Music and Worship Hosts Historic Keyboard Performer

by Public Relations

Cedarville University’s Department of Music and Worship presents Leslie Tung, Ph.D., forte pianist and professor of music at Kalamazoo College, in masterclass and recital on Sept. 26 in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall.  The masterclass will be at 4:30 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Tung has been praised by media like Stereophile and Indianapolis Star for his interpretations on the classic fortepiano, the instrument favored by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Tung has been recitalist at the First International Festival and Conference on Fortepiano in Antwerp, the Michigan MozartFest, the Connecticut Early Music Festival and Festival Indianapolis. He has also been soloist with the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival orchestra and with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and duo pianist with his wife Silvia Roederer at the Carinthian Summer Festival in Austria and at the Conservatories of Music at Beijing and Shanghai, China.

In addition, he has appeared at over 30 colleges and universities, most recently as Distinguished Guest Artist at the University of Memphis School of Music, as soloist at the Conservatoire National de Région Chabrier, guest artist at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Tung began his study of piano in his native St. Louis, Mo., but pursued interests in the natural and social sciences at Yale University where he graduated with a degree in sociology. His professional commitment to music was as result of intense study under pianist and scholar John Kirkpatrick. Graduate piano studies followed under Barry Snyder at the Eastman School and with both Brooks Smith and John Perry at the University of Southern California. As a professor of music at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., Tung teaches a wide range of topics, including a course in the structure of scientific revolutions.

His instrument is a five-octave fortepiano that was completed in 1983 by Janine and Paul Poletti and based on the c. 1795 instrument of Munich builder Johan Lodewijk Dulcken, which is currently in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute.

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