Hailed as a “powerhouse in classical saxophone” (University of Toronto), JEFFREY LEUNG (b. 1991) is an active performer, improviser, and educator. In addition to his work with collaborative artists, Jeffrey serves as the baritone chair of the Kynetik Saxophone Quartet and the Vice President of Novus New Music, Inc. His performances have received numerous honours and awards – most notably from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Jeffrey curates music spanning traditional repertoire to contemporary music and improvised performances. He has presented recitals and concerts throughout North America and has been invited to workshops at the Banff Centre, American Saxophone Academy, and Université Européenne de Saxophone.
Dedicated to the expansion of the saxophone repertoire, Jeffrey’s collaborations with composers has resulted in premieres and commissions of new works by Theo Chandler, Annika Socolofsky, Keaton Garrett, Alexis Bacon, Timothy Peterson, Roydon Tse, Baldwin Giang, Matthew Browne, Joe Krycia, and Gregory Wanamaker. Jeffrey has premiered these works and others at conferences hosted by the North American Saxophone Alliance, Northwestern University New Music Conference, and Midwest Composers Symposium. With Novus New Music, Jeffrey helped organize consortiums for new music by David Biedenbender as well as Novus’ Women in Music Campaign and Novus Spark project.
As a pedagogue, Jeffrey cultivates student-driven curiosity and healthy creativity by drawing from his experiences in teaching saxophone, music theory, and Soundpainting/improvisation. In addition to his responsibilities as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in music theory and saxophone, Jeffrey has taught masterclasses at several universities, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Maryland Wind Festival, and National Music Camp of Canada. Starting in the fall, Jeffrey will be the saxophone coach for the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony at Michigan State University.
Holding degrees from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Toronto, Jeffrey is pursuing dual degrees at Michigan State University (Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance; Master of Music in Music Theory) where he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Co-director of the Saxophone Ensemble. Jeffrey’s mentors include Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Dr. Wallace Halladay, Dr. Leigh VanHandel, and Dr. Michael Callahan.