Yijia Fang, cello

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Born in Shantou, China, Yijia Fang began his cello studies with his father, principal cellist with the Shantou Philharmonic Orchestra. After receiving his BM Degree at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, he continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Dr. William Grubb for his Artist Diploma and Master of Music Degrees.

In 2014, Yijia won first prize at the Hong Kong International String Competition and received the Excellent Performance Award at the Beijing Aiqin International Cello Competition. In 2016, Yijia premiered the cello version of the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with maestro Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Yijia's cello was made in 1870, and was donated by Mrs. Robinson. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cincinnati.