SHUO MA 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 Nutcracker 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.
DR. DEAN ANDERSON is currently in his fourth year as the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University. He has been the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony for over five seasons and is also the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States.
As a guest conductor, he has led the Orquestra Sinfonico de Teatro da Paz (Belem, Brazil), National Congress Chamber Orchestra (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta (Bangkok, Thailand),Yakima Chamber Orchestra, and the Southern California Chamber Ensemble in Nagoya, Japan. He was the first American to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam.
In 2015, he joined the faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival as the Principal Orchestra Director. He also led the combined orchestras of La Sierra University and Symphony Irvine at Walt Disney Hall in the West Coast premiere of Marcos Galvany’s operatic tableau O My Son.
As an opera conductor, he performed Giuseppe Lupis’ Il Pianista Disgraziata in Bologna, Assisi, Binetto, Loro Piceno, and Toritto. Other opera performances include Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna and Mercadante’s I Due Figaro with Opera UCLA and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Fullerton College Opera Workshop. He conducted the West Coast premiere of Daron Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, with the La Sierra University Opera in addition to recent productions of Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.
Dr. Anderson studied violin with John Mcleod and conducting with Edward Dolbashian at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Daron Hagen, Don Thulean, and Lawrence Golan.