Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Dale Jeong is a 19-year-old cellist in his 2nd year at the Juilliard School, pursuing a Bachelor of Music (Cello Performance) in the studio of Clara Minhye Kim. Previously he was a full scholarship student at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists in the studio of David Hetherington and Joseph Johnson.
Dale has participated in numerous competitions across Canada. 1st prizes include the Ontario Music Festival Association’s 2017 and 2019 Provincial Finals Competition and the 2019 Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Music Festival. He was the Grand Prize winner of the Oakville Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 with the orchestra in May, 2018. In June 2022, he was invited to compete in the Kodály International Competition in Debrecen, Hungary.
A member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) from 2015 to 2018, Dale served as principal cello for multiple seasons. At the age of 14, he became a winner of the 2016/2017 TSYO Concerto Competition, subsequently performing as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall in December, 2017. He was also invited to perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra in April, 2019.
During the summer, Dale enjoys working with new chamber groups at festivals such as Yellowbarn Young Artists Program, Domaine Forget Chamber Music Session, New England Conservatory’s Morningside Music Bridge and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre. He has collaborated with top young artists in Canada as well as esteemed professionals such as Steven Dann and Stephanie Gonley.
Dale’s past cello teachers include Audrey Nodwell at Vancouver Academy of Music and Susan Gagnon The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He has also worked with the great pedagogues Hans Jørgen Jensen, Michel Strauss, Na Mula, Laurence Lesser, and Clive Greensmith and participated in masterclasses with Paul Katz, Wei Yu, and Zvi Plesser.
Dale currently plays on an award-winning cello made by Guy Harrison.