Jacky LEUNG is one of the most promising young classical and jazz saxophonists in Hong Kong. He is one of the Forestone (Japan) saxophone artists in the world. Jacky started music by playing the euphonium and tuba when he was nine. He was inspired by music and began studying other woodwind and brass instruments as well, including the trombone and saxophone. Throughout his time in school, he played many instruments in orchestra, concert band, and various ensembles.
Jacky won several prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. On euphonium, trombone, and saxophone, he achieved the Grade 8 level in the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music examinations. He received the highest grade in the Trinity Guildhall Diploma (FTCL).
Along the road of learning, Jacky participated in the 2009 and 2011 Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposiums, where the faculty included Eugene Rousseau, Claude Delangle, and Kenneth Tse, among others. These professors provided him with many valuable insights on his playing.
Before concentrating exclusively on the saxophone, Jacky played the euphonium with the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band during an exchange tour to Japan. He also performed at the 14th World Saxophone Congress in 2012 as the soprano saxophone player in the Hong Kong Saxophone Ensemble.
A multifaceted performer, Jacky played in the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) and was lead alto with the Hong Kong Youth Jazz Orchestra (HKYJO). In 2012, he worked with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and received praise for his tenor saxophone solo in Ravel’s Bolero. Jacky is always interested in exploring new music. He has played in the music events Sounds Shocking, Street Music, and Detour, performing Luciano Berio’s challenging Sequenza IXb to great acclaim. Along with his instrumental career, Jacky leads orchestras and concert bands as a conductor in different schools. Under his guidance, their performances and competition results are highly respected. Jacky also participates in Music Children Foundation to support underprivileged children with free training on musical instruments.
Jacky finished the BMus degree program at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Parsons Music Foundation Scholarship. He now studies with Michael Campbell in the Academy’s MMus programme with a Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Music Scholarship. He has performed many times at the Academy, including numerous premieres by young composers. In addition, he has appeared three times with the Academy’s Symphony Orchestra as a soloist and concerto trial winner.