Mosa Tsay is a contemporary-minded cellist and concert experience designer based in San Francisco and New York. A Fulbright grant recipient for 2019-20, she will study with Anssi Karttunen in Paris.
Mosa performs with Wavefield Ensemble in NYC and has been a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for the premiere of multimedia opera “Echo Drift” at PROTOTYPE Festival and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s album, AEQUA. She has collaborated with over 30 composers in her work with AXIOM, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Eco Ensemble. Mosa is an alumna of Doublestop Foundation and performed as an ambassador of the foundation after winning its Instrument Loan Competition in 2014. She was featured as a soloist (Schelomo and Schumann Cello Concerto) with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, as winner of its Concerto Competition. Other notable performances include the 2017 Juilliard and Sibelius Academy tour to Stockholm and Helsinki with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and collaborations with Joseph Silverstein and Danish String Quartet. Mosa has performed in masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, Frans Helmerson, Tamás Varga (Vienna Philharmonic), Gary Hoffman, and Paul Katz.
As former Artistic Director of Celli@Berkeley and a San Francisco-based collective of cellists, Mosa commissioned and premiered new works for celli and electronics in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she co-produced Celli@Berkeley’s debut CD album in collaboration with composer Jared Redmond and Grammy-winning Barry Phillips.
Mosa recently received her Master of Music from The Juilliard School. She holds bachelor's degrees in Music and in Society and Environment from UC Berkeley. Her honors thesis explored “Silence: In Performance and Within the Performer,” an analysis of the role of silence in music by J.S. Bach, Hans Werner Henze and John Cage.
Born to Taiwanese parents, she began playing cello at age seven in San Diego. Her past teachers include Joel Krosnick, Jonathan Koh, and Catherine Godden.
Presenting music outside of traditional performance spaces.
Mosa is a musician ambassador for Groupmuse. Prior to joining the startup, she presented 2 sold-out Massivemuses for Groupmuse at a chocolate factory in Brooklyn and a co-working space in San Francisco. Her penchant for seeking interdisciplinary collaborations led to the San Francisco premiere of a work by Scott Rubin for 8 cellos and dancer controlling live electronics with motion sensors.
Mosa has performed 100+ groupmuses in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.
Mosa produced concerts for Celli@Berkeley, a 12-piece cello ensemble, at the Berkeley Art Museum. In 2016, she launched Celloscape, a collective of 14 cellists and composers dedicated to premiering new works for the cello. The debut concert, held at Bruce Beasley's Sculpture Studio in Oakland, was sponsored by Mrs. Laurence Beasley, Jennifer Howard, Marco Rozzano, and Linda Barnett.
Mosa is co-founder and U.S. Executive Director of Versoi Ensemble, a collaboration between Finnish and American musicians from the joint orchestra tour of Juilliard and Sibelius Academy students. Versoi Ensemble debuted at the United Nations, Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall in New York and Holley Hall in Sarasota, Florida in November 2018.
As an arts administrator, she has contributed to Marlboro Music Festival, American Composers Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Mosa serves as a fundraising consultant for emerging artists and new projects.
All project proposals are welcome. (E.g., space, light, color, electronics, succulents, silence, sculpture, linen, sound installations, improvisation, contact mics)