Artist Bio

Sihao He, cello

Born in Shanghai, China, Sihao He began playing the cello at the age of nine. The following year, he was accepted to the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a student of Professor Meijuan Liu’s. He graduated from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, where he studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Julie Albers. Sihao He is a Grand Prize winner of the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition in New York City, First Prize winner in the 2013 Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, and a Laureate of the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition for Cello in Brussels. He has performed as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), Orquestra Sinfônica de Piracicaba (Brazil), and Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra (China) and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as Stéphane Denève, Frank Braley, and Kazufumi Yamashita. He has performed in chamber ensembles with Joseph Silverstein, Pinchas Zukerman, Donald Weilerstein, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Hsin-Yun Huang, Robert McDuffie, and David Krakauer. As a founding member of Simply Quartet, he appeared at the European Chamber Music Academy in Austria for master classes and public performances and placed first in the Haydn Invitational Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, China, in 2009. In 2011, the quartet was named the Most Promising Young String Quartet at the Fourth Beijing International Music Competition. Sihao He is currently attending the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University for his master’s degree under the tutelage of Hans Jørgen Jensen and will be pursuing his D.M.A. degree at Northwestern University beginning this fall.