Thank you so much for taking excellent care of my Guadagnini!”
— Jessica Hung
Concertmaster of Dayton Philharmonic
Chunyee’s work on Jessica Hung’s J. B. Guadagnini
Biography of Jessica Hung
At age 23, violinist Jessica Hung has already established herself as a rising young artist in the American orchestral world. Her appointment in 2008 as Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is a first career milestone for the Cleveland Institute of Music graduate.
She previously held the same title with the Annapolis, Chicago Civic, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestras, as well as the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She is also a substitute violinist for The Cleveland Orchestra and the Baltimore and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
An active teacher, Jessica joined the violin faculty at the University of Dayton in fall 2009.
Jessica's passion for orchestral music-making was evident in her student days, when she attended such prestigious training festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy in Germany and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed major symphonic works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra after winning mock auditions. Her orchestral endeavors have taken her to the renowned venues of Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Jessica gave her solo concerto debut with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra at age twelve. She has since appeared as a soloist with the University of Chicago Chamber and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestras. For five consecutive seasons, Jessica had a special relationship with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra: she held the unique title of Resident Soloist and appeared annually on subscription programs featuring works from the Romantic violin concerto repertoire.
Jessica's prizes include the Northwestern University Thaviu String Competition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Scholarship Auditions, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Feinberg Youth Auditions. She studied viola with Helen Callus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taken first place at the Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition. Jessica performed in master classes for Gil Shaham, Ruggiero Ricci, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks, Malcom Lowe, Atar Arad, Bruno Pasquier, Lars Anders Tomter, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Takács and Tokyo Quartets.