Columbus Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists

Caroline Hong


Hailed for her “expressive and powerful playing”, “formidable technique”, as well as her “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style.” (Columbus and Richmond Times Dispatch), pianist Caroline Hong continues to flourish in her career as an internationally active soloist, chamber musician, artist-teacher, guest-lecturer, and adjudicator. Pulitzer Prize and Academy award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as “one of the greatest pianists I have ever heard” after a performance of his Etude Fantasy (1976). Critics wrote that it was “breathtaking” and “hard to imagine a better performance". She has recorded for Mark Records and Fleur de Son and, to that end, has been favorably reviewed by American Record Guide.

Caroline Hong made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. She is a laureate of the Van Cliburn International Audition, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, UNISA International Piano Competition, Beethoven Foundation, Distinguished Performer of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition, Winner of the Society of American Musicians (Chicago, IL). In her pre-college days, she was named Orange County’s Best Pianist, and was a winner in the Bach Festival for all of Southern California. She has been a featured performer on Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase” (New York Times Radio) and countless other radio broadcasts throughout the nation and abroad. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she performed in Orchestra Hall under the baton of Michael Morgan. Hong has had the privilege of studying with luminaries such as Martin Canin, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Dmitrii Paperno, Ann Schein, and Karen Shaw, and in solo masterclass with Claude Frank, John Browning, Leon Fleisher, and chamber masterclasses with the late Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler, among others. Her first teacher, with whom she began study of piano before the age of 3, was her own mother.

Caroline Hong received her training from the Juilliard School in New York (M.M.), the Peabody Institute (B.M.), and holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University (D.M.). She attended the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy and the Music Academy of the West, where she was the winner of the piano concerto competition. She has served on faculty for the Vianden International Festival and School (Luxembourg), “Piano at Peabody”, Longwood University, and is currently serving as Associate Professor at The Ohio State University. As a chamber musician, she has performed with many fine artist groups including the Vermeer String Quartet and the Dorian Wind Quintet, and toured extensively in the U.S. as a member of the piano-violin duo, Duo Viardot. She is a Steinway Artist, and President and co-founder of the newly established Ohio Chapter of the American Liszt Society.