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WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces: Kerson Leong

WQXR's Midday Masterpieces

Originally Aired: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Violinist Kerson Leong

Photo by Bruno Schlumberger


Settle in for an hour of musical serenity with our live video stream featuring a performance by Canadian violinist Kerson Leong, presented in partnership with The Violin Channel.

The live video stream will be available on this page at 1pm ET.

Ysaÿe: Allemande from Violin Sonata No. 4

Bach: Andante from Violin Sonata No. 2

Kreisler: Liebesleid (with Tu Mach, piano)

Ysaÿe: Allegretto poco Scherzoso from Violin Sonata No. 1

Kreisler: Recitativo and Scherzo

Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra (arr. Ricci)

Raff: Cavatina (with Tu Mach, piano)

Ever since winning Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition 2010, Kerson Leong has been called “Canada’s next great violinist” (Ludwig van Toronto) and has astonished fellow musicians and audiences with his unique mastery of his instrument, a natural command over the subtlest of emotions, and the colossal scope of his performances.


Kerson has played in some of the most prestigious venues around the world from Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and the Auditorium du Louvre to Wigmore Hall and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Recent highlights include his tenure as Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal under Yannick Nezet-Seguin for the 2018/2019 season. Already a sought-after soloist, he has performed with such ensembles as the Royal, Oslo, Royal Liège, and Kansai Philharmonic Orchestras, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stavanger, Wuppertal, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec, and Stockton Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, and the Orchestra Gulbenkian.


Kerson is an associated artist of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Music outreach and teaching are growing passions for Kerson, having taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki among others.


Kerson performs on a Guarneri del Gesu violin courtesy of Canimex Inc, Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.

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