Brian Hong is a 17 year old classically-trained violinist from Fairfax Station, VA. He has attended many prestigious music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and the Preludio Program in Ithaca, New York. His teachers include June Huang, Claudia Chudacoff, Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Curtis Institute of Music, and Zvi Zeitlin of the Eastman School of Music. He is an experienced chamber musician, having performed in ensembles for over 5 years, and he is a concertmaster of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has played with the Duquesne University Orchestra, the Strings International Music House Chamber Orchestra (playing a duet with Paul Arnold of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and the National Philharmonic.
Brian, while being a classical musician, is also an avid metalhead; he is a fan of bands such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Opeth, Redemption, Soilwork, and In Flames, among many others, and is looking forward to adding his violin playing to The ANABASIS Project.