Romeo & Juliet
Romeo & Juliet
Love meets tragedy, in a monumental opening night concert conducted by Maestro Gordon Gerrard. The heart-wrenching beauty of He’s Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto parallels the tragic romance found in the ballet music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Two Chinese-Canadians—composer Vincent Ho and violinist Kerson Leong—further electrify this program, as Ho’s dream-like Dragon Realms bridges Eastern and Western musical styles, and Leong’s virtuosity as soloist takes centre stage.Program Info
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- HO Dragon Realms
- HE ZHANHAO The Butterfly Lovers
- PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet, Op.64
Kerson Leong, violin
Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is quickly emerging as one of the finest musicians and instrumentalists of his generation. He continues to win over both colleagues and audiences alike not only with his “supreme mastery” (Le Devoir) of his instrument or his unmistakable tone, but also his unique ability to combine an honest, intellectual approach with raw intensity and spontaneity, resulting in a truly compelling musicality.
Kerson first gained international attention by winning Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition 2010 in Oslo. After subsequent debuts at major international festivals as well as four return performances with the Oslo Philharmonic, he has since distinguished himself as a powerful and individual musical voice, having played in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
A sought-after soloist, Kerson was hand-picked by Yannick Nézet-Séguin to be his artist-in-residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal during the 18/19 season and has performed with such ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra among others. Other recent highlights include recording John Rutter’s Visions, a piece written especially for him, with the composer himself and the Aurora Chamber Orchestra, after giving its world premiere in London, UK.
Music outreach and pedagogy are growing passions for Kerson. Renowned schools such as Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the Sibelius Academy have recognized his unique approach as well as his ability to inspire the new generation by inviting him to teach and lecture. A natural communicator on and off the stage, he is cementing his significant role in reaching young people and potential music lovers with his art.
Kerson is an associated artist of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, where he was mentored by Augustin Dumay.
Kerson performs on the ‘ex Bohrer’ Guarneri del Gesu violin courtesy of Canimex Inc, Drummondville (Quebec), Canada