Alice Hong began her violin studies at the age of ten and began composing at the age of nine.
Growing up, Alice spent a year studying violin performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After returning to her hometown in Georgia, she appeared as a soloist with and was concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, also being a recipient of the ASYO Scholarship. She also was featured as a performer and composer of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Conversation of Note series with Robert Spano. She has since appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the southeast and has held concertmaster and principal positions for orchestras at Spoleto USA, Sarasota Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Brevard Music Center, and orchestral ensembles at the Banff Centre. She currently performs as a substitute violinist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, guest principal second for the Rose Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as the U of T Percussion Ensemble. Alice has also appeared in masterclasses and worked with acclaimed professors such as Pamela Frank, Donald Weilerstein, Viktor Danchenko, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and Soovin Kim, amongst others. She is a first-prize winner of the International IMKA Music Competition and has earned recognition in the Lennox, Mika Hasler, and Hellam string competitions, and her recorded and live performances have been featured on CBC Radio One, WABE 90.1 Atlanta and WSMR 89.9 Tampa. She was recently featured on CBC Music's "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30, 2018 Edition".
As an avid chamber musician, Alice participated in several semesters of CIM's Intensive Quartet Seminar, and her chamber groups have also worked with and played in masterclasses for Shmuel Ashkenasi, Juilliard Quartet, Chiara Quartet, Dover Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Cavani Quartet, and St. Lawrence String Quartet among many others. She also toured as the first violinist of the first quartet to embark on Heifetz Institute's "Heifetz on Tour" series. Some of her summers have been spent at festivals such as Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Banff Centre Masterclasses for Strings and Winds, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Heifetz Institute of Music, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Foulger Institute of Music, International Music Academy of Plzen, Brevard Music Center, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She is currently touring as a violinist for Lincoln Center Stage for all of summer 2018.
Alice is also an international award-winning composer. Her first symphony, Mystic Trilogy, was premiered at age 11 and has since had compositions performed in Hungary, China, Czech Republic, Canada, across America, and featured on Toronto's Music 311 and as film scores for Studio 3D productions. Her pieces have won multiple awards from the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, first prize and audience prize at the 2nd International Keuris Composition Competition for her full orchestra piece Phoenix, first prize at Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition, first prize of Cleveland Institute of Music’s inaugural Carl E. Baldessere Competition for composer-virtuosi, and third prize as well as audience prize of Lands End Ensemble Composers Competition. She is currently published by Edition MatchingArts and have had her pieces programmed in venues such as the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Spoleto Festival USA, the Primrose International Viola Competitions recitals, ASO Conversation of Note series, and the Northern California Viola Society as the commissioned work for their Young Violists Competition. Her orchestral pieces have been read by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, CIM Symphony Orchestra and U of T Symphony Orchestra, and performed by the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra and Amersfoort Youth Orchestra. Among some of the performers of her chamber pieces include members of the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, and National Ballet of Canada, members of the Cypress String Quartet and Rolston String Quartet, and students at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. She, herself, has been given the opportunity to perform her pieces at the Kennedy Center and as part of Spoleto Festival USA, and frequently participates in new music ensembles and premieres.
Alice holds a Masters degree in violin performance studying privately with Cho-Liang Lin at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholar, and a Bachelor Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of David Updegraff, along with a minor in composition. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts as a Harold Carter Fellowship Recipient.
Alice also hopes to bring awareness to the importance of music programs and community appreciation for classical music and musicians, specifically for the members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In her efforts, she organizes and hosts the annual ATL Symphony Appreciation Concerts since 2012, programming ensembles with Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra alumni in collaboration with Atlanta Symphony members to celebrate the great contributions of the symphony to the community of Atlanta.
Alice is also a founding member of Project MainStream, a collective of musicians aiming to bridge the gap between classical and pop music.
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