Jinsun Hong, Viola

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Jinsun Hong first started to play the violin when she was age 10, but she switched to viola after a friend remarked that her long arms and big hands meant she was capable to play viola well. Perhaps because of this rather pointed comment, she became obsessed with studying violist’s bow arms. In quick time, she learned how to imitate other people’s playing, which began her journey with chamber music.  

One of her first experiences was performing with her quartet as representatives of Korea in the Miyazaki International Music Festival in 2006. She also traveled to Mongolia, performing in a string quartet with the prodigy Midori, where they played for schools and communities in Ulaanbaatar.  Later, she attended the Yellow Barn Summer Chamber Music Festival three times, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, and Taos Chamber Music Festival.

Jinsun has performed as a member of the Curtis on Tour ensemble alongside Roberto Diaz and Time for Three. She performed frequently with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry, and has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ola Viola Sound. She has won many awards and honors, including the LISMA International Music Competition, Korean National Music Competition, and Korean-American National Competition.

Jinsun is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Misha Amory, and she received her Masters of Music and graduate diplomas at the New England Conservatory, studying with Roger Tapping and Kim Kashkashian. Currently she is pursuing a DMA at the University of Maryland, where she works with Katherine Murdock.

She is an avid ballet fan and her favorite is the 1877 ballet La Bayadere by choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus.