Chamber Olympic Artist 2019
Charissa Leung | violin
Charissa Leung, 22-year-old violinist from San Jose, California, made her solo debut with the Prometheus Symphony as the winner of the 2015 Khuner Young Artist Competition. As a high school senior, she won the Genevieve Lake Lassere Scholarship and the Outstanding High School Senior Performance Award from the Music Teacher Association of California. She has also been a prizewinner of many other regional and state-wide competitions and has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. During the summers from 2013-2016, she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she studied with Robert Lipsett, Naoko Tanaka, and David Halen. In 2017 and 2018, she played alongside artists Julie Albers, Hsin-Yun Huang, Bella Hristova in the Rome Chamber Music Festival. In addition, Ms. Leung has participated in masterclasses by Midori, James Ehnes, Sylvia Rosenberg, Stephen Clapp, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Oundjian, Nicholas Mann, Paul Kantor, Li Lin, Cathy Cho, and Erin Keefe. Having been inspired by so many great teachers, she volunteered as a violin teacher at her alma mater, Williams Elementary School from 2013-2015, giving private lessons to members of the school orchestra. Ms. Leung began her violin studies at age three with Diane Egli and has studied with Ron Waibel since age six. She most recently graduated from the McDuffie Center for Strings where she double majored in Violin Performance and French as a recipient of a four-year Presidential scholarship. In the fall, she will be attending the Yale School of Music under the instruction of Syoko Aki.