cecilia tran   


Born in Versailles (France) of Chinese musician parents, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello at the age of five with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma, who was an inspiration for her. After being awarded her Baccalaureate Degree, she went on to study Philosophy and Chinese and was accepted as first in her class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she studied under the direction of André Navarra. In 1976, she graduated summa cum laude, with top honors in cello and in chamber music. She was then accepted for higher musical studies (3ème Cycle), which gave her the opportunity to study more chamber music with Jean Hubeau and to prepare international competitions. She also attended master-classes at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena (Italy) where she received the Diploma di Merito.

Cécilia has won prizes at the Barcelona International Competition and the Florence International Competition as well as the Debussy Prize at the Paris International Competition held by the Guilde Française des Artistes Solistes. She is also a winner of the Menuhin Foundation Award.

Cécilia has given many concerts, not only as a soloist, but also as a chamber musician. In Paris, she has performed at the Palais des Congrès, the Salle Pleyel, the Salle Gaveau, the Théâtre National de l'Opéra, the Centre Georges-Pompidou, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Summer Festival, among others. She has toured extensively in France and in Italy, Switzerland, England, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, US, Japan and Taiwan.

Her numerous recitals concerts have led her to play with such renowned musicians as pianists Michel Dalberto, Rudolf Firkusny, Jean Hubeau, Alain Planès, Anne Queffélec, Bruno Rigutto, Pascal Rogé, Ann Schein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; violonists Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, Jo Genualdi, and Daniel Phillips; violists Hatto Beyerle, Gérard Caussé, Paul Neubauer, Heiichiro Ohyama and Bruno Pasquier; harpist Marielle Nordmann; guitarist Alexandre Lagoya; and Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Alexis Galpérine with whom she founded a piano trio in 1988, based in Paris.

As a founding member of the Pantoum Trio, also including Tereza Stanislav, assistant-concertmaster of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and pianist Robert Edward Thies, she recently recorded Gernot Wolfgang Trio "Jazz and Cocktails". In addition to various chamber music concerts, Cécilia's next solo performances include two of her favorite works: the Lalo and Elgar cello concertos.

Cécilia is also active in the motion picture industry and the recording studios in Los Angeles, having recorded hundreds of movie soundtracks with composers such as John Williams, James Horner, David Newman, Randy Newman, Alan Silvestri, James Newton-Howard and Jerry Goldsmith, to name a few. In March 2000, she was invited to the Academy Awards ceremony to perform a solo on stage with composer Randy Newman and singer Sarah McLachlan. For two years, she has been heard as Principal Cello of the American Idols Orchestra.