Violinist Meiling Fong is perpetually searching for new ways to share her passion for music through her diverse projects: solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and performances with local choirs and orchestras. Her passion for the violin grew in her teenage years as she discovered classical music while playing in the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra. During her time with this ensemble, she held the positions of Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin, was a two-time winner of the annual Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the orchestra in 2004. She has also held the position of Concertmaster with the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montreal and has performed with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, OPMEM and Ensemble Sinfonia. Her most recent soloist appearances were with the Orchestre de Jeux Vidéos performing Time’s Scar from Chronos Cross and the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle performing the Korngold Violin Concerto.
Classically trained since the age of 4, she fell in love with dynamism of musical theatre while playing in the orchestra for her high school’s annual production, initially as a trombonist and later as a violinist. Over the years, she has performed in professional productions such as Les Belles Sœurs: The Musical (Segal Center – Montréal & Centre National des Arts – Ottawa), as well as independent productions (Captain Aurora II – Fringe Festival). She regularly works with schools (Royal West Academy) and community theatre companies (WISTA).
Meiling also seeks to bridge the gap between classical and current music through her string arrangements of pop songs. This pursuit culminated in 2012 when she wrote and performed an acoustic string quartet tribute to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. This project explored of the textural possibilities of string instruments. It also introduced the audience to the traditional form of the string quartet within the familiar setting of rock music.
Meiling holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a double DEC (Diploma of Collegial Studies) in Music and Science from Marianopolis College where she studied with Jonathan Crow. Under guidance of Jean-Sébastien Roy, she continues to refine her playing while exploring the intricacies of the violin repertoire. Off stage, she is a marketing consultant, entrepreneur and avid recreational soccer player.
Photography by Ali Barillaro