Mosa Tsay, Cello
I am an Ambassador to navigate the border between music and other disciplines, so that I can share music and communicate with new listeners. I approach music with a hint of my interest in urban planning and sustainability – but more importantly, I approach everything besides music with an attentive ear.
Cellist Mosa Tsay is pursuing a Master of Music at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. Recently relocated to New York, she plans to continue to curate performances intersecting contemporary music and chamber music. Formerly the Artistic Director Emeritus of Celli@Berkeley and a San Francisco-based collective of cellists, Mosa commissioned and organized premieres in non-traditional concert spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she co-produced Celli@Berkeley’s debut CD album in collaboration with composer Jared Redmond and Grammy-winning Barry Phillips.
Her performances have earned top award recognition at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Solo Competition in San Francisco, H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition, and at the regional and national levels of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist’s Competition. She was also named the Grand Prize winner of UC Berkeley’s Concerto Competition in 2013 and 2015. Other notable performances have been in masterclass settings for Yo-Yo Ma, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Eric Kim, and Tamás Varga. She has been invited to perform and collaborate with Joseph Silverstein and the Danish String Quartet.
Mosa received two bachelor’s degrees from University of California, Berkeley, in Music and in Society and Environment. She wrote an honors thesis on the topic of “Silence: In Performance and Within the Performer,” an analysis of the role of silence in music by J.S. Bach, Hans Werner Henze and John Cage. While studying at UC Berkeley, Mosa was appointed principal cellist of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra shortly after beginning her cello studies with Jonathan Koh in 2011. She was awarded the Eisner Award, Mary Nunes Souza Prize and is the 2016 recipient of the Alfred Hertz Traveling Fellowship. Her past summer engagements have included the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program in Ottawa, Canada, St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Seminar at Stanford University, and Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York as Jonathan Koh’s teaching assistant.
Mosa performs on a rare unstamped 19th century cello, a loan made possible with generous support from Mrs. Taeja Kim Lee and Dr. Howard Lee and for winning Doublestop Foundation’s Instrument Loan Competition in 2014.