Member Profile

Jonathan Ong


Singaporean-born violinist Jonathan Ong is an Artist Diploma candidate at The Juilliard School as a member of the Verona Quartet. He has performed on four continents in international venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Beijing and Shanghai Concert Halls, The Esplanade in Singapore, Melbourne Recital Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jonathan has been recognized with top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, London's Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition; the M-Prize, Osaka, Melbourne and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions; the Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions; the Singapore National Violin Competition and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition. As a member of the Verona Quartet, he was featured as Musical America's "New Artist of the Month" in May 2016.

Jonathan has served as concertmaster of orchestras at the Music Academy of the West and Aspen Music Festival, and was Concertmaster of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He has collaborated with eminent artists such as Renee Fleming, Cho-Liang Lin, Orion Weiss, Pedja Muzijevic, Eric Kim, David Shifrin, Jorja Fleezanis, Atar Arad, as well as musicians of the New York and LA Philharmonic.

Jonathan is a graduate of Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where he was one of the youngest-ever recipients of the Performer’s Certificate. His principal teachers include Alexander Kerr, Paul Kantor, Fredell Lack, Lynn Blakeslee and Lynette Lim. As the first-ever Singaporean to be accepted into The Juilliard School's prestigious Artist Diploma program, he also serves as teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. Jonathan is on the chamber music faculty at the Indiana University Summer String Academy. He is a recipient of scholarships and grants from numerous organizations, including the Dorothy R. Starling Foundation, Lee Foundation, Shaw Foundation, and the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Jonathan plays on the c. 1728 “ex-Artot” Stradivarius violin and a french bow on generous loan from the Juilliard Rare Instrument Collection, as well as a c. 1686 Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae violin on generous loan from the Rin Collection.