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Clarinetist and Juilliard alumnus John Hong enjoys an exciting international career, with highlights including the American Ballet Theatre, the MostlyMozart Festival, and the Emmy award winning television series Mozart in the Jungle. He has earned plaudits from The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. Learn more at www.johnhong.me.

SHORT (83 words)

Clarinetist John Hong enjoys an international career performing in myriad notable institutions, ensembles, and television, including the American Ballet Theater, the MostlyMozart Festival, and the Emmy award winning series Mozart in the Jungle. For his performances, he has been hailed by The New York Times for playing “quirky theatrical and musical elements with aplomb” and by The Chicago Tribune for his “deft solo playing.” A Texas native, Mr. Hong is an alumnus of The Juilliard School. Learn more at www.johnhong.me

MEDIUM (263 words)

A clarinetist, writer, and entrepreneur, John Hong enjoys a varied and exciting international performance career, with plaudits from The New York Times for playing “quirky theatrical and musical elements with aplomb” and from The Chicago Tribune for his “deft solo playing.” In addition to engagements with the American Ballet Theatre and Lincoln Center’s MostlyMozart Festival, Mr. Hong can be seen and heard in the Emmy award winning television series Mozart in the Jungle.

As a writer, Mr. Hong has chronicled unconventional success stories from conservatory-trained musicians in his “You Should Be Following” column for National Sawdust Log, interviewing Drew “ThatViolaKid” Forde, Skillman Music CEO Weixiong Wang, and the violinist and nascent real-estate mogul Wynton Grant, among many others. His work appears in PrimephonicThe Juilliard Journal, and his personal blog, which was recognized by The Washington Post in 2016. Further, he founded and co-writes the National Sawdust Log newsletter with renowned journalist Steve Smith, whose readers include influential classical music journalists, musicians, conductors, arts marketers, and PR reps around the world.

Mr. Hong holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and has since returned to Juilliard as a paid speaker on entrepreneurship. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Lynn Conservatory, and began his studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Now based in New York City, he uses his background in professional writing, performance, marketing, and public relations to write expert bios and resumes tailored to the modern classical musician. To inquire about services or learn more, visit www.johnhong.me.

LONG (490 words)

A clarinetist, writer, and entrepreneur, John Hong enjoys a varied and exciting international performance career, with plaudits from The New York Times for playing “quirky theatrical and musical elements with aplomb” and from The Chicago Tribune for his “deft solo playing.” In addition to engagements with the American Ballet Theatre and Lincoln Center’s MostlyMozart Festival, Mr. Hong can be seen and heard in the Emmy award winning television series Mozart in the Jungle. 

As a writer, Mr. Hong has chronicled unconventional success stories from conservatory-trained musicians in his “You Should Be Following” column for National Sawdust Log, interviewing Drew “ThatViolaKid” Forde, Skillman Music CEO Weixiong Wang, and the violinist and nascent real-estate mogul Wynton Grant, among many others. Further work appears in Primephonic, The Juilliard Journal, and his personal blog, which was recognized by The Washington Post in 2016. Further, he founded and co-writes the National Sawdust Log newsletter with renowned journalist Steve Smith, which comments on the week’s news in classical and new music. Its readers dub it “essential” and “the newsletter to sign up for”, and include influential classical music journalists, musicians, conductors, arts marketers, and PR reps around the world.

Mr. Hong holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, from which he was one of ten students to receive a Norman Benzaquen Career Grant of $10,000 for showing significant entrepreneurial promise. He has since returned to Juilliard as a paid speaker on entrepreneurship and success in the arts. Previously, Mr. Hong received a Bachelor of Music from the Lynn Conservatory, where he graduated as valedictorian and won the school’s concerto competition. During his time at Lynn, he was also invited to perform as a soloist with the Wiener Residenzorkester, where he performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in the St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Hong began his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a two time winner of the school’s Southard competition.

In addition to his performance and writing careers, Mr. Hong has shown a knack for arts marketing. He served as the first Copywriter and Public Relations Manager until 2018 for National Sawdust, “the upstart Brooklyn concert hall and arts incubator” (Wall Street Journal), generating coverage ranging from reviews by The New York Times to long-form profiles on Japan’s NHK television station. Mr. Hong uses this expertise to consult classical musicians and organizations on writing expert bios and resumes. 

Mr. Hong began learning clarinet at the age of 12 in Amarillo, Texas, and is now based in New York City. He has been whispered secrets of clarinet from Jon Manasse, Lauren Jacobson, Bil Jackson, and Janet DuBois. Currently, he serves as the principal clarinetist for the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. In addition, John Hong is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and the Executive Assistant to Kimberly Hastie, a nationally ranked producing salesperson per The Wall Street Journal. To inquire about services or learn more, visit www.johnhong.me.