For Immediate Release – July 19, 2018
THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE 2018 STUDENT COMPOSER COMPETITION
The Canadian University Music Society is pleased to announce that Austin Leung is the winner of the 2018 STUDENT COMPOSER COMPETITION.
The jury selected Austin Leung’s energetic and playful string quartet, A Little Childish Fantasy, as the first prize winner.
Austin Leung is a Hong Kong-Canadian composer currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Leung’s composition is distinctive in its manner of integrating contrasting musical materials in the same work. Materials range from tonal, expressive melodies to brutal contemporary noise. Such a compositional approach echoes Leung’s philosophical belief that the world is united, but also diversified. If the most contradicting musical materials can collaborate perfectly in a same piece of music, all humans, regardless of background or culture, should be able to coexist in the same world without discrimination, prejudice and war.
Recent performances of Leung's music include Music from the World by players from the Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), Prelude by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Canada), and Serenity by the Ostrava New Orchestra (Czech Republic).
The Student Composer Competition is open to any university student who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant or who is studying at a Canadian institution, does not yet hold a doctorate and does not hold a full-time teaching position. The competition takes place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Canadian University Music Society.