John MA, a young violinist, holds a Bachelor Degree of Music (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) and a Master Degree of Music (University of Cincinnati, Conservatory-College of Music in United States). After receiving his Bachelor degree from the Academy, where he studied with Professor Michael Ma, Ma received his Master Degree as a full scholarship student of the world famous pedagogue Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He is also one of the winners of the “Starling Scholarship Competition” in 2007.
As an orchestral player, John was selected as one of the members of the Youtube Symphony Orchestra 2011 under the baton of top 10 conductors in the world, Michael Tilson Thomas, and gave 3 performances in Sydney Opera House in March 2011. The live stream of the Grand Finale concert at the Sydney Opera House was the largest live stream YouTube ever made, connecting 33 million viewers on computers and mobile devices. During the stay in Sydney, John worked with great musicians from orchestra from Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Orchestra, and many others.
He is currently one of the members of Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra. He participated in many major orchestra performances in Hong Kong and Macau, including Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO), Hong Kong Sinfonietta Orchestra (HKSO), Hong Kong Virtuosi Society Orchestra and Macau Chamber Orchestra (MCO) as a guest violinist. He was the concertmaster of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Academy Symphony Orchestra (HKAPA ASO), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Macau Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). Besides that, he also takes part in the doctor orchestras in Hong Kong like MedArts Orchestra to help fundraising, and visit retiring homes and hospitals.
John also appeared in different orchestras as a soloist such as Macau Chamber Orchestra, Macau Conservatory Orchestra, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Academy Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, he won the HKAPA Concerto Competition, and performed in the winners’ concert in the Juilliard Master Class and Concerts Series with the HKAPA ASO. He was invited by the RTHK to be a guest artist to perform. In 2009, he was appointed to be soloist for the MYSO China Tour 2009. He also gave a recital in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with Jacqueline Leung.
In 2005 and 2006, he joined “one of the best music camp in the world” (May 2006, The Strad. Magazine) – the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing. He studied with various pedagogues like Kurt Sassmannshaus, the Tchaikovsky and other competitions winner Piotr Milewski, the “Father of Violin Pedagogy” Lin Yao Ji, and the American Strings Quartet etc.
John accepted the invitation to form the Strings Orchestra for The University of Macau in 2010, and was appointed to be orchestra conductor. He aimed at enhancing the classical music acknowledgement in the campus and form the unique strings sound of the University. The orchestra performances were well received. John also gave coaching to its strings quartet or ensemble for small performance.