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Vera Kong

Vera was born in 2002 in the US and began her violin and piano studies at the age of 5. She continued her violin studies more seriously after she moved to China in 2007; and had since then won numerous awards, including 1st & 2nd prize of 2013 & 2012 Hong Kong International Violin Competition, respectively. After moving back to the US in 2014, she has been studying under Jason Uyeyama who helps to take her playing to new level- resulting in 2nd place in the 2018 Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF). She has also won 1st prize at both the 2015 SYMF and 2015 Musical Arts Competition of Orange County (MACOC). 

As a high school junior, she is currently one of the two concertmasters in her school orchestra. In 2013, she made her solo debut at the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou. In 2014, Vera had the distinguished honor to perform solo with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO). The next year, she also performed as a soloist with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. As concert master for American International School of Guangzhou, she was the youngest to be selected to represent her school at the South East Asia (SEA) Honors Orchestra. She has also performed for distinguished artists such as Midori Goto, Emmanuel Borok, and Guillaume Sutre.

Outside of her music, Vera loves reading, mathematics and competes in the sport of saber fencing, where she is ranked top 10 in the US for her age group. She has also received US President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, as well as being accepted to Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Summer program to further her studies in mathematics.

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