Violinist Stephanie Jeong was appointed associate concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2011 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, she was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 2010-11. The top prize winner and recipient of the Best Paganini Concerto Prize of the 2008 Paganini Violin Competition in Italy, Jeong made her solo debut at age 12 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as winner of its Feinburg Competition and with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of its Albert M. Greenfield Competition. She won the Greenfield Prize again in 2002 and 2006, and performed as featured soloist on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Best of Tchaikovsky series conducted by Rossen Milanov.
Jeong made her Aspen Music Festival debut as the winner of Aspen’s AACA Concerto Competition and returned the following year as the winner of the DeLay Fellowship Award, performing the Walton Violin Concerto with the Aspen Concert Orchestra, led by James Gaffigan. She has also appeared as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and Kansas City Symphony orchestras, among others.
Jeong has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists such as violinists Cho-Liang Lin and David Kim, pianist Wu Han and cellist Peter Wiley. She has performed in recital with pianist Hugh Sung at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and he Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. She recently made her recital debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
A native of East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jeong began her studies in New York with Nicole DiCecco at the Suzuki Program Music School. At the age of 3 she moved to Chicago where she studied with Betty Haag Kuhnke at the Betty Haag Academy of Performing Arts. In 1997, at the age of 9, Jeong became one of the youngest students ever accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Aaron Rosand. She received her bachelor’s degree from Curtis and completed her master’s degree at the Juilliard School as a student of Cho-Liang Lin and Ronald Copes.