Summer 2017 Artists
Brian Hong is 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. Past mentors have 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, and the National Philharmonic, 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) and first prize in the Hellam National Young Artist’s Competition (2016). 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, and Kneisel Hall. 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 next season include a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kyle Pickett.
Mr. 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 Kovner Fellowship.