LOKE HOE KIT cello
Singapore cellist Loke Hoe Kit has been described by The
Straits Times as ‘probably the most visible local cellist to
emerge' from his generation. Hoe Kit started playing the
cello at age 12; under the tutelage of Herminia Ilano, he
attained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. By
16, Hoe Kit was accepted into the class of esteemed
American cellist Nathaniel Rosen - a protégé and
assistant of the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky. That same
year, Hoe Kit made his concerto debut playing Saint-
Saens’ 1st Concerto with the Braddell Heights Symphony
Orchestra at the Victoria Memorial Hall.
In the USA, Hoe Kit studied at the Mannes College of
Music, New York City, and the Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, where he was a recipient of the
Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award. Besides working
closely with Rosen, Hoe Kit's other principal teacher was
the late Paul Tobias, also a Piatigorsky pupil. Additionally,
Hoe Kit has worked with cellists Alain Meunier, Fred Sherry
and violinist Ann Setzer. At 17, Hoe Kit emerged as finalist
and the top cellist at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's
(DSO) 4th Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition. His
performance of Bloch's Schelomo led the adjudicator,
DSO concertmaster Emanuel Borok, to write: ‘You are a
wonderful cellist… I expect great things from you’.
Hoe Kit's recent performances include a solo recital in July
2017 at the Victoria Memorial Hall - one of the most major
given by a young local cellist in Singapore. Presented as
part of the prestigious Young Virtuoso Recital Series, he is
the first non pianist to have been featured in the series.
Hoe Kit has also previously given sold out recitals at The
Esplanade and the Arts House. As concerto soloist, Hoe
Kit notably appeared in 2014 with the Korea Symphony
Orchestra in Seoul where he played Saint-Saens'
Concerto, marking the tenth anniversary of his concerto
debut with that work. Other recent concerto appearances
saw Hoe Kit collaborating with Russian conductor Mark
Kadin (music director, Krasnoyarsk Symphony) and
Bulgarian violinist Ivan Peev (ex-concertmaster, Sofia
Philharmonic) to perform Lalo's Concerto and Brahms'
Double Concerto respectively. Apart from solo playing, Hoe
Kit was invited in 2013 to be guest principal cellist of the
Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra, Vietnam.
At 23, Hoe Kit released his debut album, A Double Life,
which was featured as ‘CD of the Week’ on Symphony 92.4
FM. The entire album innovatively features him
overdubbing himself in works for two cellos. At its launch
concert at the Esplanade in 2011, Hoe Kit commemorated
the centenary of composer Gian Carlo Menotti by giving
the Singapore premiere of Menotti’s Suite for Two Cellos
and Piano (a work featured in the album). Hoe Kit is also
active beyond his classical pursuits; he has played solo
cello for such pop artists as Stefanie Sun, Kit Chan, and
the Taiwanese band F.I.R., with whom he toured Asia.
Hoe Kit plays on 2003 cello by Fabrizio Di Pietrantonio,
Livorno, on generous loan from Dr Kee Kirk Chin, He also
owns a 1987 cello by Clifford Roberts, Philadelphia,
previously played by Nathaniel Rosen.