Jonathan Kuo


What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
Most people don't know that my first instrument was the piano with violin following shortly after, or that I played the flute from fourth to eighth grade. During my second year of undergrad I also played the  viola in my string quartet, but my primary focus was always the violin. 

What would you be doing if you weren't a professional musician?
I was very fortunate to grow up in a Mandarin Chinese and English speaking household so I loved learning foreign languages. Because of that I would probably be working as a translator or teacher in some capacity, if I wasn't a professional musician. 

What do you do in your spare time?
Away from work I like to explore and familiarize myself with the area I'm living in. Since I'm moving to northern Florida, I will definitely be on the lookout for wild manatees! 

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
The traveling aspect is the best - you simply go wherever the music takes you. 

What sports do you participate in?
I'm a runner with an 8K, 10K and 21K under the belt and most recently, the 2017 Donna Marathon.

Do you have a favorite team?
LA Dodgers 

What is your favorite food?
Stinky tofu 

Who is your favorite composer?
Felix Mendelssohn 

What's currently on your iPod/phone?
Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2. 

Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School with Mr. Masao Kawasaki and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music with Ms. Yoko Takebe. Private studies in high school with Ms. Lu-Bin Yu and Ms. Bing Wang.