- Instrument: Viola
Violist Clayton Leung’s career has taken him across the entire country, from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, as well as into the United States. In the fall of 2013, he took up permanent residency in Edmonton, having accepted a position in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Leung previously held the position of principal violist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. He has also held positions in the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, the Castleton Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la Francophonie. Mr. Leung has had the pleasure of collaborating with renowned artists such as Itzak Perlman, Lorin Maazel, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Henk Guittart, Heidi Castleman, Joel Smirnoff, Roger Tapping, and André Laplante.
Clayton Leung is devoted to enticing youth to learn and appreciate orchestral music and the wide array of musical styles orchestral instruments are capable of playing. His interest in exposing youth to classical music stemmed from his work at the Courtenay Youth Music Centre, Langley Community Music School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department’s Distance Learning and Community Outreach Programs. Clayton and four of his colleagues from the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra toured western Newfoundland and northern Labrador bringing classical music to youth and adults in isolated communities, who would normally not have the opportunity to hear live classical music. Born and raised in Vancouver, Mr.Leung was immersed in music since the age of three. His formal training began at the Langley Community Music School and continued at the University of Victoria and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has studied under Lucia Shipperus, Heilwig von Koenigslow, Sharon Stanis and Robert Vernon. Aside from playing violin and viola, Clayton is very fond of playing the piano, guitar, and ukulele. In his free time, Clayton may be spotted in and around Edmonton sipping on lattés, dabbling in the culinary arts, and lifting heavy weights in the gym.