Fang Fang

Masters of Music in Performance,
Arizona State University
Teaches Cello and Piano
Over 10 years of teaching experience
Specializing in Classical and Orchestral Music

IMG_1114I teach Cello and Piano. I have a Masters of Music in cello performance from Arizona State University. I have studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and received my B.A in cello performance in China. I began to play the piano when I was 5 years old, then began learning the cello from my mother when I was 7 years old. I am a professional cellist and have been working in various orchestras for the past 8 years as associate principal cello. In Phoenix, I played in the Scottsdale Philharmonic as principal cello. I have been teaching for 10 years, and have learned that patience and enthusiasm are necessary to keep students interested and eager to learn. I pride myself in finding the unique musical talents of each student, and finding ways to communicate with them on an individual level. One of my students in Eastern China was awarded the 1st Prize at a Cello Competition in 2011. My primary focus as a teacher is on classical music for the cello and piano. I am schooled in the Suzuki Method of teaching and find it to be an invaluable way of learning as a beginner.

When did you begin playing cello and piano, and why?:
I began to play the piano when I was 5 years old. Then I played the cello learnt from my mother when I was 7 years old. Because my mother is a cello teacher, she really wanted her daughter became a cellist in the future.

What are your personal goals as a musician?
I would like to work for a major U.S. orchestra.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
Yes. Ravel, Pavane pour une infante defunte. I always remembered romantic and sad relationship in past when I heard this music.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
Maintaining persistence, even when the challenge feels overwhelming. Persistence is key to furthering your musical abilities.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
I would like to be a part of a major U.S. orchestra.

Favorite thing about teaching?
I can play with my students, and learn from them, as well.

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any)
Personal Master’s Degree Recital (ASU)
Red Rocks Music Festival, String Quintet Player
High Peaks Festival, String Quartet Player
Shanghai Chinese Orchestra (SCO), Performed for big events such as Beijing Olympics, Obama’s
Shanghai visit & Shanghai World Expo
Anti-Sars public advertising song held by Jiangsu TV Station, Solo