St. Mary's University Music Department, Winona, Minnesota

Dr. Chun Chim (David) Leung

Assistant Professor
Violin, Viola
Chamber Orchestra
Ear Training

162 St. Yon’s Hall
Campus PO: #1487

Dr. Chun Chim (David) Leung, Assistant Professor of Violin at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and Music Director of Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, is versatile and active in every aspect of performance as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, orchestral conductor and pedogue.

Leung performs and teaches extensively around the world, including regular masterclasses and concerts in Kenya, Colombia, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada and the United States.  Dr. Leung’s engagements in 2014-15 consists of Mendelssohn violin concerto with the Winona Symphony Orchestra in March 2015, teaching masterclasses and giving concerts in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya, Colombia, and throughout the United States (including New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and Indiana).

Leung has collaborated with many of today’s best-known artists such as Arvine Arditti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Anthony Camden, Andrés Cárdenes, Anthony Dean Griffey, Sharron Isbin, Warren Jones, Mikhail Kopelman, Gregory Kunde, Sir Neville Marriner, Dale Warland and Pinchas Zukerman.    Leung has also performed in numerous major international music festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals in France, Carinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Aberdeen International Music Festival in Scotland, Hong Kong Arts Festival, La French MayMusicarama and June in Buffalo.    

Leung made his Carneige Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City in 2009.  The recital program includes a series of works by contemporary Chinese composers such as Chan Yi, Bright Sheng and Zhou Long, including three world premieres of commission pieces in the presence of the composers.  

A strong advocate of chamber music and contemporary music, Leung is currently a member of the Saint Mary’s Trio, Faculty Trio at the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, with critically acclaimed pianist Ned Kirk and cellist Derek Clark. David Leung was a member of the Olean Chamber music society in upstate New York and he is the co-founder of Felix Piano Trio, Phoenix Trio and Helios String Quartet.    Leung also participates in many contemporary music festivals and ensembles, such asJune in BuffaloLa French MayMusicaramaOut of ContextMusica Nova and Slee Sinfonietta.  

Prior to joining the Winona Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster, Leung served as Associate Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Florida, and has taught at the Florida State University, University at Buffalo and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.    Dr. Leung is the co-founder and director of the Saint Mary’s Summer String Workshop and UB Summer String Workshop, and visiting faculty of Soochow University and Tunghai University in Taiwan, Wah Yan College in Hong Kong and Michigan Conducting Institute in Holland, Michigan. 

Dr. Leung is currently Music Director of the Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra at the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and remains active as guest conductor around the world.    In December 2013, Leung was invited to conduct a nationally televised concert for two thousand live audience at the St. Paul's Chapel of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the country's independance. Before directing the St. Mary's University Chamber Orchestra, in 2009-2010, Leung was the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the UB Symphony Orchestra at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Leung was also the Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra and he was a frequent guest conductor for the Auburn Chamber Orchestra and the New Horizon Orchestra in Western New York.   Leung teaches orchestral conducting and conducts the summer orchestras at the Michigan Conducting Institue and Csehy Summer School of Music. 

In light of his outstanding achievements and accomplishments in musical performance, Leung is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Investec Music Prize, Guinness Flight Music Prize, St. David Lodge Music Award, the Ruggiero Ricci Violin Performance Merit Award and scholarships such as the Bloomberg Scholarship, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship and Standard Chartered Community Foundation Scholarship. 

A native of Hong Kong, David Leung began his violin lessons at the age of six with Tong Lung and made his concerto debut at ten.    Leung continued to study with Lo Chu Tong and Michael Ma at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, was awarded Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance with First-Class Honors.   Leung holds a Master Degree in Violin Performance and Literature, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of Mikhail Kopelman, former leader of the legendary Borodin and Tokyo String Quartets.   

Leung has recorded for Decca and Oxford University Press.   The latest solo album Serenity was released in Spring 2011, featuring German organist Dr. Johannes Mueller-Stosch.   Serenity highlights a wide range of music composed for violin and organ, including works by Biber, Rheinberger, Mozart, Schumann, Faure and Tchaikovsky.   

David Leung plays a beautiful instrument made by Leandro Bisiach, Sr. in Milan in 1922.    

"[Leung’s] performance critically lauded…always extremely popular with the public." (Post Journal, New York)

"David Leung is the next up-and-coming musician to top the bill.” (LCSD, Hong Kong)



  • MUL115-415 Applied Violin/Viola
  • MUE 211 Orchestra
  • MU 170 Ear Training I
  • MU 175 Ear Training II
  • MU 270 Ear Training III


DMA, violin performance and orchestral conducting, Eastman School of Music
Major Teachers: Mikhail Kopelman, Neil Varon

MM, violin performance and literature, performer's certificate
Major Teacher: Mikhail Kopelman

BMus (1st Class Hons.), violin performance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Major Teachers: Michael Ma, Lo Chu-Tung, Tong Lung