Aiden Yi-Hung Jeng

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Master of Music, 2025
National Taiwan Normal University, Bachelor of Music, 2022

Aiden Yi-Hung Jeng is a violist from Taiwan who started playing viola at the age of ten. Currently, he is a graduate student at Northwestern University studying under Professor Helen Callus. He earned his Bachelor of Music from National Taiwan Normal University, studying under Kuan-Chen Huang.
Having performed as principal viola of Northwestern University Baroque Music Ensemble and Sunshine Taipei Symphony Orchestra, he's passionate about solo viola performances. Yet, he also loves playing in chamber ensembles and orchestras.

What inspired you to become a musician?
My grandfather’s love for music deeply influenced me. Playing music together during my childhood ignited my passion for it, leading me to pursue a career in music.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Bach’s music has a remarkable power to bring calmness and serenity, offering me relaxation whenever I listen to it.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I love eating stinky tofu, even though I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I enjoy wandering around and exploring new cuisines.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO for its outstanding reputation as a symphony orchestra. Furthermore, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to explore Colorado during the summer, make new friends, and gain valuable experience playing in an orchestra.