Violinist Jessica Hung has served as Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. She previously held the same title with the Annapolis, Chicago Civic, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestras, as well as the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Jessica has performed as a substitute violinist for The Cleveland Orchestra and the Baltimore and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton and mentored for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Centerville Schools Orchestra Program, and the Piano Preparatory School in Beavercreek.
Since 2017, Jessica has also served as Associate Artistic Director of Chamber Music for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Her duties include coordinating programming for Recital series performances at the Dayton Art Institute and, in the 2017–2018 season, launching an experimental community outreach concert series called Edge: Unconventional Performances in Unconventional Places (www.daytonperformingarts.org/edge).
Jessica’s appointments in Dayton followed collegiate studies with William Preucil and Stephen Rose at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors in 2007. She began her undergraduate education at Northwestern University, studying with Gerardo Ribeiro.
Jessica’s prizes include the Northwestern University Thaviu String Competition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Scholarship Auditions, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Feinberg Youth Auditions. She studied viola with Helen Callus of the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taken first place at the Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition. Jessica performed in master classes for Gil Shaham, Ruggiero Ricci, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks, Malcolm Lowe, Atar Arad, Bruno Pasquier, Lars Anders Tomter, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the Takács and Tokyo Quartets.
Born in Kankakee, Illinois, to Taiwanese parents, Jessica grew up in the Chicago area and resides in Dayton with her husband, their daughter, and their two cats.