Accompanist for the 2017 Festival
Virtuosic pianist and educator Emily Leong is a highly versatile musician, experienced in both classical and contemporary styles. Her diverse performance experience encompasses ensemble and solo playing as well as choral, musical theatre and orchestral repertoire.
In 2013, Emily completed her Master of Music (Performance) at the Melbourne Conservatorium, where she was awarded scholarships including the Pearis Rodger Piano Scholarship, Faculty Merit Scholarship and the Frederick Harlock Scholarship.
A strong believer in the life-changing results of music-making, Emily has taught the under-privileged and disadvantaged in the Philippines, China and Myanmar, as well as locally through The Song Room organisation. She is passionate about engaging people with creativity, and believes that it is never too late to interpret, invent and imagine. On her musical journey, Emily has been inspired by many musicians including Igor Machlak, Stephen McIntyre and Carolyn Almonte.
Aside from her performing and teaching commitments, Emily is a sought after accompanist, sessional musician, clarinettist in local ensembles and a Wesley Scholar. Some of her recent performances include being a pit musician for Canberra Theatre's season of Wicked, her debut solo performance in Canberra of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Canberra Wind Symphony, and a stage opera concert series collaboration featuring Menotti's The Telephone and Barber's A Hand of Bridge. In September she will be performing the Penelope Thwaites song cycle Lambeth Garland with chamber choir Igitur Nos.
She has recently completed her Master of Teaching (Secondary), and hopes to use the joy of music to inspire young people for many years to come.