Mosa Tsay | Cello

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Cellist Mosa Tsay performs with AXIOM and New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and has been a frequent collaborator with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) for recent recordings and performances at National Sawdust and NOKIA Bell Labs. An alumna of Doublestop Foundation, Mosa performed as its ambassador between 2014-2018 after winning the Instrument Loan Competition in 2014. Notable performances include Mendelssohn Octet with Danish String Quartet, the premiere of multimedia opera “Echo Drift” at PROTOTYPE Festival, and a Juilliard Orchestra tour to Helsinki and Stockholm under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen in celebration of Finland’s centennial. Past summer engagements include Banff Centre for the Arts, Fontainebleau Schools of Music and Fine Arts, and Meadowmount School of Music.

Besides performing, Mosa is recognized in New York and San Francisco Bay Area as an organizer of concerts in nontraditional performance venues. Mosa has curated and reconstructed the concert experience for over 80 house concerts. In partnership with Groupmuse, she presented two sold-out concerts featuring eight cellos in a chocolate warehouse in Brooklyn and a coworking space in San Francisco. (“The most prolific groupmuser in our history. And she’s now, officially, a coast-to-coast Massivemuse impresario.” - Groupmuse)  In 2016, Mosa launched the debut of a collective of cellists in San Francisco Bay Area at the studio of esteemed American sculptor Bruce Beasley.

Upcoming projects include commissioning five composers solo cello pieces that explore silence and environmental sounds. In fall 2018, she will collaborate with sound artist Nao Gunji and denim artist Takayuki Echigoya to perform a piece for cello and vintage Singer sewing machines. In November, she will manage the debut concert of Versoi Ensemble, featuring musicians from Helsinki and New York, as its Executive Director. Her interest in electronic music will lead to explorations in the music of Kaija Saariaho and Brian Ferneyhough in 2019.

Mosa plays on a 1900 Collin-Mezin cello, on loan from a private collection.

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