Date: 26 September 2013 (Thursday)
Venue: Le Quadri Ballroom, North wing campus
Medtner – Fairy Tales op.26 nos 1-2
Liszt – Ballade No. 2
Strauss/Grunfeld – Soirée de Vienne Concert Paraphrase from Die Fledermaus
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Liszt – Les Jeux d’eau a la villa d’este
Saint Saens/Godowsky – The Swan
Chopin – Scherzo No. 2
Jacqueline Leung is one of the most active pianists in Hong Kong. Described as a player who possesses ‘musicality, intelligence and technical finesse’, recent engagements have taken her to festivals, concerto premieres and recitals in South and Central America, the USA and Thailand in the past year. As a seasoned performer, she has collaborated with some of the world’s distinguished musicians including Robert Aitken, Andras Adorjan and Trey Lee. Over the years, her performances and interviews have been heard in venues across the globe and broadcast on TV and Radio in Colombia, Costa Rica, Hungary and Hong Kong.
She is the second place winner of the 2010 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. In 2012, Jacqueline was invited to perform at the Bogota International Piano Festival, the ‘Oscar Buenaventura’ International Piano Festival and the Costa Rica International Piano Season as guest artist. She has also lectured and taught masterclasses at the Conservatorio del Tolima, University Juan N. Corpas and ABAC University of Thailand. Recently, she served as a jury member at the 2nd Thailand International Mozart Competition.
Jacqueline has received numerous awards, including two consecutive Vicars Close prizes from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools for Music and a “highly commended” honour in both the Helen Eames Piano Prize and Christian Carpenter Recital Prize. As prize winner of a concerto competition, she performed under the baton of Christopher Adey, one of Britain’s most renowned orchestral trainers at Wells Cathedral, UK. Along with being a solo pianist, she is an active chamber musician and has appeared at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Beethoven Fest, the MacMillan Cancer Fund Charity Concert, and a fundraising event sponsored by the Prince of Wales.
After studying with Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she won top prizes at music festivals and the Hong Kong (Asia) Open Piano Competition. She subsequently pursued specialist music studies at Wells Cathedral School in the UK and was later awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music in London. Having obtained her Bachelor of Music and LRAM Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music, she was awarded the Walsh Piano Performance full scholarship by Texas Christian University to pursue a Master of Music degree, under the tutelage of Dr. Tamas Ungar.
Other career highlights include appearance at the American Liszt Festival as guest artist, a nomination for the “Hong Kong Young Artist” award, Young Artist Series of Italy’s Amalfi Coast Music Festival and performances with the PMA Music Foundation Orchestra, the TCU Symphony Orchestra and the Poland International Music Festival Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
This season, she was invited to act as guest principal piano of the Macau Orchestra. Jacqueline recently served as faculty member for the Summer Piano Festival at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With saxophonist Timothy Sun, she performed a tango themed programme at Esplanade, Singapore and at the Evening Concert Series in Macau in September 2012. She has been engaged to serve as a guest lecturer and artist in Jakarta by Trinity College London Indonesian in July 2013.
Apart from piano engagements, Jacqueline is the chairperson of the Royal Academy of Music HK Alumni Association and is dedicated to enhance musical exchange and the cultural scene in Hong Kong. In 2013, she was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) by the Governing Body, in recognition of her contribution to the field.