Coco Yanan Hu
CoCo Ya-nan Hu is an outstanding cellist, artist instructor. She leads an active career as a cello soloist, teacher, and chamber and orchestral musician. As a former cellist of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, she serves as principal cellist of the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra currently and often performs with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Corona Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine at the same time. She has performed extensively throughout China as well as Singapore, Switzerland and the United States as cello soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician.
Ms. Hu holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Cello Performance from Xi’an Music Conservatory in China, where she studied with acclaimed cello professor Xiaoying Han, the secondary generation student of Mstislav Rostropovich. After moving to the US, she receive the Performer’s Certificate in Cello Performance, with full scholarship, from La Sierra University under the guidance of Professor Pin-Fei Tang. During her time there she also participated in the university’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, an educational outreach program which serves the Riverside community. Ms. Hu has also studied with Albert Roman, former principal cellist of the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, both in China and in Switzerland. She has played in performance and master class settings with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Ning Feng, Steven Ansell and more. In addition to performing the classical repertoire, Ms. Hu is also active as a recording artist in Hollywood and performed in
the Tenth Chinese-American Film Festival in Pasadena.
Currently residing in Irvine, California, Ms. Hu enjoys an active teaching career and is committed to the development of music education of young aspiring cellists in Orange County. She is on cello faculty at the Irvine Valley College and also maintains a successful private teaching studio. With nearly fifteen years of teaching experience, she has been a cello instructor since her undergraduate studies. Ms. Hu’s students have won a variety of competitions both in China and the US, such as the China National Youth Strings Competition and Southwestern Youth Music Festival. She is also a member of Music Teachers Association of California and participates in the Certificate of Merit program. Although she has only resided in Orange County for a few years, her students have already won positions in prestigious local youth orchestras and chamber ensembles, such as Irvine Honors Orchestra; All-Southern California Honors Orchestra; Prelude Chamber Strings, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings as well as many Irvine and Tustin school district’s orchestras.
Ms. Hu has been invited to judge multiple competitions and teach at music festivals such as Montecito International Music Festival, Sunshine International Music Festival and Satori Strings Competition. She has been invited to be the committee member of Schoenfeld International String Competition 2018. In an interview with Dana Point Times, Ms. Hu described her music career as a “journey filled with passion, persistence, joy and love of music.”