Leung Kin Fung

Leung Kin Fung a world-class violinist from Hong Kong. Leung was born in Guangzhou, China. He began studying violin at the age of five under the guidance of his father. He was admitted by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts due to his outstanding achievement. In 1986, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Eastman School of Music in the USA under Zvi Zeitlin, Albert Markov and Emanuel Vardi. He later obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. As a result of his wining the "Irving Ruckens Award", Leung continued his studies at the Juilliard School, where he worked with renowned teachers Dorothy DeLay and Karen Tuttle.

He was the awardee of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons" in Hong Kong in 2002. Leung was the first Hong Kong musician to win the first prize at the "1992 Young Artist Competition" in New York while studying there on full scholarship at the Juilliard School as the winner of the "Irving Ruckens Award". He also had previously won a significant award for his virtuosity on the viola, the second prize at "The 19th William Primrose International Viola Competition" in 1991. Other awards included the "Mary Owen Borden Memorial Foundation Award" in 1990, the "Grand Prize of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival" and the "Hong Kong Commercial Radio Prize" in 1986. He was listed in the 'Who's Who in the HKSAR" published by Sing Tao Publishing Ltd in 2004.

Leung enjoys a world-class reputation, as demonstrated by his frequent performances in Italy, Belgium, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, other Asian cities and many American cities, as well as regular concerto performances with orchestras. Leung hasrepresented Hong Kong in many international music events. Early in 1986 he represented Hong Kong at the International Youth Music Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he was the concertmaster of both the philharmonic and chamber orchestras. In 1994, he was invited to participate in a chamber music concert tour in Europe with the renowned pianist Fu Ts'ong.

Leung has also distinguished himself in the recording world with his solo album “Violin Encores” recorded and released by the Hugo Production Company in Hong Kong, the Violin Concerto No.1 produced with composer Mr. Guan Nai-Zhong and the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra, as well as the violin concerto "Legend of Deer's Turn-about" with conductor Yeh Tsung and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In the Chamber Music genre, Leung founded the "Taipei Fine Arts Trio" in 1994, which has its first album released in 1996. In 1997, he was invited to record a CD of great piano trio music by using a Stradivarius violin belonging to the collection of the Chi Mei Foundation of Arts. In 1999, at the invitation and sponsorship of the SinoPac Bank, Leung produced the "Salute 2000" DVD and CD, featuring the famous piano trio in performances ranging from classical to modern pieces. In June 2001, the Radio Hong Kong invited Leung to be its Artist-in-Residence and to record the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas.

In May 2005, Leung founded Hong Kong Pure Strings (HKPS), a string ensemble of top string musicians from all over the world where Leung serves as the Artistic Director. HKPS gave its successful premiere concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on June 13, 2005, plus other successful project and concerts, such as Musicarama 2005, HKPS & Berliner Philharmoniker Musicians Joint Concert and HKPS & Hamburg Symphoniker Musicians Joint Concert.

Leung Kin Fung performs on a Santus Seraphin violin made in 1730.

Albums:

Leung Kin Fung, Violin(16/44.1)

Renowned violinist Leung Kin Fung plays Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Paganini and Sarasate. Produced by Aik Yew-goh of Hugo Records.

Brahms-The 21 Hungarian Dances (16/44.1)

For violinist Leung Kin-fung, Brahms has always been a favourite composer. He has celebrated this by recording, with accompanist Nancy Loo, all Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. Leung Kin Fung was the first Hong Kong musician to win the first prize at the "1992 Young Artist Competition" in New York while studying there on full scholarship at the Juilliard School as the winner of the "Irving Ruckens Award". He also had previously won a significant award for his virtuosity on the viola, the second prize at "The 19th William Primrose International Viola Competition" in 1991. Other awards included the "Mary Owen Borden Memorial Foundation Award" in 1990, the "Grand Prize of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival" and the "Hong Kong Commercial Radio Prize" in 1986. Leung Kin Fung was the awardee of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons" in Hong Kong in 2002. Nancy Loo is one of Hong Kong's most versatile artists, as pianist, radio programme host, actress and writer. She was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1978. She currently teaches piano at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is often invited to host music talks and master-classes, and to serve as a juror for piano competitions.

The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes. They vary from about a minute to four minutes in length. They are among Brahms' most popular works, and were certainly the most profitable for him. Each dance has been arranged for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. Brahms originally wrote the version for piano four-hands and later arranged the first 10 dances for solo piano. The most famous Hungarian Dance is No. 5 in F Sharp minor (G minor in the orchestral version).