2020 Concerto Competition Winner!

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Congratulations to Woongki Hong on winning the 2020 NYS Concerto Competition. He will perform the first movement of the Weber Clarinet Concerto with Principal Orchestra at the NYS Winter Concert on March 1, at 3pm.

Woongki Hong, a senior at Staples High School, is currently co-principal clarinet at Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Principal Orchestra. Now in his third year in Principal Orchestra, he has been a member of Norwalk Youth Symphony for the last seven years. Woongki started playing cla

rinet when he was 10 years old, and now studies privately under Kathryn Taylor in Redding.

From 2017 to 2019, Woongki has participated in the CMEA Western Regional Band and Orchestra, as well as in the CMEA All-State Band and Orchestra. In 2019, Woongki has also spent his summer at the Tanglewood Clarinet Workshop, studying under professional clarinet performer and professor David Martins.

Outside of the clarinet, Woongki also learns piano under Kyong Hee Cho. He was a finalist in the 2019 Danbury Concerto Competition, as well as in the 2019 Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Young Artist’s Concerto Competition. Woongki has also been a participant in Kyong Hee Cho’s annual Playing By Heart benefit concerts for the last six years, rai

sing over $20,000 for various charity organizations such as Amazon Promise, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, and KEYS.

Woongki has participated in the Staples Symphonic Band and Orchestra for the last four years at Staples High School. He has also participated in the Staples Pit Band, performing with the Staples Players in productions such as “The Music Man” and “Newsies.” Woongki currently works as a student piano tutor in Westport.

Woongki will continue playing music at Amherst College in the fall.