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Violinist Kerson Leong

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Born On February 26, 1997
United States
Born in United States
United States
United States
Violin 'ex Bohrer' Guarneri del Gesu violin on loan from CANIMEX
Bow James Tubbs | Francois Peccatte on loan from CANIMEX | Francois Malo
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Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium
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Augustin Dumay
Notable awards/competitions won
Menuhin Competition First Prize

24-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is solidifying an international reputation as a powerful and individual musical force.

"An Intense and Spontaneous Young Violinist Beaming with Virtuosity"

-The Violin Channel

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.


PC: Bruno Schlumberger


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.


What are 3 goals you’d like to achieve in 2022?
Arrange and record a bunch, be able to read German and Chinese literature in their respective languages, move to Europe
Where in the world do you most want to live?
Anywhere close to undisturbed nature
What are some changes you would like to see in the world?
Willingness to seek to understand each other more
What are some changes you feel are needed in the classical music industry?
Increasing efforts, particularly by musicians themselves, to reach out to the next generation and other potential enthusiasts



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