Cécilia Tsan


Born in France, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma. A Philosophy and Chinese major, she also graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under André Navarra. She is a prizewinner at the Barcelona, Florence and Paris International competitions.

She toured throughout the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician with Rudolf Firkusny, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Michel Dalberto, Pascal Rogé, Pierre Amoyal, Augustin Dumay, and Martin Chalifour, among others.

She has recorded hundreds of movie soundtracks with John Williams, James Newton-Howard, James Horner, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplats, to name a few.

She currently serves as Principal Cellist with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. As a founding member of the Pantoum Trio, she also recorded “Jazz and Cocktails”, a piano trio written by Gernot Wolfgang. She enjoys her many chamber music performances, especially with Pantoum Trio (Tereza Stanislav and Steven Vanhauwaert, along with Tsan). Her recent solo concerts include the Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha by John Williams, Dvorak and Elgar Cello Concerti, Brahms Double Concerto.

In 2012, she performed the world premiere of Eric Tanguy’s piano trio specially written for her and published by Salabert. That Paris concert was broadcast by Radio-France and the US premiere performed in November 2012 in Los Angeles. In November 2013 she gave the West Coast Premiere of Tanguy’s 2nd Cello Concerto dedicated to and first premiered by Mstislav Rostropovitch and Seiji Ozawa.

Cécilia has also served as Principal Cello for the Academy Awards, the Emmys, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent.

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