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Hailed by The Chicago Tribune for his “particularly deft solo playing” 1 and The New York Times for executing his performances “with aplomb” 2, John Hong is a clarinetist with a resume that includes multiple international performances. Most recently, he has performed with the Mostly Mozart festival, the American Ballet Theater, and can be heard in taxi cabs and Lincoln Center in NYC Ballet’s promotional videos, featuring music by Aaron Severini.

The Greatest City On Earth. A recent Master’s graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Hong’s first New York performance was as an artist for 2014’s An Evening Honoring Stella McCartney at Alice Tully Hall. A sought after musician, Mr. Hong has performed with the American Ballet Theatre, MostlyMozart Festival, MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra, Juilliard’s Axiom and New Juilliard Ensemble, the Juilliard Dance Division’s Choreography and Composition series, and The Juilliard Orchestra in numerous venues, including Peter Jay Sharp Theater, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. He has been privileged to premiere numerous works of Juilliard composers, including those of Emilia Tamburri, Hilary Purrington, Will Stackpole, Nicky Sohn, and Joshua Cerdenia. In his mission to make the arts accessible to the 99%, Mr. Hong was a proud Morse and Gluck Fellow through The Juilliard School, infusing the values and enrichment of music through lectures and performances in numerous grade schools, hospitals, and psychiatric wards throughout New York City.

Adventures in the Rockies. Mr. Hong spent his first two college years at the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with Yamaha Artist Bil Jackson and Dr. Lauren Jacobson. He experienced tremendous success at UNC, winning the Angie Southard Solo Competition both his freshman and sophomore years in the solo and chamber divisions. During his time at UNC, Mr. Hong gave his first performance abroad in Beijing and Guangzhou as a member of the UNC Wind Ensemble, including a performance of Rhapsody in Blue at the grand opening of the Five-Star Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel.

Taking My Talents To South Beach. 3 After transferring to the Lynn Conservatory of Music, Mr. Hong continued his contributions to and success within the musical community. 4 In addition to winning Lynn’s Concerto Competition in 2014, Mr. Hong received a $1,000 prize in the National Society of Arts and Letters regional solo competition in 2015. While at Lynn, Mr. Hong competed on a national level as a founding member of the piano trio Contrast Trio, advancing as a finalist to both the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions. In May 2014, Mr. Hong received his Bachelor of Music with Summa Cum Laude honors as the valedictorian and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in the Conservatory of Music.

Beginnings. John Hong is a native of Amarillo, Texas, and began his clarinet studies at the age of 11 under Amarillo Symphony associate principal Janet Dubois. Prior to attending university, Mr. Hong performed twice as a featured concerto soloist with WTAMU Band Camp’s Honor Band. Most recently, Mr. Hong was the student and teaching assistant of internationally acclaimed soloist, Buffet-Crampon artist, and Vandoren artist Jon Manasse. Notably, he has enjoyed pursuing other interests, funding his Tosca A and Bb clarinets entirely through summers as a door to door and in-home salesman, selling kitchen cutlery, home automation, and residential solar utilities.

The Future Is Now. As an arts advocate, Mr. Hong writes on many topics of interest on his personal blog, including his thoughts on the reformation of classical music and navigating the 21st century as a musician. Since its conception in 2015, the blog has gained significant popularity; enjoying a feature on The Juilliard Journal and garnering attention from The Washington Post. His blog can be found on his website, www.johnhong.me/blog, where he inches closer to his mission of one day writing a New York Times bestseller.

(08/26/2016)

Notes:

  1. Source. 1.7.16
  2. Source. 11.8.15
  3. This is a reference to LeBron James’s frequently mocked comments when he left Cleveland in 2010 in free agency to join two other superstars on the Miami Heat. I’m actually a big fan.
  4. Mr. Hong had the “wait, really?” privilege to give a performance in a Palm Beach home with artist The Honorable Edwina Sandys as featured guest, granddaughter of Winston Churchill.