Performed with "exquisite finesse"
" Wonderful sense of musical instinct as well as expressing his musical ideas to their full potential. "
Sunset with J.S. Bach
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica (Project MainStream)
Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op 19 I Lento Allegro moderato
“且乐” is the Chinese name, which shares the same pronunciation as the English word "Cello."
Cello's name was given by his musician parents who hoped that he can continue pursuing his cello career after his father, the former principal cellist of the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.
Benefic Piano Trio
Lincoln Center Stage
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
Born to a musical family, Cello was initially trained in classical music by his father, the principal cellist of the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, and later continued his studies with Hao Guo, the associate principal cellist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he attended the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music as a full scholarship student, studying with the world-known soloist Li-Wei Qin. Cello earned an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he was a full scholarship student studying with Clive Greensmith, previously having been there under the tutelage of the legendary Ronald Leonard. In 2017, Cello was appointed as artist in residence for the Philharmonic Society of Myanmar Summer Music Festival, as well as the Benefic Chamber Music Festival.
Cello's music performances began at the age of 14 when he was recognized as one of the “Ten Talented Young Artists of China.” Two years later, Cello won second prize at the prestigious “Ai Qin Bei” Competition in Beijing, China. In 2013, Cello won the 1st prize at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (YSTCM) Concerto Competition. In 2018, Cello won the Grand Prize of the Enkor International Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Benefic Piano Trio.
Cello is very active in his chamber music career. In 2013, he collaborated with violinist Gina Medina, the concertmistress of the Manila Symphony orchestra, and pianist Mary Anne Espina. Cello was invited to play in a series of chamber music concerts in 2014 with Seiji Ozawa in Japan. In 2015, Cello was invited to Weimar in Germany and played as principal cellist in the ensemble under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. In 2017, Cello won the international audition and became a Lincoln Center Stage chamber musician.
As a dedicated orchestral player, Cello served as principal cellist in the YSTCM Symphony Orchestra and the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, as well as guest principal in Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. Cello has played in a number of other orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, and the Debut Symphony Orchestra of LA. In 2017, Cello won a core position at Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Cello has worked with many acclaimed cellists including Wang Jian, Frans Helmerson, Louis Claret, Guy Johnston, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, and Louise Hopkins. Cello’s performance repertoire ranges from that of the Baroque to the 21st Century, including composers like Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Martinu, Poulenc, Ligeti, and Kaajia Saariaho.
Cello has been awarded numerous scholarships to attend festivals such as the Great Mountain Music Festival, Seji Ozawa International Chamber Music Festival, Hohenstaufen International Chamber Music Academy, and the Weimar International Bach Academy. Recently, Cello has consistently performed recitals in China, Singapore, and the United States.