Roddy Chong is a remarkably accomplished Asian American violinist and speaker known for his high-energy performances with many of the music industry's most recognized acts. He is considered to be one of the world’s premier violinists. For a season, Roddy toured with Shania Twain and Celine Dion at the same time. He has performed for audiences around the world, including the President of the United States, the Queen of England, the Pope, Oprah and countless other notable figures.
However, Roddy’s real resume begins much closer to the heart—in the pursuit for accelerated life performance, purpose, and a mission to help others push the boundaries of potential.
Where it began...
Leveraging a long personal history of "beating the odds," Roddy’s early career exposed him to the real meaning of determination. Typical rock bands weren’t posting jobs for Chinese violin players and country music acts weren't exactly recruiting either. Yet, Roddy pushed. He continued pushing. As he climbed over each hurdle, he soon found himself realizing that his unique presence was, in fact, a selling point. However, simply getting bands to allow him to audition required perseverance—constant communication to let them know he was passionate about the project—and a dedication to mastery. Roddy knew that when he played the violin, it had to be the only performance they would remember.
"Who would have thought of a Chinese man in a country music band?" ~Roddy Chong
As Roddy's music career progressed, so did opportunities for him to share the lessons he had learned along the way. He not only found himself performing on stages with legendary musicians and in front of international audiences, but he also became a sought-after speaker. His high-energy performance style, scrappy "job-seeking" abilities, and straightforward "show them that you want it" attitude that won him favor in the music industry soon caught the attention of corporate America.
As it progressed...
Organizations and corporations were looking to find new ways to motivate stifled employees. Roddy, determined as always, saw the opportunity to share his knowledge with people who may be facing their own hurdles, performance anxieties, or misguided perceptions about true potential. By intertwining artistic abilities, creativity, and a passionate attitude with the intellect, Roddy has crystallized a speaking experience that has never been witnessed before.
"Look around your career and your life. That's your audience. Your boss, your coworkers, your friends and family. They have expectations. But meeting expectations won't generate massive applause. We need to play bigger." ~Roddy Chong
Realizing that he had discovered a new purpose in his career, Roddy welcomed the challenge of revamping his life so he could help others make the most of theirs.
His keynotes have generated responses like:
“Simply brilliant and connected. At work, at home, and everywhere, we are all creative people performing.”
“This was the message we needed to hear first. It's the only one that makes everything else possible.”
“Unexpected. Determination is instantly applicable to every endeavor. Roddy was phenomenal!”
Still touring occasionally with various bands such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Kevin Costner & Modern West, Roddy now spends most of his time speaking to organizations, executive teams, employee groups, and conference audiences around the world.
Roddy Chong graduated with a B.A. in Telecommunications and African American Studies from Indiana University. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
His musical touring and guest spot credentials include: Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band, Lonestar, SheDaisy, Jars of Clay, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, and Brian McKnight.
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