Korean-American violinist Brian Hong is currently in pursuit of an Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Laurie Smukler and Donald Weilerstein, and is a fellow with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded a prestigious Kovner Fellowship. 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, first prize of the American String Teacher’s Association Competition, first prize in the Hellam National Young Artist’s Competition, and first prize in the Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition. 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 the New England Conservatory, 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 seasons 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, Washington. Mr. Hong is a co-Artistic Director of NEXUS Chamber Music Chicago, a collective of vibrant and dynamic musicians who serve to deconstruct the barriers between classical artists and audiences with varied and unique chamber music performances in unconventional venues.