Guest Conductors

Dr. Chun Chim Leung

Guest Conductor and Soloist

David (Chun Chim) Leung is active and versatile in all aspects of performance as violin soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and orchestral conductor. Dr. Leung is currently visiting assistant professor of violin at the Florida State University and the associate concertmaster of Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Florida. He also served on the string and conducting faculty of the Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

A recipient of numerous awards and prizes, David Leung has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists such as Irvine Arditti, Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Anthony Camden, Christoph Campestrini, Andrés Cárdenes, Steven Doane, Hilary Hahn, Warren Jones, Mikhail Kopelman, Joseph Silverstein and Alice Waten. David Leung has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy and France.

An advocate of chamber music and contemporary music, David Leung is the co-founder of Felix Piano Trio, Phoenix Trio and Helios String Quartet. In 2009 David Leung made his recital debut at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York, performing works by contemporary Chinese composers such as Chen Yi and Bright Shen.

A native of Hong Kong, David Leung began his violin studies at the age of six and made his concerto debut at ten. He completed his undergraduate studies with first-class honors under the tutorledge of Michael Ma and Lo Chu-Tung at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He holds a doctorate degree in violin performance and orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Mikhail Kopelman, Neil Varon and Brad Lubman. He also holds a Master’s degree in violin performance and the prestigious performer’s certificate from Eastman.


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Rod Yu

Assistant Conductor and Pianist

Rod Yu is a conductor and pianist who takes up different roles in orchestral, opera, chamber music and vocal piano accompanying.

As an active pianist, he was invited to perform with the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Guildhall New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and HKBDA Wind Orchestra. He has also performed in international music festivals in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria and Hong Kong. His performance included Cecilia Heejeong Kim’s My Arirang, How Much I am Missing You (2013), Joyce Tang’s Reflections on Arirang (2013), Nigel Clarke’s The Flavour of Tears (2013), Luis Serrano Alarcón’s Three Sketches (2014) and Brett Dean’s Wolf-Lieder (2006) that had been broadcasted in the BBC Radio 3 in London.

Rod completed his Master’s Degree with Distinction with the support of Leverhulme Trust at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Bachelor’s Degree at the Hong Kong Baptist University, studied under Caroline Palmer, Graham Johnson, Gordon Back, Pamela Lidiard and Norman Lee. He has also trained as a conducting student of Sian Edwards - former English National Opera Music Director in London. He has received the Scotiabank scholarship to be the Art of Song Fellow during the 2013 Toronto Summer Music Festival, where he received intensive coaching from Elly Ameling, Julius Drake and Michael McMahon. Rod was trained as a lieder coach by Konrad Jarnot and Christoph Berner during the 2014 Internationale Sommerakademie in Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.