Yelian He (Australia)
Sydney Symphony Prize
MOST® Audience Prize
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Yelian toured Australia and took part in the 2011 CHOGM in Perth, where he debuted with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in the CHOGM Gala Concert performing Haydn’s D major Cello Concerto. He returned to Australia on tour again to in 2014 performing in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
Yelian is honoured to have been presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 at an exclusive reception at Buckingham Palace for outstanding Australians in the UK - one of the biggest highlights of his life was the opportunity to shake hands with film celebrity Hugh Jackman at this function (after gathering his nerves!). In 2013 he was invited again to perform in a private concert for the Queen and her Commonwealth guests.
As a committed orchestral cellist, Yelian has been Guest Principal Cellist of orchestras around the world including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and he has also worked with the Philharmonia, Hallé and Melbourne Symphony orchestras.
In his spare time, Yelian has a passionate interest in computers and gadgets, Wing Chun, MOBA gaming, sound engineering, design and implementation of websites as well as a bit of marketing and branding.
2014 marks the 137th birthday of Yelian’s cello – made by Hungarian luthier Adolphus Monnig in 1877. "If I were to give the cello a name, I would call it Anya; it was sold to me by a friend I’ve known for a long time – in fact he won the Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award on it!"
Photo credits: Lauren Bamford (top); unknown (bottom).
The premier award of the Australian Cello Awards, the recipient of the Allen-Evans will receive this limited edition statue, designed by artist Drago Cherina and hand cast in solid bronze.
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