Sirja Nironen

Cellist Sirja Nironen, one of Finland’s leading young musicians, is an active soloist, chamber and orchestra musician and performs in varied contemporary and jazz ensembles.

Nironen has had the pleasure to premiere chamber and solo works including four cello concerti: Peter Häublein’s “Lieder schmieden”, Matilda Seppälä’s “Primal”, Elisar Riddelin’s “Ja kun muinaiset katosivat” and Sauli Zinovjev’s “Die Welt – Ein Tor”. She has performed at the Young Soloist’s Concert of the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the inaugural concert of the Helsinki Music Center, and as a soloist with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra OIDA Arezzo, the Kronenchor Friedrichstadt Berlin and the Vivo Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has participated in festivals such as the Helsinki Festival, the Musical Chairs Festival in Montreal, the Santa Fé Chamber Music Festival, the Amsterdam Cello Biennale, the Tampere Biennale, the Naantali Music Festival and the Korsholm Music Festival to name a few.

Nironen has been successful in the Turku Cello Competition, the Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and Finnish chamber music competitions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and a Master’s Degree from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Nironen has studied under Taru Aarnio, Hannu Kiiski, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson and Martti Rousi, and has participated masterclasses by Lynn Harrell, Natalia Gutman and Jean-Guihen Queyras to mention a few.

Nironen has played a significant role in albums: “Uuno Klami’s chamber music” (Alba Records, 2020), “Double Identity – Simon Kanzler” (WhyPlayJazz, 2016), “Quartphonic EPK – Elena Mindru Third Stream Project” (EM Records, 2016) and “Vita Brevis , Ars Longa” (2012, Naantali Music Festival). In 2019 cellist Sirja Nironen with Naoko Ichihashi on piano, recorded works by Scriabin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. Nironen is a member of the ÄÄNI collective, which combines contemporary music with other arts and sciences, and has worked at the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since the Autumn of 2020 as a Co-Principal Cellist.

Nironen has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Arts Promotion Center, the Music Promotion Foundation, Pro Musica, the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, the Wegelius Foundation, the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, and numerous private sponsors.


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Cellomania is an ensemble consisting of two Finnish top-class cellists. They play pop, rock, game music and film music in a dazzling way. Jaani Helander is a member of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches cello at the Sibelius Academy, and Lukas Stasevskij is the founder and cellist of the Game Music Collective.

Come and witness the unleashing of true cello mania !

Bruno Cocset

An insatiable musician-researcher, atypical cellist, renowned teacher and founder of Les Basses Réunies, Bruno Cocset gives the Baroque cello its own individual voice, nourished by a constant quest for the perfect synergy of the instrumental and musical gesture. This work on sonority and organology carried out in tandem with the luthier and instrument maker Charles Riché has given birth to twelve instruments, imagined, conceived and played for different concert and recording programmes.

It was after his studies in Tours and a period at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon that Bruno Cocset began to play the Baroque cello with its gut strings, first of all teaching himself, then working with Christophe Coin (he was the first graduate from Coin’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris in 1986). He also attended masterclasses under the cellist Anner Bijlsma and the violinist Jaap Schröder.

After this, he spent twenty years as a ‘nomadic cellist’, a period rich in musical encounters and experiences with the most ardent champions of the Baroque scene. His most frequent home bases in those days were Gérard Lesne’s Il Seminario Musicale and Jordi Savall’s Le Concert des Nations and Hespèrion XX-XXI.

In 1996 he founded Les Basses Réunies and recorded the cello sonatas of Vivaldi (winner of the Premio Vivaldi of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini), the first release in an abundant discography on the Alpha label : Barrière, Geminiani and Boccherini (vol 1 & 2), the canzonas of Frescobaldi, the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba, Tobias Hume’s pieces for lyra viols in collaboration with the gambist Guido Balestracci, a second volume of sonatas by Barrière, Give me your Hand (Geminiani & the Celtic earth) and in collaboration with the musicologist Marc Vanscheeuwijck a book with 5 cd CELLO STORIES. He has also recorded La nascita del violoncello (Gabrielli), Fantasias (Purcell), Caprices & sonates (Dall’Abaco) and Vivaldi concerto for the AgOgique Label.

Bruno Cocset is regularly invited to play in France and the rest of Europe, in Québec and in Russia, and also devotes much of his time to transmission: he has taught at the CNSMD in Paris since 2001 and the Haute École de Musique in Geneva since September 2005, and from 2002 to 2013 he also taught at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, where he created the historical cello class. His Master Classes have taken him to Poland, Russia, Romania, Lithuania, Switzerland, Spain and in France at the Fondation Royaumont.

In 2011 he founded the Vannes Early Music Institute (Brittany), which comprises notably a European academy of early music (8 editions), an instrument-making workshop and a resource center devoted to repertories from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century.

Sujari Britt

Sujari Britt showed her prodigious talent and uncanny devotion to and understanding of music from a very early age.  She began formal study of the cello at age four, following her study on the violin, and piano.

Sujari earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Cello Performance at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of noted pedagogue Marion Feldman. Sujari presently studies with renowned cellist and pedagogue Martti Rousi, Sibelius Academy in pursuit of  her Master’s of Classical Cello Performance.

For Spring 2018, Sujari was featured in the annual Beijing Super Cello Festival,  Beijing China. In addition, Sujari accepted a speaking invitation by C2 Montreal  for the 2018 “Transformative Collisions”. In Fall 2017, Sujari  delivered a solo concert sponsored by Marietta College for the annual Esbenshade Series at People’s Bank Theatre, Marietta, Ohio. In Spring 2016 Sujari was featured in Canada’s Neopolitan Connection Concert Series. She performed solo with Memphis Symphony Orchestra in November 2015, solo with the Chicago Sinfonietta in January 2015, and opened the 2014-15 season with Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra as soloist in their Classics Series. Sujari was featured at the UN’s international HeforShe in September 2014, and she presented at Madison Square Garden during quarter time for the NY Knicks in January. In October 2013 Sujari was a featured artist for the Shakespeare Company’s annual gala honoring Elizabeth McGovern at the Harman Arts Center in Washington, DC. Also in the 2013 season, Sujari performed at the United Nations for 2013 annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th. Sujari served as the featured guest performer for the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Casual Classic Concert in May 2012. In May 2011 Sujari was the featured artist at the 28th Annual Children’s Concert for the Gary Historic and Cultural Society in Gary, Indiana. In 2010, Sujari closed  the 11th Annual International Tropical Baroque Music Festival of the Miami Bach Society in Coral Gables, Florida, and in April, she performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as a winner of the National Young Musicians Concerto Competition. She was invited as a guest performer at the Fifth Annual Midori and Friends Children’s Music Festival where she shared the progamme with Midori and with renowned clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. In November 2009, Sujari had the honor of performing with Alisa Weilerstein at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady, and their distinguished guests, where she was brought to the attention of many notables in the classical music industry.

Sujari was featured in Strings Magazine Fall 2015, and was StayThirsty Winter 2014 Spotlight Artist to watch! Sujari also was featured in an on-line THKR/RadicalMedia PRODIGIES, a TIME for Kids/Time Magazine article, and a segment of Katie! with Katie Couric. Sujari joined a host of prodigious young movers of the world on TEDx-Redmond of TED Talks, and was featured as one of NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making.”

Sujari serves in the Arts Leadership Program of From the Top. She is the distinguished recipient of prestigious academic scholarships and awards, and grand prize winner of numerous national and international competitions. 

In addition to being a member of JoSunJari, a classical string trio with her sister Joelle (violin), and her brother Sunnaj (violin); Sujari is a member of various troupes and ensembles of classical, jazz, and eccelctic genres. Of note, Sujari is a member of Aziza and the Cure, a self-styled symphonic-soul-pop band co-founded by her sister Joelle; and the Harlem Chamber Players, a local classical ensemble.

Sujari has participated in international and local summer music festivals including Manhattan in the Mountains, JVL International Music Festival, New York University String Camp, Greenwood Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, and Kaufman String Camp and Hartt School of Music World Cultural programs (Prague, Budapest, Italy).

Lauri Kankkunen

Lempäälästä lähtöisin oleva Lauri Kankkunen (s.1990) aloitti sellonsoiton 5-vuotiaana. Hän voitti III palkinnon Turun XII Sellokilpailussa helmikuussa 2014. Kankkunen on esiintynyt mm. Radion sinfoniaorkesterin, Turun kaupunginorkesterin ja Lappeenrannan kaupunginorkesterin solistina ja kamarimuusikkona mm. Kuhmon Kamarimusiikissa, Santander International Music Festivalilla Espanjassa, Iitin musiikkijuhlilla, Sysmän Suvisoitossa, Helsingin Juhlaviikoilla, Helsinki Chamber Music Festivalilla sekä Helsingin Kamarikesässä. Suomen ulkopuolella Kankkunen on esiintynyt useimmissa Euroopan maissa.

Lauri Kankkunen on Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin 2. soolosellisti. Aikaisemmin hän on työskennellyt mm. Tampere Filharmonian sellon äänenjohtajana. Lisäksi hän soittaa klassista musiikkia ja jazzia yhdistelevässä Pushkin Quintetissa.

Kankkusen on tärkeimpiä opettajia ovat olleet Pauli Heikkinen, Martti Rousi ja Truls Mørk. Mestarikursseilla häntä ovat opettaneet mm. David Geringas, Frans Helmerson ja Menahem Pressler.

Kankkusella on käytössään Pro Filharmonia ry:n omistama Giacomo Rivolta -sello vuodelta 1810. Häntä ovat myös tukeneet mm. Martin Wegelius –säätiö, Wihurin säätiö, Pro Musica –säätiö, OP Ryhmän Taidesäätiö, Alfred Kordelinin säätiö sekä Suomen ja Pirkanmaan Kulttuurirahastot.

Vapaa-ajallaan Kankkunen nauttii jalkapallosta sekä itse pelaten että sivusta seuraten.

Ola Karlsson

Ola Karlsson, born in 1952, started at the age of 10 to play the cello under Bertil Jernbom in Nyköping. In 1969 he became a student of Prof. Erling Blöndal Bengtsson at the Swedish Radio Music School at Edsberg Castle. After receiving his solo diploma he continued his studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, where he received the Carl Nielsen Price. This, plus a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm made further studies possible with professor Prof. Gregor Piatigorsky in Los Angeles 1975-76.

In 1985 Ola Karlsson was appointed to the position of principal cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra where he has been collaborating with famous conductors also as soloist, f. ex. Manfred Honeck, , Esa-Pekka Salonen, Evgenij Svetlanov, Leif Segerstam and Mark Wigglesworth.

Since 2013 he collaborates with the eminent Russian pianist Valeria Resjan in duo recitals and recordings.

Besides his concerts in Sweden an abroad with leading artists , plus radio and TV appearances, Ola Karlsson is also Professor and responsible for the cello education at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as being the director of the string orchestra. He has also given prominent master classes during Umeå’s International Chamber Music Festival, Gotland Baltic Music Academy and has been guest teaching in Hungary, Italy, Canada, USA, Estonia, Finland, Brazil, Russia, Denmark and China.

In 1986 Ola Karlsson began to have an interest in conducting and since then has successfully been a guest conductor of most of the major symphony orchestras in Sweden. He appears often as a soloist and a conductor, sometimes in combination with cello and winds, where he has cultivated a unique repertoire.

Among his recordings on CD and for the radio are Hilding Rosenberg’s 2nd Cello Concerto, several Piatigorsky cello transcriptions, concertos by Elgar, Dvorák, Schumann, Walton, Vasks plus numerous chamber works. He has twice been awarded the Swedish recording price, “Grammy”.

Ola Karlsson plays often and with great pleasure the so called standard repertoire of the cello literature, for example the Bach’s suites for cello solo, Beethoven’s sonatas etc, but he also has a very extensive knowledge of the repertoire that is not so often performed, but can be an interesting acquaintance for the new listener.

Ola Karlsson plays on a cello made by the Swedish Master Maker, Peter Westerlund 2007

Jian Wang

Jian Wang began to study the cello with his father when he was four. While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire, he was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China.  Mr Stern’s encouragement and support paved the way for him to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music under a special programme where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.

Jian Wang has performed with many of the worlds leading orchestras, including Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, , London Symphony, the Halle, the BBC orchestras, Zurich Tonhalle, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Mahler Chamber, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philhamonic, and NHK Symphony. These concerts have been with many of the greatest conductors, such as Abbado, Sawallisch, Jarvi, Chailly, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Chung, Gilbert, Van Zweden and Gustavo Dudamel.  As a jury member, Jian Wang has judged many of the most important competitions, including the Tchaikovsky cello competition, the Queen Elizabeth cello competition, the Isaac Stern violin competition and the Nielsen violin competition.

Jian Wang has made many recordings, his latest releases being the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also recorded an album of short pieces for Cello and Guitar titled Reverie, the complete Bach Cello Suites and a Baroque Album with the Camerata Salzburg, Brahms Double Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham, the Haydn Concerti with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Muhai Tang, Messiaens Quartet for the End of Time (with Myung-Whun Chung, Gil Shaham and Paul Meyer) and Brahms, Mozart and Schumann chamber music with Pires and Dumay. His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.

Senja Rummukainen

Senja Rummukainen was awarded the 6th prize in the international Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. Few years before she won the 1st prize in the national Turku Cello Competition in 2014 and was a finalist in the international Guilhermina Suggia Prize in Portugal.

She is a regular guest at various music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Oulu Music Festival and RUSK Chamber Music Festival. Rummukainen has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, and the most important Finnish orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Kuopio, Joensuu and Vaasa Orchestras with renowned conductors like Valery Gergiev, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Petri Sakari.

In 2017 she became the II principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played as a guest principal cello in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Rummukainen is one of the artistic directors of ”Kamarikesä” festival together with Johannes Piirto, Kasmir Uusitupa, Tami Pohjola and Riina Piirilä.

Senja Rummukainen is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin with professor Jens-Peter Maintz. Before that she has studied with Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Young-Chang Cho at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Marko Ylönen at the Sibelius Academy and Taru Aarnio and Allar Kaasik at the East Helsinki Music Institute. Senja has participated masterclasses with professors such as David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher.

Her instrument is a cello by Stefano Scarampella (1897), generously loaned to her by Jorma Panula.

Suomalainen sellisti Senja Rummukainen nousi suuren yleisön tietoisuuteen vuonna 2019, kun hänet palkittiin kansainvälisessä Tšaikovski-kilpailussa kuudennella palkinnolla. Muutamaa vuotta aiemmin hän voitti myös ensimmäisen palkinnon Turun XII sellokilpailussa sekä oli yksi kolmesta finalistista Guilhermina Suggia Prize -kilpailussa Portugalissa.

Rummukainen on kysytty vieras merkittävimmillä suomalaisilla festivaaleilla ja esiintyy säännöllisesti mm. Kuhmon kamarimusiikissa, Turun musiikkijuhlilla, RUSK-festivaalilla Pietarsaaressa sekä Oulun musiikkijuhlilla.

Solistina Rummukainen on esiintynyt mm. Mariinski-teatterin orkesterin, Pietarin filharmonikoiden, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Músican sekä tärkeimpien suomalaisten orkesterien, kuten Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin, Tampere Filharmonian, Turun filharmonisen orkesterin, Keski-Pohjanmaan kamariorkesterin, Pori Sinfoniettan sekä Kuopion, Joensuun ja Vaasan kaupunginorkesterien kanssa monien aikamme suurien kapellimestarien kanssa, joista mainittakoon mm. Valeri Gergijev, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula ja Petri Sakari.

Rummukainen valittiin Helsingin kaupunginorkesterin 2. soolosellistiksi vuonna 2017 ja on myös toiminut vierailevana soolosellistinä Oslon filharmonisessa orkesterissa.
Hän on yksi Helsingissä järjestettävän Kamarikesä-festivaalin taiteellisista johtajista yhdessä Johannes Piirron, Kasmir Uusituvan, Tami Pohjolan ja Riina Piirilän kanssa.

Rummukainen viimeistelee maisteriopintojaan Berliinin Taideyliopistossa professori Jens-Peter Maintzin luokalla. Hänen aikaisempia opettajiaan ovat olleet Truls Mørk Norjan musiikkikorkeakoulussa, Young-Chang Cho Essenin Folkwang-yliopistossa, Marko Ylönen Sibelius-Akatemiassa sekä Taru Aarnio Itä-Helsingin musiikkiopistossa.

Rummukaisen instrumentti on Stefano Scarampella-sello vuodelta 1897, jonka hänen käyttöönsä on ystävällisesti antanut Jorma Panula.

Erica Piccotti

Erica Piccotti is an Italian cellist born in 1999. She is currently pursuing her Professional Studies degree with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy for Young soloists. She graduated at 14 years old obtaining the highest degree cum laude and honors at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. She continued her studies with Antonio Meneses at Höchschule der Künste in Bern, at Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona and at Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

Highlights of her 2019-2020 season include performances at Kronberg Academy Festival, at Schloss Elmau Festival beside Mischa Maisky, Frans Helmerson and Daishin Kashimoto, at IUC in Rome with pianist Itamar Golan and at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia with Beethoven Triple Concerto, at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville.

She won first prizes in national and international competitions including “Rassegna Nazionale d’Archi di Vittorio Veneto”, “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” run by Italy’s Ministry of University and Scientific Research, earning herself the title of “Best Cellist of the Italian Conservatories”, “Premio Città di Padova”, “Jugend Musiziert” Nuremberg, “NYIAA Competition” whose victory allowed her to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, “10th International Competition Antonio Janigro” for young cellists, “Crescendo International Competition” in Florence and “Maura Giorgetti” by Filarmonica della Scala in Milan. In 2017 she won the 2nd prize at the “International Johannes Brahms Competition” in Pörtschach, Austria. Recently, she has been selected as a YCAT 2020 Finalist.

She received high recognitions such as the 2020 ICMA Award as “Young Concert Artist of the year”, in 2019 the prestigious “Honorary Diploma” by Accademia Chigiana di Siena, and she also was awarded the “Landgraf von Hessen Preis” by Kronberg Academy, “Premio Giannuzzi” as the best cellist in the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, the “Rotary Club Cremona” prize, the prize “Banca Monti dei Paschi di Siena” for young talents of the “Accademia Chigiana di Siena”, the “Inner Wheel” prize.
She was awarded the Scholarship of “De Sono Associazione per la Musica”, “Foundation Boubo-Music”, since 2017 she is supported by the “Associazione culturale Musica con le Ali”.

She has appeared in prestigious festivals, such as “Janigro Festival” in Porec, “Supercello Festival” in Beijing, “Chamber music Connects the world” in Kronberg, “Verbier Festival Academy”, “Schloss Elmau Festival”, “La Musica Festival” in Sarasota, “Aurora Festival” in Vanersborg, “Al Bustan Festival” in Beirut, “Ciao Festival” in Chengdu, “Festival de Cordas e Piano” in Belo Horizonte, Festival “La lumière du Roman” in Conques, Festival “Les Nuits du Chateau de la Moutte” in Saint Tropez, “Paganini Genova Festival”, “International Cello Festival Alfredo Piatti” in Bergamo, “Rome Chamber Music Festival”, “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Chigiana International Festival” in Siena and “IUC” in Rome.

She has performed in some of the most important Italian theaters such as Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona, Il Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, il Teatro Ristori di Verona, il Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza. Abroad she has appeared at Konzerthaus Berlin, at Carnegie Hall in New York and in many other countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, France, England, Croatia, Lebanon, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, China.

As soloist she has played with “Zagreb Soloists”, “La Verdi” in Milan, “I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra”, “Sinfonica Abruzzese Orchestra”, “Orchestra della Toscana”, “Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra”, “Serbian National Theater Orchestra of Novi Sad”, “Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra Debrecen”, “Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado del Mèxico”.

She has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, Sir András Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Antonio Meneses, Mario Brunello, Augustin Dumay, Louis Lortie, Miguel Da Silva, Massimo Quarta, Bruno Giuranna, Salvatore Accardo, Julius Berger, Andrea Lucchesini, Robert McDuffie.

Li Wei Qin

As one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation, Chinese Australian Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. After being awarded the Silver Medal at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition, Li-Wei won First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York. “A superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer ” (Gramophone Magazine, January 2015) was the description of the cellist’s Elgar and Walton concerti recording with the London Philharmonic.

Two times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras including all the BBC symphony orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, NDR-Sinfonierorchester Hamburg, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, La Verdi Orchestra Milan, ORH Vienna Radio Orchestra , Finnish Radio Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Marek Janowski, Jaap Van Zweden, Gianandrea Noseda, Hans Graf, Yu Long, Lv Jia, Tan Dun, the late Machello Viotti, the late Jiri Belohlavek and the late Lord Menuhin.

Other major invitations included appearances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (New Zealand Symphony), 2012 London Olympics, Davos World Economics Forum (Basel Symphony) and recently the Fortune Global Forum 2017 Opening Ceremony.

Prior to teaching at the National University of Singapore, Li-Wei taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China. As artistic director, Li-Wei successful founded the annual Qingdao International Cello festival in 2018. Li-Wei plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh.

Christine Lamprea

CHRISTINE LAMPREA is a dynamic artist with a reputation as a firebrand cellist with a “commitment to the highest standards” ( Palm Beach Daily News ). Upon her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in 2013, she has since returned to Carnegie, as well as performed with
orchestras such Costa Rica National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Symphony of Michoacan, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S. As a recitalist, Ms.
Lamprea has appeared on prestigious series at Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. In demand as a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and has performed with such musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc.

Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music and non-traditional venues for performance and teaching. Her Songs of Colombia Suite includes arrangements of traditional South American tunes for cello and piano or guitar,
and have been performed at the Colombian Embassy and Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has
premiered several works by composers of today.

In recent years, she commissioned cadenzas for the Haydn D Major Concerto by Jessie Montgomery, and premiered Jeffrey Mumford’s cello concerto “of fields unfolding…echoing depths of resonant light” with the
San Antonio Symphony.

Ms. Lamprea is on the cello faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, serves as substitute faculty at the Juilliard School, and served as Lecturer of Cello at the Texas Christian University School of Music for the 2018-19 academic year. Ms. Lamprea has given masterclasses for the Vivac-e Festival, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, among others. She has worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. Christine Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which supported her studies at the New England Conservatory, and a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, which supported her study with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Additional influences were Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, and Philippe Muller. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.

“She has impressed with the fearless
intensity of her musicianship.”
— Classical Voice North America

“[A] firebrand … She spit out feral pizzicati…and hurled the discrete phrases like so many Molotov cocktails. She held nothing back, but she possessed the underlying discipline to make all the risks pay off… She seemed to relish the materiality of sound production—the tender/tough touch of bow hair on strings, the physical act of making music.”
— Mike Greenberg,