College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Dr. Chuong Vu

Area: Violin and Viola

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 101
Degree(s): D.M.A., University of North Texas, M.M., University of Houston, B.M., University of Houston
Mentis Profile: TBA

Praised for his “exquisite playing” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, violinist Chuong Vu has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber music collaborator in North and South America, Europe, and Asia with repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern music. Recent solo engagements include performances of the music by John Williams, the Double Concerto by Brahms, and the violin concertos by Bach, Barber, Bruch, Sibelius, Valentini, Vivaldi, and He Zhanhao and Chen Gang with the Northeast Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra (HBSO), and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Vu has been heard at Festival Internacional de Música do Pará, Enflama Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, and Autumn Melodies Art Festival as well as at concert series such as Dallas’s Fine Art Chamber Players, Live at Dallas Steinway Hall, and Dallas’s Chamber Music International. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television, Vietnamese National Television, and Brazilian TV Cultura Canal 2. Further highlight includes a solo performance of the U.S. national anthem with the Open Classical Orchestra for an audience of more than 40,000 at the national-televised Texas Rangers game on July 29, 2016 at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.

As an orchestral musician, Chuong Vu is currently concertmaster of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and the VASCAM Ensemble. He has performed as a core member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony of Southeast Texas and served as guest concertmaster of the Irving Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Other ensembles he has played with include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among many others. A frequent Baroque violinist, Mr. Vu was a member of the Fantasmi Baroque Ensemble and has collaborated with early music ensembles including Houston Chamber Choir, Orchestra of New Spain, and Texas Camerata.

Chuong Vu holds a bachelor and master degree from the University of Houston, a graduate artist certificate and doctorate from the University of North Texas. His principal teachers include Fredell Lack, Emanuel Borok, Philip Lewis, Albert Muenzer, Cynthia Roberts, Nguyen Anh Giang, and Bui Cong Thanh. A passionate teacher himself, Dr. Vu has cultivated a number of talented young students, some of whom recently were accepted into the music programs at the Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, University of North Texas, and Columbia University. Dr. Vu is currently on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Chuong Vu is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Vietnam Connection Music Festival. He is married to Dr. Szemoke Jobbagy, the associate concertmaster of the Plano Symphony. They live in North Texas with their two children, Elizabeth and Benjamin.