21-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.
An Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle in Belgium, and mentored by Augustin Dumay, Kerson is a former Junior 1st prize winner at the Menuhin Competition – and was awarded the prestigious Grand Prize at the 2014 Canadian Stepping Stone Competition, the 2015 Radios Francophones Publiques Young Soloist Prize and the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary.
His recent highlights include debuts with the Stavanger Symphony, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Stockton Symphony Orchestra – and Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut performance with conductor John Rutter and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Next season Kerson will perform as Soloist-In-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain under conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin – and will make his debut with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Liège Royal Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Kerson currently performs on a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu violin – on generous loan from Canimex Inc.
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO | SIMON RIVARD & ORCHESTRE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | TARTINI | DEVIL’S TRILL VIOLIN SONATA | 2016
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | BRAHMS | HUNGARIAN DANCE NO. 17 | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | PIAZZOLLA | THE 4 SEASONS OF BUENOS AIRES | AYRTON DESIMPELAERE & ORCHESTRA DE CHAMBRE DE NAMURL | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | KREISLER | RECITATIVO AND SCHERZO | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | COMPOSER & CONDUCTOR JOHN RUTTER | LAMENT FOR JERUSALEM | AURORA ORCHESTRA | 2016
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & GIULIANO CARMIGNOLA | VIVALDI | CONCERTO IN A MINOR FOR 2 VIOLINS | MUCH ENSEMBLE | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | DVORAK | SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & LOUIS LORTIE | BEETHOVEN VIOLIN SONATA NO. 4 IN A MINOR | 2017
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG & CHRISTIA HUDZIY | KREISLER | LIEBESLIED | 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
PHOTO CREDIT: BRUNO SCHLUMBERGER