MEET OUR MUSICIANS - PHILLIP ONG (VIOLA)

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Phillip received his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating summa cum laude and awarded the alpha rho chi medal.  Phillip received his Master’s of Architecture, with emphasis in Real Estate Finance, from Harvard University.  


He’s worked for prominent architects including Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects and Richard Meier Architect and Partners.  His professional practice over the last 15 years is in commercial real estate development working for private equity funds, Chinese real estate companies, high-net worth family offices and currently at Rexford Industrial, a public traded REIT focused on infill industrial projects in Los Angeles. 


Phillip started playing the viola at the age of 8 years old. He was taught by some of the most well respected viola and chamber orchestra teachers in Irvine including Bill Kennedy, Dr. Roger Hickman and Joan Lunde.  He learned music theory from Gloria Liu Traulle and also attended master classes from Haroutune Bedelian (Professor at University of California, Irvine) and Bob Becker (Principal Violist of Pacific Symphony). Throughout elementary school, middle school and high school, Phillip played in a quartet and numerous orchestras including principal violist in the Irvine Youth Symphony, University High School Orchestra, Orange County Youth Symphony and second chair viola in the All Southern California Orchestra. 


In 2019, he started playing his viola again after 27-year hiatus because he was introduced by childhood quartet member, Albert Wu to Zain Khan. Zain is the founder, music director and conductor of the Vicente Chamber Orchestra (VCO). After leaving music behind for so long, Phillip never imagined he would have the opportunity to play with such a high caliber non-professional group again.