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Brian Hong, 17, is a junior at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has been studying violin for 13 years, 11 of which have been with June Huang. In addition, he has studied privately with Claudia Chudacoff, Misha Vitenson of Florida International University and first violinist of the Amernet String Quartet, Zvi Zeitlin of the Eastman School of Music, Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Curtis Institute of Music, and Sergiu Schwartz of Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. He has been a winner of the Fairfax Symphony Concerto Competition, the Friday Morning Music Club Strings Competition, the National Philharmonic’s Concerto Competition and River Concert Series Concerto Competition, providing him opportunities to perform concertos at such venues as the Strathmore Music Center and St. Mary’s College with the National Philharmonic and the Chesapeake Orchestra. He won in succession the MTNA Virginia competition, the MTNA Southern Regional competition, and then placed third in the national competition in Albuquerque, NM in 2010. He also performed on the national NPR radio show From the Top this spring, presenting an early Italian violin sonata on baroque violin, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley on the harpsichord; he was the first performer on the show to be featured with period instruments . He has attended many music camps and festivals, among them the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Ithaca Chamber Institute, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara as its youngest Fellow.

Brian’s musical taste spans widely from early music to progressive death metal. Nevertheless, the classical genre is his main focus, including an avid interest in baroque and contemporary literature. Besides his active performing life as the concertmaster of the American Youth Philharmonic, as recitalist and in local Washington chamber ensembles, Brian is also interested in the sciences, especially biology and chemistry. He takes an avid interest in teaching; he enjoys volunteer tutoring high school students in science subjects as well as helping young violinists improve their skills.

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