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Felix Fan, cello


As a chamber musician, Felix Fan has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and Janos Starker in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Musikverein, and Royal Festival Hall. Recent solo engagements included the San Diego and Pacific symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with composers Tan Dun, Hans Werner Henze, Kaija Saariaho, and Charles Wuorinen, and appeared with Philip Glass and Terry Riley.

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Be sure to hear Felix Fan’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 PM at Simms Auditorium/Albuquerque Academy
Mendelssohn & More

Thursday, July 25, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mendelssohn & More

Friday, July 26, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Marc Neikrug, New String Quartets Featuring Felix Fan

Felix Fan’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after cellists of his generation.  As a chamber musician, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Janos Starker in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Musikverein and Royal Festival Hall.  Fan’s recent solo engagements include the San Diego and Pacific symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macau Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.  In 2006, Fan and violinist Cho-Liang Lin recorded Gordon Chin’s Double Concerto with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony (Naxos).

Fan’s interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with today’s leading composers including George Crumb, Tan Dun, Hans Werner Henze, Oliver Knussen, Kaija Saariaho and Charles Wuorinen.  Appearances with the Bang on a Can All-Stars has allowed Fan to work with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.  In 2008, Fan joined the Flux Quartet.

In 1998, Fan founded Muzik3, a performance series and commissioning foundation dedicated to the advancement of modern music with an emphasis on integrating theater, dance and video.  Muzik3 led to the formation of Real Quiet, a trio consisting of Fan, David Cossin (percussion) and Andrew Russo (piano).  Since its inception in 2004, Real Quiet has premiered over 20 works and recorded music by Marc Mellits (Endeavor Records) and David Lang (Naxos).  In 2005, Fan performed a series of radio plays written by acclaimed screenwriters Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers, starring actors Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep.  Fan has also worked with innovative choreographers Karole Armitage, Shen Wei and Christopher Wheeldon.

Fan studied cello with Eleanore Schoenfeld (University of Southern California), Janos Starker (Indiana University), Aldo Parisot (Yale University) and Boris Pergamenschikow (Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, Germany).  In 1994, he was honored by Bill Clinton as a Presidential Scholar.  Fan plays the “Haussman” Stradivarius of 1724.