Korean-American violinist Brian Hong is currently in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Laurie Smukler and Li Lin, where he is a proud recipient of a prestigious Kovner Fellowship. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein, Mr. Hong’s past mentors have also included Sergiu Schwartz, Zvi Zeitlin, and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
As soloist, Mr. Hong has performed with orchestras such as the Fairfax Symphony, the Chesapeake Orchestra, the US Army Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, and the Juilliard Orchestra, and has won top prizes in many major US Competitions, including first prize in the national finals of the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition (2012), first prize of the American String Teacher’s Association Competition (2016), first prize in the Hellam National Young Artist’s Competition (2016), and first prize in the Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition (2017). Mr. Hong was also the first participant featured on NPR’s “From the Top” to perform on a period baroque instrument, playing an Uccellini Sonata with Christopher O’Riley on harpsichord.
In addition to his many solo achievements, Mr. Hong has extensive experience as a chamber musician, having performed at such festivals as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Taos School of Music, the Perlman Music Program, Kneisel Hall, and Yellow Barn. Mr. Hong was also a member of three different honors ensembles at NEC: the Atlas, Vasari and Neruda String Quartets, where he studied both classic and contemporary quartet repertoire with mentors such as Laurence Lesser, Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, and Lucy Chapman, and performed abroad in cities such as Chicago and Washington, DC.
Highlights of his past season include performances of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Kyle Pickett and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Missouri, and performances of the Schoenberg Violin Concerto with Edward Gardner and the Juilliard Orchestra in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, as well as appearances at Concerts in the Barn in Quilcene, WA.