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Born in France, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma. After majoring in Philosophy and Chinese, she was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under André Navarra, and was awarded the 1st Prize for Cello summa cum laude and the 1st Prize for Chamber Music. She is a prizewinner at the Barcelona International Competition, the Florence International Competition and the winner of the Debussy Prize at the Paris International Competition.
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Ms Tsan toured throughout the world not only as a soloist, but also as an avid chamber musician with Rudolf Firkusny, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Michel Dalberto, Jean Hubeau, Bruno Rigutto, Pascal Rogé, Steven Vanhauwaert, Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, Martin Chalifour, Ambroise Aubrun, Hatto Beyerle, Gérard Caussé, Bruno Pasquier, Paul Neubauer, and Heiichiro Ohyama
She regularly performs on the radio and for television and films. Since she moved to Los Angeles, she has been recording hundreds of movie soundtracks with many composers such as John Williams, James Horner, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Alan Silvestri, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton-Howard, John Debney to name a few. She recorded a CD (Eleven pieces for Cello and Piano) under the Cybelia label and two CDs of chamber music by Weber and Ropartz, under the Timpani label, both with pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer.
She currently serves as Principal Cellist with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She served for five years as Principal Cello with New West Symphony. Several composers, including jazz-pianist Clare Fisher and Music Director Enrique Diemecke have written solo pieces for her. With her Trio, the Pantoum Trio, she recorded "Jazz and Cocktails", a piano trio written by Gernot Wolfgang.
Her recent concerts include the Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha by John Williams, The Elgar and Dvorak Cello Concerti as well as Brahms Double Concerto. Among her many chamber music concerts, she performed the world premiere Eric Tanguy’s Trio specially written for her and published by Salabert: that performance was recorded and broadcast by Radio-France in Paris and the US premiere was hosted later by Jacaranda in Los Angeles. She also played the West Coast Premiere of Eric Tanguy’s Cello Concerto.
In 2017, Cécilia became the Artistic Director of a music series that she co-founded: "Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome", which takes place at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Ms Tsan has also served as Principal Cello for the Academy Awards, the Emmys, American Idols and America’s Got Talent.
For more info visit: www.ceciliatsan.com