Tina Guo

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Tina Guo (Chinese: 郭婷) is a Chinese cellist and erhuist from Shanghai. She 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. Tina moved to the United States at age 5.[1] She has appeared as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony[2] 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, Yoshiki of X Japan,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 will be performing this June 2015 as a guest soloist at the 2015 Krakow Film Music Festival in Poland.[3]

Education[edit]

Guo began playing the cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo, and then studied under Eleonore Schoenfeld and Nathaniel Rosen at the USC Thornton School of Music on full scholarship.

Performance highlights[edit]

In 2007, she toured Australia with Metaphor, an all-girl crossover band.[4] Guo played with the Foo Fighters at the 2008 Grammy Awards, and with Off the Deep End she played at the wrap party for the Sundance Film Festival.[5]

With Midori Gotō, she played in Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. With pianist William Joseph, she performed in Majorca, Spain for the International Philanthropy Summit.

From 2011-2013, Guo toured as the featured electric cellist with Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.[6]

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 recently 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. In 2015, Tina will be featured with Video Game Music Band Critical Hit, performing at most of the Wizard World Comic Cons. She will also be featured in Baroque-Rock group Vivaldianno's "City of Mirrors" Tour appearing in arenas throughout Europe in June 2015.

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.

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" [7] and she was also featured in Glamour Magazine Russia with a 2 page spread.

Recordings[edit]

Guo recorded her first solo CD, Autumn Winds, a classical/new-age album. Her other album releases include Journey, Ray of Light, Eternity, Tina Guo & Composers for Charity, A Cello Christmas, and many singles. Her current albums in production are CELLO METAL, a full length metal album and HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST THEMES, an album of famous soundtracks reimagined.

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.

Guo 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, Iron Chef, Blizzard's Diablo III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Revelation Online 2015 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 by Sound Designer Scott Martin Gershin in the creation 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 Guo is featured on the cello in an instrumental set piece for the 100th episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.[8]

Guo has recorded on hundreds of albums, with artists such as John Legend, Ciara, David Archuleta, and Big K.R.I.T. She was featured on Al B. Sure!'s new single, "I Love It," from his upcoming album Honey I'm Home and was also featured on Two Steps From Hell's album SkyWorld.

Instruments[edit]

Guo performs on a 1878 Gand & Bernardel. On electric cello, she plays the Custom Tina Guo Model Yamaha SVC-200; she is endorsed by Yamaha[9] and played their instrument at the NAMM Show 2009.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Composer and Director R. Armando Morabito and also known as Tina-Guo-Morabito.

Her first published work as an author is "Event Horizons of Yin and Yang," a collection of philosophical prose and poetry.

Tina holds a Bachelors in Metaphysics.

Tina Guo Contracting, based in Los Angeles, provides Exclusive Musicians and Entertainment for Live Performance, Recording, and Corporate Events. Tina is also the co-founder and CEO of MG Music Int'l, a production company in partnership with her husband R. Armando Morabito that specializes in hybrid epic cinematic music for TV, Film, Video Games, and Trailers. MG Music has provided music for the 2014 Mercedes S-Class Video, Call of Duty: Ghosts MTX 4, the Official Launch Trailer for ArchAge “A Way Home,” and the Official Trailer for feature film "The Best Offer." On television, 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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jewles, Jizo. "Interview with Tina Guo". Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ Tagami, Kirsten (2008-02-20). "Cobb Symphony stays put for at least another year". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153049401116132
  4. ^ "Classical Crossover". Courier Mail. 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  5. ^ Η Tina Guo με την ΚΟΘ (Tina Guo with TSSO) Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (Greek)
  6. ^ "Three questions with Tina Guo, cellist for ‘Michael Jackson Immortal’". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2789392/bio
  8. ^ Guo, Tina (2015-04-07), "[Info on Episode 100; premiere date confirmation]", (Self-published) (Instagram), retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  9. ^ Tina Wood and Metaphor Ymaha Music Australia
  10. ^ Yamaha Thrills at Winter NAMM 2009 Yamaha Australia
  11. ^ Yamaha Thrills at Winter NAMM 2009
  12. ^ http://www.TinaGuo.com

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