ALL ABOUT PETER LEUNG
Classical Saxophonist and Yamaha Endorsed Artist, Dr Peter Leung, performs regularly as both soloist and chamber musician. He made his North American debut in 2017 as Visiting Guest Artist at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and the New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), and his Asian debut in 2018 at the Sax Radio Music Festival in Taiwan, where he appeared as artist-faculty. He is a founding member of the European-based International Tenor Saxophone Collective, along with notable saxophonists, including Arno Bornkamp and Niels Bijl, which gave its premiere concert at 'Saxopen 2015' in Strassbourg, France. Dr Leung has also collaborated with international artists including Claude Delangle, Nobuya Sugawa, Otis Murphy, Fernando Ramos, Mario Marzi and Andy Scott.
Dr Leung is an enthusiastic performer and promoter of new Australian works, particularly those by the younger generations. He has developed a composer/performer partnership with Australian composer, Adrian P. Kingwell, whose work, 'Rockwall' was written for and premiered by him. The work combines Kingwell's compositional style fused with Dr Leung's love of both the music of Frank Zappa and rock climbing! Dr Leung also performs regularly with the Sydney based 'new music' ensemble, The Music Box Project, who will be performing at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) in September 2019. Other festival appearances include: Extended Play 2018, Amsterdam Saxophone Week, Estivo Summer Music Festival 2013 (Verona, Italy), Musicfest 2005 (Aberystwyth, Wales).
Embracing the diverse capabilities of each of the different saxophones, Dr Leung is at home performing different genres and styles, ranging from chamber groups, wind orchestras, symphony orchestras and contemporary music groups. During a two-year residence in The Netherlands, Leung performed with F.C. Jongebloed in the concert series 'ster. zwart gat. rood hondje,' premiering new works for the ensemble. He also performed several solo recitals and radio broadcasts with the Fonty's Conservatorium Saxophone Ensemble. Other experiences of note include performances of Berstein's Mass at the Sydney Opera House, and Kurt Weill's A Little Threepenny Music as part of the Musica Viva Festival 2013 in Australia.
A passionate educator, Dr Leung is in demand as a teacher and coach at the University level and in private and public schools throughout Australia. Currently an 'Artist-in-Residence' at International Grammar School, Sydney, he works extensively with HSC students (coaching and performing) as well as maintaining a large woodwind studio and working within the band and orchestra program.
Dr Leung holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Master of Music degree from the Fontys Hogeschule voor de Kunsten (Fontys Conservatorium of Arts) in The Netherlands, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium. He completed high school at St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney. His primary mentors include Ties Mellema and Niels Bijl (The Netherlands), and Dr Michael Duke and Dr James Nightingale in Sydney, Australia.