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Jaeyoung Chong began playing the cello at the age of 8 and in a short time, was playing at a skill level well beyond his years.  He emigrated to Atlantic Canada from South Korea in 2005 and studied in Nova Scotia with cellist Shimon Walt.  Jaeyoung subsequently won numerous prizes in provincial and national music festivals and played principal cello in the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra for four seasons.  In 2011, he toured with the NBYO in Vienna, Austria and performed in the famed Musikverein Hall.

He has performed at prestigious Canadian summer music festivals including Domaine Forget, the National Arts Centre Pre-College program, Scotia Festival of Music, and the Orford Festival.  His studies have included masterclasses with Carole Sirois, Steve Doane, Matt Haimovitz, Hans-Jorgen Jenson, Richard Aaron, Laurence Lesser, and Blair Lofgren.  In 2012, Jaeyoung performed at Carnegie Hall with the High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra and played principal cello with the “National Youth Orchestra of Canada.”  Most recently, he joined the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra as a featured guest soloist and toured throughout New Brunswick.   He is currently studying cello at the University of Ottawa and is an active recording artist and chamber musician.

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