.Mus.A). She was placed First in the State in HSC 2 Unit Music and Extension Music, and attended St. Andrew's Cathedral School (Sydney), MLC School (Burwood) and Tara Junior School (North Parramatta). Important mentors include Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Jonathan Feldman, Dr Cameron Stowe, Virginia Weckstrom, John Perry, Jennifer King, Daniel Shapiro, Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Richard Svoboda, Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping and the Cavani Quartet.