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. Jackson 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, and the “Albert Roussel” Prize at the École Normale de Musique, Paris, recipient of the “Excellence in Piano Teaching Award” at the Carmel International Piano Competition, 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, Singapore International Classical Piano Competition, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Blue Ash Symphony Concerto Auditions, Steinway Competition in Cincinnati, Clifton Music Clubs Scholarship Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Concerto Competition, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Solo and Collaborative Piano Competitions, the Overture Award, “From the Top” Public Radio International Broadcast, Three Arts Scholarship Fund Competition in Cincinnati, 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 Carmel Debut International Piano Competition, 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. 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 ten broadcasts on WGUC, Cincinnati, and twenty-three broadcasts on WDPR, Dayton. In the past few years, 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, Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves and Buckeye Competitions, among others. Jackson Leung has written articles for various music journals and periodicals including The Instrumentalist, Clavier, Keyboard Companion, American Music Teachers, 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.