Pianist Sonia Leong has performed in Canada, the United States, England, Romania, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. She has appeared with the Filarmonica de Stat Dinu Lipatti in Satu Mare, Romania, the Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Stockton Symphony, the St. John Chamber Orchestra, and has performed live on Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva. She was a prizewinner at the Concours Piano 80, in Switzerland, and a finalist at the Concorso Pianistico Nazionale “Città de Cesenatico” in Italy. From 2001–03, she played with Music Now, a new music ensemble based in Sacramento. She appears regularly on the Sierra Chamber Society concert series, both with her trio and in other chamber music combinations.
Ms. Leong studied at the University of British Columbia, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Université de Montréal, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Her principal teachers include Robert Silverman, Julian Martin, and Marc Durand. She has participated in festivals at the Banff Centre; Orford, Quebec; Scotia Festival; Ladevie, France; and Ernen, Switzerland (with György Sebök).
The St. Galler Tagblatt (Switzerland) wrote of Ms. Leong’s “ richly colorful and tender playing”, saying “she balances intelligence and sensitivity, revealing the depths of each score”. The San Francisco Classical Voice described her “sensitive and accomplished touch” and wrote, “Leong…played the brilliant piano part effortlessly and with a great deal of flair”. Dr. Leong has taught at the University of Puget Sound, and currently teaches at the University of the Pacific, where she is a founding member of the in-residence piano trio, Trio 180.
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