Martin Leung

Known as the Video Game Pianist, Martin Leung is one of the first musicians of the ’net generation to adapt game music to performance.

He won global acclaim at 17 in 2004 with what the New York Times described as his "signature blindfolded performance" of the Super Mario Bros. theme and a spirited Mario medley. His homemade video, filmed in one take and uploaded to the pre-YouTube web 1.0, attracted about 40 million views.

As a classical pianist, Leung has soloed with symphonies across North America.

Leung studied with Myong-joo Lee and Ory Shihor. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro. He graduated with a master’s degree in music from Yale as a student of Claude Frank. He is studying with Stewart Gordon for a doctorate degree at the University of Southern California.

Program

RECITAL ROUND (video)  
Johann Sebastian Bach(1685–1750)

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Myra Hess) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, BWV 147
Maurice Ravel(1875–1937)

Sonatine
I. Modèrè
II. Mouvement de menuet
III. Animè

Frederic Chopin(1810–1849)

Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
Mazurka Op. 7 No. 3 in F Minor
Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth.

Frederic Chopin(1810–1849)Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22
Franz Liszt(1811–1886)

Venezia e Napoli
I. Gondoliera
II. Canzone
III. Tarantella

SCHUBERT ROUND  
Franz Schubert(1797–1828)

Sonata in C Minor, D958
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Minuetto: Allegro - Trio
IV. Allegro

CHAMBER MUSIC ROUND  
Franz Liszt(1811–1886)

Sonata in B Minor, S. 178

Johannes Brahms(1833–1897)

Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 99
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio affettuoso
III. Allegro passionato
IV. Allegro molto

CONCERTO  
Sergei Rachmaninoff(1873–1943)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

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