Jay Humeston, principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. He studied with Leonard Rose, Mischa Schneider, Rudolf Kolisch, and in master classes with Pablo Casals. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestra in North and South East Asia, and has been a regular participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, touring Europe and Israel with Music from Marlboro. With a Rockefeller grant he performed for two years in the Carnegie Hall Evenings for New Music series in New York and has toured widely with Boston Music Viva, of which he was a founder member. He has recorded for Delos the Pulitzer prize-winner Joseph Schwantner's in Aeternam, which was written for him, and Davidovsky's Synchronisms No. 3, and for Marco Polo chamber music by Villa-Lobos.