Borromeo String Quartet, quartet-in-residence;Borromeo String Quartet, quartet-in-residence
Kristopher Tong is emerging as one of the most intriguing musicians of his generation. He joined the Borromeo String Quartet, NEC's quartet-in-residence, as second violinist in March 2006.
From 2002-2004, Tong was Principal Second Violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2005, Tong served on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival's Young Artists Program. He has appeared under the baton of some of the world's premier conductors, including James Levine, Christopher von Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Charles Dutoit. He has also performed with Mizayaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, the New York String Orchestra, and as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet. Tong was also a member of the original cast of Classical Savion at the Joyce Theater in New York City, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover.
Kristopher Tong began his violin studies in the Binghamton public elementary school program before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was 11. As a student of Leonard Braus, he was concertmaster of the Utah Youth Symphony for two years. He received his Bachelors degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied with the late Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried. In 2005 he completed his Masters Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under Fried. Born in the United States to parents from Hong Kong and Taiwan, he has an older sister, Melissa, who is an accomplished violinist, and a younger sister, Jessica, who dances with the famed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, a contemporary dance ensemble.
B.M., Indiana University in Bloomington. M.M., NEC. Studies with Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried.
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