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Violinist David Leung to perform in Young Soloist Series
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Violinist David Leung will be the next up-and-coming musician to top the bill in the second concert of the Young Soloist Series this month.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present "Violin Recital by David Leung" following the success of the first concert featuring cellist Letty Poon and pianist Colleen Lee.

Leung will perform with pianist Lio Kuok-man at 8pm, August 17 (Sunday) at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. The programme will feature Handel's "Violin Sonata in A", Mozart's "Violin Sonata in G", Beethoven's "Violin Sonata in G", Debussy's "Beau Soir", Shostakovich's "Prelude" and Brahms' "Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor".

Leung has a long list of prizes, scholarships and awards under his belt and has participated in various international music festivals and summer camps. As the Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he has performed throughout Europe. He has trained with masters Joseph Silverstein, Carl Pini, William Preucil, Lawrence Lesser, Joseph Swensen, Esther Haffner, Benedict Craft, Paul Neubauer and Silvia Rosenberg, among others. Leung is now studying for a masters degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under Professor Mikhail Kopelman, former first violinist of the Borodin and Tokyo String Quartets. The young musician was previously taught by Tong Lung, Lo Chu Tung and Professor Michael Ma. He plays a Leandro Bisiach Sr made in about 1922 in Milan.

A native of Macau, Lio Kuok-man started playing the piano at age five. He received his Bachelor of Music degree this year from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, studying under the Head of Keyboard Studies, Gabriel Kwok. Lio was awarded the Asian Cultural Council fellowship to pursue his graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He has won numerous awards in local and international piano competitions including first prizes at both the 10th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition in 1999 and the First Toyama Asian Youth Music Competition in 2002. In May 2003, he was the top prize-winner in the 6th Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy. He was also awarded the Critics Jury Award and the Asian Pianist Award, and was invited to give a concert tour of Europe this year featuring solo recitals and concertos. Lio has performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), Macau Chamber Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in concerts in Taiwan, Japan, Austria, Germany, Italy, Canada and the United States.

Tickets priced at $100 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited student and CSSA tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is also available for Friends of Leisure and Cultural Services performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through the website, www.urbtix.gov.hk.

End/Tuesday, August 5, 2003

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