Yina Tong

Yina Tong

 

Yina Tong

Boston, United States

Yina Tong was born in 1987 in Shanghai. One of the highlights of Yina’s training in China was playing for renowned cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, at the age of twelve. The master’s positive comments about Yina’s abilities made her want to “master the cello”.

In 2003, Yina moved to Calgary, Canada, and studied full-time with John Kadz, formerly Principal Cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She held the position of Principal Cello with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and performed as guest soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Opera Orchestra.

Yina has attended many music camps and festivals, among them the Morningside Music Bridge Program in Calgary, the Young Artist Program in Ottawa, the Perlman Music Program Anniversary in Shanghai, the New York Strings Seminar Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. These programs gave her the opportunity to work with distinguished mentors such as Aldo Parisot, Lynn Harrell, Desmond Hoebig, Richard Aaron, Hans Jensen, Paul Kadz, Andres Diaz, and Johannes Moser. She has performed under the baton of conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Ivan Fischer, James Conlon, Xian Zhang, Yehuda Gilad,  Jaimy Loredo, and Hugh Wolff. Yina had been an active member of the Maestro Chamber Music Foundation and the Colburn Chamber Music Society, where she collaborated with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Richard O’Neil, Paul Coletti, and Menahem Pressler.

Yina is the recipient of numerous awards, including top honors at the Canadian National Music Festival, First Prize in the Edith Knox Peninsula Symphony Competition (2007), Second Prize in the Pasadena Showcase Competition (2008) and the Bronze Medal at the Stulberg International String Competition (2007). Yina graduated from the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree with Ronald Leonard. She is currently studying with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory where she is pursuing her Master of Music degree.
 

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