Lydia Hong, twenty-four, received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009 under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein. At the age of twenty-one, Ms. Hong took her first orchestral audition and was appointed principal 2nd violin of the New York City Ballet orchestra. She has been working there since January 2009 and she is frequently featured performing solo concerti with the orchestra.
Ms. Hong has soloed with many orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as the Minnesota Symphony, performing in such halls as Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center (Chicago), Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. She has been featured on WFMT Chicago, the Young Artist’s Showcase WQXR, NY, as well as NPR.
Ms. Hong has won numerous reputable competitions, a few of which include WAMSO (The Women’s Association of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra), for which she claimed the rarely-awarded grand prize, the national Blount Young Artists Competition, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Youth Auditions, and MTNA. She also claimed top prizes in the Kingsville International Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the ASTA Competition. Ms Hong claimed first prize three times in both the Society of American Musicians competition as well as the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition. She also claimed first prize in the Korean International Music Foundation Competition. As a member of The Subito Trio, Ms. Hong received top prizes in both the Rembrandt and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions.
Ms. Hong has served in principal positions of the Juilliard Orchestra as well as concertmaster of AXIOM, Juilliard’s student initiated ensemble, in which she closely collaborated with James Conlon and was singled out by The New York Times for her performance in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. She also served as concertmaster for Juilliard’s AXIOM Ensemble in Zurich, Switzerland for the “Beyond the Machine” electronic and new music concert. As a member of Illinois’ American Chamber Strings Orchestra for ten years, Lydia was frequently appointed concertmaster.
Ms. Hong was the recipient of many scholarships including Union League, The Musician’s Club of Women, and Musichorale. She was nominated for candidacy in the Presidential Scholars Program in the Arts for which she received a Level I Award, the top achievement award given. At Juilliard, she was the recipient of the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, the Frederic Houston Williams Scholarship, and the Dorothy Starling Scholarship.