Felix Fan’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after cellists in classical and contemporary music, as well as improvisatory and rock & roll. As a chamber musician, Fan has performed and recorded with the likes of Janos Starker, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Cho- Liang Lin. His recent solo engagements include the San Diego, Pacific and Kansas City Symphonies under Jah- Jah Ling and Michael Stern, as well as Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic with composer Tan Dun. While studying in Germany, Fan was introduced to the foremost contemporary composers of Europe, subsequently leading to collaborations with Hans Werner Henze, Oliver Knussen and Kaija Saariaho, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Royal Festival Hall and the Musikverein.
In 1998, Fan founded the Muzik3 festival in La Jolla, CA, a performance series dedicated to the advancement of modern music, theater, video and dance. Muzik3’s influence on Fan was significant, as it led to innovative projects with musicians Sam Rivers and Jonas Hellborg, as well as the birth of Real Quiet, a trio consisting of Fan, David Cossin (percussion) and Andrew Russo (piano). Having worked together on previous projects with George Crumb, Philip Glass, David Lang, Terry Riley and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Real Quiet has emerged as a group serious about shaping the future of music.
Fan’s interests have also taken him from film to theater to dance. In 2005, he performed a series of radio plays written by acclaimed screenwriters Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers, starring actors Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. In the same year, Fan collaborated with choreographer Karole Armitage on her latest work In this Dream That Dogs Me with music by Annie Gosfield.
Fan studied cello with Eleanore Schoenfeld (University of Southern California), Janos Starker (Indiana University), Aldo Parisot (Yale University) and Boris Pergamenchikow Hochschule Für Musik, Cologne, Germany). In 1994, Fan was honored by President Clinton as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Role: Classical Artist