Celebrating our Artists in Residence

IGS Artists in Residence, Peter and Theresa Leung, also known as Duo Leung, have been working with Stage 5 and 6 IGS music classes since 2018.

The talented musicians, who happen to be a brother and sister ensemble, said their aim at IGS is to help ignite each student’s creativity and inspire them to be the best musician they can be.

“Working with the students on their performance skills is a real treat as it gives us the opportunity to see their development and share our knowledge and experience,” they said.

“Our intensive work with the Year 12 students is particularly exciting as all their hard work culminates in their important HSC Performance Exam.

“The Annual Showcase Concert is a highlight of the year for us as Artists in Residence. Not only do we get to perform for the students and IGS families on this night, more importantly, we witness wonderful performances by the students, highlighting the tremendous hard work by students and music staff. It is a proud moment for us.”

“IGS supports students in finding their own voice, celebrating their uniqueness and building confidence in themselves and their abilities,” they said when asked what makes IGS different.

“These facets are at the core of musical performance and are so important for our young musicians. The ethos of IGS allows students to flourish in the musical arts.”

Peter, who plays the saxophone, said the range of sounds possible on the instrument is almost endless.

Dr Peter Leung

“On one end of the spectrum, it’s often described as the instrument closest to the human voice and capable of beautiful, soaring melodies. In contrast, the sax can also create loud raucous and grunty sounds, reminiscent of industrial machinery,” Peter said.

Theresa, who plays the piano, said the instrument is “supremely versatile”.

Dr Theresa Leung

“The sound of the piano touches the soul,” Theresa said.

“The middle registers are full of warmth and really connect with the human spirit. The upper (higher) registers are more bell-like with a wonderfully, uplifting ring, and the lower registers feel like they reach to the depths of the earth. The repertoire available to pianists, both in a solo and collaborative/chamber music context, is endless, spanning from c.1600 to the present,” Theresa said.

“It may be one of those over-used sayings, but music is really the universal language!

Music transcends verbal communication and allows us to express stories, emotions and ideas where words fail. When collaborating with people in musical performance, you connect with them in a unique way in which you share a common purpose and musical interpretation on stage, while also having room for individual spontaneity. Musical performance also allows us to tap in to the imagination and curiosity of those listening.”