Lydia Leong
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Member Since: February 5, 2011
Last Visit:October 15, 2017
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Lydia Leong

I'm an adult amateur violinist living in the Washington DC area. I enjoy orchestral playing, chamber music, and being a pit musician, in addition to working on the solo repertoire. I've done some professional freelancing, but I have a very demanding career in IT (where I generally go by @cloudpundit on social media), and thus now have to squeeze in music where I can.

I am currently the concertmaster of the Montgomery Philharmonic (a community orchestra in Gaithersburg, MD), and a solo performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC).

I started playing at the age of 6, was trained very seriously, quit when I was 17, picked it up again nine years later, played for 4 more years, then quit again for nine years... and finally picked it back up once more in January 2013. My life just isn't really complete without music.

I started out doing Suzuki and then switched to conventional training after Book 6. I had the good fortune to study with many excellent teachers in my childhood. The ones you might recognize include Betty Haag, Lee Joiner, and the late Arnold Grossi (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra). When I returned to the violin as an adult (the first time), I studied with Claudia Bloom. Now I'm a student of Emil Chudnovsky.

2016-2017 season concerts:

  • September 10th, 2016: Schnittke, Suite in the Old Style; Montgomery County Chamber Music Society benefit concert
  • October 14th, 2016: Schnittke, Suite in the Old Style; FMMC Cavalry Baptist Church concert series
  • October 16th, 2016: Dvorak "American" Quartet; FMMC Lyceum (Alexandria History Museum) concert series
  • February 2nd, 2017: Stravinsky, Suite Italienne; FMMC Strathmore Mansion concert series
  • March 26th, 2017: Vaughan-Williams, Lark Ascending; with the Montgomery Philharmonic

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