Chamber Olympic Artist 2019

Michael Chong | viola

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Violist Michael Chong has established an impressive foundation for his young musical career that includes credits from prominent festivals, symphonies, and ensembles. Having recently graduated from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, Michael will be continuing his musical studies in the Fall at the University of Maryland studying under Katherine Murdock and Daniel Foster. As a student artist, he has regularly performed with the distinguished faculty of the McDuffie Center for Strings on chamber recitals, solo recitals, noteworthy recordings, and even alongside them at Carnegie Hall. He has has been presented in masterclasses for Hsin-Yun Huang, Dimitri Murrath, Melissa Reardon, and the Borromeo String Quartet.

Mr. Chong has been an ardent participant of the country’s top music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival. Other festival honors include fellowships to Dalí String Quartet International Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Renova Music Festival. He has served as Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C., and as Assistant Principal Viola of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival at the University of Maryland.

Michael is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. As a high school student, he took advantage of the rich music culture of that region and received numerous invitations to perform with prominent arts organizations such as the DC Public Opera. His past teachers include Rebecca Albers, Hsin-Yun Huang, Lawrence Dutton, Megan Yanik and Jim Batts.