ben hong 200x200Cellist Ben Hong performs frequently as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician collaborating with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Janine Jansen, Lang Lang, Cho-Liang Lin, Bobby McFerrin, Christopher O’Riley, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Shanghai String Quartet, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lars Vogt, and Long Yu. Los Angeles Philharmonic Assistant Principal Cellist since 1993, Hong has appeared as soloist with the LA PHIL and served as Acting Principal during the 2011-2012 season. Hong has appeared as soloist in Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto both at the Hollywood Bowl with Long Yu conducting and with the San Diego Symphony with Tan Dun as conductor.

Hong served as a consultant to the 2009 DreamWorks film, “The Soloist,” functioning as an on-set technical advisor, while teaching the star Jamie Foxx to convincingly handle the cello. The movie is based on Steve Lopez’s columns in the Los Angeles Times about Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a former Juilliard student who ended up on the streets of Los Angeles homeless and suffering from schizophrenia, yet held tight to his music. Hong’s playing is featured on the film’s soundtrack.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Hong won his native country’s National Cello Competition three years in a row before leaving home, at 13, for the Juilliard School. He later studied with Lynn Harrell at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Ben Hong last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2015.

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