“Historically, C# has been a problematic pad for being stuck at the most inopportune moments. The innovative design of these Key Leaves not only addresses C# but prevents G# from sticking and opens up E-flat to promote pad longevity. These Key Leaves fit all soprano saxophones - straight or curved!” - Jeffrey Leung (Classical Saxophonist, Associate Director of International Saxophone Academy)
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 is on the Artist Faculty roster with the Maryland Chamber Winds and serves as the Vice President of Novus New Music, Inc. His performance accolades have received numerous honours and awards – most notably from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra – and has been described as: “A truly modern virtuoso, Jeffrey effortlessly navigates the most demanding scores for saxophone without losing his trademark warmth, sensitivity, and lyricism” (Roydon Tse, composer).
Curating musical programs spanning traditional to contemporary repertoire, Jeffrey has presented recitals and concerts throughout North America including concerto performances at the Maryland Wind Festival, appearances with ensembles like the New World Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and has been invited to workshops at the Banff Centre, American Saxophone Academy, Toronto Creative Music Lab, and Université Européenne de Saxophone. Several of Jeffrey’s performances can be found on albums and recording projects by Michigan State University, people|places|records (PPR), Arts Laureate, and Sly Pup Productions.
Dedicated to the expansion of the saxophone repertoire, Jeffrey’s collaborations with composers has resulted in premieres and commissions of over thirty new works for the saxophone including music by Theo Chandler, Spencer Arias, Annika Socolofsky, Shelley Washington, Keaton Garrett, Alexis Bacon, Timothy Peterson, Roydon Tse, Baldwin Giang, Matthew Browne, Joe Krycia, and Gregory Wanamaker. Jeffrey has premiered these works at conferences hosted by the North American Saxophone Alliance, Northwestern University New Music Conference, and Midwest Composers Symposium. Since joining Novus New Music Inc. in 2016, Jeffrey has 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 led Soundpainting workshops with the Creative Arts Orchestra and Saxophone Ensemble at the University of Michigan and taught masterclasses at North American universities, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Maryland Wind Festival, National Music Camp of Canada, and 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. Christian Matijas Mecca, Dr. Leigh VanHandel, and Dr. Michael Callahan.