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Martin Leung (USA)
2018 Alaska International
Davis Concert Hall at University of Alaska, Fairbanks
12 Tanana Dr
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Martin Leung of USA is widely recognized as a classical pianist and as his alter ego, Video Game Pianist (VGP). Martin holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, and University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts). Martin won first place at Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (2016) - Division VII Concerto, first place at the 2012 USC Concerto Competition, shared first place at the 2011 Art of the Piano Liszt Competition, first place at CIM Concerto Competition (2007), and third place at Oberlin International Piano Competition (2003), among others. He was a semifinalist at San Jose International Piano Competition (2017).
As VGP, Martin is one of the first musicians of the ‘net generation to adapt game music to performance. Leo Cotterell of The Times of London noted him as a “brilliant pianist.” Seth Schiesel of New York Times mentioned his “signature blindfolded performance” in reference to a viral video of Martin playing Super Mario music. He performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Théâtre St-Denis, among others. His YouTube channel has over 86,000 subscribers, 19 million video views, and 46 years of watch time.
The selection featured in this Recital Round performance include:
- Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
- Trancendental Etude No. 10 in F Minor, S. 139/10 (Franz Liszt)
- Venezia e Napoli, S. 162 (Franz Liszt)
- Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C-sharp Minor (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
- Preludes Op. 23, Nos. 2, 4 and 5 (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
- Preludes in Jazz Style, Op. 53, Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 18 (Nikolai Kapustin)
- Gargoyles, Op. 29 (Lowell Liebermann)
This performance was originally recorded and broadcast live on May 23, 2018, at Davis Concert Hall in Fairbanks, AK.