22-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is building an international reputation as a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential – praised for his commanding stage presence, tone and musical integrity.
A current Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle in Belgium, where he is mentored by Augustin Dumay, Kerson is a former 1st prize winner at the Junior Menuhin Competition – and was awarded the prestigious Grand Prizes at the Canadian Stepping Stone Competition, the Radios Francophones Publiques Young Soloist Prize and the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary.
His recent debuts include solo engagements with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sibelius Academy Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal, Stavanger Symphony, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Stockton Symphony Orchestra – and he currently serves as Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal under the direction of conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
He has also taught at the Sibelius Academy and the IU Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy.
Kerson currently performs on a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu violin – on generous loan from Canimex Inc.
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | DANIEL MYSSYCK & THE RICHMOND SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA | 2019
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR | KASPAROV ZEHNDER & THE ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE BIENNE SOLEURE | 2019
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | YSAŸE | SOLO SONATA NO. 3 “BALLADE” | 2019
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | TÀRREGA | RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (ARR. RICCI) | 2019
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | KREISLER | PRAELUDIUM & ALLEGRO | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | KREISLER | TAMBOURIN CHINOIS | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO | SIMON RIVARD & ORCHESTRE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE | 2017
Name: Kerson Leong
Violin: 1741 Guarneri del Gesu – On generous loan from Canimex Inc.
Bow: Francois Peccatte & Francois Malo
Strings: Combination of Thomastik Peter Infeld & Pirastro Evah Pirazzi | Hill E String
Accessories: Andrea Rosin | Custom Molded Earplugs | Musafia Master Series Dart Case
Teacher: Augustin Dumay
School: Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel