About David Leung – Qualification

Academic Qualification (Acquired):David Leung

  • Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (Music Theory) in 1988.
  • Graduate of the United Academy of Music (Theory & Composition) in 1990.
  • Licentiate of Trinity College of London (Compositional Techniques) in 2003.
  • Bachelor of Music (First Honor) of HKAPA (Composition and Electronic Music) in 2003.
  • Master of Philosophy of CUHK (Music Theory) in 2005.
  • Master of Philosophy of HKU (Musicology) in 2007.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology, candidate level)


Academic Study:

  • PhD (Musicology) at HKU.Thesis Title: Programming a Chinese Face: A Historical Survey of Hong Kong Contemporary Music



  • Hang Seng Bank Hong Kong Scholarship 2001/2002.
  • The Hong Kong Bank Foundation Hong Kong – Mainland Exchange Scholarship 2001/2002.
  • Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies Dept. of HKAPA – Foreign Exchange Student Scholarship 2002.
  • Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel – Peninsula Suite Scholarship 2002.



  • New Generation Concert 2001 – Best Composition Commission Award.


Teaching Experiences:

  • Teacher assistant of HKU (2007 onward)
  • Teacher assistant of CUHK (2003-05)
  • Teacher assistant of HKAPA (P/T 02-03, 06-07)
  • Music theory tutor (Grade 5, 8 & AMusTCL and LMusTCL courses) of United Academy of Music (P/T, 1988-2000)
  • Music theory tutor (Grade 5, 8 & AMusTCL and LMusTCL courses) of Spare Time Study Center (P/T, 89 onward)


Published Thesis And Articles:


Conference Experience:

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA and EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR CHINESE MUSIC RESEARCH (CHIME) — The 19th Chime International Meeting: The New Face of Chinese Music (2015, Geneva)
    Paper title: Whose Face? China Hongkongese or Hong Kong Chinese: Reshaping the “Chineseness by Hearing the Quoted Tunes in Two Contemporary Hong Kong Compositions
    Chinese and East Asian Music: The Future of the Past (International Meeting 2009, Brussels)
    Paper title: The Aesthetic Concept of Wang Guowei and Hong Kong Contemporary Music
  • BUHK — International Conference in Music Sino-Western Musical
    Relations/Intersections/Receptions/Representations: East Meets West (2009)
    Paper title: Wenren Aesthetics and Hong Kong Contemporary Music
  • 2007 ISCM-ACL World Music Days Hong Kong — International Symposium on Composition in the Twenty-first Century: New Music and the Musical Canon
    Paper title: Musical Quotation and the Struggle for Canonicity
  • CUHK — Postgraduate Music Symposium 2006
    Paper title: Unofficial Histories: Musical Borrowing and Collective Memory in Hong Kong
  • HKU — Postgraduate Music Symposium 2005
    Paper title: Reframing the “Sea”: A Critical Study on Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea



  • The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH)
  • Hong Kong Composers’ Guild


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