Kung Fu Cellist – extra/ordinary

Kung Fu Cellist

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Kung Fu Cellist


A musical journey that wanders away from the beaten path.

‘Kung fu doesn’t mean fighting skills, kung fu means a skilled person; so you can find kung fu wherever you look – as long as you know how to look.’ Master Darryl Moy, Chief Instructor of Tse Qigong Centre

Chinese-born artist Yelian He (aka the Kung Fu Cellist) knows firsthand the type of focus and discipline that’s required to endure the rigours of both kung fu training and cello. To master either artform takes more than physical prowess; it takes one’s entire character and being.

Together with saxophonist Joseph Lallo, their performance in Primrose Potter Salon explores the art of finding a skill that you love and forging your own path in practice. Joseph Lallo is an acclaimed performer, conductor, and visionary curator of the classical music concert experience, the perfect musical companion for Yelian to join forces with.

About the concert

This uncommon pairing of instruments will explore the theme behind the central works in the program. Swedish composer, bassist and cellist Svante Henryson’s Suite Off Pist explores challenges faced when wandering away from the beaten path and having to carve your own path in the snow.

Praise for Yelian He

‘Yelian He plays On a Day Like This and Black Run with all the passion, energy and technical mastery that I as a composer could wish for. It is a joy to hear his versions.’ Svante Henryson

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Joseph Lallo saxophone
Yelian He cello


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12 Horn Duos, KV487 (Selections)

Jean-Philippe Rameau arr. – Svante Henryson
Three Pieces from Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin

Svante Henryson
Suite Off Pist

Stuart Greenbaum
Northern Lights

Guillaume Connesson


This production is part of the following series: