Hong-Guang Jia

Hong-Guang Jia, currently assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, began violin lessons at the age of six with his father in Shenyang, China.  He later studied with professor Yao Ji Lin at the world-renowned Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

When Yehudi Menuhin visited China in 1979, Jia was selected to play for him.  Menuhin offered Jia a full scholarship to the Menuhin International Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland.  After completing his studies with Menuhin and Alberto Lysy in Switzerland, Jia came to the United States to participate in the Tanglewood Festival where he was the concertmaster of the Music Center Orchestra.  Raphael Druian subsequently offered Jia a full scholarship to study with him at Boston University.

Before being hired by Lori Maazel as assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Jia held the position with the Baltimore Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, where he also served as assistant concertmaster under Charles Dutoit.

Jia has performed recitals in Europe, Asia and throughout North and South America and has been recorded by the BBC in London and the CBC in Beijing. He performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with Menuhin conducting the Central Philharmonic in Beijing, China. He also performed with Menuhin the Enescu Octet at festivals in Gstaad and Paris. Jia has also appeared as soloist with the Camarata Lysy, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and with Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, with Charles Dutoit conducting.

In June 2004, Jia returned to China for the first time in almost 20 years.  He performed recitals and taught master classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Conservatory of Music in Shenyang.  Both conservatories honored him with appointments as guest professor of violin.  In July 2005, Jia was invited to the China International Canton Music Summer Academy to tutor students from Asia and perform chamber music concerts. In 2009, Jia was a soloist at the Beijing Festival and awarded Artist of the Year. In 2012, he was invited as guest concertmaster with the Xian Symphony Orchestra and performed several concerts. He additionally served as a faculty member of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh for 10 years.