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Zexun Shen

Joined the RPO in 2016

Born in Shanghai, China, Zexun (Jason) Shen studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor Da-Hai Liu and graduated with honors in 2009. In the same year, he began his studies with Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music (BM 2013, MM 2015), where he was presented with a full scholarship and the Goldsmith Foundation Award. Shen has served as the principal cellist of the Mannes Orchestra since 2011.

Shen has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad (including China, Australia, and Poland) as a soloist and chamber musician, playing at venues such as the Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Morgan Library Museum, and has taken part in music festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute (String Quartet Seminar), and the Taos Chamber Music Festival, working with the members of the Borromeo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, the Moscow Rachmaninoff Piano Trio, the Guarneri String Quartet, and the Orion String Quartet, amongst others. He has also performed in solo and chamber master classes given by world-renowned musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenazi, Colin Carr, Christoph Henkel, Andres Diaz, Paul Katz, Ralph Kirshbaum, Laurence Lesser, Robert McDonald, Joseph Silverstein, and Michael Tree.

Shen is currently studying with Philippe Muller at the Manhattan School of Music.He plays on an 1889 Giovanni Dollenz cello made in Triesta, Italy, with an 1860 Charles Peccatte bow made available to him as a gift from a private sponsor.

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