Steven K. Leonard (NRO 1982) Associate Concertmaster at the Traverse Symphony
Steven K. Leonard was with the NRO in 1982, when it was called the Colorado Philharmonic and when it was located in Evergreen, CO. About his experience, he states, "My work with the Colorado Philharmonic acted as the stepping stone to my orchestral work throughout my career. We covered a vast array of repertoire, all with Carl's very patient and thorough guidance. I will always treasure this experience and the wonderful social experiences of that summer!"
Mr. Leonard currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he is Associate Concertmaster in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and is the Director of the TSO Civic Chamber Music Program. He also performs as guest Assistant Concertmaster/Associate Principal of the violin sections in the West Michigan Symphony. This year, Mr. Leonard was a guest artist at The Bridge Chamber Music Festival at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges in Minnesota. He maintains a busy private teaching studio in Traverse City. Mr. Leonard is frequently a visiting artist at violin masterclasses throughout the country. He enjoys performing in solo and chamber music recitals regularly.
David Young (NRO 2014) A Rising Star After David Young attended the NRO in 2014, he was appointed Acting Second Bassoon/Contrabassoon with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway from January through March, 2015. Following his stint in Norway, David joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, DC last August. David states, "My summer with the NRO was hugely formative in my development as a professional musician. I often remember fondly how well the intense pace of work and high level of musicianship prepared me for the diversity of work in my career. Beyond the orchestral performances, the outreach workshops and chamber performances also contributed to my flexibility as both performer and educator to all varieties of audiences."
Yu Zhang (NRO 2013 & 2014), Principal Keyboardist at the Omaha Symphony
Yu "Dean" Zhang most recently was featured as a soloist with the New World Symphony as a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. As a Piano Fellow with the New World Symphony, he performed on piano, organ, harpsichord, and synthesizer in weekly orchestral concerts, in solo performances, and in chamber ensembles. Currently Zhang is the Principal Keyboardist at the Omaha Symphony.
A devoted pedagogue, Zhang joined the piano faculty of the New England Music Camp in 2015 and has presented master classes at universities throughout China. Zhang will also be featured as the harpsichord soloist in J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Omaha Chamber Music Society in June 2016.