Pittsburgh Symphony mourns assistant concertmaster

Pittsburgh Symphony mourns assistant concertmaster


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2021

The musicians have messaged the loss of their recently retired assistant concertmaster, Hong-Guang Jia.

Discovered by Yehudi Menuhin on a visit to China in 1979 and taken back to study with him in Gstaad, Hong-Guang Jia became assistant concertmaster in Montreal under Charles Dutoit, moving on to the same position in Baltimore until Lorin Maazel hired him in Pittsburgh.


  • Tigran Shiganyan says:

    Dear Mr. Jia.
    We will miss you !!!

  • Hayne says:

    Just retired. That’s so sad.

  • Noah Bendix-Balgley says:

    A wonderful colleague and musician. Hong Guang was a warm and kind man. Gone too early. Rest In Peace.

  • Erina Goldwasser says:

    He was a wonderful colleague. Deeply appreciative of his family and his luck in life, with a sense of humor I will miss very much. Best wishes, Hong Guang. You were a rare treasure.

  • Nijinsky says:

    I’m getting tired of this. WHY does “Dylana Jenson” survive any of this with her upbow lies, and contortion, inability to at all inflect making even the best violins sound like some throw away joke to attend to, would she ever have been given more than she deserved twice. And further more all of her slight of hand remarks.

  • Nijinsky says:

    And WHY I mention upbow lies?
    That woman is a menace. She tried to make me out to be a danger would I actually be honest about her, or her husband’s behavior. And then when I was carrying what’s now one of the most sought after Violas around, not having put it together yet, with wood that comes from a place akin to the miracle of the Ladder at Loretto https://www.lorettochapel.com/info/staircase or from where Santa Clause lives; she looks at me and says: “because I don’t want the whole world to know.”

    And there are so many variables to what she doesn’t want them to know that…

    Whether that her “husband” did a porno with Leo Ford (a gay porno) is now married to her still, that that’s supposed to be (that they married) the reason the violin was taken, not his behavior….. And Leo Ford is supposed to be dead. And none of that is OK. BECAUSE of the dishonesty, let alone what it does to the gay community to be exploited and then not even acknowledged.

    That she always could have taken care of her career, easily. And not lost it.

    Who knows what else.

  • Nijinsky says:

    It’s just such a tragedy, I’m sure there are days when people can’t believe he’s gone, days when anyone who knew him loses every second remembering things that haven’t gone away but for their staying where it is left behind and unseen. And I’m, NOT going to tell you the rest of that day with Dylana, about Strawberries, Romeo and Juliet, Mozart’s cousin or the Queen of the Night. The amount of trigger happy nitwits on this site playing wind the clock up is just not good.