Born into a family of musicians, Yi-Bing Chu began to learn the cello at the age of 8 with his father, who was professor at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China). At an early age he began to perform, and at 10 recorded his first disc. At that time, the Cultural Revolution was not over and classical music was banned. Then Chu enrolled in the class of the famous cellist Maurice Gendron at the CNSM in Paris, France (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique). He graduated in 1987 with a Premier Prix. He won first prize at the Concours international d’exécution de musique in Geneva in 1986. In 1989 Chu became principal cellist at the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland, and stayed there until 2004. From 2004 to 2018, he was appointed cello professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. There, he contributed with passion to the spread and influence of chamber music all over China. Chu also founded the China Philharmonic Cellists, made up of his cellist students. With them, he has given hundreds of concerts across the country over the 15 years. He has performed before prominent figures, such as the presidents of China, France and the United States. Chu is keen on spreading classical music to as many people as possible, by giving concerts in universities, hospitals, factories and jails for millions of Chinese people who have little access to this genre. He also founded the SuperCello Festival, Beijing, and produced three recordings with his cellist students.
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