Steven Leung – (Musician/ Violinist/Performer)
Steven began his musical studies on the violin at age eight where he quickly showed promise. Throughout secondary school, he was the Concertmaster of the Minnesota Youth Symphony and his school orchestras as well as a frequent soloist. He received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Rice University. Among the many ensembles he has played with include, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Bill T. Jones Dance Company. He has performed throughout the country as well as overseas in Europe and Asia and with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Christoph Eschenbach and Michael Tilson Thomas.
About 11 years ago, Steven was diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neurological disorder that affects his left hand and has kept him from pursuing a professional orchestral career. As fate would have it, Steven came into the paths of internationally reknown guitarist Billy McLaughlin, who also has the disorder, and has been performing with him as a member of the Eclectric String Quartet. He can be seen performing with Billy locally in the Twin Cities area and has done some touring with him in the midwest.
Steven is also a sought after violin instructor, and teaches traditional and Suzuki violin to students in his home studio and is a former faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music.
Steven performs on a 1916 Carl Becker violin and a Ned Steinberger 5 String electric Violin.