Hong brings visionary approach to his music

Alpin HongThe El Dorado County Community Concert Association is kicking off its 64th season with pianist Alpin Hong at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School Theater in El Dorado.

Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned Hong the reputation as a modern-day Pied Piper. His combination of stunning technique, emotional range and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.

Rooted in extensive classical training and a background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts and video games, Hong is a creative force unmatched in his youthful vivacity and boundless energy.

His astonishing ability to connect to people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds distinguishes him and shapes his evolving performance style.

Hong’s uniquely humorous and visionary approach to arts education has resulted in artistic residencies worldwide. In recognition of the pianist’s gift for communicating his passion for music to audiences of all ages, the McGraw-Hill companies honored him with the Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.

His tireless pursuit to find, inspire, and collaborate with talents in every community results in unforgettable presentations that both expand worlds and hit close to home.

Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of 10. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered competition victories at a young age with wins at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, the 1993 SYMF Competition and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. He was the winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 2001.

His teachers include Mark Richman and Emilio del Rosario. He completed his master’s degree as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School.

The 2013-14 El Dorado County Community Concerts Membership Card includes six outstanding performances for $60. Student memberships are $20.

For more information on the availability of new memberships or to obtain tickets for  the Oct. 24 concert at $25 each call Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218.

Visit to learn more about the organization and the upcoming season.

El Dorado Community Concert Association

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