Daisy Leung is making her mark in Toronto as an accomplished collaborative artist whose love for chamber music and collaboration is apparent in her approach. She is employed as a collaborative pianist at the University of Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
For 20 years, she has taught piano, history, and theory, and feels fortunate to be able to pass on her love of music to the next generation through teaching and adjudicating festivals across Ontario.
After starting piano lessons at the age of five with Betty Wong and then Wolfram Linnebach in Edmonton, she moved to Toronto to complete a degree with piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov, where she earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto.
She has been privileged to play for many of today’s leading pianists, such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jane Coop, and Marc-André Hamelin. Through her participation in U of T’s chamber music program and as a collaborative pianist, Daisy has also been afforded the opportunity to be coached by Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Philcox, Carolyn Maule, Jamie Summerville, Laurence Lesser, Sylvia Rosenburg and Jacques Israelievitch. Daisy has completed further studies at The Banff Centre, Algonquin Summer Institute, Aria Summer Music Festival and Scotia Festival of Music.
She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from institutions including the Canadian Music Competition, Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta College and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Daisy, pianist, teacher, adjudicator, concert organizer, and as of 2021 on the Board of the Women's Musical Club Toronto!
Here is what she thinks about the importance of music education, diversity, and equity in the arts: “I have witnessed firsthand in my own education that having music as a part of one’s education is vital in developing heightened cognitive skills and creating a greater sense of community. Music allows us to connect with people around the world as a universal language.”