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Christina Fong

  • Violinist
  • Violist
  • Teacher

Biography

Christina Fong's recent concert presentations have included performances of violin and piano works by Feldman, Nyman, Pärt and Górecki with Arved Ashby, Glass’s A Madrigal Opera and complete works for unaccompanied strings, Cage’s complete 'number pieces' for solo violin, Harrison’s Suite for Violin and Gamelan with Embellish, Nyman’s complete solo violin music and the world premiere of his On The Fiddle with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Fong’s ongoing series of world premiere recordings (currently on 7 CDs) includes Cage’s complete final works for solo strings and string ensemble (the "number pieces" One6, One10, Four, Twenty-Three, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Nine) with cellist Karen Krummel, Feldman’s Violin and String Quartet with the Rangzen Quartet, Alvear’s Fuerzas for viola, and Hovhaness’s published works for violin / viola and keyboard with Arved Ashby. New recording plans include Feldman's complete violin|viola and piano works with Paul Hersey, quartets by David Beardsley, David Toub, John Prokop and David Kotlowy with the Rangzen Quartet and more works from Cage, Alvear and other well-known and emerging composers.
Fong has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Northwestern University, where she graduated Pi Kappa Lambda and was awarded the honorary title "Eckstein Scholar." Her principle violin teachers were Blair Milton, Myron Kartman and Donna Schaff. She studied orchestral music with Samuel Magad, Rubin Gonzales, Francis Akos, Charlie Pikler, Blair Milton and Edgar Muenzer and received chamber music coachings from Gerardo Ribiero, Donald Owens and Ray Still. Fong has held positions with the Florida Philharmonic and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
As soloist, Fong has appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Valley State University Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as rehearsal soloist. A member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1988, Fong is currently Associate Concertmaster and plays in the Symphony’s Calder Quintet, which tours western Michigan giving civic and educational concerts.
From 1990 to 2002, Fong served as an adjunct instructor of violin at Grand Valley State University.