TROY — Kun Dong, violin and Benita Tse-Leung, piano, have been featured at Drawing Room Chamber concerts at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in the past to great praise and calls for their return.
Kun Dong and Benita Tse-Leung began their collaboration as a violin/piano duo in the fall of 2014 and have performed together regionally as well as abroad. Join Hayner staff at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 when the Hayner releases the recording of this first concert of the season. Find this virtual concert at troyhayner.org/music or at facebook.com/HaynerCenter .
Kun Dong began studying the violin under the tutelage of her father at the age of 5 and later continued her musical training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. Her musical talents were being recognized at a young age. A versatile performer, Kun Dong often appears as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. Her numerous recitals have taken her to major cities in the US, Canada, her native China, and many European countries including Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, England, and Russia. As a featured soloist, Kun Dong has performed with many orchestras including the Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Ballet, the Central Conservatory Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the West Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. Kun Dong has been with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and is a tenured member of the orchestra.
Dr. Benita Tse-Leung is faculty associate at Wright State University. Born in the US, she moved to Hong Kong at an early age and began her musical studies there. She returned to the United States to continue her education in music and obtained her BM, MM, and DMA performance degrees at Temple University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tse has performed with her husband as a duo piano team throughout the US and abroad and in 1989, she and her husband, Dr. Jackson Leung, established a piano studio that was committed to teaching serious piano students. Their mission was to inspire and instill the highest qualities of musical learning. Their students have won numerous awards and competitions all over the world. Since 1991, Benita has been serving as a US representative for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
The Drawing Room Concert Series is hosted by Steven Aldredge, a professor, coordinator and music director of opera at Wright State University School of Music. This series offers a unique opportunity to experience professional chamber music in an intimate listening room. The concerts take place on the last Tuesday of most months in the school year at 7:30 p.m. The October, November and December concerts will be recorded and posted on the website and Facebook pages.
For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or visit www.TroyHayner.org for complete details.