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Student Recital Series: Shuo Ma, cello


SHUO MA, cello

TONG XIA, piano


Join us for a wonderful afternoon recital given by Performer’s Certificate Student Shuo Ma. Shuo will be performing the following works:

  • Cello Suites #5 | Bach 
  • Clarinet Trio Op. 114 in a minor | Brahms
  • Vocalise Op. 34 | Rachmaninoff
  • Solo Sonata for Cello | Ligeti
  • Cello Sonata Op. 8 | Kodaly

MA SHUO devoted himself to cello and began his studies with Feng Jun at age five. By age seven and eight, Shuo had already won two gold prizes in the NingXia cello competition. By age eight, he was the second medalist in the category D(amateur) of AiQin Cup National Cello Competition. In 2010, he was the gold medalist in the category A(amateur) of AiQin Cup National Cello Competition. He also enrolled into the Primary School attendant to the China Central Conservatory of Music that same year and studied with Prof.Chen Yuan. He was awarded various performance scholarships during his schooling. In 2011, he performed as a soloist at the Beijing Concert Hall, performing Bach Suite No. 3, BWV 1009. That same year he was invited by a friend to perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos at the Russian Embassy. In 2012, he enrolled at the Middle School Attendant to the China Central Conservatory of music and completed a performance recital concert. In 2013, he participated in various performances including The Nutracker and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 at Shandong University. In 2014, he was the gold medalist of Aiqin Cup International Competition. In 2015, he performed in Beijing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in b minor with conductor LinTao and the China Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Tong Xia is graduating Performer Certificate student at La Sierra University, and a student of Dr. Elvin S. Rodriguez, professor of music. Although she started to play piano since 2010, her first real instrument was the Guzheng or Chinese zither. Ms. Xia had her first Guzheng concert when was only five years old. In 2008, she was admitted to the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music elementary school as one of the top Guzheng students. She went on to graduate from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, the top music school in China, with high honors. In 2010, she began piano lessons and continued playing until currently. She also became interested in studying composition in 2014. She hopes to continue her studies at Azusa Pacific University where she’ll enter into the MM program in composition this coming fall semester under scholarship. Ms. Xia thanks all of the faculty and staff for their help in completing the Performer Certificate at La Sierra University.