Jackson Leung, D.M.A.
M348 Creative Arts Center
Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Dr, Jackson Leung, Professor of Music, is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Director of the Chamber Orchestra at Wright State University. He is the recipient of the 2010 Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award at WSU and the 2011 Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to attaining the L.R.S.M. performance diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, England, Dr. Leung received his degrees in piano performance from Hong Kong Baptist University, Temple University, and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Jackson was the first-prize winner in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the second-prize winner in the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition, and the "Albert Roussel" Prize at the École Normale de Musique, Paris, as well as the “Conductor of Exceptional Merit” Award at the International Repertoire Workshop for Orchestral Conductors in the Czech Republic.
As a pianist, Jackson Leung has performed in France, Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout the United States and Canada. With his wife, Dr. Benita Tse-Leung, Leung had performed duo recitals and made concerto appearances throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Bermuda, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, and numerous other cities in mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tienjin, etc.). In Hong Kong, he has performed in all the major venues including Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall and Theatre, City Hall Concert Hall and Theatre, Yuen Long Theater Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium, Tun Mun Town Hall Auditorium, Academic Community Hall, and the Governor's House. The Leung-Tse duo was awarded first prize in the Teacher Duo Division at the Ohio Music Teachers Association Graves Competition in Columbus in 1996 and 1998. Their CD, entitled “Danzas,” was released in the summer of 2001. As a teacher he has produced student winners at numerous state, regional, national, and international competitions, including The Stravinsky Awards International Competition, Bartók-Kabalevsky International Competition, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Blue Ash Symphony Concerto Auditions, Clifton Music Clubs Scholarship Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Overture Award, “From the Top” Public Radio International Broadcast, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Competition, CCM Pre-College Concerto Auditions, Miami University High School Solo Competition, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves and Buckeye Competitions.
As a conductor, he has been featured as guest conductor with the Pan Asia Symphony, Hrádec Králove Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Macao Orchestra, the Westsächsisches Symphonieorchester (Germany), Orquestra Sinfónica Jovem de Macau, the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Seven Hills Sinfonietta. Leung has led Wright State University Orchestras in performances throughout the Miami Valley, including performances at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton Arts Institute, Corbett Auditorium at CCM, and at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. The Chamber Orchestra also took an international tour in 2006, performing at the prestigious Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall and the Macau Cultural Center Grand Auditorium. A CD recording of Leung and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, consisting of works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Piazzolla, and Barber, was released by Centaur Records. A sought-after adjudicator, Leung has judged numerous competitions including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Competition, Music Teachers National Association Regional Auditions, College-Conservatory of Music Piano Scholarship and Concerto Competitions, Miami University Young Artist Competition, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Blue Ash Symphony Concerto Competitions, Hong Kong Music Festival, Macao Youth Music Competition, among others. Jackson Leung has written articles for various music journals and periodicals including The Instrumentalist, Clavier, Keyboard Companion, American Music Teachers, and Triad. He has also presented papers and workshops at international, nationals, and regional conferences including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, and the OMEA Conference. He has collaborated with such eminent artists as pianists Menahem Pressler, Michael Lewin, Ralph Votapek, Alan Chow, Cheng-Zhong Yin, Leon Bates; flutist Bonita Boyd of the Eastman School of Music, violinist Jaroslav Svêcenÿ, cellist David Hardy of the National Symphony of Washington, D.C.; clarinetists Stanley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic and Larry Combs of the Chicgo Symphony; as well as the Ahn Trio.
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