Photo Credit by Christopher Lee

          Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Zexun Shen (Jason) has studied in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor Da-Hai Liu and graduated with honors and many awards in 2009. In the same year, Mr. Shen began his studies with Mr. Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music (BM 2013, MM 2015), where he was presented with Full Scholarship and the Goldsmith Foundation Award and served as the principal cellist of the Mannes Orchestra since 2011.  After Mr. Shen graduated from Mannes with honors, he completed his professional study with Dean’s Award under the guidance of Philippe Muller at Manhattan School of Music.  In 2016, Mr. Shen joined Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and started his study with Colin Carr for Doctor of Musical Art degree at Stony Brook University.

          Mr. Shen has performed extensively in the US and abroad (including China, Australia, and Poland) as a soloist and chamber musician, playing at venues such as the Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Morgan Library and Museum, and taken part in music festivals such as the Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute (String Quartet Seminar), and the Taos Chamber Music Festival, working with the members of the Borromeo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, the Moscow Rachmaninoff Piano Trio, the Guarneri String Quartet, and the Orion String Quartet, amongst others. Mr. Shen has performed in solo and chamber concerts with world-renowned musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenazi, Herbert Greenberg, Ralph Kirshbaum, Laurence Lesser, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert McDonald, Joseph Silverstein, Mark Steinberg and Michael Tree.

          In the summer of 2016, Mr. Shen had a tour in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Beijing in China, and worked with principal musicians from the New York Philharmonic Orchstra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he appeared in two of the Mannes in Unison concert series concerts in the Merkin Concert Hall with Russian pianist, Vladimir Feltsman. 

Mr. Shen plays on an 1889 Giovanni Dollenz cello made in Triesta, Italy with a 1860 Joseph Henry bow made available to him as a gift from a private sponsor.

Updated on December 1, 2016