The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) has selected Sihao He (MM18), a doctoral cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, as one of five artists for the Bowers Program.
The professional development program provides extensive opportunities for outstanding young artists in the early stages of major careers to integrate their professional lives with established chamber music artists. He was chosen from an international pool of 180 applicants from 18 countries.
As a Bowers Program Artist, He will participate in a rigorous three-season residency – beginning in the 2021-22 season and continuing through 2024. Program artists fully integrate into all CMS activities in New York and internationally, including performances on the Alice Tully Hall stage as well as in cities across the US and abroad alongside established CMS artists. Bowers Program Artists also appear as part of CMS education programs and perform in CMS recording projects.
The Bowers Program, which began as CMS Two in 1994, has been a source of professional development for some of the world's leading classical musicians, including Hilary Hahn, Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Anthony McGill, and the Miró, Escher, and Danish String Quartets, among many others. More than half the current roster at CMS is composed of Bowers alumni as well as current and incoming members of the program.
Sihao He first came into international prominence in 2008 as a 14-year old cellist winning first prize at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Croatia. Later that same year, he won the National Cello Competition in his native China. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious 3rd Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan and 3rd prize of the 2019 ARD International Competition in Munich, Germany. As a soloist, Sihao has performed with many leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and the Piracicaba Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.
In the US, He has performed before audiences at the Metropolitan Museum, the U.S Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington D.C, and in a recital at the Myra Hess Concert series in Chicago. As a chamber musician, he appeared at the Shanghai Electronic Music Week, in the US at the Music@Menlo, and in Europe at the Rome festival. He has performed together with the Joseph Silverstein, Pinchas Zuckerman, Donald Weilerstein, and Calidore Quartet. Before coming to the US his string Quartet, Simply Quartet, won first prize at the Haydn Invitational Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, China and was awarded “The Most Promising Young String Quartet” at the 4th Beijing International Chamber Music Competition.