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For their first album, some artists might feature
repertoire they performed to win an international
competition; others might select rarely heard
works. But Kerson Leong chose still another
route: a series of encores treasured by violinists
of both years past and today. “I find that sometimes
you can say a lot with very little. I thought
that encores, which anyone can relate to, could be
the ideal way to introduce myself,” he states in
an interview.

Kerson Leong carefully handpicked the works. “I
looked at Heifetz’ and Kreisler’s transcriptions and
wanted also to introduce some pieces that people
may not have heard as much”. For example, the
haunting Hebrew Melody by Arnold Schoenberg’s
friend Joseph Yulyevich Achron, a favourite of
Jascha Heifetz, or Medtner’s Fairy Tale, a piece his
accomplice Philip Chiu knows well in its original
version for piano. “I wanted to balance flavours,
to juxtapose lesser-known pieces with some
that people would instantly recognize and could
relate to.”.

When asked if he has favourites, he chuckles and
carefully avoids the question. “As an artist presenting these pieces, you must always treat them
according to their own unique nature,” he says.
“Of course, you may have favourites, but you try to
put yourself in each pair of shoes, so to speak, and
do your best to bring out their essence”.

Kerson Leong’s rise to fame has been nothing
short of meteoric in recent years. Since winning
the Junior First Prize at the 2010 Menuhin Competition at the ripe old age of 13, he has also
garnered top honours at the National Arts Centre
Orchestra Bursary Competition and the OSM
Standard Life Competition in 2013, the Canadian
Music Competition’s Stepping Stone in 2014,
and the Young Soloist Competition of the Radios
francophones publiques in 2015. He was also
named classical music’s Révélation Radio-Canada
2014-2015. “My life definitely changed drastically
after the Menuhin Competition. There were more
and more invitations to perform, and I got to travel
to Europe for the first time. It changed my life and
made me see the world in a bigger way”.
For the season 2015-2016, he studies at the
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, with
Augustin Dumay. “In Europe, there is such a reverence for classical music. When I play Bach,
Mozart, or Beethoven in Germany, for example,
composers who came from there, you can feel
such deep respect, while in North America, people
are much more enthusiastic”.

Though he has lived with the violin for most of his
life, he feels he will never grow tired of it. “You
can of course talk about how the sound is so close
to the human voice, but for me, a musician constantly searching, the instrument gives you such an infinite feeling of where it can go, it offers you
so many things to discover, and you never stop
discovering, never stop improving. It is a steep
learning curve, but that is what makes it satisfying.
It is challenging, but that is also what makes
it fulfilling”.

Though this album features intimate repertoire for
violin and piano, Kerson Leong also loves chamber
music and playing with an orchestra. “Every repertoire brings out a different side of me. I especially love chamber music, because when you get to do it with more and more people, like with Philip Chiu, there is a special communication going on”.

Brahms is one of his favourites. “I love all composers, but if I had to name one, it would be Brahms. [Two Hungarian Dances are featured here.] In particular, his chamber music connects with me
at such a deeply personal level. In the Menuhin
Competition, I played his First Sonata in the final
round. I remember that in the process of choosing
a sonata for the competition, I instantly fell in love
with it. This is a very sentimental piece for me,
but I love all three sonatas, his chamber music,
his symphonies, his serenades… I definitely want
to feature Brahms at some point on an album
because I’ve lived with his music so much”.

In 2016, he makes his debuts with several orchestras, both in Canada and abroad. He is also a
special guest at the 2016 Menuhin Competition,
celebrating the 100th anniversary of the legendary
musician’s birth. Other projects include several
recitals and the premiere of a new work for violin,
string orchestra and chorus. Kerson Leong strongly
believes “contemporary music is something that
requires immense imagination and courage. I
really welcome it, because it offers such freedom
for expression and creativity”. Two qualities he
certainly has.
Release date:
March 18, 2016
Album code:
AN 2 9160
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Brahms, Johannes (1833 - 1897)
Six Hungarian Dances
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Kreisler, Fritz (1875 - 1962)
Liebesfreud
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Liebesleid
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Gluck, Christoph Willibald chevalier von (1714 - 1787)
Melodie (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Melodie (Orfeo ed Euridice)
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Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
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I. Jocul cu bâtá
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II. Brâul
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III. Pe loc
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VI. Maruntel 1
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Medtner, Nikolai (1879 - 1951)
Fairy Tale, Op. 20 No. 1
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Fairy Tale, Op. 20 No. 1
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Gershwin, George (1898 - 1937)
Three Preludes
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I. Allegro ben rimato e deciso
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III. Allegro ben rimato e deciso
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Vocalise, Op. 24 No. 14
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Vocalise, Op. 24 No. 14
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Debussy, Claude (1862 - 1918)
Clair de lune
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Clair de lune
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Debussy, Claude (1862 - 1918)
Valse, la plus que lente
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Valse, la plus que lente
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Wagner, Richard (1813 - 1883)
Albumblatt (Romanza)
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Hebrew Melodie, Op. 33
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Hebrew Melodie, Op. 33
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Album code: AN 2 9160
Release date: March 18, 2016

Période(s): Misc.Misc.

Genre(s): ViolinPianoViolinPiano

Composers:
Divers / Misc., | Brahms, Johannes | Medtner, Nikolai | Bartók, Béla | Wagner, Richard | Achron, Joseph Yulyevich | Debussy, Claude | Gluck, Christoph Willibald chevalier von | Kreisler, Fritz | Gershwin, George

Performers:
Leong, Kerson | Chiu, Philip



For their first album, some artists might feature
repertoire they performed to win an international
competition; others might select rarely heard
works. But Kerson Leong chose still another
route: a series of encores treasured by violinists
of both years past and today. “I find that sometimes
you can say a lot with very little. I thought
that encores, which anyone can relate to, could be
the ideal way to introduce myself,” he states in
an interview.

Kerson Leong carefully handpicked the works. “I
looked at Heifetz’ and Kreisler’s transcriptions and
wanted also to introduce some pieces that people
may not have heard as much”. For example, the
haunting Hebrew Melody by Arnold Schoenberg’s
friend Joseph Yulyevich Achron, a favourite of
Jascha Heifetz, or Medtner’s Fairy Tale, a piece his
accomplice Philip Chiu knows well in its original
version for piano. “I wanted to balance flavours,
to juxtapose lesser-known pieces with some
that people would instantly recognize and could
relate to.”.

When asked if he has favourites, he chuckles and
carefully avoids the question. “As an artist presenting these pieces, you must always treat them
according to their own unique nature,” he says.
“Of course, you may have favourites, but you try to
put yourself in each pair of shoes, so to speak, and
do your best to bring out their essence”.

Kerson Leong’s rise to fame has been nothing
short of meteoric in recent years. Since winning
the Junior First Prize at the 2010 Menuhin Competition at the ripe old age of 13, he has also
garnered top honours at the National Arts Centre
Orchestra Bursary Competition and the OSM
Standard Life Competition in 2013, the Canadian
Music Competition’s Stepping Stone in 2014,
and the Young Soloist Competition of the Radios
francophones publiques in 2015. He was also
named classical music’s Révélation Radio-Canada
2014-2015. “My life definitely changed drastically
after the Menuhin Competition. There were more
and more invitations to perform, and I got to travel
to Europe for the first time. It changed my life and
made me see the world in a bigger way”.
For the season 2015-2016, he studies at the
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, with
Augustin Dumay. “In Europe, there is such a reverence for classical music. When I play Bach,
Mozart, or Beethoven in Germany, for example,
composers who came from there, you can feel
such deep respect, while in North America, people
are much more enthusiastic”.

Though he has lived with the violin for most of his
life, he feels he will never grow tired of it. “You
can of course talk about how the sound is so close
to the human voice, but for me, a musician constantly searching, the instrument gives you such an infinite feeling of where it can go, it offers you
so many things to discover, and you never stop
discovering, never stop improving. It is a steep
learning curve, but that is what makes it satisfying.
It is challenging, but that is also what makes
it fulfilling”.

Though this album features intimate repertoire for
violin and piano, Kerson Leong also loves chamber
music and playing with an orchestra. “Every repertoire brings out a different side of me. I especially love chamber music, because when you get to do it with more and more people, like with Philip Chiu, there is a special communication going on”.

Brahms is one of his favourites. “I love all composers, but if I had to name one, it would be Brahms. [Two Hungarian Dances are featured here.] In particular, his chamber music connects with me
at such a deeply personal level. In the Menuhin
Competition, I played his First Sonata in the final
round. I remember that in the process of choosing
a sonata for the competition, I instantly fell in love
with it. This is a very sentimental piece for me,
but I love all three sonatas, his chamber music,
his symphonies, his serenades… I definitely want
to feature Brahms at some point on an album
because I’ve lived with his music so much”.

In 2016, he makes his debuts with several orchestras, both in Canada and abroad. He is also a
special guest at the 2016 Menuhin Competition,
celebrating the 100th anniversary of the legendary
musician’s birth. Other projects include several
recitals and the premiere of a new work for violin,
string orchestra and chorus. Kerson Leong strongly
believes “contemporary music is something that
requires immense imagination and courage. I
really welcome it, because it offers such freedom
for expression and creativity”. Two qualities he
certainly has.
1
Divers / Misc.,
Brahms, Johannes (1833 - 1897)
Six Hungarian Dances
3:12
2
Divers / Misc.,
Brahms, Johannes (1833 - 1897)
Six Hungarian Dances
3:55
3
Divers / Misc.,
Kreisler, Fritz (1875 - 1962)
Liebesfreud
3:32
4
Divers / Misc.,
Kreisler, Fritz (1875 - 1962)
Liebesleid
3:41
5
Divers / Misc.,
Gluck, Christoph Willibald chevalier von (1714 - 1787)
Melodie (Orfeo ed Euridice)
2:30
6
Divers / Misc.,
Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
1:24
7
Divers / Misc.,
Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
0:28
8
Divers / Misc.,
Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
1:19
9
Divers / Misc.,
Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
1:25
10
Divers / Misc.,
Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
0:32
11
Divers / Misc.,
Bartók, Béla (1881 - 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 68
0:54
12
Divers / Misc.,
Medtner, Nikolai (1879 - 1951)
Fairy Tale, Op. 20 No. 1
3:00
13
Divers / Misc.,
Gershwin, George (1898 - 1937)
Three Preludes
1:41
14
Divers / Misc.,
Gershwin, George (1898 - 1937)
Three Preludes
3:35
15
Divers / Misc.,
Gershwin, George (1898 - 1937)
Three Preludes
1:13
16
Divers / Misc.,
Rachmaninov, Sergueï (1873 - 1943)
Vocalise, Op. 24 No. 14
4:43
17
Divers / Misc.,
Debussy, Claude (1862 - 1918)
Clair de lune
5:05
18
Divers / Misc.,
Debussy, Claude (1862 - 1918)
Valse, la plus que lente
4:27
19
Divers / Misc.,
Wagner, Richard (1813 - 1883)
Albumblatt (Romanza)
4:26
20
Divers / Misc.,
Achron, Joseph Yulyevich (1886 - 1943)
Hebrew Melodie, Op. 33
5:27