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Cellist Brandon Xu has quickly established himself as one of Indiana’s most versatile young musicians. Originally starting on the piano from the age of 4, Brandon began studying the cello at age 12. Recently acclaimed by the Chicago Cello Society as a “most advanced cellist” his performances have earned him features in media such as WICR 88.7 Classical FM Indianapolis, HiLite Periodical, and USAirways Magazine. For two seasons, Brandon was a section cellist with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the professional orchestra-in-residence at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN, from the ages of
15 to 18. Most recently, he has performed recitals at the Nickel Plate Arts Festival, the University of Vermont with pianist Nelson Padgett, and in Beijing, China with pianist Wang Xiao. Brandon was also a runner-up at the 2014 Ft. Wayne Competition. Brandon has performed in masterclasses for Carter Brey, Alison Wells, Andrew Smith, Darrett Adkins, William Grubb, the Ying Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, and the American String Quartet. He was a recipient of the United States Presidential Award for Academic Excellence under the Bush Administration, and currently is pursuing degrees in Financial Economics and Cello Performance under David Ying at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.