VC YOUNG ARTIST | Kerson Leong, 24 — Menuhin Competition 1st Prize Winner
24-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is solidifying an international reputation as a powerful and individual musical force praised by Le Monde for his "natural command and devastating charisma"
An Associated Artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, where he was mentored by Augustin Dumay, Kerson is a former Junior first prize winner at the Menuhin Competition. He was also awarded the prestigious Grand Prize at the Canadian Stepping Stone Competition, the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition for five consecutive years, and the Radios Francophones Publiques Young Soloist Prize.
His recent debuts include solo engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and Sibelius Academy Chamber Orchestra.
Kerson served as Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal under the direction of conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin in the 18/19 season.
He has also taught at the Sibelius Academy and the IU Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy.
Kerson currently performs on the "ex Bohrer" Guarneri del Gesu violin on generous loan from Canimex Inc.
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | ERNST/SCHUBERT | ERLKÖNIG | PRODCAN | 2021
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. 6 | ALPHA CLASSICS | 2021
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | SARASATE | ZIGEUNWEISEN | JULIAN ARMOUR & MUSIC & BEYOND FESTIVAL | 2021
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | YSAŸE | SOLO SONATA NO. 3 "BALLADE" | 2020
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO | BORIS BROTT & NATIONAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA | TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC | 2021
VC YOUNG ARTIST KERSON LEONG | BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO | SIMON RIVARD & ORCHESTRE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE | 2017
Name: Kerson Leong
Violin: "ex Bohrer" 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