Lauded for her “lyrical intensity” (Baltimore Sun) and her “performances to remember” (Woodstock Times), violinist Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is a German DAAD Scholar, as well as the recipient of the Canada Council Grant for Professional Musicians, the Elizabeth Massey Award, and the David Ouchterloney Award for Most Promising Young Artist. She has also been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music and Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competitions.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Tong has performed in international concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, les Invalides in Paris, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and collaborated with artists such as Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Cho-Liang Lin, and members of the Cleveland, Vogler, Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. She has served as the first violinist of the Vinca and Larchmere String Quartets, and most recently held the post of Artist-in-Residence at the University of Evansville and concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana.
Dedicated to finding innovative ways to make the chamber music art form relevant and understood by current society, Ms Tong is also a passionate advocate for music education and humanizing the concert experience. She has been an Artist-in-Residence for the Gorgeous Sound Program in Oregon and the Perlman Music Program Suncoast in Florida, as well as a two time recipient of the ProQuartet Odyssee Residency Grant- a project that brought her to perform and teach across France. She has served as a co-artistic director for several chamber music workshops including Chamber Music of the Rockies in Colorado, University of Florida’s UF ChamberFest, and the Harlaxton Music Festival in Grantham, England. She is a co-founder and current artistic director for the chamber music residency organization Music Beyond the Chamber, as well as the newly appointed Chamber Music Workshop Director for the Composers Conference at Wellesley College.
A pupil of Pamela Frank, Ms. Tong has also studied with Kathleen Winkler, Donald Weilerstein, and Zhang yun Zhang, and has been mentored as a chamber musician by members of the Alban Berg, Vogler, Artemis and Brentano Quartets.