Praised by The New York Times as “striking,” American cellist Hiro Matsuo is quickly establishing himself as a rising talent of his generation. His performing career has taken him all over the world, and he has appeared in the most celebrated venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

An avid chamber musician, Hiro has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Joshua Bell, David Aaron Carpenter, Roberto Díaz, Christoph Eschenbach, Ida Kavafian, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Joseph Silverstein, among others. He has made appearances at summer music festivals of Kirishima, Lake George, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and Salomé at The Hamptons. He performs regulary in the Chamber Players International concert series in New York City. He is an artist of the Metropolis Ensemble and Salomé Chamber Orchestra, and a regular guest of Sejong Soloists and Solisti Ensemble.

Hiro has earned wide recognition winning numerous competitions and awards from an early age including first prizes in Kishwaukee, Musichorale, Music Teachers National Association, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Society of American Musicians, and University of Illinois Cello Festival competitions, among others.

As an orchestral musician, Hiro has served as principal for many concerts. He has played under the baton of renowned conductors John Adams, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Nicolas McGegan, Matthias Pintscher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Hiro also enjoys collaborating with musicians outside the classical music genre. In 2011, he recorded for The Roots eleventh studio album “Undun.” To celebrate the release of the album, he appeared with the legendary band on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has shared the stage with famed artists Keren Ann, Natasha Bedingfield, John Legend, Florene Welch, and Michelle Williams.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He has worked extensively with Carter Brey, Timothy Eddy, Hans Jørgen Jensen, David Soyer, and Peter Wiley.

June 2012

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