Daniel Chong

Preceptor, Parker Quartet
Music Building Room A

GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Daniel Chong leads a multi-faceted career having concertized extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. Since 2002, as the founding first violinist of the Parker Quartet, he has garnered wide recognition for his performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Musikverein, and Wigmore Hall.

In addition, he is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble DITTO. Mr. Chong has received several awards and prizes such as the 2009–2011 Cleveland Quartet Award and top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. His recordings with the Parker Quartet can be heard on the Zig-Zag Territoires, Albany Records, and Naxos labels.

Mr. Chong has performed at several major music festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Perigord Noir Music Festival. He has given masterclasses throughout the world and has taught extensively for El Sistema in Venezuela, the University of Minnesota, and University of South Carolina. Other artists that he has collaborated with include David Soyer, Kim Kashkashian, Shai Wosner, Roger Tapping, and members of the Cleveland and Tokyo Quartets. A strong advocate for new music, he has premiered new works by György Kurtág, Lera Auerbach, and Jeremy Gill.

Originally from Southern California, Mr. Chong’s major teachers were Robert Lipsett, Donald Weilerstein, and Kim Kashkashian. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the New England Conservatory where he received his B.M. and M.M. Other musical mentors that continue to influence him are Rainer Schmidt and Helmut Lachenmann.