Tina Guo has developed an international multi-faceted performance and recording career as a cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer known for her distinctive sound, mastery in a wide range of genres, and improvisatory style in major motion picture, television, and game scores.
As a classical cello soloist, Tina Guo has appeared as guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Petrobras Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. She also performed with violinist Midori Goto in Dvorak's American String Quartet at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and completed four national tours of Mexico and Italy performing the Shostakovich, Dvorak, Haydn, and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos. Tina toured as a featured guest with Al Di Meola, one of the most prominent virtuosos and influential guitarists in the contemporary jazz field, with Japanese superstar Yoshiki of X Japan on his Classical World Tour, and recently appeared with the Tenerife Symphony and Choir in the Canary Islands performing "Batman: The Dark Knight" Suite at the Tenerife International Film Festival, featured on Electric Cello. Tina performed at the 2015 Krakow Film Music Festival, playing music from Vikings, Dexter, Game of Thrones, and Chicago Fire live as soloist with the Krakow Symphony and Polish Radio Choir.
Tina is featured on screen in commercials for Mazda6, and United Airlines, and was also a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson "The Immortal" World Tour from 2011-2013 performing in sold out arenas around the world. Tina performed to 2 million audience members worldwide with the tour, and they topped the charts for 2 years as the highest grossing tour in America and sold out shows in arenas worldwide. Tina is also featured on the Epic Records/Jackson Estate release "Immortal," replacing the original guitar solo in "Beat It" with an Electric Cello/Guitar Battle-style duet with guitarist Greg Howe.
Tina performed alongside Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Hans Zimmer at the Premiere of Inception, and in a sold-out concert for Dreamworks with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, featuring her as soloist on electric cello and erhu. She performed for the League of Legends World Championship to a sold out arena at Staples Center in Los Angeles and an audience of 33 million streaming online. Tina was featured on the Electric Cello in a super-band for the event with The Crystal Method, Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Danny Lohner (NIN), Joe Letz (Combichrist), and the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra. Tina has also been a featured performer at Comic Con, Blizzcon, and with Video Games Live. She was the guest soloist in Baroque-Rock group Vivaldianno's "City of Mirrors" Tour appearing throughout Europe in Summer 2015, and will tour with Blues legend Joe Bonamassa in January 2016, including two concerts at Carnegie Hall to be broadcasted on PBS and for future DVD Release.
Tina was the cello soloist on the scores of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, Clash of the Titans, Red Riding Hood, Abduction, Olympus Has Fallen, Escape Plan, CSI:NY, Vikings, The Borgias, Sleepy Hollow, Dominion, Iron Chef, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (as Octavia,) Blizzard's Diablo III and Hearthstone, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Revelation Online by Chinese game giant Netease, and Journey, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack. Tina can also be heard on the soundtracks of Inception, Hancock, Battle: Los Angeles, The Hangover Part II, Predators, Fast Five, Arthur, No Strings Attached, Beginners, Public Enemies, Rango, The Rite, X-Men: First Class, Your Highness, Yogi Bear, The Mentalist, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, commercials for Apple iPhone, Under Armour, and many others. Tina also contributed Electric Cello to the creation of elements that were used to create the sound of the Kaijus in Pacific Rim. Her arrangement and performance of "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" was featured in the end credits for The Heartbreak Kid and she was an additional composer on the feature film Persecuted. The Tina Guo Sample Library by Cinesamples is one of the most popular cello solo libraries available on the market today, used by composers and producers in countless media music projects. Tina is currently in the studio with Hans Zimmer and his team working on two upcoming major motion pictures as Electric Cello and Acoustic Cello Soloist and will tour with Hans in 2016 throughout Europe in his live shows.
Tina was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show playing “Beat It” on electric cello, and also performed at the American Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, on Dancing with the Stars with Carlos Santana and India Arie, Jimmy Kimmel Live with Ellie Goulding, the Lopez Show with Far East Movement, the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, on American Idol, at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. She also performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Playboy Mansion, and has shared the stage with The Tenors, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, John Legend, LeAnn Rhimes, Chris Isaak, Il Divo, Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Michael McDonald. Corporate clients have included Microsoft, Cephalon Biopharmaceutics, Adecco and the PGA. Tina has recorded on hundreds of albums, with artists such as John Legend, Ciara, David Archuleta, and Big K.R.I.T.
Tina's musical education began at the age of 3, when she began her piano studies in Shanghai, China. After coming to America at the age of 5, she began violin lessons with her mother and later began studying the cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo at the age of 7. Tina continued her professional cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music on full scholarship, and was also a Governor's Scholar for academic excellence.
The instrumental metal music video for her song "Queen Bee" won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Her songs "Queen Bee" and "Forbidden City" are also available for download to play for Rockband on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Metal Hammer Magazine UK described Tina as "an international sensation" and she was also featured in Glamour Magazine Russia with a 2 page spread. Tina was the 2014 Innovation Award Recipient from the Asian Heritage Awards. An avid writer, her first published work is "Event Horizons of Yin and Yang," a collection of philosophical prose and poetry. Tina holds a Bachelors in Metaphysics.
Tina is the co-founder and CEO of MG Music, a production company in partnership with her husband, producer R. Armando Morabito. MG Music has provided music for Mercedes, Call of Duty: Ghosts MTX 4, the Official Launch Trailer for video game ArchAge “A Way Home,” and the Official Trailer for feature film "The Best Offer." Their music can be heard on WWE Smackdown, WWE Monday Night Raw, NHL Rivals, Chopped, Mission October on Fox Sports, Inside the PGA Tour, Road to Ferrari, and Against the Odds on the American Heroes Channel. Together, Ray and Tina are involved in philanthropy with the Humane Society of the United States and ChildFund International; their other endeavors include Real Estate, Business, and Private Investments.
Tina performs on her Gand & Bernadel Cello made in Paris, France in 1880. On electric cello, she plays a customized Yamaha SVC-210 as a Yamaha Performing Artist. Tina also plays an Erhu made in Shanghai, China.
Tina endorses Sennheiser, Focusrite, ENGL Amps, Voodoo Lab Pedals, Coffin Case, Zoom, Samson, Reunion Blues, Analysis Plus Cables, Pickworld, Yamaha, and Apogee Electronics.
Rolling Stone, Italy: 2010
"Billy Corgan assumed the role of guitar player on most of the songs on Nobody's Daughter and penned the main riff for "Samantha." However for the final recording, Love replaced Corgan's guitar with cello. Courtney Love told RS magazine: "The cello that you hear is a really hot Chinese girl with an amazing rack and insanely good hair who is a heavy metal goddess on cello, Tina Guo."
Quills Quotes & Notes: April 2007
By Rosemary Phillips "I am at a loss for words to describe Tina Guo, a young woman of such intense passion for her art; in fact I am left speechless. What I feel is immense awe and hope fulfilled to know that this world will be, in the near future, cradled in the hands of such gifted and philosophical young people who delve into a far deeper meaning and understanding of life in this case through music."
Bari News (Italy), 22 January 2011
By Nicola Sbisa "A welcome return to the conductor Michele Nitti on the podium of the Symphony Orchestra of Bari, confirmed by the presence, as soloist, of the young Chinese cellist Tina Guo: whimsical and very gifted, with a rich and vibrant temperament, sustained by a brilliant technique. In the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto she knows how to bring out the mixture of lyricism and aggressive “growls”. Very good agreement between conductor and soloist, and enthusiastic audience for a performance that, avoiding kitsch temptations, has returned to music all its captivating poignancy. Tina with enthusiasm gave three encores, with two Bach compositions and a transcription of Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee."
All Access Magazine
By Giuseppe S. Canzonieri "Saying that Tina is a talented musician is an understatement."
"Utterly speechless and amazed."
"A musical prodigy."
Indaba Music Online
By Yo-Yo Ma "Very Virtuosic."
ASIA Journal of Culture and Commerce
By Rosalynn Carmen "Tina Guo and her band pretty much took the roof off the house."
The Pueblo Chieftan
By Pierre Canyon "The performance of the Dvorak cello concerto proved to be a delight to the ear, the mind and the heart."
El Sol de Toluca
By Gabriela Rangel "Guo's interpretive quality and flawless performance was moving and excited the audience immensely. She is a great artist at only 20 years old."
"When I play my cello, I am completely pure, naked, and open. I long for the moments when my outer shell no longer matters. I hunger for every genuine tear of sorrow, joy, or understanding shared. When you can hear me for who I am, and see me in a way that doesn't involve looking at me, but rather looking through me, only then can I be satisfied.
When I play, I see ghosts. I am only aware of undiluted emotions manifesting; those that arise from the tribulations of life and of death, of the most beautiful love and the most heart wrenching grief. The same purity of feeling that has inspired every creator of art, of music; every human being that has ever dreamed of an ideal, lives in the flowing melodies. Expression through an abstract is blessed in its form to be free from the stains of reality.
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.
I ache to show you what is inside my heart. I ache to be understood. I ache for all of us to understand our humanity. I ache to tell the world an eternal story. Watch me, hear me pray in the only way I know how."
Personal Website: tinaguo.com
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