Johnny Mok, a Boston-based Cellist, Freelancer, and Teacher, was born in Hong Kong, China. Mok performs regularly across the United States, and he is an active teacher and a highly sought-after cellist in the US. He was a prizewinner in several competitions including, CICA International Competition, Birmingham Music Club Scholarship Competition, and American String Teacher Association Music Competition in the Junior and Senior Division, etc. As a result of these achievements, Mok had appeared as a soloist and featured cellist with orchestras and concert venues across the US. Mok is also an active chamber musician and had been invited as Guest Artist at the Orvieto Musica Chamber Music Festival in Orvieto, Italy.
Mok began his Cello lessons at the age of five with the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy, under the guidance of Elvina Kwan. After two years of lessons, Mok continued his artistic growth in Cello with Pamela Washburn Delisse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. During his primary school period, Mok was an active member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, where he developed orchestral and chamber music skills. He served as Principal Cellist in several performances over the course of ten years in the program, and in addition, performed in several chamber music events. In 2007, Mok was invited by the Ruth Klein to perform Stamitz Cello Concerto in G Major with the Sandia High School orchestra as an outstanding graduating music student.
In his high school years, Mok began his competition career throughout the state of New Mexico. He had participated in the Santa Fe Guild Youth Competition, Jackie McGehee Piano/Strings Competition, and American Strings Teacher Association Junior Division, etc, and he was a prizewinner for every competition he had ever participated. In the final two years of Mok’s high school studies, he continued his lessons with former Principal Cellist of the Charleston Symphony, James Holland, and was invited as a Cello Fellow with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, MA, USA where he was able to perform with colleagues around the US and was also participated in masterclasses by incredible musicians such as Yo Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Hilary Hahn and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Upon his return to Albuquerque, Mok competed in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and was one of the three prizewinners to perform a concerto with the orchestra. In April 2011, Mok made his first major soloist debut at the Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, NM, performing the great Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, under the direction of Gabriel Gordon.
Mok was awarded a full scholarship sponsored by Camilla Huxford, at the University of Alabama for the Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance under the tutelage of Carlton McCreery. During his college years, Mok continued his active performances in Solo, Chamber, and Orchestral settings. He had competed and won every competition in the state of Alabama such as Birmingham Music Guild, Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, and Camilla Huxford Concerto Competition, etc. At the age of twenty, Mok also won the position of Section Cello with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra spawning his first professional orchestra debut. In 2015, Mok performed Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, under the baton of Blake Richardson, as a result of the Camilla Huxford Competition.
After his Bachelor’s Degree, Mok went on to study at The Boston Conservatory with Portland String Quartet Cellist, Andrew Mark. In Boston, he continued his passion for Chamber Music And Solo performing. In 2016, he was the founding member of the Aston String Quartet and was featured in Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory’s 150th Anniversary. He and the Aston String Quartet premiered “Alcantara” by Scott Ethier. In the summer of 2017, Mok was invited as a Cello Fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra where he was able to perform with incredible musicians like Stephen Hough, Karina Canellakis, Brett Mitchell, and Michael Stern.
Immediately after his Master’s Degree, Mok was awarded full tuition to a Professional Studies Certificate at the Boston Conservatory. During his certificate studies, Mok appeared as a soloist performing Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, Mok founded the Aroma Duo with his piano partner, Tianhong Yang. Together they have been actively performing in various Chamber Music Series and venues across the New England Area.
Currently, Mok is the principal cellist of Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, and New Hampshire Philharmonic, as well as an active teacher in the Greater Boston Area. He is currently the Adjunct Cello Faculty at the Middlesex Community College. In addition, Mok is in pursuit of his Doctoral Degree at Boston University with Michael Reynolds. Thanks to a generous patron, he performs on a 1724 Martinus Mathias Fichtl Cello.