Drawing Room Chamber Concerts
Since 1998 this intimate chamber series has been presented at the Hayner on the last Tuesday of most months in the school year. Beginning in 2017 we are pleased to have concert pianist Steven Aldredge as our host. Steven is also a sought-after composer and an educator at Wright State University. The series is presented free to the public because of the generosity of the citizens of Troy and our loyal sponsors. Learn more about Hayner’s cultural events and the good folks who support them at www.TroyHayner.org .
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Hayner’s Drawing Room Chamber Concert will feature
Kun Dong on violin and Benita Tse-Leung on piano
Kun Dong and Benita Tse-Leung began their collaboration as a violin/piano duo in the Fall of 2014 and have since performed together on university campuses in the region as well as benefit concerts for schools and nonprofit organizations. The violin/piano duo performed a series of concerts in several Taiwan cities including Taipei, Kao Hsiung, and Tai Chung. On Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30 pm they will return to the Hayner for an encore performance for the Drawing Room Chamber Concert series.
Ms. 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. She was the grand prize winner of the First Beijing International Violin Competition Youth division in 1986 along with the best Chinese Composition Performance Award and the best Henryk Wieniawski performance award. The following year, at the age of 13, she won the grand prize of the Third Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and performed as a featured soloist with the London Royal Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin. She was also the grand prize recipient of many prestigious competitions including the Pasadena Instrumental Competition(1993), Pacific Symphony Orchestra Showcase Competition for Young Musicians, Carmel Instrumental Competition (1996), Santa Barbara String Competition (1996), and Schadt International Violin Competition (1997). Her further pursuit in higher education led her to the United States earning her Artist Diploma and Bachelor’s of Music Degree in violin performance from the University of Southern California and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music respectively.
A versatile performer, Kun Dong has given numerous solo recitals around the world including major cities in the US, Canada, her native China, Taiwan, Macau (SAR)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. While in China, she appeared as soloist under world renowned conductors such as Maestro Chen Zuo Huang, Tang Mu Hai, Han Zhong Jie, and Li De Lun. Her love and dedication for chamber music has resulted in numerous performances on the Cincinnati Chamber Music Series, receiving high acclaim especially on her musical interpretation of the classical masterworks.
In 2002, Kun Dong became a tenured member with the prestigious Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and since then she has been on tour with the orchestra to Europe and Asia multiple times performing a wide variety of styles ranging from classical music to pops, as well as broadway theatre music to opera productions. Aside from being an active performer, Kun is equally passionate about passing on her love for music onto the next generation of young musicians. She served as a faculty member and was in residency with the “Rhine String Quartet” at Northern Kentucky University between the years of 2009-2012, but continues to teach young musicians who are serious and share her love of the instrument. Over the years, students under her tutelage have secured leading seats in prestigious youth orchestras in the region. Among those orchestras include the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonia, Southwest Regional Orchestra, Ohio State Youth Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Junior Strings. Her students have also been recognized with top awards in competitions, WDPR Talent Search, as well as receiving distinction scores on the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music exams.
Dr. Benita Tse-Leung is Faculty Associate at Wright State University. Born in the US, Tse moved to Hong Kong at an early age and began her musical studies there. She later 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. As duo pianists with her husband, Dr. Jackson Leung, Tse has been in recitals in major cities in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tienjin, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, and Bermuda. The piano duo has also been featured on public radio broadcasts in Hong Kong and the United States, been recognized with first prize awards (1996 and 1998) at the prestigious Graves Competition, and have given Asian premiere performances of works of highly acclaimed American composers William Bolcom, Joel Hoffman, and Scott Huston. Their CD, entitled “Danzas” was released in the summer of 2001 and includes an array of dances by Barber, Bolcom, Ravel, Brahms, and Copland.
Most recently, Tse has embarked on a new collaboration with violinist Kun Dong. Their performances have been well received and critically acclaimed to have “imaginative colors exchanging between the two instruments and immaculate unity in their ensemble collaboration.” The violin/piano duo have been featured in recitals in the United States, Macau (SAR) China, and an extensive tour to Taiwan that included performances in Taipei, Kao Hsiung, and Tai Chung. Aside from recitals in major venues, they frequently appear on university campuses as well as benefit concerts for schools and nonprofit organizations.
In 1989, she and her husband, established a piano studio that was committed to teaching serious piano students. Their mission was to inspire and instill discipline, artistry, and most importantly the love of music to generations of young musicians. To this day, their belief and commitment have prevailed. Together they have nurtured numerous prize winning students at state, regional, and international competitions including World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, The Stravinsky Awards International Competition, Bartók-Kabalevsky International Competition, “From the Top” Public Radio International Auditions, Irene Tintner Contest for Outstanding Pianists, Carmel Debut International Piano Competition, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, Blue Ash Symphony Concerto Auditions, Clifton Music Club Scholarship Competition, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Overture Awards, Three Arts Scholarship Program, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association/Graves and Buckeye Competitions, International Young Pianist Competition in Washington D.C., MTNA National Piano Competition, among others.
Tse has been serving as a US representative for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) since 1991. Her many years of experience in preparing students for this worldwide examining body has resulted in her students garnering highest marks consistently over the years. Most recently, she has received awards such as the Cincinnati Arts Association Arts Educator Award (2019), International Baccalaureate Educator of Distinction from a chapter in Michigan, USA (2016), as well as awards for Excellence in Piano Teaching by Carmel International Piano Competition in Indiana, USA (2016).