LOKE HOE KIT cello
Singapore-born cellist Loke Hoe Kit has been described
by The Straits Times as ‘probably the most visible local
cellist to emerge' from his generation. He started playing
the cello at age 12. Under the tutelage of Herminia Ilano,
Hoe Kit attained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of
Music. By 16, he was accepted into the class of esteemed
American cellist Nathaniel Rosen – former teaching
assistant and protégé of the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky.
That same year, Hoe Kit made his concerto debut playing
Saint-Saëns’ 1st Cello 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 concerts include a major solo recital in
2017 at the Victoria Memorial Hall, presented by the Young
Virtuoso Recital Series. He has also previously given sold-
out cello recitals at The Esplanade and the Arts House. As
concerto soloist, Hoe Kit’s recent highlights include
appearing with the Korea Symphony Orchestra in Seoul,
where he played Saint-Saëns' First Concerto (marking the
tenth anniversary of his debut with that work), and giving
the Singapore premiere of Saint- Saëns' Cello Concerto
No. 2 with the MacPherson Philharmonic Orchestra. He
has also made concerto appearances playing Lalo's Cello
Concerto and Brahms' Double Concerto, collaborating
with such veteran artists as Russian conductor Mark Kadin
(music director, Krasnoyarsk Symphony) and Bulgarian
violinist Ivan Peev (ex-concertmaster, Sofia Philharmonic).
Apart from solo playing, Hoe Kit has been 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). Beyond his classical
pursuits, Hoe Kit has played as solo cellist for such pop
artists as Stefanie Sun and Taiwanese band F.I.R., with
whom he accompanied on their world tour.
Hoe Kit plays on a 2003 cello by Fabrizio Di Pietrantonio,
Livorno, on generous loan from Dr Kee Kirk Chin. Hoe Kit
also owns a 1987 cello by Clifford Roberts, Philadelphia,
previously played by Nathaniel Rosen.