A native of Chicago, Dylana Leung joined the MSO in 2010. Prior to holding this position, she was the assistant concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, section member of the late Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Originally a double major candidate in Engineering and Violin Performance at the University of Michigan, Dylana transferred to the Cleveland Institute of Music to continue her studies with Paul Kantor, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree and Professional Studies Certificate. She then spent a year studying with Robert Chen, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Other notable teachers include Cyrus Forough and Stephen Rose.
Dylana was 2nd prize winner of the 2000 Stulberg International String Competition and National Finalist at the American String Teachers Association Competition. As 1st prize winner in various Young Artist Concerto competitions, she has appeared as soloist with the DuPage, Elmhurst, Evanston, Northwest, and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. She also spent several summers at the Aspen Music Festival as a Fellowship Recipient.
Most days you'll find Dylana running along Lake Drive. She always has a stash of dark chocolate in her mailbox at work, and has learned how to cook a variety of Korean dishes; dol sot bibimbap, kalbi, and kimchi jjigae to name a few. During college football season, she follows the Michigan Wolverines, but will happily watch the Badgers post a win to the Buckeyes any day.