“When she grabs the cello, it’s like a sword. She becomes Wonder Woman.”
— Hans Zimmer (Batman v Superman)
Tina Guo is the yin and yang of cello. On the same instrument, she is both a classically trained artist and a heavy metal rocker. With amazing versatility, Tina takes the sensual sounds of the cello to another level, creating a whole new niche for the genre. Alongside many other blockbuster films, Tina created the theme song for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and her debut album, Game On!, was just released this February.
Originally from Shanghai, she was born to a family of classical musicians. Tina’s musical education began at the age of 3, when she began her piano studies. After coming to the United States at the age of 5, she began violin lessons with her mother, and she later began studying the cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo, at the age of 7. As a child, Tina didn’t really enjoy classical music training. Like most kids, she wanted to play outside with her friends, not rehearse for up to six hours a day. However, after being accepted at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music on full scholarship, Tina continued her professional cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld and became a Governor’s Scholar for academic excellence.
“When I make music, I rediscover my identity. Not a daughter, a sister, a lover, nor a friend, but only one soul connected to every other person that has walked the earth,” Tina says.
Throughout her blossoming career, Tina has mastered a wide range of genres, including classical, rock, pop, metal, electronic, and now new age. With them all, the musician has carved out her own distinct sound, making her an extremely accomplished cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer with a multifaceted international recording and performance career.
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