Kento Hong United States / Japan / Taiwan, 13, Junior

Kento Hong began his violin studies when he was six with Aimee Kreston and her teachers, Almita and Roland Vamos. He is a recipient of the David Weiss Scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation. He made his orchestral debut when he was eight years old in Los Angeles.  Since then, he has performed at a number of prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall. At the age of 10, Kento entered Juilliard Pre-College, where he studies with Dr. Ann Setzer. Kento is a 7th grader who loves to read books in his free time.

I’m so excited because I’ve always dreamed about going to the Menuhin Competition! I love how the Menuhin approaches competition: it keeps in touch with the art form by supporting individual musicality, fostering a passion for music rather than one for just winning, and is a musical festival to have fun and build friendships instead of running a race. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful musicians, even the ones that are better than me.


Junior First Round
  • Kreisler Gypsy Caprice
  • Mozart Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301
  • Rode Caprice No. 9 in E Major from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 22
  • Telemann Fantasia for Solo Violin, No. 9 in B minor, TWV 40:22
Junior Semi Final
  • Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1
  • Sarasate Carmen Fantasy
  • David Froom Shades of Red for Solo Violin
Junior Final
  • Kreisler Gypsy Caprice
  • Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, Allegro non troppo
  • Mason Bates Bound Away