David Leung is currently a PhD candidate majoring in musicology. His research area is focused on the use of programmatic references in the understanding of Hong Kong contemporary music written in western compositional format at The University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Dr. Giorgio Biancorosso. Leung has also written extensively on the musical expression and aesthetics, the subject to which Leung was drawn both as a composer, and through his studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he received a MPhil in music theory on the topic about Takemitsu’s uses of “sea motive” and “sea of tonality” in 2005, as well as another MPhil in musicology at The University of Hong Kong for the thesis “Memory, Aesthetics and Musical Quotation: Four Case Studies in 20th Century Music” in 2007 as a researcher. Leung’s particular interest is to explore how music relates to various arts, and how they convey meaning and evoke aesthetic response of listeners through different contexts. Currently Leung is writing his PhD thesis entitled Programming a Traditional Chineseness: A Historical Survey of the Development of Hong Kong Contemporary Music.
Furthermore, being a first honor graduate from HKAPA in composition and electronic music in 2003, Leung has been an active composer in Hong Kong for over a decade. Leung have published more than thirty pieces of musical work of different genres, including Refined Wisdom, which won the best composition award in the Hong Kong New Generation music competition 2001 and the commissioned work, Conversion for Pipa, Erhu and woodwind quartet, which was broadcasted live in Hong Kong Radio 4.