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John Ma

John Ma is a violinist active in Hong Kong, Macau and China. He 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), under the guidance of Professor Michael Ma and Kurt Sassmannshaus. He is now the Hong Kong Academy Performing Arts Junior Music Programme Violin Tutor and EXCEL Programme Violin Tutor. 

As an orchestral player, he was selected as one of the members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas and gave 3 performances in Sydney Opera House in March 2011. He also participated in many major orchestra performances in Hong Kong and Macau, like the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO), the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Orchestra (HKSO), Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra (HKCCO), the Hong Kong Virtuosi Society Orchestra and the 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), the Macau Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). 

Ma also appeared in different orchestras as a soloist such as the Macau Virtuosi, the Macau Chamber Orchestra, the Macau Conservatory Orchestra, the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the 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 has also been invited by the RTHK 4 to be a guest artist to perform. In 2013, Ma was the soloist of the Macau Virtuosi China Tour, and in 2014 he was one of the soloists to perform the complete Mozart Violin Concertos within one day in the Macau Art Festival 2014. He was invited by the St. Stephen F. Austin University (Texas, USA) to perform with the SFA String Orchestra in March 2016. The same year July, he gave a successful performance with the Macau String Association Annual Concert.


Ma accepted the invitation to form the Strings Orchestra for the University of Macau (UMSO) in 2010, and appointed to be the Music Director and Conductor. In 2012, Ma brought the orchestra visiting and performing at the Taiwan Shih Chien University. He is also the coach of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Excel program.

Ma is a very experienced teacher who believes good and efficient teaching quality will enhance the interest and joy in the violin journey. He uses the Sassmannshaus Tradition method, Essential Elements, Suzuki method mainly and also prepare students the take the ABRSM, Trinity graded exam and competitions.

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