Last month one of my favourite cellists did me the enormous honour of recording a couple of compositions by my husband and me for fun. The cellist was none other than Tina Guo. For those who haven’t come across her, she is a multi-genre cellist and composer. With her effortless technique and intense musicality she is equally well established in the classical, film music and rock/ pop arenas. As a classical soloist Tina has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Bari Symphony in Italy, the Petrobras Symphony and the Barra Mansa Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. In non-classical, crossover and media music settings she has performed in a solo capacity alongside Hans Zimmer for the premier of his Inception score, performed and recorded as a featured guest with the Jazz/Fusion Miles Evans Band, performed at the Grammy’s with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol,  at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janiero. Tina is currently the featured soloist on the electric cello in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour, an international all-arena tour spanning from 2012-2014 and currently the highest grossing tour in North America.

The two pieces recorded were ‘Sakura’ and ‘Better Tomorrow’ – both for cello and piano. Since Tina is currently on tour and living in hotels, she has a very basic (but effective) recording set-up, and her ‘practice cello’ – a student instrument which can be thrown about in the gear truck. Without access to a piano or pianist, I sent her my piano tracks from the original recordings. In spite of the technical limitations, the results are pretty magnificent!

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6 thoughts on “Tina Guo Performing Works by the Cullens

  1. I really love this post, thank You. When I decided to play cello, and I was looking for electric cello videos, this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11AyPKi9npU) was the one, that I found first, and watched countless times… I guess the reason is obvious. So I’m really happy to see Her performing Your songs, and the results is… let me just say, that I’m looking forward to more videos like this 🙂

        1. 😀 Thanks. Well, only german as a third one, which I speak theoretically better than english, but it is really far from the truth, as I haven’t used that language in the last 10 years. Anyway, thanks again, I’m looking forward to see a duet from You two 🙂

  2. Thank you! I watched the Inception performance. I did not know her background. You are helping me with my cello understanding at several levels. Please know that your dedication to us helps people that you don’t know or will probably never meet. We will try to pass your giving spirit along. Ron

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