Jennifer Leong
Status: Member
Member Since: September 28, 2004
Last Visit:April 10, 2013

Jennifer Leong

Violin: Calvin Baker, 1875, Boston
Bow: Coda Conservatory
Shoulder rest: Yes
Current groups: North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Quartetto Affetuoso, Piu Lento Quartet
Years playing: 8
Last violin exam: Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6
Previous instruments: Piano, clarinet and trumpet
Share my birthday with: Paganini
Favourite music books: "Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony" by Arnold Steinhardt and "Making Music for the Joy of It" by Stephanie Judy

I joined a community orchestra when I was 19, which was the first time I was exposed to stringed instruments (not counting the guitar and autoharp in elementary school!). I can’t say that I instantly fell in love with the violin, but there were a lot of seniors in the orchestra and it occurred to me that, even if they didn't start playing the violin until they were 40, they had still been playing for 40 or 50 years (in retrospect, they probably weren't that old - it just seemed like it because I was 19). I was sufficiently intrigued that I decided I would learn to play the violin by the time I was 40. Being the procrastinator that I am, this thought percolated in the back of my head until I was 39. I had my first lesson in June of that year and told my teacher that I would be thrilled if he could have me playing Twinkle by the end of the summer. By September I was in the second violin section of the orchestra. Sadly, my rate of progress since then has declined precipitously.

In the past few years, work and school commitments have prevented me from playing as much as I would like, but I plan my vacations around the Gabriola and Naramata String Ensemble Retreats and the West Coast Amateur Musicians Society Summer Music Camp.

I love the huge solo violin and chamber music repertoire (that I barely knew existed before), and of course I love!