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Kerson Leong

Kerson Leong


Violin

Kerson Leong first took the music world by storm in 2010 by winning the coveted Junior First Prize at the prestigious Menuhin Competition. Ever since, the young Canadian violinist has astonished and won over both fellow musicians and audiences alike the world over with his rare and innovative mastery of his instrument, his natural ability to convey the subtlest of emotions, and the colossal scope of his live performances. Having been called “Canada’s next great violinist” (Ludwig van Toronto), he has distinguished himself with his unique approach as one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.

In the 2018/2019 season, Kerson is Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Other highlights to look forward to this season include his debuts with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphonia.

Kerson has played in some of the most prestigious concert venues around the world from Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and the Auditorium du Louvre to Wigmore Hall and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He is in regular demand as a soloist, having performed with such ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Gulbenkian, the Stockton Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, as well as numerous other orchestras in his home country.

Kerson is also an avid and passionate chamber musician. Since his debut at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland in 2011, he has been featured at many renowned international festivals and concert series, including the Verbier Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Fraenkische Musiktage, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Bergen International Festival, Trasimeno Music Festival, Schiermonnikoog Chamber Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Ottawa International Chamberfest, Music and Beyond, Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Virée classique, and Domaine Forget International Music Festival among others.

Kerson released Bis, his first album for Analekta showcasing a collection of encore pieces, to critical acclaim.  He recorded John Rutter’s Visions with the composer himself and the Aurora Chamber Orchestra for Collegium Records, after giving its world premiere in London, UK.  He has also been invited by Canadian composer Francois Dompierre to record his piece, Les Diableries. Kerson can also be heard on CBC Television, CBC/Radio Canada, the BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Radio Television Suisse, American Public Media’s SymphonyCast, NRK, RAI, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and Czech Radio. He has been a recipient of many awards such as the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award (2015-2017) and the Young Soloist Prize 2015 by the Radios Francophone Publiques, as well as having received a Mentorship Award from the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China for inspiring younger generations. He was named Revelation Radio-Canada 2014-2015 for classical music.

Since 2015, Kerson has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, mentored by Augustin Dumay. Teaching is becoming a growing passion for Kerson, having given masterclasses and taught at various festivals and universities including the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the University of Ottawa, and Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has always been keen on making connections between music and other fields. Ever since his dad started introducing him to physics concepts about string resonance, they have strongly influenced his playing and philosophy on sound production. Together with his dad, he has given lectures about this subject in places such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Barratt-Due Music Institute in Oslo, and various universities in California.

Kerson performs on a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu courtesy of Canimex Inc, Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.

Kerson Leong Joins Dispeker Artists

Called “Canada’s next great violinist” by Jonathan Crow (Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony), and recognized for his, “supreme mastery of play” by Le Devoir critic Christophe Huss, Kerson Leong’s esteemed career began at the prestigious Menuhin Competition where he won Junior First Prize. Highly regarded as both a soloist and chamber musician, Leong has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.

During the 2018-19 season, Leong was artist in residence with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium performing John Rutter’s Visions, a piece for solo violin, treble voices, harp, and string orchestra composed especially for Leong.

Leong’s 2016 debut album Bis, with Philip Chiu, includes works by Brahms, Medtner, Bartok, Wagner, Gershwin, and Debussy. He has also been invited to record works by John Rutter (2016’s Visions) and Francois Dompierre (2016’s Concertango Grosso).

Leong will add an exciting voice to Dispeker’s acclaimed roster.

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Review: Playing Schumann’s violin solos as smooth as silk

“Leong plays on a gloriously warm-sounding Guaneri del Gesu violin and the influence of his mentor Augustin Dumay was clear in his rich tone, fluid bowing and natural lines. At just 22, he displays remarkable mastery of the violin.”

– Mervin Beng, The Strait TimesRelated Link

Review: Classical Music All-Stars Shine At Toronto Summer Music Opening Night

“The first half concluded with a barnburner, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, played by that wunderkind of Canadian violinist Kerson Leong. At 22, he’s no longer “promising” but has “arrived.” He also plays on a Guarneri del Gesu, not too shabby! One can’t help but be impressed by his jaw-dropping technique. That said, he’s no mere technician. Everything is executed with uncommon musicality and expressivity. I grew up on recordings of Heifetz, Perlman and all the greats, and one can get a bit jaded with this piece, but Leong was so superb that I found myself smiling the whole 9 minutes.

He then opened the second half with four pieces composed/arranged by Fritz Kreisler. The dazzling virtuosity of Leong’s playing took my breath away. Yes, I admit I’m easily impressed by prodigious technique, but in all honesty, I sense a true musical heart underneath all that razzle-dazzle.”

– Joseph So, Ludwig Van TorontoRelated Link

Review: A smiling summer night

– Michael Johnson, ConcertoNet.comRelated Link

Review: OSO, Kerson Leong offer program full of heart and virtuosity

“Leong has matured into an intelligent, inquisitive young musician with a gorgeous sound and just the right amount of dramatic fire.”

– Natasha Gauthier, ArtsfileRelated Link

 

John Rutter: Visions and Requiem – Collegium | Released 10/28/2016


 

Francois Dompierre: Concertango Grosso – ATMA Classique | Released 10/14/2016


 

Kerson Leong & Philip Chiu: Bis – Groupe Analekta | Released 03/18/2016


Orchestral Repertoire

  • Bach
    Concerto No. 1 in a minor, BWV 1041
    Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
    Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV 1043

    Barber
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    Bartok
    Concerto No. 1
    Concerto No. 2

    Beethoven
    Concerto in D Major, op. 61
    Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56

    Berg
    Concerto

    Bernstein
    Serenade for Violin, String Orchestra, Harp and Percussion (1954)

    Brahms
    Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
    Double Concerto for Violin & cello in a minor, Op. 102

    Britten
    Violin Concerto

    Bruch
    Concerto in g minor, Op. 26
    Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46

    Chen/He
    The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

    Dvorák
    Concerto in a minor, Op. 53

    Elgar
    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

    Hindemith
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1939)

    Khachaturian
    Concerto in d minor

    Korngold
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

    Lalo
    “Symphonie Espagnole” Op. 21

    Mendelssohn
    Concerto in e minor, OP. 64
    Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Strings in D minor, MWV O4

    Mozart
    Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207
    Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
    Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
    Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
    Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, viola and Orchestra, K. 364

    Piazzolla
    Four Season of Buenos Aires

    Prokofiev
    Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
    Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 16

    Rutter
    Visions and Requiem

    Saint-Saens
    Concerto No. 3 in b minor, Op. 61

    Schumann
    Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

    Shostakovich
    Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 99
    Concerto No. 2 in C-sharp minor

    Sibelius
    Concerto in d minor, Op. 47

    Stravinsky
    Concerto in D Major

    Szymanowksi, K
    Violin concerto No. 1
    Violin concerto No. 2

    Tchaikovsky
    Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

    Vivaldi
    Four Seasons

    Walton
    Violin Concerto

    Wieniawski, H
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14
    Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op. 22

Orchestral Repertoire

  • Bach
    Concerto No. 1 in a minor, BWV 1041
    Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
    Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV 1043

    Barber
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    Bartok
    Concerto No. 1
    Concerto No. 2

    Beethoven
    Concerto in D Major, op. 61
    Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56

    Berg
    Concerto

    Bernstein
    Serenade for Violin, String Orchestra, Harp and Percussion (1954)

    Brahms
    Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
    Double Concerto for Violin & cello in a minor, Op. 102

    Britten
    Violin Concerto

    Bruch
    Concerto in g minor, Op. 26
    Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46

    Chen/He
    The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

    Dvorák
    Concerto in a minor, Op. 53

    Elgar
    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

    Hindemith
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1939)

    Khachaturian
    Concerto in d minor

    Korngold
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

    Lalo
    “Symphonie Espagnole” Op. 21

    Mendelssohn
    Concerto in e minor, OP. 64
    Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Strings in D minor, MWV O4

    Mozart
    Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207
    Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
    Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
    Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
    Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, viola and Orchestra, K. 364

    Piazzolla
    Four Season of Buenos Aires

    Prokofiev
    Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
    Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 16

    Rutter
    Visions and Requiem

    Saint-Saens
    Concerto No. 3 in b minor, Op. 61

    Schumann
    Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

    Shostakovich
    Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 99
    Concerto No. 2 in C-sharp minor

    Sibelius
    Concerto in d minor, Op. 47

    Stravinsky
    Concerto in D Major

    Szymanowksi, K
    Violin concerto No. 1
    Violin concerto No. 2

    Tchaikovsky
    Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

    Vivaldi
    Four Seasons

    Walton
    Violin Concerto

    Wieniawski, H
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 14
    Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op. 22

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Kerson Leong first took the music world by storm in 2010 by winning the coveted Junior First Prize at the prestigious Menuhin Competition. Ever since, the young Canadian violinist has astonished and won over both fellow musicians and audiences alike the world over with his rare and innovative mastery of his instrument, his natural ability to convey the subtlest of emotions, and the colossal scope of his live performances. Having been called “Canada’s next great violinist” (Ludwig van Toronto), he has distinguished himself with his unique approach as one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.

In the 2018/2019 season, Kerson is Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal under Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Other highlights to look forward to this season include his debuts with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphonia.

Kerson has played in some of the most prestigious concert venues around the world from Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and the Auditorium du Louvre to Wigmore Hall and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He is in regular demand as a soloist, having performed with such ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Gulbenkian, the Stockton Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, as well as numerous other orchestras in his home country.

Kerson is also an avid and passionate chamber musician. Since his debut at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland in 2011, he has been featured at many renowned international festivals and concert series, including the Verbier Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Fraenkische Musiktage, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Bergen International Festival, Trasimeno Music Festival, Schiermonnikoog Chamber Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Ottawa International Chamberfest, Music and Beyond, Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Virée classique, and Domaine Forget International Music Festival among others.

Kerson released Bis, his first album for Analekta showcasing a collection of encore pieces, to critical acclaim.  He recorded John Rutter’s Visions with the composer himself and the Aurora Chamber Orchestra for Collegium Records, after giving its world premiere in London, UK.  He has also been invited by Canadian composer Francois Dompierre to record his piece, Les Diableries. Kerson can also be heard on CBC Television, CBC/Radio Canada, the BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Radio Television Suisse, American Public Media’s SymphonyCast, NRK, RAI, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and Czech Radio. He has been a recipient of many awards such as the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award (2015-2017) and the Young Soloist Prize 2015 by the Radios Francophone Publiques, as well as having received a Mentorship Award from the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China for inspiring younger generations. He was named Revelation Radio-Canada 2014-2015 for classical music.

Since 2015, Kerson has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, mentored by Augustin Dumay. Teaching is becoming a growing passion for Kerson, having given masterclasses and taught at various festivals and universities including the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the University of Ottawa, and Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has always been keen on making connections between music and other fields. Ever since his dad started introducing him to physics concepts about string resonance, they have strongly influenced his playing and philosophy on sound production. Together with his dad, he has given lectures about this subject in places such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Barratt-Due Music Institute in Oslo, and various universities in California.

Kerson performs on a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu courtesy of Canimex Inc, Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.