Jacky LEUNG is one of the most promising young classical and jazz saxophonists in Hong Kong. Jacky started in music by playing the euphonium and the tuba when he was nine. He was so inspired by music that he also took up other woodwind and brass instruments as well, including the saxophone and the trombone. Throughout his time in school, he played all these different instruments in orchestra, concert band, and various ensembles.
Jacky won several prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. On euphonium, trombone, and saxophone, he achieved the Grade 8 level in the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music examinations. He likewise received the highest grade from the Trinity Guildhall Diploma (FTCL).
Along the road of learning, he participated in the 2009 and 2011 Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposiums, where the faculty included Eugene Rousseau, Claude Delangle, Kenneth Tse and others. These famous professors provided Jacky with many valuable comments on his playing.
Before concentrating exclusively on the saxophone, Jacky played the euphonium with the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band during an exchange tour in Japan. His progress was so rapid, that in the XIVth World Saxophone Congress in 2012, he was the soprano saxophone player in the Hong Kong Saxophone Ensemble.
A multi-faceted performer, Jacky played in the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) and was lead alto with the Hong Kong Youth Jazz Orchestra (HKYJO). In 2012, he worked with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and received much praise with his tenor saxophone solo in Ravel’s Bolero. Jacky is always interested in exploring new music. He has played in music events such as Sound Shocking, Street Music, Detour, performing Luciano Berio’s challenging SequenzaIXb to great acclaim. Along with his instrumental career, Jacky is the concert band conductor at the Kowloon Tong School (Primary Section). Under his guidance, they won both the silver and the bronze prizes in the Hong Kong Music Interflows.
Jacky is finishing the Degree program at the Academy for Performing Arts under the Parsons Music Foundation scholarship, where he studies together with Michael CAMPBELL. He has played many performances during this time, including many works by young composers. And he has appeared with the APA Orchestra twice as a soloist, and again as a concerto trial winner.