Zhao Hui Kong
Kong Zhao Hui began learning the violin at the age of five, with his father Kong Guangtian. At the age of 11, he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and studied with Wang Zhenshan and Sui Keqiang. He also worked with violin masters including Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern and Yfrah Neaman.
In 1984, Kong graduated with distinction from the Central Conservatory of Music, where he stayed on to teach. He went on to become the concertmaster of the Beijing Concert Hall Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and guest concertmaster of the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. In 1987, Kong was invited to perform in the First International Music Festival of Macao, where he played The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto to great acclaim. To date, Kong has performed this work in over a hundred well-received concerts.
As a soloist, Kong has toured Asia, Europe and Australia and has performed with the Central Philharmonic, China National Symphony, China Philharmonic, National Ballet of China Symphony, as well as many other Symphony Orchestras and Chinese Orchestras in China; Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Macao Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, The Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne.
A passionate and virtuosic violinist, Kong is currently Associate Concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and guest concertmaster of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. He performs on a J.B. Guadagnini of Milan, c. 1750, donated by the National Arts Council, Singapore, with the support of Far East Organization and Lee Foundation, and a 1750 Nicolò Gagliano, on generous loan from the Rin Collection.