Leslie Ryang Moonsun
Assistant Principal Second Violin
Leslie Ryang has been a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 1996 and is currently Assistant Principal Second Violin, a position she has held since September 1997. Born in the United States of Korean descent, Ryang received her first formal training at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Charles Castleman, participating in his Quartet Program from 1988-1991. She then received her Bachelor's Degree in 1995 from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Roland and Almita Vamos. She went on to receive her Master's Degree from Indiana University where she studied with Yuval Yaron, Mauricio Fuks and Rostislav Dubinsky. As a student at Indiana University, she also had the opportunity to perform in the Baroque Orchestra and study baroque violin under Stanley Ritchie and holds a special interest in early music.
Ryang has participated in numerous chamber music and orchestral festivals, such as the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. She has also performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival in Germany under Sir Georg Solti, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Tanglewood Music Center as a fellowship student, the Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute. She has appeared as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, in New York. As a chamber musician, Leslie has worked with members of the Emerson, Tokyo, Vermeer and Muir Quartets, and took part in Music at the Gainey Center.