Jackson Leung, D.M.A.
Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
WSU Chamber Orchestra, Music Director
M348 Creative Arts Center
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, Dr. Leung received his degrees in piano performance from Hong Kong Baptist University, Temple University, and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Leung 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, the "Albert Roussel" Prize at the École Normale de Musique, Paris, the "Excellence in Piano Teaching" Award at the Carmel Debut International Piano Competition in Indiana, the "Conductor of Exceptional Merit" Award at the International Repertoire Workshop for Orchestral Conductors in the Czech Republic, as well as the Outstanding Conductor Award at the Advanced Conducting Academy in Romania.
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, France, Spain, Japan, 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, Carmel Debut International Piano Competition, 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, Depauw University Young Artist Competition, Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition at the University of Kentucky, 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 (Hong Kong), Hrádec Králove Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Macao Orchestra, the Westsächsisches Symphonieorchester (Germany), Bourgas State Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau (Romania), Macau Youth Symphony, 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, 2005, 2006, and 2012. A CD recording of Leung and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, consisting of works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Piazzolla, and Barber, was released by Centaur Records. Selections from the CD have since received nine broadcasts on public radio, WGUC, Cincinnati, and nineteen broadcasts on WDPR, Dayton. Leung has collaborated with such eminent artists as pianists Menahem Pressler, Sergei Babayan, Ann Schein, Michael Lewin, Ralph Votapek, Alan Chow, Cheng-Zhong Yin, Leon Bates; singers Alfreda Burke, and Rodrick Dixon, cellist David Hardy of the National Symphony of Washington, D.C.; clarinetists Stanley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic and Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony; horn soloist David Jolley of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; as well as the Ahn Trio.
A sought-after adjudicator, Leung has judged numerous competitions including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Competition, Music Teachers National Association Regional Auditions, World Piano International Competition in Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music Piano Scholarship and Concerto Competitions, Miami University Young Artist Competition, Chamber Music Yellow Springs, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Blue Ash Symphony Concerto Competitions, Macau-Asia Pacific Piano Competition, 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, The Pianist, 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.
WSU Piano Studio
Under the leadership of Dr. Jackson Leung, the piano studio has grown in size and quality, and has produced numerous outstanding students and graduates. Besides pianists from the Unite States, the studio has attracted students from Switzerland, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. Piano students have been invited to perform widely within the U. S. and abroad, including performances at the Xing Hai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, China, the Gulangyu Island Concert Hall in Xiamen, China, the Inaugural Concert of the Macau Piano Association, the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Annual Meeting, the Dayton Arts Institute's Afternoon Musicale Series, Troy Hayner Arts Center's Performance Series, WSU's Quest for Community Conference, the Noonday Recital Series in Dayton, on the campuses of Miami University and Cedarville University. In addition to being selected as consecutive winners in the annual Student Honors Recital and Concerto-Aria Night Auditions within the Department of Music, piano students have received awards and top prizes at numerous state, regional, and international competitions, including the Bartók-Kabalevsky International Competition in Virginia, Irene Tintner Contest for Outstanding Pianists in Michigan, State Level of the Solo and Chamber Music Divisions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Agnes Fowler Scholarship Award and the Marilyn Neville Collaborative Piano Competition, Three Arts Scholarship Fund Competition in Cincinnati, National Federation of Music Clubs Great Lakes Regional Auditions, Boston Conservatory's Concerto Competition, Lotus Cup Macao Youth Piano Competition, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves Competition and Buckeye Competition. The studio and its students have received both the team and individual awards for the Presidential Commendation for Excellence in Co-Curricular Activities at Wright State University. At WSU, besides winning Student Honors Recital Competition, the Robert Stofer and Irene Romanowski awards, piano students have been featured as concerto soloists in Beethoven's Concertos Nos. 1 and 3, Mozart's Concertos Nos. 19 and 20, the concertos of Grieg and Schumann, - Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 2, - Mendelssohn's Concerto Nos. 1 & 2 and Capriccio Brillante, - Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2, - Chopin's Concerto No. 2 and Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante, - Liszt's Totentanz, Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1, Ravel's Concerto pour piano et orchestre, and Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2, and Shostakovich's Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Alumni from the studio have been accepted to outstanding graduate programs including the Boston Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New York University, Michigan State University, University of Colorado, University of Miami, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Louisville, the University of Southern California, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, among others.