Hailed as a musician of “sophistication and elegance,” Australian-Chinese pianist, Dr Theresa Leung has distinguished herself as soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician and pedagogue, throughout North America, Europe and Australia. She is currently a Casual Academic in Collaborative Piano (equivalent to a visiting lecturer in the USA), at the University of Sydney- Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Artist-in-Residence at International Grammar School, and faculty member of The King's School. Formerly, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Scholar in Collaborative Piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, USA, she is frequently invited to collaborate with instrumentalists, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among others. In recent times, these include collaborations with Richard Svoboda and Robert Sheena of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and trio performances for the Boston Wind Society’s Double Reed Day with Sheena and Richard Ranti. Other recent collaborations include performances with Amelia Farrugia (opera singer), Sergiu Schwartz , Charles Castleman, Cyrus Forough (violins), Otis Murphy (saxophone), William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean and Christopher Millard (bassoons), James Campbell, Eli Eban and Howard Klug (clarinets), Kathryn Lukas (flute), Linda Strommen (oboe) and Jeff Nelson (horn).
Festival appearances include the Kniesel Hall Chamber Music festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre, Orford Arts Centre, the Bad Bertrich and Murrhardt piano festivals, among others. She has also worked at the Killington Summer Music Festival, as chamber music faculty and staff pianist. As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of the prize-winning Trio Auloi, together with Paul Lueders, oboe, and Michelle Keem, bassoon. Formed at New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), and winners of the NEC Chamber Music Honors Competition, Trio Auloi performed across the United States, including premiers of new music works and recitals in Jordan Hall, Boston. Dr Leung maintains a working-partnership with Canadian violinist, Jae-won Bang, of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and also performs in 'Duo Leung', the Artists-in-Residence Ensemble at International Grammar School, (Sydney, Australia) with her brother, Dutch/Australian-trained classical saxophonist and Yamaha Artist, Dr Peter Leung. Additionally, she has played regularly for choirs, including the Kooskõlas Choir (Sydney Estonian Choir) and the Sydney Jewish Choral Society.
A passionate advocate for music education, Dr Leung has taught at both the tertiary level and pre-school, primary and secondary levels. In addition to her recent faculty positions at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Indiana University, she has held tertiary-level positions at the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA; the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA; and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada; including Director of the Piano for Non-Majors Program and Collaborative Piano Coach at New England Conservatory. Equally at home teaching children and young adults, she is currently a Visiting Music Teacher (Piano/Theory/Chamber Music) at The Kings' School, North Parramatta (Sydney), and an HSC Performance Coach and Collaborative Pianist at International Grammar School, Sydney. In the past, she held positions at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Boston, USA; numerous private and public schools in Sydney, Australia; the Cogitania Gifted Children’s Center, Boston, USA; and at the Cleveland Music Settlement, USA, where she was on the piano faculty and Director of the Early Childhood Piano Program for children aged 3-7.
Dr Leung completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada), Bachelor of Music from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Licentiate of Music diploma (L.Mus.A) and Associate of Music diploma (A.Mus.A). She was placed First in the State in HSC 2 Unit Music and Extension Music, and attended St. Andrew's Cathedral School (Sydney), MLC School (Burwood) and Tara Junior School (North Parramatta). Important mentors include Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Jonathan Feldman, Dr Cameron Stowe, Virginia Weckstrom, John Perry, Jennifer King, Daniel Shapiro, Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Richard Svoboda, Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping and the Cavani Quartet.