Praised for his “exquisite playing” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, violinist Chuong Vu has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia with repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern music.
Chuong has appeared as a soloist with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra, University of North Texas’s Baroque Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra, Symphony North of Houston, Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Northeast Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hochiminh City Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Chuong has been heard at music festivals such as Festival Internacional de Música do Pará in Brazil, Vietnam Connection Music Festival and Autumn Melody Music Festival in Vietnam, Boston Early Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival, as well as at concert series such as Dallas’s Fine Art Chamber Players, Live at the Dallas Steinway Hall, and Chamber Music International. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television, Vietnamese National Television, and Brazillian TV Cultura Canal 2.
As an orchestral musician, Chuong is currently concertmaster of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and the VASCAM Ensemble. He has served as guest concertmaster of the symphony orchestras of Monroe and Amarillo. Other ensembles he has played with include Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among many others. A frequent Baroque violinist, Chuong is a member of the Fantasmi Baroque Ensemble and has collaborated with early music ensembles including Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury Baroque, Orchestra of New Spain, and Texas Camerata.
Chuong Vu received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he held a doctoral fellowship and a teaching fellowship. He completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the University of Houston, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Lack Starling Scholarship from the Starling Endowment. His principle teachers include Fredell Lack, Emanuel Borok, Philip Lewis, Albert Muenzer, Cynthia Roberts, Nguyen Anh Giang, and Bui Cong Thanh.
Chuong is married to violinist Dr. Szemoke Jobbagy, the associate concertmaster of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. They live in North Texas with their daughter Elizabeth.